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Comfortable bike for a track day?
« on: 10/16/17 10:31PM »
The forum is a bit slow so here's a topic I'm thinking about.

A few months ago I bought a Triumph Daytona 675.  I had one from 06 to '11 and loved it.  When I saw this very clean low mileage 07 model, I had to have it.  I haven't done a track day for a while and remembered how great the Daytona is on the track.

Well, last weekend I rode the Triumph to Morro Bay and back in 2 days.  It was a very fun trip, but my 59 year old body was not happy when I got back.

I want to get a more comfortable bike, but I'd still like to do an occasional track day.  I'm leaning towards a Street Triple.

What do you think is the most comfortable bike that would also be good at a track day?

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #1 on: 10/16/17 11:07PM »
I sold my Street Triple R in favor of a trusty VFR.

All day comfort with room for fun.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #2 on: 10/17/17 08:14AM »
I believe you would be better off taking a sport bike like your 675 and changing the bar and footpeg position to make it more comfortable. Because you will have the lightweight great handling chassis yet comfortable enough for longer trips.

Or get a naked sport bike made to be exactly like the above from the factory, sans bodywork of course.

If it were my choice to get a bike to do what you want to do, I’d get the new GSX-S 1000 or 750, or the Triumph Street Triple R.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #3 on: 10/17/17 09:12AM »
Aprilia RSV4 and get the higher bars from a Tuono. Ride there in the Tuono setup and switch to RSV4 setup once you get to the track.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #4 on: 10/17/17 09:25AM »

Tuono or Street Triple would both be great choices.  You won't be faster on a sport bike unless you are Expert group pushing the limits. 

There was a guy out at Chuck on a STR last month; he was going at a good clip.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #5 on: 10/17/17 09:26AM »
I test rode the Daytona a couple of years ago, and knew it was not going to be a comfortable daily mount, it's aggressive attack position of ass in the air/weight on your wrists is great for Chuckwalla, but not for the 405.  The S1000RR or S1000R are a good compromise and would not hesitate to take either on a road trip especially with cruise control.  It might be too much bike for the track, but the riding modes can keep things in check.  Having owned the Speed Triple, they are great bikes, all-day comfortable, and you're looking at new, the newest Street Triple RS updates the Triumph to the 2010's with its TFT display, also the RS features a track mode which the lesser models don't.  Another model to consider, FZ-09 or FZ-10, the literbike, I also test rode is comfortable and the sound of that crossplane I-4 is addicting. 
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #6 on: 10/17/17 09:29AM »

Tuono FTW :D

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #7 on: 10/17/17 09:38AM »
The S1000RR is sooo friendly to ride on track, I loved it!  Feels like a Ninja 300 with 200hp.  I rode one with CA Superbike school.  I wish they were a bit more affordable because it's easier to ride than my R6.



The S1000RR or S1000R are a good compromise and would not hesitate to take either on a road trip especially with cruise control.  It might be too much bike for the track, but the riding modes can keep things in check.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #8 on: 10/19/17 12:49AM »
See if you can put some street triple bars on it and aftermarket seat. Adjustable rear sets may help with foot peg lowering for long rides. The Street Triple lack wind protection for touring.
My 99 VFR800 has thousands in suspension, lighter wheels and steering head modifications and a quick shifter, so I can't wait to try it on the track. With just the suspension dialed in it is a great all around bike even for a track day now and then.
But i love those Daytonas and if i had yours i would mod it.
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #9 on: 10/19/17 05:55AM »
I'll third the '99 VFR as a great track bike.  Comfortable enough to ride to Willow Springs, do a track day, then ride home.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #10 on: 10/19/17 07:01AM »
Although a little over weight compared to the 600 and even most modern 1000 bikes, I find my 01 VFR to be a great and comfortable track bike. I’ve been to Chuckwalla, Fontana, Laguna Seca and Sears Point on it and have had no issues. Even got a compliment from a rider on an R1 who thought me and my friend, who also had an 01 VFR, were making it look like we had “real” track bikes!

You will get passed by just about every liter bike out there with a competent rider aboard, even some 600 class bikes with the same onboard but honing the craft is what a track day is for me, not to be “first”, that’s for racing and if that were the case then the VFR would be out classed a bit.

