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I'm wondering how the hefty TL's hold up against the Gixxers (600, 750. Not the 1000, it's too much for me:) ). I'm in the market for a new bike and I'm trying to figure out what to get.
If anyone can compare any of the following (from experience, not what you've heard), it'd be MUCH apperciated!

2001 GSX-R600
00-01 GSX-R750
97-00 GSX-R600 (I had one of these)
97-01 TL1000R
98-01 R6
98-01 R1
97-01 Duc748/996 (like I can afford it)

Help a brutha' out!
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Comparions....

Ok, I owned a 1998 TLR and I loved it. My only problem with it was, it was a bit to much bike. Besides that, its definitely an awesome machine...why? one word TORQUE!! A whopping 74.5ft pounds of it stock. Mine had 77.3 after my mods. Let's say you're gonna ride a tight twisty road with a few good long straights thrown in as well....put the TLR in 4th gear and have a blast. You won't have to do all that damn shifting up and down whne approaching and exiting curves because of it't torque. It's not only that the TL has alot of torque because there are several bikes now days with high torque numbers, but the TLR uses its smoothly all throughout the powerband....it's awesome.

So, if it was so awesome then why did I sell it? Well, I realized that I really didn't need all that horsepower on the streets but I wanted a bike that was...#1. a Twin, #2 give me the same handling and #3. has good torque. So I got a Ducati 748 and then decided to go ahead and sell the TL.

One more thing, the TL puts alot of power to the ground especially in the curves and I started to notice that when I would go for a knee drag in a tight decreasing radius and then lay into the throttle that the rear tire would start to scoot out on me a little....like a pre-highside but it never turned into that.

Personally, I'm not thrilled about this whole "Super Lightweight Bikes" with "Super High Horsepower" thing. It just seems a little to dangerous for the street to me (just my opinion). The new GSXR750 is a good bike but it would be a great bike in my opinion if they would make it weigh 400lbs. dry instead of like 365 or whatever. When I rode the new 750 I got the exact same result as I did out of my TLR..the rear wheel wanted to scoot out and in my opinion thats because it has to much hp and not enough weight. It also chews up tires quick.

Of course I'm bias now because I did the "big bike/big hp" thing for a while but now I'm a believer in the smaller bikes...ie. the 600's which some are still a little too light in my opinion. So to make a long story longer...I think in comparing the TL series bikes to the GSXR series bikes that the GSXR600 would be the way to go. Thats the way I would've went but I'm just too big a fan of TWINS. :D Just my 2 cents.
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It's a toss up between the TLR and the 750 gixxer...If you LOVE torque, go with the TL...If you want THE fastest turning inline 4 sportbike in the world right out of the box, than get the 750....Either way, you can't lose...I ve ridden both, and was amazed.....I personally love the gixxer motor!!!!!!!!!!It has an explosive power curve, and a feel like no other!!!!Jimmy G
 

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Lets face it. If you can not go fast on any of those bikes you need to take lessons! No just you, anyone.
Personally, I love twins now that I have one. Engine braking is great and the extra torque at any RPM is bad*ss.
I agree with HUS about the excess power/weight. For most people it is excess on the street. I only have 78HP and can run with people who have a lot more power than I do. Not that I am all that fast but it is how you use what you have.
None of those bikes are bad, you have a hard decision!
 

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Don't forget insurance costs, always include that in the final price. The TL 1000 is going to be more since it's closer to the 1000cc mark.

I would go for a 2001 GSXR 600 or 750. Both are plenty fast and will tear up the twistes on command.
 

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The only thing that I can compare is 600's. I personally love my R6, with my main complaint being the notchy (clunky) transmission. Other than that, I really really love it. This bike seems like it handle curves a lot better than my old CBR and has a thrill factor that the honda just can't reproduce. If you like the high revvings of the GSXR, take the R6 for a spin. I can't say it's better, cause I have never had a GSXR, but I know the fun factor is definetely there. That is all. Return to work.
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What about the TLS?

I had a '97 gsxr-600 and I liked it. I really liked how light it was and how easy it was to turn. Then I got my TLS and I don't think I can go back to a smaller bike again. I love the noise the twin makes and the torque is something else. As for insurance, I am paying less for my 1000 cc bike than I did for my 600. Go figure. So that is my two cents. I don't think you will regret going big.
 
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