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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Real-World 1000 for Big Guy??

Hello All:

Finally gonna do it and treat myself to a big SS. Quesion is - which one? Fun bike, occasional commuter, NO track time. I'm 47. 235 lbs, 6'3" tall with a relatively long torso and short legs. Haven't sat on a R1 yet, the Honda felt OK (HARD saddle...), but the Gixxer 1000 and the ZX10-R felt right on a 10 minute test sit. My question - Which of the 4 bikes is easier for a big guy to live with? Still considering a a FZ-1 or Speed Triple, but always wanted a superbike... All opinions appreciated!!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 05:52 PM
 
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get a scooter and put a 350 in it, should be easier to handle just make sure it has automatic transmission
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 05:56 PM
 
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Do you have any riding experience? If not, get a ninja 250 or 500. It will do everything you need.
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FormallySmoke - Appreciate your input!!! I'll start looking for a scooter RIGHT NOW!

I would not be looking for a 1000 without some experience...

A returning rider, spent 5 or so years on a R90S in the 80's, some time on a friends 1100XX recently, and took a MSF course to refresh my skills. I DON'T heal as fast as I used to... and I know my limitations. That being said, can anyone offer some constructive advice on a 1000 SS that would work for a larger person???
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I would consider getting a 600 to get acclimated first. The new 1000s are completely different than 80s bike, and has more power to weight ratio than 1100XX. 2006 bikes have 160+ HPs to the rear wheel, and weighing around 420-450 pounds, not much room for error.

As for which bike is better, they're all the same, pretty competitive and comfy or uncomfy for some, as it goes, so it's up to the rider to sit and find out.

Rider's weight is not an issue when it comes to race replicas, they're all bloody fast to carry anyone around.
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FZ1 and Triple are the better streetbikes of course, with triple having awesome torque for the low and midrange.
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jesus too many people here are used to new riders and have failed to answer the question thus far.


Here goes -

You dont plan on racing it... this is purely a pleasure bike. The 600cc and 1000cc bikes have, for a few years now, been virtually neck in neck with less than .25 seconds difference in qm times, and the handling/braking is beyond what most of us will ever push our bikes.

I also dont consider 235 a "big guy" as I am currently 230... was 290 about 2 years ago, and I am still riding a 636. 6'3" is also not what I would consider big. Big would be someone like my cousin who is 6'7".


In your current situation.. comparing performance is a pointless matter, as you most likely will not really notice a difference. Buy a 1 liter based solely on your taste in looks and feel.

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Gig,

I just purchased the 06 Speed Triple after I had my ZRX1100 totaled by some old man.

The Triple is going to give you lots of room up front. The stock handle bars are very long and wide. I switched out mine for a pair of woodcraft clipons.

The Triple has tons of guts and is very comfortable in my opinion. I sat on just about all the SB's and the trip felt just right. Esp after the clipons were added.

My vote is the Triple. Let us know what you decide on. Good luck

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I would not be looking for a 1000 without some experience.
Please consider a Buse, Nice seat. Big roomy bike. same $ as any of the 1000cc. and he has the tork.
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jesus too many people here are used to new riders and have failed to answer the question thus far.

and you have? read all the posts before generalizing.
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