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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2004, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Best first track bike?

I'm looking to get my first track bike in the next little while. I've ridden my 2001 r6 on the track a few times but I'm worried about crashing it.

Is a 600ss bike okay to get as a first dedicated track bike?

The other bike I would really like to get is a 125gp bike. The people I've been talking to say that there isn't a better bike to start on. The 125 is susposed to handle well, teach you really good corner speed and make you an overall better rider. Apparently they arn't all that expensive either, a lot less than a 600ss bike becasue of tires. The piston needs to be replaced every 500 kms or so but thats easy. The crank needs to be redone every 2500 kms and that's a bit more but I doubt I'd but on 2500 kms in my first two years even. The only thing that worries me is that I would get bored of the power especially considering the track I'll be racing at has a straight that is close to a 2 kms and the 125 would get absolutely murdered there.

What do you guys think I should do?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2004, 11:22 PM
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Annd..don't forget about the hassles of jetting them 2 smokers..

125's are great, if your not a big rider.....personally, I'd love to have a TZ250, or an Aprilla 250...

If ya like the 125's...go for it...just get use to passing them 600's on the outside going in the turns...

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2004, 01:10 AM
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The best first track bike is the one you don't mind crashing. That way you work on riding, not sweating the scratches that may come in a crash! Something like the 2 strokes that come with race plastic is good since they handle crashes much better than factory street plastics.

IMHO I'd get a 2-5 year old 600 that's running well and already track prepped (ex-racer or track day bike). Should run 2-3 grand and need almost zero maintanence compared to a 2 stroke. The 2 strokes would be great too if you don't mind working on them a bit and like Hammer said, get some extra jet needles, I hear they're a little picky with weather and altitude changes.
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