Find myself wanting a sports bike


#1

So recently I’ve found myself wanting a sports bike, even though it’s entirely not practical.

I do a 60-mile round trip commuting every day, up the A2 from Kent, through the Blackwall Tunnel and across the city to Farringdon. I’m 6’ 4" and my current bike is a Tiger 1050.

For some reason, I have it in my head that some sort of Panigale would be a great bike. Maybe it’s a near midlife crisis happening.

Another other tall people who ride sports bikes on a daily basis?


#2

I’ve got the same pang and nearly bought Mrs Jay’s S1000RR.

That’s still the bike I’ve got my eye on. Just need to justify it now.


#3

R6 or daytona 675 are REALLY narrow for getting around town but you have to live with leaning on your wrists a lot and feathering the clutch in slow moving traffic.


#4

My commuting bike for many years was my 748 (hence username) and it really was narrow which made it surprisingly practical for filtering.

Comfort, now that’s a different story.


#5

What are you commuting on now @Michael748?

I’d say about 80% of my journey is filtering these days with the clearest parts being within London.


#6

Probably two of the most uncomfortable sports bikes around proper forced into the racing position on these,i was the same wanted a sports bike got one a Daytona 675 within 2 months after not being able to control my speeds on it ,engine and frame getting super hot and generally being uncomfortable on it decided to do a trackday on it and got hooked on trackdays​:+1::+1::+1::+1:.
The Cbr600rr are more comfortable for roads s1000rr I’ve heard are pretty comfortable too.


#7

I know a couple of tall lads that ride KTM RC8’s without any issues.


#8

Today it was a Piaggio 125 :slight_smile: - which is pretty rubbish at squeezing through gaps because if its wide mirrors and fat arse.

My 748 has been replaced with a Supersport which, despite the name, is a softer bike with a more compliant ride and taller wider bars. Although it is still an L-twin motor it’s a lot more porky than the 748.


#9

I’m 6’2 but long legs and have commuted on a couple of older ZX6’s. Great for tight gaps. Not so great for wrists and ankles tucked up by your ears. After a week or so I find you get used to whatever your riding; I say go for it!


#10

s1000rr… use it daily for my daily work hack :slight_smile:


#11

Been commuting into c London on my 600rr for over 2 years now for a 30m round trip and loving it. Honda, apparently, is more comfortable compared to its peers and reliable. If you fancy a sport bike, go for it!


#12

i used to commute on a sports bike 146 mile round trip daily
the reason i stopped was 2 accidents sent my insurance preimum through the roof
now i got my NCP back & im 1 year away from not having to declare the accidents
ill be back on a sprts bike once the triumph has goon poop


#13

Oooh, going to go gixxer again? I hear the Ducati 959 has excellent service intervals.


#14

They ask you about any accidents or claims going back 5 years now! It’s bloody ridiculous!


#15

Haven’t decided yet
But the 1000cc GSXR Is on my list


#16

I’m not quite as tall as you (5’ 9") but S1000RR and GSX-R1000 would be my two choices. I think BMW is a bit bulkier from what I remember. I myself ride GSX-R750 and 1000 feels the same size physically so maybe 750 could also be an option.

One thing I can say (as probably many others) - you have to go try them yourself. No-one can tell you what suits you best. I remember being 110% set on the ZX-6R a few years ago and only went for a testride just to make sure. I was glad I did as it was the most uncomfortable bike I had ever ridden. The tank felt so narrow that I ended up not being able to support my upper body by pressing my thighs against it. As a result all the weight was on my wrists and after the first 10 minutes I was aching and couldn’t wait to get off it.

For comparison, I went straight to a Suzuki dealership as I had a testride for the GSX-R750 booked and it felt as comfortable as if I had been riding that bike my whole life purely because of its shape. Go figure.


#17

There is a nice GSXR 750 on a 2010 plate at a shop near me. Might go an take it out for a ride on Saturday.

Would like a 1000 but I think for the riding I’ll do a 750 should scratch the itch.


#18

up to K9 the 1000 gsxr is wider after that the 1000 got slimmer