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what would you all sugest as a good starter?? budget minded..i'm thinking on buying a frame or a wreck, starting from there... a weekender only.. it would be traillered.. i want something that i can build on,, right now i'm on an 87 fzr1000 and it can't be seriously built without MAJOR changes..most parts being to the 87 and 88 years...i was thinking suz1100 or kaw1000.. i am a familiar wrench (conv. from cars) and as an exanple it's cheaper to build a chevy.anyone have ideas?

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Both the Suzuki 1000/1100 & Kawasaki 1000/1100's will more than do the trick!

Specifically the GS1100ES and the ZX11C/D power plants are of NOTE! I have experience being on/around both and I prefer the ZX11!

The ZX11 looks like a drag bike when lowered and w/ bar! This bike with certain mods will break the 150mph barrier in the 1/4 mile............YEE HAA!

As for cheap, noticeable mods...........-1 or -2 on the countershaft, +2 or +3 on the rear, lower the beast and free flow the exhaust!


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Cool New Dragbike !

Johnny is right !

The ZX11 or 12 is a good start if you want a good dependable bike...

However the GSXR is like the small block chevy ! You can still get it in the 2002 Bandit, the Bandit was the 1st 7 second streetbike !
Suzuki is coming out with a 1400 cc bike from that same motor platform... air to oil cooled inline 4.

If you race the Yamaha & win ! They only pay in the cruiser class, However Kawasaki pays $200.00 to win on a watercooled bike & Suzuki pays $500.00

You make the choice !

I'm liking the way that GSXR1000 LOOK$....

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zx12!!!! i thought he said cheap??? maybe my idea of cheap is different than others, but i would think that a gs1100 or an old kawi triple (2 stroke, h2?) would be the ticket, or a kz900/1000. i think vhr and orient express still list big block kits for the kz and gs. plus 2 valve heads have to be a lot cheaper to flow.

when it started to look like i wouldn't be able to roadrace, i looked into buying something like this. i found a few "high 8's" bikes of this style for VERY little money (relatively). i don't remember exact numbers, but i remember being amazed how cheap they were.

but if you never did bracket racing or anything, why not use the fzr until you get a feel for it. drag racing a motorcycle isn't easy.

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Agreed Tony............Not an easy sport!

There are many intricacies as well as in road racing. THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS THAT A RIDER HAS ONLY 1 SHOT ON THE DRAG STRIP. So, near perfection is paramount.

I do agree that the ZX12 may be a bit more costly and more technical. The "all-around" choices for a start would be the GS's or the ZX11's. Depending on fzr1000's drag race experience level............His choice of machine should be relative.

NOT too many people are like Rickey Gadson whom started at the tender age of 9 on his Father's 900. If fzr1000 plans on racing his local circuit for $$ and not fun..............I would work into the ZX12R. If his racing be solely for sport and the enjoyment of the drag racing experience. I would say the GS1100 or the ZX11.


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sory for it taking so long for me to get back to this post... i like all the advice here, i think i'd have to take tony's route first. no experience, and basicly in it for the fun of it and to see if i have any future in it??? the gs1100.. something that never even crossed my mind... hmmm

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sory for it taking so long for me to get back to this post... i like all the advice here, i think i'd have to take tony's route first. no experience, and basicly in it for the fun of it and to see if i have any future in it??? the gs1100.. something that never even crossed my mind... hmmm


A GS would be a great bike to start on. Weld the crank and undercut the transmission and the things are just about indestructible..
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The GS1100S or the GS1100ES (if you can find one) are outstanding machines for the drag racing beginner or advanced participant. The machine is very forgiving and SO MUCH can be done to it. THIS MACHINE CAN GO FAST............AND WILL GROW WITH YOU AS YOU GAIN EXPERIENCE.

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