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Old 03-05-08, 11:56 PM   #1
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Sport / Super Bike rec: Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati? 600, 750, 1000?

I'm looking for another toy and am set on a 2008 Sport / Super Bike. Any recommendations on the manufacturer and displacement? I had Suzuki Dual-Sport with a Yoshimura exhaust and was leaning towards the Suzuki GSX-R models, particularly the GSX-R 600. Anyone riding a 600, 750, or 1000? Which has better handling for canyon roads, splitting traffic, and carrying a passenger? How's the gas mileage for each engine? For those of you in the L.A. area that modded your bikes, where did you get it done?

Here's a 2007 liter shootout between the CBR, GSX-R, ZX-10R, and R1.

Here's a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R 600 & 750 review. And another 600 review.

And here's a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 review. 194 hp and 9 second 1/4 mile lap times!

As for Honda, here's a 2008 CBR 1000RR review.
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Old 03-06-08, 12:02 AM   #2
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Can you please add Bimota to the list....

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Old 03-06-08, 01:15 AM   #3
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Had a Katana 750 many moons ago, but can't speak to the current crop of sport/super bikes. I'm looking at a Harley Fat Bob myself... now I just have to find one.

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Old 03-06-08, 01:20 AM   #4
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suzuki TS-250 two stroke one banger here. loads of fun, I hear they've gone to four stroke and upped teh displacement considerably. don't kill yourself on an overpowered machine, dude!
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I liked the 1000RR a few years back. Been out of the states since then though so haven't seen anything new.
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Old 03-07-08, 01:57 AM   #6
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i loved my cbr600RR, I prefer 6's and tight twisty roads myself
but i lost my dl so i am stuck on my bicycle for a bit.

and lane splitting is illegal where i am from.
last i checked the cbr gets about 27-30 miles to a gallon


I used to be a yamaha mechanic and the r-6 didnt impress me much but the r-1 is ok once the suspension gets a little love.
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Old 03-07-08, 02:01 AM   #7
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i loved my cbr600RR ... last i checked the cbr gets about 27-30 miles to a gallon
Nice bike and shop! But only 30 mpg tops for a 600cc? I was thinking it would get at least 35 if not upwards of 50 mpg.
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Old 03-07-08, 02:03 AM   #8
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ummm
my cbr had

intake
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power comander
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about 117-120hp vs stock 102-104

would power up in the first three gears with stock gearing vs the just first gear
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Old 03-07-08, 02:10 AM   #9
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Nice, did you use a dyno to break it in? I've read some sites and seen the picture of their pistons recommending to ride it hard to break it in otherwise the pistons wouldn't seat correctly.
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nah, I followed the factory break in method as much as i could. but i assumed the previous owner has done it incorrectly. I actually purchased it as a repo,
it didnt have many miles and no metal debris in the oil pan.

but combination of at the time being a poor college student and owning a primary bike i couldnt afford to maintain. I was riding a zx7rr. <-yes 2 r's.
that bike had to be taken apart almost every week to chase some problem and i needed something i could ride daily so i got the honda cheap.

the 7 was fun to ride but it was a drama queen and needed lots of love and someone to tell it that is was pretty.
parts were pricey, hard to find, didnt share with the normal zx7r. it ate spark plugs. but it to this day i have never ridden a bike with a better suspension setup.
between ohlins internals up front a ohlins steering damper and a fox rear shock. rode like a dream,
had a slipper clutch and a bunch of other really trick parts on it. but not the stuff you wanted to replace when they broke.
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Old 03-07-08, 07:29 AM   #11
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Hey Court!!

Guess what I got?

I have a mini version of that yellow one there!!! A Kenny Roberts RZ350NC California Edition (catalytic converters)!! (Still clean - never been dropped, never been down, 12,000 miles)

I used to ride a Ninja 1000R and an FJ1200 back in the day.

After that I got into cars. But I still have the RZ.
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Old 03-07-08, 08:08 AM   #12
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Hey Court!!

Guess what I got?

I have a mini version of that yellow one there!!! A Kenny Roberts RZ350NC California Edition (catalytic converters)!! (Still clean - never been dropped, never been down, 12,000 miles)

I used to ride a Ninja 1000R and an FJ1200 back in the day.

