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    Re: Wicked fun street bike


    Cliffs:
    Currently have a DR650 dual sport, and a 919 street bike. Good all around bikes for my intended usage, but a little boring. Want something with more character with a high grin-inducing factor, for <$6k.

    All those bikes on that non-inclusive list I've seen within that budget range, granted older models (Super Duke 990, Hyper/Monster 1100/796/821, etc)

    That Rivale 800 is sexy and would definitely fit the bill. But it is at the top end of my budget, and not sure on dealers nearby.
    Put a few miles on a friend's FZ09, it was the first year, with really choppy throttle response and poor suspension. Wouldn't rule one out for a killer deal though.
    Have a friend with a Super Duke 990 he offered to let me take for a spin. His isn't for sale, but he loves it.
    Had a couple leads sent to me so far- couple Duke 690's, a 950SM, couple Street Triples, etc. Will send a couple PM's on here.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    For the 690 Dukes see if you can locate a 2008-2011. That gen has Marchesini’s, Brembo brakes, and fully adjustable suspension. They’re also EFI where older models are carbureted. This is also the first gen with 6 speed an slipper clutch. It’s down a few horsepower on newer models but are kitted out better.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Do you want something fun that you can actually experience the fun without going to jail or does that not enter the equation?

    I would go for a somewhat comfortable riding position that you can utilize what makes the bike fun on the street. Uncomfortable but fun in a stable of bikes leads to another bike being chosen because who wants to be uncomfortable when you can be comfortable instead.

    Grin inducing horsepower can get you in trouble when ripping three gears puts you well into triple digits.

    That being said smaller displacement bikes are more capable of ripping through 3 gears and not reaching arrestable speeds. Don't want to go too small though as no torque can be a downer as well.

    KTM 790R, Husqvarna 701SM, KTM690 variants, Ducati street fighter

    Upright bikes that can be relatively comfortable with enough power to be fun but not so much as to get you arrested any time you try to use it.

    Everyone I know that has one, had one or has borrowed/ridden someone else's has a grin on their face that they can't get rid of for quite some time when they get off the bike

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    My 2016 GSX-R750 has some cracked fairing panels I’m replacing but is otherwise in great shape mechanically. Suspension upgrades ($$$) from Kates. Wonderful bike but I’m done with track days.

    It’s not on your list but man will it cook.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Is the 919 really that vanilla?

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Have you owned a Honda VFR yet? I highly recommend the experience. Relatively dirt cheap. Get one with the gear driven cams.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Have you owned a Honda VFR yet? I highly recommend the experience. Relatively dirt cheap. Get one with the gear driven cams.
    Agree- reliable and fun even if not the strongest bikes out there. Love my vfr!

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Have you owned a Honda VFR yet? I highly recommend the experience. Relatively dirt cheap. Get one with the gear driven cams.
    seems vanilla honestly.. not grin inducing IMHO

    Also subbing to this thread as I'm still looking for my Hyper or similar

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    hmmmm......

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Have you owned a Honda VFR yet? I highly recommend the experience. Relatively dirt cheap. Get one with the gear driven cams.
    Put a bunch of miles on a friends ‘06. Nice bike, nice engine, but a little too sportbikey ergonomically for me. Cycle-ergo says this “Sport-tourer” is nearly identical to my old CBR F4. Maybe if I found a cool streetfightered VFR.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    I have a 2005 Triumph Speed Four that is up for sale. Not sure how well this would hit your marks, but price would be good at the bottom end of your range.

    Similar style to a Speed Triple, except with an inline four. It has a LSL handlebar set-up for daily riding comfort and hooligan stuff but, if feeling sporty you can go back to the clip-on arrangement. It also comes with a removable rear rack that you could use with a top case. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear which was rare for a bike in the price range it was when sold new. I've used mainly on the street but have also tracked it and it handles well.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
    Is the 919 really that vanilla?
    yes. my sv650s was more entertaining.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by jhawley View Post
    yes. my sv650s was more entertaining.
    But but but it’s cbr900rr derived. I guess the “early 2000s “detuned for midrange’” really neutered it

    But I’ve never ridden a sv or 919.

