DALLAS, TX: Looking for a bike (I'll explain why I posted here, below)
I'd like some advice on a bike and the reason I posted it in this forum is because I figued you guys would be more familiar with the terrain here more so than someone up in Maine for example.
I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We have lot of straight-a-ways (I-35, George Bush Freeway, etc). We also have winds that other parts of the country don't have... Basically, our environment is different here than others. With that, I'm asking for recommendations for bikes that would be good given the above information...
I'm 32, 5' 10", 140lbs. I'm a small guy and need a bike that I can touch the ground on and be able to "man-handle the bike" when I'm wheeling it around the garage and what not.
In high school, I had a 100cc street bike of some sort for two years before I got my car (I cannot remember what the bike was for the life of me). In college, I got a EX500 which I also had for two years (only sold the bike because I was dirt poor and needed to buy books). It has been about 8 years since I'v ridden. Before the EX500, I took the safety courses and will take another one again soon, and perhaps even the advanced one, too.
What I'm looking for:
I'm looking for something to go on for "bike nights" around the metroplex as well as something to go on some of those longer road trips (300-400miles) and probably a daily commuter when the weather is not 100 freaking degrees outside (I commute 30 miles one way). I've narrowed it down to either the YZFR6 or the YZF600R but am open to other considerations. I've read all the literature on the two bikes but I'd like opinions for other members who have 600 cc bikes, too. I'd like to know what you are riding (year/make/model), how cross-winds affect you, what your crusing speed is, what your cruising distance is, how well the windshield works for you, etc. For me, the R6 sitting angle/position is comfortable but the added weight of the 600R might be better for those longer road trips I'd like to go on. It has been suggested to me that perhaps an R6 with a taller windshield might be good for me... see the delima?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Xcalibur; 08-19-2005 at 10:40 AM.