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General => General Bike Related Banter => To Buy or Not To Buy => Topic started by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 06:02:51 pm

Title: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 06:02:51 pm
So I have an itch to buy a sportbike.

Having started off biking on a KLR and having a Harley Sportster and a Triumph Tiger the one class I haven't even riden is a sportbike.

So what should I look at?  I'm a normal size 6 ft 4 115kg South African lad.

I don't want to go super fast and want something that looks awesome and that I can fit on ok.

Advice?

Thanks all.



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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Gerrard on July 11, 2021, 06:39:39 pm
I would have said BMW 1100s, but at 6'2" I just fit on it. Think it will be bit tight for you. Friend of mine has a Triumph 1050 Sprint he might sell. He is also around very tall and it fits him nicely. Very nice bike and nothing sounds like that tripple.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 06:41:24 pm
I would have said BMW 1100s, but at 6'2" I just fit on it. Think it will be bit tight for you. Friend of mine has a Triumph 1050 Sprint he might sell. He is also around very tall and it fits him nicely. Very nice bike and nothing sounds like that tripple.
That sounds very lekker let me check it out.

Thanks man

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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Gerrard on July 11, 2021, 06:44:32 pm
Then there is the Hen's teeth if you can find one... BMW1200 ST. Beautiful bike.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 06:48:53 pm
Looks nice

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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 11, 2021, 06:54:28 pm
Don't mess around. Get the Hayabusa.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Gerrard on July 11, 2021, 06:59:05 pm
Don't mess around. Get the Hayabusa.

Or SV1000. I've seen it leave a Busa behind until about 280km/h, then it looks for parking  :lol8:
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 07:00:17 pm
Hmmmm a hayabusa you say .....

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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Gerrard on July 11, 2021, 07:01:19 pm
If you want to go apeshit get an Aprilia RSV4. Buy extra underpants  :lol8:
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 11, 2021, 07:08:03 pm
If you want to go apeshit get an Aprilia RSV4. Buy extra underpants  :lol8:

This, along with S100RR, Gixxers, ZX's, etc are all superbikes, while the hayabusa is a sports tourer. More comfy than the hyperbikes, but as powerful.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: AfricaOffroad on July 11, 2021, 07:25:59 pm
You want one of these:
(https://i.postimg.cc/sf7WLz6V/5-EA2-F5-C1-D1-CA-43-A5-A737-FF484-EBDDE36.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7bPbCFrc)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Pr0B5mbb/724-DCD22-1-B3-F-434-C-B528-6-CEBE93-FC3-F3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QHk66KyV)
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 11, 2021, 07:30:54 pm
No, no, no, you can't rev these at a rally, they'll pop.

1290 se hol val uit by 240.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 07:44:47 pm
Sorry should have said I want a full faired bike not a naked. Not a naked fan.....of bikes ;)

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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Gerrard on July 11, 2021, 07:48:36 pm
1200 RS is also a beautiful bike.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Blikkies1 on July 11, 2021, 07:55:15 pm
I have the same itch but my pockets are empty due to other projects, when things change I'm dropping a tote bag full of cash on a BMW dealer's desk in exchange for a S1000RR. Good luck with the decision, start doing some push-ups - the riding position on these things is very different, forearms get pumped quickly.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: AfricaOffroad on July 11, 2021, 08:47:59 pm
I used to love my R1 of many years ago.
Sadly I am now too spoiled by many years of riding dual sports and am just not prepared to be seated hunched up, knees tucked  under my armpits with a 300km/h wind hitting me straight in the visor.

A while back I rode a Cbr600. Once again that high revving 4 cylinder was a thrill to the senses, but oh man, having to peer under the side mirrors of cars I was trying to lane split through , spoiled the experience.

It sadly just reinforced why a superbike probably wonít ever be in my garage again.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on July 11, 2021, 09:05:15 pm
BMW S1000XR - at least you can go like a super bike and then not have the aching back after the ride
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Tman21 on July 11, 2021, 09:30:05 pm
BMW S1000XR - at least you can go like a super bike and then not have the aching back after the ride

Im still a youngster but this is by far the most sensible optiin mentioned. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: lukestrugnell on July 11, 2021, 09:31:46 pm
BMW S1000XR - at least you can go like a super bike and then not have the aching back after the ride
Those are very nice.

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Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: big oil on July 11, 2021, 09:50:40 pm
I also love sportbikes, I owned several back in the day, but I found I had the most fun, not on the liter sized bikes, but the two ZX6R's I owned. 

It was more fun to wring the necks of the smaller engined bikes than the effortless power the liter bikes offered. 

Same thing during track-days.  The 600's were so much more fun than the too powerful 1000's.

Just my opinion though, some prefer the torque the 1,000's and larger bikes produce. 
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: BliknÍrs on July 11, 2021, 10:02:37 pm
I find myself looking at ZX10s on gumtree after having ridden a friends ZX14 on that sweeping road between Napier and Bredasdorp.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 11, 2021, 10:27:22 pm
I find myself looking at ZX10s on gumtree after having ridden a friends ZX14 on that sweeping road between Napier and Bredasdorp.

Endless long sweeps. Did those flat-out, throttle to the stops, in the 80's on a BMW R80RT.

For 6months solid.
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: luv2ride on July 12, 2021, 07:29:04 am
BMW S1000XR - at least you can go like a super bike and then not have the aching back after the ride

+1 -
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: JustBendIt on July 12, 2021, 07:39:51 am
I find myself looking at ZX10s on gumtree after having ridden a friends ZX14 on that sweeping road between Napier and Bredasdorp.

Endless long sweeps. Did those flat-out, throttle to the stops, in the 80's on a BMW R80RT.

For 6months solid.

It took 6 months to ride that ?

Lightning fast
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 12, 2021, 08:09:49 am
I find myself looking at ZX10s on gumtree after having ridden a friends ZX14 on that sweeping road between Napier and Bredasdorp.

Endless long sweeps. Did those flat-out, throttle to the stops, in the 80's on a BMW R80RT.

For 6months solid.

It took 6 months to ride that ?

Lightning fast

It was on a Beemer. Between assist trailers, parts downtime, recalls and big-ends, 6 months goes like a weekend. :3some:
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: the_BOBNOB on July 12, 2021, 08:19:14 am
Still miss my ZZR1100  :'(

Good luck with your purchases - there are so many nice fully faired bikes  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sportbike itch
Post by: Dux on July 12, 2021, 08:38:04 am
I find myself looking at ZX10s on gumtree after having ridden a friends ZX14 on that sweeping road between Napier and Bredasdorp.

The road between Napier and Caledon is lekker  .
Someone mentioned the 1050 Sprit earlier , that is a very good sports tourer , perhaps a bit older but the last of the Daytona 955ís were magical bikes . And then the Honda VFR range canít be faulted .