Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Cliffside Park, NJ
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having had a few 600's before, I'll pour some more gasoline in the fire:
how about a 1000 V twin? They have power like modern 750s and despite being heavier than the current middleweight crop of bikes, are great on the street. Lower rpm and smoother power delivery, make corner exits and on/off ramps your playground and they sure sound amazing.
If you still like inline 4s then a 750 is a great all rounder, has a ton of power, but not overwhelming in the twisties, and so light!
Generally speaking, if you are commuting, and riding the street, the bigger bike will be a more relaxing ride. you wont need to rip on it to get solid power, and the extra weight will help over road imperfections.
All the bikes you're talking about are super-sports - aka race bikes with lights. not exactly the perfect street machines. there are street dedicated machines that will be more comfortable, have great torque and gas mileage, be more forgiving and much cheaper to own. they are called sport tourers, they come in different sizes and shapes. from 600-1400 engine sizes and vary in weight and purpose.
my street only bike is a sports tourer, and i have no problems keeping up with any of my friends on 600s 750s 1000s on the street, where none of us should ride above 70-80% anyways. and i am more comfortable, get better gas mileage and pay half in insurance then they do. while having all the same fun. sure they are not as cool as a race replica, but that's a different story. :)
either way man, ride as many bikes as you can, life is too short to own one bike.
2007 RSV 1000R - Track
2005 RC51 - SOLD
2003 ZZR1200 - Street/Mod
2004 Durango HEMI - Tow duty