Originally posted by Rio
Though that does bring me to another question. I've been thinking about a smaller bike specifically for the twisties in addition to the R1. Or would I be better off with another brand such as Honda or Suzuki?
An R1 and
One of these days I'm going to know what it's like to have money to burn...or maybe not!
All seriousness aside, I'm having a little trouble seeing why you'd want both? Iff'n it was me (and it isn't), I'd either:
A. Keep the R1 since you already have it, and make your second bike something you can do a bit of travelling on comfortably. The degree to which you'd rather tilt the sport/touring equation depends on you: do you want to lean to the sport side/touring side/equal mix? Buying an R6 because it'll be better in the curves on the street probably means you're riding that sucker way too hard in public. If you're pushing both enough to really tell the difference on public roads (on a regular basis), your time is coming. The question is not if
, but when
B. Get the R6, since all other things being equal, ya can't argue with physics (less weight is good)! Sell/trade the R1 for a sport-tourer and re-read A from sentence 2!
Hey, if you're just a diehard sportbike-only fan, ignore all of the above. It would be shame to limit yourself to just one type of bike, especially since you seem to have no problem with owning 2. There are a lot of nice roads a bit too far away for a pure sportbike to comfortably enjoy, and sooner or later you may end up with a passenger, so it's a shame to limit your options. After riding around the same roads for what seemed to be 'bout the millioneth time with my original sportbike buddies, I wanted to check out new roads and see a bit of the world from the saddle of my bike. I'm still riding...none of the 'original' gang is...
Mebbe you should check out Motorcyclist Magazine’s January 2002 issue-Sport Tourers vs. Sportbikes?
Just something to think about...