Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Mexico City
Motorcycle: GSX S750, D675R, Versys 650
Which bike for the track?
My GSXR 750 is done for and I'm replacing it with a Daytona 675 R; if I was wary of wrecking the GSXR in the track I'm even more about the Daytona. Honestly i wanted a bike with ABS for the street and I don't want to buy a 1000cc; took me a while to find a non-gray market bike with ABS and it's a Daytona. Tons of CF parts, questionable parts availability and not a whole lot of options for aftermarket street fairings...
Having a gray market bike here is a PITA as you might not be able to insure it. Most people couldn't care less, but I like my ducks in a row. This has made my options a bit, uhm, questionable... These are the non-gray market bikes that I might be able to get:
- Ninja 650 - they are rare.
- Ninja 300 - also rare.
- KTM 390 - tons of them out there.
- Yamaha R3 - a dime a dozen.
- Suzuki Gladius - not so common, but they come up for sale
So I'm a fast B group rider, never felt comfortable in the A group and that is what I want to achieve here. End goal would be to be able to build up my skills and confidence to the level I can take the Daytona to the track and actually enjoy it. It's not like it would be my first track day or like if I were a noob, but I feel like I'm at that point where mistakes start to get you in trouble, so I want to have some coaching.
The advantage I think the Gladius has is the lack of fairing, much cheaper to setup for the track; but no one seems to track them.
The KTM looks like the best option "out of the box", but considering I'd have to spend money on suspension on either one, does the stock advantage remains on the modified bike?
I loathe the ninjette and most krap-a-sakis based on my experience with them; I've owned 4 kawasakis. From my own research it seems that whatever is available to build the Ninjette into a trackbike is also available for the R3...
Which gets me to the R3; looks like the most balanced one.
So which one would you pick?