Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Hollister, CA USA 95023
Motociclista is spot on in ranking the Triumphs for their sporting virtues. Realistically, though, even the Sprint RS is a much more capable bike than I am a rider. The R1, 929, and Duc 996 are even faster, way faster, than the Sprint RS. I know, because I had riders on each blow by me on the front straight at the Streets of Willows.
The selling point for the Sprint RS, for me, was the price. I paid $8488 for it, plus tax, title, and license. I didn't even consider the R1 because I know my skills aren't anywhere close to that bike's capabilities. The 929 is an excellent bike, but then there's the rider factor again. The Ducati 996 is a serious lust object, but I could have bought two Sprint STs for what the 996 costs. If price were no object...
Which bike you get for the track depends upon three things:
1) How good a rider you are. Learning on a less powerful bike is easier than learning on a hyperbike.
2) How serious you are about going fast. Do you want to start racing, or do you just want to hone your skills for street riding and have a little fun at the same time?
3) Money. 'Nuff said.
Realistically, for the vast majority of us, the best track bike is probably a 600cc sport bike. I chose the Sprint RS over a smaller bike because I was looking for something that could also function as a backup street bike and an occassional sport tourer. If my son keeps doing his schoolwork, landscapes the back yard, and keeps the house clean, he'll get my '93 Beemer this spring when he gets his street license. (You knew I'd get around to BMW content eventually in this thread, didn't you?) I can then use the RS as my street bike and buy something else for the track, or keep the RS as my track bike and get a new street bike.
The new R1150R certainly looks interesting as a street bike, but I'm really holding out for an R1150RS.
"In my opinion, there's nothing in this world/
Beats a '52 Vincent, and a red headed girl."