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    Default Smaller bikes for street/track days

    My lack of garage space is making me consider thinning the herd of bikes, and I'm starting to think about selling two and buying one of these newer ~400cc bikes (RC390, R3, Ninja..).

    Trying to see if there's appeal in downsizing from my GSXR600 track bike. The only issue I have with it is that it's my only super sport bike, so the few times I do make it to the track, it's hard to make it through a full session before my back is screaming at me. I know a lot of this is probably due to less than efficient body position, conditioning, etc. but I think it's also because that's literally the only time I ever ride a bike with clip ons. If I get a different bike, I would plate it so it can do double duty. The lower power would make me learn better riding techniques, ride a slow bike fast, blah blah blah...

    That said, I imagine could do practically the same thing cheaper with an SV. And with that said, I was told if I ever wanted SV power on my GSXR, just ride it a gear higher.

    On the other end, there is a 250 collecting dust in my parents garage I could probably use if I wanted to, but I think the low power would frustrate me too much.

    Anyone have experience with these 400s? I can't tell if my points are valid or if I'm just trying to validate getting something new. FWIW money wise I think I could break even 2 for 1.


    Edit: or should I buy a dirt bike.
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    Why not just put some risers or Helibars on the GSXR?

    Both Tony and Ken at TTD do that.
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    I feel the same way about my F4i on the track, every time I'm going down pit lane after a session, I'm thinking, "ugh this is so uncomfortable, how can people street ride on these bikes"

    I had a ton of fun flogging my 20-something horsepower DR350 at Thompson.

    There's some nice very low mile Duke 390's on CL for well under $4g...

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    I am seriously considering bring our BMW 310R to the track this year. Its a ton of fun on the street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theducman View Post
    I am seriously considering bring our BMW 310R to the track this year. Its a ton of fun on the street.
    Do it. Missy's Versys 300 was awesome at Palmer. Especially if it rains.
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    Good point. It would be a blast to ride at that track.
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    I suppose the comfort and bike size are two different discussions, I'm all over the place. Although helibars would be pretty cost effective. Then I'd just be selling the other bike for the sake of selling a bike, which is no fun lol.

    Has anyone ridden one of those KTMs? I guess those 390s are really what are appealing to me.

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