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Looking for another ride... - February 14, 2018, 09:07 PM

Sold my 955i in October and have been bikeless since then. But I've been riding here and there...

Here's a list of bikes I am considering:
- Aprilia RSV1000 Factory
- Ducati 848
- Ducati 998
- Triumph Speed Triple 1050
- Triumph Daytona 675
- SV650/1000 with GSXR suspension

I'm looking for a sportbike that I can commute, travel, and track with while doing at least 15K miles in a year. Two and three-cylinder engines are preferred for their linear, manageable power delivery - and not the parabolic delivery of inline-fours. Don't care about having the highest rated bike, just something unique.

Handling is definitely more valuable than outright power.

A friend of mine lent me his crossplane R1 for the week. I've grown to dislike the bike because of the absurd power. There is little room for throttle error and precision which is intimidating. My philosophy is there's more fun in driving a slow car fast than a fast car slow. I might try the 2008+ CBR1000 but think it'll reaffirm my sentiment about LEE-TER bikes.

Doing maintenance is not an issue but cost and availability of parts is.

Finally, I'm looking to buy at the beginning or middle of the summer. Yes, that's the worst time, but hey what can you do.

So what are your thoughts and experiences? I am interested in them (that's why I asked the question, fool)

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February 15, 2018, 07:20 AM

With 2 Street Triples in my garage, I'm a little biased. Can't go wrong with that. I use one for the street and one is dedicated to the track. While they're not super rare, they do stand out at the track. I usually have the only naked bike in my group.
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February 15, 2018, 07:29 AM

Commute and travel, then your first 3 are out. Of the options left, SV1000 with GSXR suspension. See if you can find a older multistrada.


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February 15, 2018, 08:02 AM

I'd take a Tuono over an SV1000 with gsxr suspension...just saying.


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February 15, 2018, 08:27 AM

Check with JK on the board here:
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February 15, 2018, 10:04 AM

I'd stick with Jap stuff if you are talking dollars per mile. About 15k or so is up there and maintenance can get pricey.

For my weight even the SV650 is fine for a daily and minor back roads, you probably will be ok with an SV1000.

Give it another day or so...I'm sure you'll have someone ready to recommend a carbed Superhawk 996

08+ CBR 1000RR pull very hard, arguably harder than any literbike from 5-10k rpms. Handle amazing. May not be comfy for every day commuting though. There is a kid doing 9/10ths here and he complains that the 1000 lifts in 2nd gear so he can't get WOT like everyone else.

SV650S we have done 135 on GPS with a pipe. After a tune and side bodywork we cracked 141 mph on GPS with a small rider...that really isn't that bad, pump gas stock motor. We did need to regear it.

CBR 1000RR generally will do about 180 on GPS on the limiter bone stock, give or take. Pretty good.


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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

ZX9: 177.6 mph
ZX6R: 180.8 mph
EX650: 130.7 mph

EX300: 114.7 mph
EX250: 122.4 mph
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February 15, 2018, 11:25 AM

I notice the Honda VFR is not on your list. Although not a Duo or Triple, it’s defintely worth considering. The VFR has long been seen as a best value for dollar all arounder in the Sport Touring space for quite a while.

Even the older V4 models are still runners known to exceed 100,000 mi ... just ask SuperChickenMonster.

Other bikes will do this or that better. Many will have more power. None will be as reliable or as well supported in the aftermarket or at the dealer level (where can’t you find a Honda Motorsport dealer, Honda parts or a shop that can work on Honda’s versus Triumph, Duc, Aprilia).


If that doesn’t fit the bill for you, my next recommendation would be the SV series.



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February 15, 2018, 11:57 AM

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Commute and travel, then your first 3 are out. Of the options left, SV1000 with GSXR suspension. See if you can find a older multistrada.
I have to agree...

The ape would actually be quite reliable, but you risk remaining stranded for weeks waiting for a $15 part.

Try to find a TL1000R and you almost get the Italian ZING factor with all the good Japanese qualities


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February 15, 2018, 12:02 PM

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February 15, 2018, 12:11 PM

I hear these bikes are pretty sick!



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February 15, 2018, 01:09 PM

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I have to agree...

The ape would actually be quite reliable, but you risk remaining stranded for weeks waiting for a $15 part.

Try to find a TL1000R and you almost get the Italian ZING factor with all the good Japanese qualities
TL1000R....aside from the suspension and electrical they aren't bad. I actually don't mind the S over the R. Maybe I'm getting old.


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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

ZX9: 177.6 mph
ZX6R: 180.8 mph
EX650: 130.7 mph

EX300: 114.7 mph
EX250: 122.4 mph
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February 15, 2018, 02:05 PM

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I'd take a Tuono over an SV1000 with gsxr suspension...just saying.
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February 15, 2018, 04:42 PM

I know inline 4's ain't on your list but a do it all bike with emphasis on handling and comfort for commuting and trips might be a Gen2 FZ1. Fairly cheap. Tuned for more mid-range than a typical I4, it's comfortable, and it's bullet proof. Only caveat is I'd stay away from '06 & '07 models years as they had fueling issues that required a piggyback system to smooth things out.

Though given your size and penchant for something different I'd be very tempted to put a Tuono in the garage.


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February 15, 2018, 06:10 PM

I'd agree with the FZ1. I had an FZ6 and loved it. Was a little on the porky side and non-linear compared to the Street Triple, but the FZ1 has more grunt... though with more weight. I tracked my FZ6 and had a good time, though I'm happier with the triple.
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