    But I want to! Who wants to go on a swingers bike ride where we swap on and off. You get 2018 stage two street bob 107, I get…..??

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    '08 690 Duke in GA could be a nice bike. Enough mileage to show it's been ridden, not enough to be clapped out.

    I really like these 690's. This has strong big-boy motard track toy vibes for me. Flat 50 ft lb torque curve weighing sub 350 wet. Bookmarking to see if it lasts in inventory for a while and they want to deal

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    '08 690 Duke in GA could be a nice bike. Enough mileage to show it's been ridden, not enough to be clapped out.

    I really like these 690's. This has strong big-boy motard track toy vibes for me. Flat 50 ft lb torque curve weighing sub 350 wet. Bookmarking to see if it lasts in inventory for a while and they want to deal
    i always liked that version of the duke...the newer ones got uglier in my opinion...i still want one at some point but i'm torn as i like the 390 as well and i can't see owning 2...i also want an adventure-style bike for commuting...someday

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    ... Maybe if I found a cool streetfightered VFR.
    If a VFR is a possibility, why not my ZRX1200? ... other than the fact you already said no. Great ergos, even for an old guy like me. Many extras and upgrades, ready to ride, title in hand, etc. Some small cosmetic challenges. New this year: tires, battery, etc. Thinking $4200 with the new Ohlins currently on it, or $3200 with original OEM shocks, in your price range. Could go full James Compton and track it, too.
    https://jamescomptoncustoms.com/

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    ..a cool streetfightered VFR.
    Not really a bike that lends itself well to street-fighter-ing, IMO. The rads are split and to the sides. Really needs the plastics to work.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Not really a bike that lends itself well to street-fighter-ing, IMO. The rads are split and to the sides. Really needs the plastics to work.
    Give it a google, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    http://forums.13x.com/index.php?thre...ighter.358445/

    For those interested in a beautiful VFR street fighter

    Or a rider RGV250?

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...0675458697469/

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    A Superhawk might fit your needs. They are cheap enough now and the ergonomics aren't bad but, if the bike doesn't fit your ergonomics, just replace the bars with Heli-bars.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by guru_lou View Post
    A Superhawk might fit your needs. They are cheap enough now and the ergonomics aren't bad but, if the bike doesn't fit your ergonomics, just replace the bars with Heli-bars.
    Nah, I’m done with sportbike ergonomics on the street (and probably on the track too). Even a VFR with helibars is too aggressive. Shit I put a taller bar on my 919.

    I’m about this close to making an offer on a Superduke 990. But on the other hand, I’m wondering if I might find more options or a better deal over the winter.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    Nah, I’m done with sportbike ergonomics on the street (and probably on the track too). Even a VFR with helibars is too aggressive. Shit I put a taller bar on my 919.

    I’m about this close to making an offer on a Superduke 990. But on the other hand, I’m wondering if I might find more options or a better deal over the winter.
    I'd wait for winter....
    How many rides will you get in? how much will you want to tinker/ go thru it before riding etc.

    Weigh it vs getting a lower price in Dec and having 4 months to tinker etc?

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    hmmmm......

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/08-kt...uke-r.1520460/

    Relatively local & a fire breathing weapon for the streets

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Crconnor18 View Post
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/08-kt...uke-r.1520460/

    Relatively local & a fire breathing weapon for the streets
    Lol, I did see that one late last night, good looking out!
    I did make an offer on a standard SD990 last week, he was checking into how much he owed, hasn’t gotten back to me yet.
    From my research the R is considerably more track-focused, so the std is arguably a better street bike, dunno.

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    Re: Wicked fun street bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Crconnor18 View Post
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/08-kt...uke-r.1520460/

    Relatively local & a fire breathing weapon for the streets
    I'd hit it

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