Yeah, yeah...I know....the 'what bike should I get?' thread. Just give me your please.
The time has come to sell my baby. I'm still hesitant, though, as she's been so good to me (and I haven't been so good to her!). I've had the bike since new and just don't know what to get. For reference, I'm 6'2" and 180.
My choices are all '02 models: 954, GSXR-1000, or R1.
All are light, fast, and great bikes. I've heard that the R1 is great, but a little too twitchy of steering. I've sat on all 3, but that's like saying I know what a F1 car drives like b/c I sat in one.
Selling your 9? Might as well go ahead and kill yourself. the ZX9R is probably the most versital bike on the planet. You can ride it the track day, ride hard all day and then ride home when all those other wiennies are loading there bikes up for that long 20 mile drive home, big wusses. Yep my freind, it's all over for you.
I do all kinds of riding: corners, stunting, cruising........I want s/th fast and non-V-twin. I just don't like the sound of the V-twins....nothing personal. I like that sound in my car, but not on my bike.
Fuck, this is a hard choice.
The R1 just looks so good, but having had a major highside once (and not saying it's more likely on an R1), the skittish handling at speed intimidates me.
Originally posted by UFO You haven't ridden many bikes have you...?
I have ridden quite a few bikes and find the ZX9R an awesomely versatile bike. I use mine mostly for commuting 100+ miles of back roads per day, but it's great for long weekend rides too. A nice big tank bag and some soft luggage gives adequate storage. The riding position is not SS1000 friendly, but it's a nice compromise for fast touring.
That said I know exactly where you are coming from with an FJR. I'd love to (and intend to one of these days) replace my Concours with a new FJR for two up, cool weather touring, but I'd still keep the 9R for most of my riding, especially warm days. The 9R has much better heat management than an FJR or a Concours. I always wear a one piece 'stich so heat management is a big issue for me.
Well, my riding time is so limited due to being on call all of the time that any of these bikes would be a great option. I am seriously considering the Yam or Gix because of what they offer. Both bikes perform, but there's just something about how that R1 looks, man.........just sweet.