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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.

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...So you're serious that the Kawi 650 is a good choice? It seems a little tame for my tastes. And not much different than the SV. I could very well be wrong though.
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?
 

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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]
 

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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.
 

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SV1000s.... :drool:
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.
 

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Lowering the pegs? They'll start scraping
 

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I thought he meant lowering via after market rear sets. Still, the lower they are, the easier they are to drag.
 

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Maybe I misunderstood. I guess it would all depend how aggressive he plans on getting in the corners.
 

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Anything would be better than dragging hard parts on my cruiser. I think the pegs only go down about 1/2" or so. Maybe after a while I would want them as high as possible but remember, I'm looking for a daily rider also and ( the most ) relaxed ergos are going to rule the day in that respect.

I doubt I'll scrape the pegs for quite a while as I become used to the capabilities of the new bike. Assuming I get it of course. I'm not 100% set on the GSXR yet.
 

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Do you have a reason, or is it just because you ride a kawi?
 

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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.
Can you get higher clip-ons for all sportbikes?Reason I asked is I'm really liking the newer 750 and if I could raise the clip-ons a 1/2" or so it would be perfect.
 

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I'm with the other guys here on recommending the SV-1000. Although they don't make them anymore, have you considered buying used or are you set on new?

Being a 40-year old rider (here in Denver too) I can sympathize with the ergonomic priority. Have you considered a bike in the "super-standard" class? Here you have a bike with comfortable, upright ergonomics but with sporting suspension and a sportbike motor. Current examples include the Yamaha FZ-1, Suzuki B-King, and Suzuki Bandit 1250.
 
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