I know Ive said this exact same post prob word for word about 100 times including this line Im typing now. If your looking for justification to buy a bike you already made your mind up on(sounds like it to me) its not going to happen here. A quick search of the forum and review of the stickies will point out most ppl here will tell you to not even start on a 600. Im not gonna lie, my wording is simple...starting on a 1k is plain stupid. Sure it can be done, but its stupid, honestly. I agree one hundred percent about it being a handicap and sounds like your for your type of riding just silly.
I remember one of my first track days, I was on a 600 and there was a guy on a busa. We pulled out with him right behind me and all through the first lap I never saw him. Come to the main straight and towards the end here he comes FLYING past me. Some time around the 2nd or 3rd turn I was passing him, wouldnt see him again till another long straight or maybe all the way to the main straight but almost every time he would in fact technically cross the start finish before me by just opening it up on the main straight. By the end of the day I was getting better and he was never able to pass me again. I had put so much distance on him through the tech stuff that his extra 700ccs weren't doing shit for him. He was handicapped by a bigger heavier bike and not progressing in his skill because he was relying all on the power.
Most guys on here know what I say in moments like these...if you wanna be fast, Its better to learn to ride a slow bike fast, then a fast bike slow. Smooth is fast, and there is NOTHING smooth about a newb on a 1k. There is also NO margin for error.
This is a post I once read that I really liked. From another forum back in 07 (it was debating starting on a 250 or 600 and this guy was against 600)
"You'll be a much more proficient and better rider if you learn to ride a slow bike fast.
A fast rider on a slow bike = a fast bike
A slow rider on a fast bike = a slow bike
If you don't plan on riding fast, then there's no reason for a 600?
People who start off on larger more powerful bikes are slower to become proficient riders. I bet you most of those that say to you that "a 250 will just get boring too quickly" can't even ride a 250 to its limits
Do a course
My $0.02 - but I'm a grumpy old man "
Gotta crawl before you run man. There are days I think I have no business on my 1k and Ive been riding it for years. I hop on my wifes 600 and tear shit up thinking man....Im gettin me one of these. I also ride a 600 on the track and LOVE it compared to my 1k.
K5 1K street - '10 600RR track
Last edited by SRAD600; 02-29-2016 at 06:14 PM.