I’ve trimmed some weight off of mine with replacing the stock 01 headers with lighter 98-99 headers, removed the passenger pegs, replaced the stock exhaust can with a Two Brothers carbon fiber can and replaced the stock battery with a lighter lithium unit. I don’t know the exact amount trimmed but it feels good on the track. I will say that the stock suspension might be a little less than desired for the track, I had my front end rebuilt to suit my weight and for track riding, even added rebound adjusters. The rear was replaced with a Penske shock, which was also rebuilt to suit weight and ridng type.
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #11 on: 10/20/17 09:27AM »

Tuono or Street Triple would both be great choices.  You won't be faster on a sport bike unless you are Expert group pushing the limits. 


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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #12 on: 10/20/17 09:55PM »
I had an 08 VFR for a few months, and also a Tuono for a couple of months.  I realize the VFR has a lot of fans, and I'll never forget the ride around Willow Springs on the back of a VFR being piloted by Reg Pridmore, but the VFR is just too big, heavy and slow for my taste.  I miss the Tuono a lot.  I should probably go with another Tuono.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #13 on: 10/22/17 09:29AM »
Ever thought of an SV650? Not the fastest bike in the world, but very popular for track days. Cheap, bulletproof, comfy. Quick but not fast. Tops out at 120ish, but gets past 100 quickly enough.

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« Reply #14 on: 10/22/17 10:38AM »
Ever thought of an SV650? Not the fastest bike in the world, but very popular for track days. Cheap, bulletproof, comfy. Quick but not fast. Tops out at 120ish, but gets past 100 quickly enough.
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #15 on: 10/22/17 11:31AM »
I guess if you're considering something like the VFR too heavy and slow, you should look towards a S1000RR. Probably the most 'streetable' supersport bike on the market, top notch build quality, suspension, but comfortable ergos!

I'd be wary of nakeds, personally. They are just mentally and physically tiring compared to a faired bike over a long period of time.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #16 on: 10/22/17 07:44PM »
I had an 08 VFR for a few months, and also a Tuono for a couple of months.  I realize the VFR has a lot of fans, and I'll never forget the ride around Willow Springs on the back of a VFR being piloted by Reg Pridmore, but the VFR is just too big, heavy and slow for my taste.  I miss the Tuono a lot.  I should probably go with another Tuono.
I have to agree that the VFR can feel large heavy and slow for the track.
Some great deals out there on tarted up V2 Tuonos but if you can afford the V4, that is a great bike for the money too. I almost bought my 2008 tuono back from my friend but wifey kahboshed thag idea.
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #17 on: 10/23/17 10:09AM »

I'd go with the '16+ 1100.  A lot of issues from the older models were resolved.  Leftover models are surprisingly cheap.  It's definitely not a touring bike though; more like a very comfortable sport bike with decent wind protection (probably the best of the nakeds).  If I did longer distance on it, I'd consider a better windscreen and adjustable rear sets and it should be close to all day comfortable.

I had an 08 VFR for a few months, and also a Tuono for a couple of months.  I realize the VFR has a lot of fans, and I'll never forget the ride around Willow Springs on the back of a VFR being piloted by Reg Pridmore, but the VFR is just too big, heavy and slow for my taste.  I miss the Tuono a lot.  I should probably go with another Tuono.
I have to agree that the VFR can feel large heavy and slow for the track.
Some great deals out there on tarted up V2 Tuonos but if you can afford the V4, that is a great bike for the money too. I almost bought my 2008 tuono back from my friend but wifey kahboshed thag idea.

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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #18 on: 10/23/17 08:11PM »
Any thoughts on modifying the Daytona with street triple bars, top bridge and a better seat? The Tuono is not as light and flickable as the middle weight Triumphs. I never felt more comfortable riding balls out as I did on my 08 Street Triple.
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Re: Comfortable bike for a track day?
« Reply #19 on: 10/23/17 08:36PM »

The Tuono is very deceptive.  The only time it feels a little heavier is when you're pushing it around the garage but it actually handles extremely well; very stable too.  I bought it as my Daytona replacement.

You can only go up about an inch on the Daytona before you need to start modifying the fairings for clearance; nothing is impossible but way more headache than I'd want to go through.


Any thoughts on modifying the Daytona with street triple bars, top bridge and a better seat? The Tuono is not as light and flickable as the middle weight Triumphs. I never felt more comfortable riding balls out as I did on my 08 Street Triple.

 

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