Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sloppywet, OR 97225
Sport vs replica
Hendog. Thank You. Your comments/questions are well taken. Some familiar, some I'm still running down.
Why the literbike for the street? Torque w/ great handling. You rightly see the rest of the power as overkill. I do too, but after riding the F4i, I can't make peace w/ wringing the bike's neck to get any power. I got the CBR1K up to 8,700rpm briefly. Again, you rightly suggest twins - which I'm wrestling with now. The preference is the RC. That its not the latest bad boy doesn't matter at all to me - the ergos are decent & have the Vtwin grunt w/ the sharp handling. The SV also is a seriously strong contender if the handling is REALLY there (haven't gotten to ride yet). Others also suggest the FZ1, saying it handles. The lax rake/trail suggest otherwise.
The overkill of the the literbike is to get two things only: torque and handling. The Suz is just the last one to avoid undertail exhaust, and the reach to the bar is quite short, avoiding the craned neck. For info's sake, my avg day ride is 330 miles, with 1 or 2 trips of 1,000+. My companions, including one 57yr old do all the long distance on literbikes.
I have a thread in daily rant, asking what non-replica handles best - exactly along the lines you suggest. Yes, ANYTHING will handle better than the road sofas, but why commit all the money and learn you could have done so much better. I don't want to regret not getting replica level handling. If something else were 95% of replica handling - that would be close enough.
Alot of these questions would be moot if one could test each bike they were interested in - like a car.
There are still no replies to the question of non-replica handling, which seem to be a big factor in each of these questions.
Again, Hendog, I appreciate your sincere thoughts - very much.