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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 06:47 AM
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Thats an awesome video, but wouldn't a Street Triple R kill it in a drag and road course race?
Depends on the rider(s), I say.

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Yes, but it races in a class against itself, not against fire breathing monsters...
You mean Sportsters?

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Thats an awesome video, but wouldn't a Street Triple R kill it in a drag and road course race?
Please forgive me for asking bur didn't you ask for a good track day bike?

If you want to play with the really fast boys on track day you want a liter bike; R1, Gixxer, 1198 duc, Z10 Kwak.

You want to play but not die real fast you ride; CBR600, R6, Daytona675R ect.

You want to go fast but not ruin your chance of walking again you run an air cooled Thruxton; fast, fun, forgiving (more so than a MVF4R).

You want to drag race get a Busa, K14; a street triple is simply a scaled down 675R and will win drag races only against Sportsters (stock) Guzzis and other behemoths.

There is a bike for every choice you asked about but I know of not one bike that will compete equally with all race and go fast situations you mentioned.

The cure sir is to get 3-4 bikes and enjoy all track day/drag strip day/ Sunday ride in the hills day you want to do. Good luck and ride safe.
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Get one of these for track day.
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60s definition.

Mandatory: Clip ons, rear sets, loud exhaust.

Optional: Half fairing. 5 gallon (imperial) fuel tank.

The term comes from the fact that we used to meet up at a transport cafe (the Ace used to be one) for a greasy 2" thick bacon sandwich and a mug of stewed tea, and ride to another one.

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Café Racer

Any sports-oriented motorcycle modified with the intent of reducing weigh and increasing performance and improving handling. The term originally emerged in 1960s Britain to define the stripped and modified motorcycles ridden by the counter-culture 'Rockers', who would ride these 'café racers' along predetermined routes at high speed against the clock. Legend has it that a song would be played on the café jukebox, and the rider would have to complete the route and return before the end of the song. Many did not return at all. Original cafe racers of the Rocker era were largely based on Triumphs, BSAs, Velocettes, Nortons, Vincents, Moto-Guzzis and Ducatis - or amalgamations of multiple bikes, like Tritons and Norvins.

A café racer can also be a true-grit sport bike rider who rides hard and fast on the street. As defined by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson:
"A thoroughbred Cafe Racer will ride all night through a fog storm in freeway traffic to put himself into what somebody told him was the ugliest and tightest decreasing-radius turn since Genghis Khan invented the corkscrew.

Cafe Racing is mainly a matter of taste. It is an atavistic mentality, a peculiar mix of low style, high speed, pure dumbness, and overweening commitment to the Cafe Life and all its dangerous pleasures... I am a Cafe Racer myself, on some days - and it is one of my finest addictions." (Excerpt from "Song of the Sausage Creature"
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Stripped down, cobbled together piece of crap that if you are lucky will do the ton and you will not die in the process.

A lot like the original street fighters but of a different era.

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Get one of these for track day.
You have a better chance of hooking up with the models in the background than actually getting a new Norton.

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Please forgive me for asking bur didn't you ask for a good track day bike?

You want to go fast but not ruin your chance of walking again you run an air cooled Thruxton; fast, fun, forgiving (more so than a MVF4R).


The cure sir is to get 3-4 bikes and enjoy all track day/drag strip day/ Sunday ride in the hills day you want to do. Good luck and ride safe.
I want a good all around bike. I currently ride everday no matter what the weather is so it needs to be comfortable. I also want to do weekend track days but I'm not out there to be the fastest guy on the road, I just want to have fun. I have a car but it just collects dust, and I can't afford more than one bike right now.

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Find a street fighter type bike that appeals to you like the speed or street triple.

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