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Hey everyone,

Does anyone know of any somewhat slow, yet track oriented bikes with a quarter mile time of around 12-13 seconds?

I can only seem to find 500cc bikes with 14+ second times, or 600cc bikes with quarter mile times of 11 seconds or less.

Acceleration wise the Ninja 500r or the Ducati Monster 696 are basically idea for me, yet both of the bikes have the riders seated in a cruiser position.

I want a track oriented bike that feels fast, yet can be driven somewhat hard within the city rather than reaching illegal speeds without even shifting out of first gear.

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SV650S is a bit quicker than 12s - 13s, but make great track bikes once the suspension and brakes are sorted. (Shit you'd being doing to a Ninja 500 with clip ons, anyway.)
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Akumu! Unfortunately I am looking for a stock track oriented bike though and the SV650S is fairly upright. Speed wise though that would have been sweet though.

If anyone else has suggestions, please share.

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Ducati monster cruiser position ? Have you ever tried to fold yourself up on a monster ? I can assure you it aint not cruiser position . What you want to find though is one of the 400cc sport bikes like this fir instance ..
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Akumu! Unfortunately I am looking for a stock track oriented bike though and the SV650S is fairly upright. Speed wise though that would have been sweet though.

If anyone else has suggestions, please share.

Thanks
Check out this site and reply with what 'forward lean' you would like.

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Because, for the life of me I can't think of a Ninja 500 type (fairly slow) of bike that is that aggressive beyond some old 400s, which I would HATE to slide off down the track. $$$

Perhaps a Ninja 500 with clip ons? I guess, compared to a Ducati 1098 the SV650S is fairly upright, but not compared to something like an F4i. You could throw some Woodcraft clipons on just about anything... Rear sets, too.
 

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Then you don't want a sportbike. Because they are intended for high-speed use (hence the fairings), they are all geared quite tall relative to other bike types, and their torque band is high in the rev range as well, which gives them all that power but compounds the problem.

The antithesis is a cruiser - which makes a ton of torque at low rpm and provides great acceleration at those speeds, but runs out of revs quickly and requires upshifting sooner.

So, take those as your endpoints and slide along the line. Generally fewer cylinders = more torque and less rpm. Generally less super-sport-ish = less speed in gears and less top-end-oriented.

Specifically, I would point you at something like a Street Triple or the BMW F series, but a lot of bikes can be taken to the track successfully. Supermotos. Moto Guzzi V series. FZ6. Triumph twins.

Your quarter mile criterion seems somewhat weird, actually.

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I am looking for a stock track oriented bike though and the SV650S is fairly upright. Speed wise though that would have been sweet though.
The SV is pretty much THE beginner track/race bike. They're a dime a dozen at the racetrack because they are pretty much EXACTLY the sort of bike you're looking for.

But don't just take my word on it:

 

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Thanks a lot guys! Seems like the SV would be pretty suitable but I dont think what I had been looking for exactly exists. Idealyl what I had hoped to find was a bike that rides like a sport bike in every way when it comes to handling/rider positioning, but is more geared like the cruiser that kevin_stevens described.

That being said, I've never rider a SV 650 and by the way you all describe it it sounds like it handles really well while retaining it's ability to be used on a daily basis, so maybe that would be more suitable.
 

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So you're looking for a slow bike with a lot of torque that has an aggressive seating position?

Why are you so committed to having an aggressive riding position?
 

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Perhaps a Buell

Any of the Harley Engined Buells might meet your requirement. Lots of torque and handling.

However just get an SV. If you are worried about danger - bikes and speed aren't dangerous - unskilled riders are.
 

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I want a bike with an aggressive riding position because I find it way more enjoyable to ride especially in the corners. I love the feeling of riding a sport bike, but I want one that I can drive to it's full potential without losing my licence. I recently rode a 10 second bike and as soon as I laid on the throttle, I pretty much had to slow down because I was over then speed limit. I'd rather have to shift a couple of times before getting to that point, as well as have to downshift a few times when coming up to a corner. I think it's more enjoyable to drive a slower vehicle to it's full potential, then be forced to timidly drive a fast vehicle.
 

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I want a bike with an aggressive riding position because I find it way more enjoyable to ride especially in the corners. I love the feeling of riding a sport bike, but I want one that I can drive to it's full potential without losing my licence. I recently rode a 10 second bike and as soon as I laid on the throttle, I pretty much had to slow down because I was over then speed limit. I'd rather have to shift a couple of times before getting to that point, as well as have to downshift a few times when coming up to a corner. I think it's more enjoyable to drive a slower vehicle to it's full potential, then be forced to timidly drive a fast vehicle.
Well, now you're just being dumb. If you've ridden a motorcycle at all, you know very well that there isn't one out there that you can "drive to it's (sic) full potential" without being way outside of road regulations.

Grow up and learn some self-restraint or get a moped.

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Well, now you're just being dumb. If you've ridden a motorcycle at all, you know very well that there isn't one out there that you can "drive to it's (sic) full potential" without being way outside of road regulations.

Grow up and learn some self-restraint or get a moped.

KeS


He is not being stupid he is spot on the money. Especially as he seems to want to spend much time on the track. Also there are proper sport bikes you can ride to near full potentials on the street, they just don't sell em in the US .
 
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