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First of all, let me say that I tried the cruiser thing when I re -entered the bike world a few years back, and was bored to tears. Then I tried the sport-tourer thing....still not doing it for me! Now I'm having a blast on my first real, no excuses sportbike. I am old (40) compared to most sportbike guys, but I still enjoy a good spirited ride! I am interesed in getting better, and having more fun with a track school. Does anybody know of any in the New York area? The closest one that I know of is in New Hampshire...is that my only option in this area? Also, my girlfriend and I (she rides a Kawi ZX 6)are always looking for friends to ride with on Long Island and up into New England.
 

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Wow, Rick. 40. Gettin' up there all right. ;)

Can't help you with location, but I have gone through sort of the same thing. Long absence. Coming back but not knowing where to jump in. For me, the revelation was accepting that there are two separate types of bike riding. The first is simple transportation and the second is performance thrills. It cost my new ZX-6R to find out that I shouldn't confuse the two. :crying:

Now, I satisfy feed the speed/performance hunger at the track, as you are contemplating.

If I was shopping another street bike, I think I would limit it to being a cruiser just to keep from forgetting that the thrills on the street should be limited to sunsets and mountain vistas. LOL :D
 

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Some riders question the safety of NHIS. I like Nesba but some of their better tracks like VIR are a long trip for you. It’s best to haul your bike, not ride it to the track.

Joss said:
If I was shopping another street bike, I think I would limit it to being a cruiser...
Don’t you have a couch & TV Joss? ;) Wait awhile and then try a standard or sport-standard for the street. Maybe a SV, they’re cheap.
 

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thanks guys...i appreciate the info:D
i knew you'd be able to point me in the right direction.
 

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Gawd, Hammer, you're even older than ME! LOL! :D

Bob, I've thought about an SV, but I'm afraid I'd start finding things to strip off of it and.... and... and... next thing you know...

I think that will be my "step up" if I ever outgrow my GS500. :)
 

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Joss, The GS500 can be a money pit, just like any other bike. The SV's are great race bikes, I know a few racers that have bought SV's after owning GSXR like bikes and love the SV. I also saw an SV at my last track day that had GSXR forks/rotors/wheels on it and I sold my extra set of GSXR forks to an SV owner for his backup bike.

Remember "Racing is cheap, winning is expensive."
 

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I agree, GS500Rider. From what little I know, I'd say the SV is probably the best low budget race bike out there. Looks like it is highly competitive in its classes, as well as being very easy to ride.
 
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