Originally posted by Billy2stroke
I dont get it, why sell the 900ss? Because your friends had 600's! Why not wait till they get bigger bikes or something? Then they can ride with you... Doesn't everyone want a bigger bike? I dont get it? I cant figure it out? Doesn't make sense? pls explain!
My riding skills are getting to the point where I was desiring a suspension system that was a few generations newer, so I ws considering selling the Duck sooner or later anyway. Also, I would never want to race an open class bike anyway. I have no desire to exceed 130mph in a pack of motorcycles. Yes, I know an R6 can go that fast, too, but I intend to only race on rather tight courses eg. the Streets of Willow. I talked with one of my buddies about this two nights ago and he agreed, he too didn't want a litre bike for the track also. We both feel we have nothing to prove about our ability to go fast in a straight line. However since we both ride Mt. Palomar ocassionly, which is uphill, it would be nice to have a litre bike to keep up with the guys riding them. He is a very fast rider and he gains on them in the turns, but when any short straightaway comes up, he looses ground. I am not near as fast as he, but I still want an R1 anyway.
Also, I was at Willow Springs a few months ago, just checking out a WSMC race at the big track and struck up a conversation with a couple who were both racing RS 250s. The female had campaigned a 900ss in racing and told me that the Duck was unstable at track speeds. She said her lap times immediately went down by 2-3 seconds when she got the RS250.
Also, I would not feel right about racing, and potentially wadding, a numbered series bike.
So, to answer your questions, my friends are probably never going to get bigger bikes, at least for racing.
We do want bigger bikes, just nor for racing.
If I had the $ I'd get a RS 250 and a R6 for the track and an R1 and Mille R for the street.
Until I win the Lottery, I'm hoping for an R6 soon and an R1 later.
There you have it, call me chicken if you like but what if you and I raced and I beat you. What would be your excuse? What if your beat me on a litre bike? Big deal.
Please understand, I LOVED my Ducati. Just ask my last TWO WIVES. Divorcing them was a lot easier than selling my 900ss.