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I know, I know, the age old question...which bike should I get? Here's my history, I've owned:

*1988 Honda Hurricane 600
*1994 Honda CBR600
*1994 Kaw ZX-750
*1996 Kaw ZX-7R
*1998 Suzuki TL1000R
*2000 Ducati 748

I sold the Ducati in 2004 and that was the last time I've ridden a bike. I had my first kid then and was 25. Now I have 3 boys and will be 31 next month :D Anyway, I've somewhat kept up with the progressions that sportbikes have made but I know that doesn't compare to being on one. So, I'm loving the looks and sound of the 2009 R1 but I also never owned a bike with this kind of power in the past. Since I haven't been on a bike in 5 years, should I start over on the R6 and work my way back up? Or just go for the R1?

I'm a careful rider who does the Sunday twisty road stuff. I care nothing for drag racing a bike or red light to red light blasting. I care nothing for stunts. I did track days and weekend curve riding in the past. I've taken training courses and yes I've done the Deal's Gap thing a zillion times. I just want to be back on a bike. I'm almost 31, 6ft tall and over the 225lb mark. That's why I'm unsure if the R6 is a good fit given my wieght to bike's power ratio. I know that I would never reach the full potential of the R6, but you guys know what I mean. Thanks for the input.
 

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There is no reason you can't just get onto the R1 with your experience. If you're looking for reassurance, I'll give it to ya! Keeping the fact that you have a family to support in the back of your mind at all times, you'll find, ensures you'll take the early days slow so go for it :cool:

All that said, if you're thinking of getting back to the track, you might reconsider depending on the track. Some really favor 600cc bikes, though some of the liter bikes (1000RR) are getting pretty close in cornering capability to the 600's. Just a consideration to take into account. With all those people sucking money out of your accounts, I'm guessing you'll have one shot at the right ride and it'd suck to get one that you find doesn't suit your long-term as well as you'd like.

Most of all, welcome back :burnout:
 

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Thanks. That's pretty much how I was feeling. I love the R6 but I'm afraid I'd get use to the power pretty quick and want to upgrade anyway. As far as the trackdays go, I doubt I'll do too many but maybe a day every once and a while at Barber's since it's only a little over a hour away. However, my wife kinda has the final say so I may end up on a R6 anyway, but that'll be fine to :)
 
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