After that I got into cars. But I still have the RZ.
Siu chan, you rock

This bike was sitting around for free a few weeks back. Keys left in and no sign of the owner. It was infront of McDonalds so I guess he / she was inside having a feed.
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Old 03-07-08, 08:40 AM   #13
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I currently own two bikes and ride two others. I have an 05 Gixxer 750 and a 07 Gixxer 600. I love them both for different reasons.

I also ride my brother's 06 Gixxer 1000 and his 03 Ninja ZX-6 so....PM me if you'd like the lowdown on what I think of each and gas mileages etc. But my short answer... GSXR 750 is what I recommend.
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I will add that even with all the mods...my 07 GSXR 600 still gets 39 mpg...with 119hp! Before I started messing with it I was getting 45 mpg.
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Old 03-07-08, 08:43 AM   #15
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Ducati 848.

Great bike, longer service interval, reasonably priced to compete with the japanese bikes, etc.

FWIW - I have a Ducati ST4s with the 996 Desmoquattro and can tell you that the sounds this bike make are intoxicating. The bike pulls like a locomotive from 3k to 10k and the handling of a Ducati is 2nd to none.

If I had to go Japanese, I would be all over a used Gixer 750. But since i dont have too, I'd go 848.

I'd suggest looking at Aprilla or MV Augusta too, but MV's cost and arm & a leg and Aprilla's dealer network and parts availablity leaves a little bit to be desired. But since you in LA, that may not be a problem.
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Hey Court!!

Guess what I got?

I have a mini version of that yellow one there!!! A Kenny Roberts RZ350NC California Edition (catalytic converters)!! (Still clean - never been dropped, never been down, 12,000 miles)

I used to ride a Ninja 1000R and an FJ1200 back in the day.

After that I got into cars. But I still have the RZ.


Whoa, Kenny Roberts got his own line of bikes?
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Ducati 848

Ducks are certainly nice...but serious coin compared to a Suzuki.
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Ducks are certainly nice...but serious coin compared to a Suzuki.
Only a couple thou more. The 848 is $12,999. The 1098 is 14,999. Not a bad deal by Ducati standards. They really are trying to grab market share. For comparison, my 6 year old ST4s stickered out at 15K plus in 2002. So value has gone up and the pricing has come down realatively speaking.

I dont know what a Gixer 600 or 1000 goes for though.

http://www.ducati.com/en/bikes/my200...odel=SBK848-08

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2008/...01-848test.htm
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ducs are some of the best sounding bikes out there, one day it is a goal of mine to own one.
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I am very, very happy with my 2007 Kawasaki ZX6R (Ninja 600). I'm amazed at how fast it is and how it handles.




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Honda CBR600RR.




I prefer 600's. If you really want a bigger engine go with a 1000RR but a 600 is fast enough.

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ducs are some of the best sounding bikes out there, one day it is a goal of mine to own one.
Im afraid that no matter how hard i work, i'll never be able drop 40k on the most race ready street bike in the world. The 1098R.



So i'll have to settle for something a little more in line with my affordablity index.

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I prefer 600's. If you really want a bigger engine go with a 1000RR but a 600 is fast enough.

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I agree, and for the 2007 and 2008's I believe the best two bikes are the CBR600rr and the ZX6R. Each of them have their plusses. The reviews are pretty much split between them.
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Whoa, Kenny Roberts got his own line of bikes?
No. It's a smaller (read: legal) version of the race of the 500 he raced. The one I have has his "signature" (decal) and it looks very similar to the one above. They made those two strokes for only the years of 1984 and 1985. I forgot the exact number but there was a limited amount of them made with the NC after the 350. That is supposed to represent the California editions that had the catalytic converters. The engine is 350 and is nicknamed the "pocket rocket". Because of its performance they usually only raced it against 500s and not 350s.

They made them in yellow/black and red/white/blue.


Edit: Oooh!! Found this little tidbit on it!

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On the sport bike side of the equation, I'm partial to 600's. They seem to be the right mix of power and handling. I don't road race and I'm a little guy, so I've never found myself in a position where I needed more acceleration than my CBR had.
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