Originally posted by Kilr95stang
I was wondering what everyones opinions are about a good street bike for what I will be doing. In the summer it will be used for commuting back and forth to college along with daily crusing and so forth. I dont want the fastest bike out there but do want something that has very good handling and maneuverability. It also would need to be pretty snappy around town and handle corners pretty well. What does everyone feel would be a good bike for me? I was looking at the 02 GSX-R750 but I am open to suggestions.
Well, don’t let those irritating (IF you own a YamaHondaZuki) ‘ZX-6R Crowned King of the World’ ads running topside influence your decision!
Depending on your size (I’m 5,10”/200 lbs), you might want to consider a 600cc sportbike instead of the big ones. Don’t be afraid to resist peer pressure and make up your own mind. I’d think for the type of riding you’re talking about, a 600cc sportbike might do nicely (unless you're carrying a passenger on a regular basis), and the 6R does have more midrange torque than the competition. I wanted something light(er) to play on (it always comes back to weight, doesn’t it?) and with more airflow around the rider than my Concours. The ZX-6R fit the bill nicely (also looked at a ZX-9R and R6). The advantages of the 6R:
Cheaper ($1000 off a new one-all dealers were discounting Kawasakis)
Lighter than a 9R (let anyone with a heavyweight ride a light bike down the road and watch ‘em come back grinning)
MUCH cheaper to insure (I’ve got a clean record)
Most midrange torque of any 600cc sportbike
Best wind protection of any 600cc sportbike (9R the same)
Great intake howl!
The 6R/9R (or VFR) are better all ‘round bikes (which sounds like what you’re looking for) than something as narrowly focused as a GSXR.
Check out the following post, particularly the Two Unlikely Bedfellows review:
Before you start thinking I’m ‘Kawasaki-only’, I’m not. It’s just at the time I bought, and based on my needs, their offerings fit the bill best at the time. Heck, when I showed up with my sportbike-riding buddies in ’86 on my Concours, you can imagine the abuse I suffered (“hey, what is that thing man…a Goldwing?"). Now sport-tourers are coming out the ying-yang (check out Motorcyclist Magazine’s January 2002 issue-Sport Tourers vs. Sportbikes). You’ll probably get much of the same with a 6R/9R (“well the mags say the R6/GSXR yadda yadda yadda”).
Decide what your needs are, and resist peer-pressure
when making your choice! They don’t have to live with it, and chances are (if you make a wise choice), those deriding your decision will wander away from motorcycling while you’re still enjoying/exploring on yours.