Hi, I'm not new to motorcycles. And I have read the stickys. But I've never owned a sportbike... Just standards and cruisers. I'm curious about the riding position on the inline-4 600's (or the Triumph 675). Are any of them relaxed enough to do 200 miles or more in the mountains or on the superslab? And also do you think the new mode switch on the Suzuki is good for riding in the rain?
A little background. I'm 41 and have absolutely no interest in stunting. I wear ATGATT. And I'll be using the bike as my primary transportation around town and on extended weekend rides in the mountains. The Cruiser just isn't cutting it on the twistys. I'm scraping hard parts too often and feel I need more cornering clearance so that's why I'm looking into a sportbike. But I also need to get around town in traffic so I'm interested in the most open riding position. I've looked into the SV650 but I think I want something more than that.
No, I wasn't serious. It was a simple "Kawi owner hanging sh*t on Suzi" comment. The 650's are great bikes, both.
Did you test ride the SV?
That's the crux of my problem and why I asked about ergos. None of the dealers in my area will allow test rides of any of their bikes. Scooters and used bikes... sure. But not new sportbikes. There is just no way to tell if I can handle the riding position for extended periods of time. All I can do is test sit the bikes. And I'm sure you know that putting both feet on the pegs while on the sidestand puts you in a non-riding position so that doesn't help at all.
[OT] I visited Oz back in 1993 for 6 months. Had the time of my life! Cairns was a blast! [/OT]
If you arent looking for track duty, I would look into something like an SV1000. It has about the same performance as a 600, but more comfortable. If you are set of 600's, gixxers seem to fit short people best, while the R6's seem to work better for tall people.
I do like the SV1000S but they're discontinued here in the states this year. And all the '07's are gone.
Honestly, I like the 2008 GSXR 600 and by lowering the pegs one notch and putting higher clip-ons or bars that would raise me up an inch or so might just do the trick. It rains often here in the afternoon all summer and having the ABC modes is appealing.