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Hello all I have been riding on the street for about 2 years now. I have always had a yearning for getting to the track just so I can have some safe fun and really know how to ride. I don't want to risk dropping my 600rr because I really like her so I been searching for a track whore. I ran into a 2006 Honda F4i for 2k it's been down before and has that ugly banana boat seat.

Am I looking at a good track bike to start on something easy to ride and reliable. Also is 2000 too much for an entry level track bike. Let me know what you guys think

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If I could get a track bike for 2k I would haha. I think track bikes in my opinion should start off at least 3k. This is just what I have seen in my market over here in cali. Also I had a f4i you can swap the tail frame to a 600rr and use the solo seat and get rid of that **** banana seat look lol
 

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Is the f4i good to start on the track ? How how many people have a bike just dedicated for the track is this an uncommon thing
 

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Having a dedicated bike means you can have all sorts of non-road friendly stuff on it without worry, which is nice. I have keyless ignition, gearing changes and tires that would make street riding exhaustive and kinda sketchy.

F4i is just fine. It will be old enough that you will want to check on certain services being done, like forks, shock, maybe valves, etc. I do not know what the stock spring rate in the forks is but it may be back when japanese bikes were sprung low, so check up on that.

Finally, instead of an ugly street bike, look for track bikes other people are selling - while ridden hard, they are taken care of and will often have mods and things done to them that are handy for the track.
 

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Having a track bike is VERY common. The F4i is an unusual choice...but not a bad one.
I just been browsing and it seems like prices are going low since the weather is changing. I think I am going to hold off and look at an older cbr600rr the price difference doesn't seem like it will be that much if I hold off and wait a few months
 

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Easy to ship a bike. Mine would be ready to go and hit the track. New dunlop q3 rear included
 

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Is the f4i good to start on the track ? How how many people have a bike just dedicated for the track is this an uncommon thing
F4i would be ok to start on. I believe the riding position is not as aggresive as the 600RR or other 600's (R6, GSXR etc). You'd prob find after getting used to the track and picking up your pace you'll want to be more aggresive. I will say I borrowed a friends 954 which is not as aggressive as the 600rr I did not like the riding position. Not aggresive enough. Made turns ins harder etc. I also scraped by boots several times. (and yes, the balls of my feet were on the pegs).
I had both a street and track bike. Going to consolidate to just one bike. I'm not a racer so I do not need to wire, take everything off etc. So I could use 1 bike for both.
 

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Hello all I have been riding on the street for about 2 years now. I have always had a yearning for getting to the track just so I can have some safe fun and really know how to ride. I don't want to risk dropping my 600rr because I really like her so I been searching for a track whore. I ran into a 2006 Honda F4i for 2k it's been down before and has that ugly banana boat seat.

Am I looking at a good track bike to start on something easy to ride and reliable. Also is 2000 too much for an entry level track bike. Let me know what you guys think

Thanks

I think you should go ride track before you buy a track bike. You won't drop your street bike - think of your first track day as simply going for a moderately paced ride.
 

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I ended up saving up more coin and found a 2005 cbr600rr for cheap less than 3k it's been down before in a low speed low side it needs a new foot peg and fluid changes and I'm golden it even has new tires. If I don't drop the bike or don't like track riding I'll put it up on Craigslist where I found it. Plus it will give me experience doing more bike Maintaince over winter. Just got to wait until Christmas is over. Need to find a buddy to head to the track with as well! I don't know the ropes.
 

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I ended up saving up more coin and found a 2005 cbr600rr for cheap less than 3k it's been down before in a low speed low side it needs a new foot peg and fluid changes and I'm golden it even has new tires. If I don't drop the bike or don't like track riding I'll put it up on Craigslist where I found it. Plus it will give me experience doing more bike Maintaince over winter. Just got to wait until Christmas is over. Need to find a buddy to head to the track with as well! I don't know the ropes.
Good find! Mine is also an 05. Network with local forums and groups and you'll find the track people. They're always super helpful. Definitely a good idea to find someone to go with or at least pit with your first time.
 

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The f4i sucks as a trackbike. Well, its awesome, and so is the banana seat!!!! But:
- there is no leg lock on the bike like RR's have.
- the front end has .68kg springs stock so you HAVE to upgrade the springs and rebound valves at a minimum to actually use the bike.
-The low end is better then RR's so you'll outdrive them from corners until you hit about 80mph at which point there is nothing you can do as they pass you and R6's pass them.
-stock rearsets are way too low and need the plate risers from ebay as well as the feeler stubs removed at a minimum
-no way to use rear spools unless you weld something to the swingarm

The f4i is an amazing streetbike, but for trackwork the RR is leaps and bounds better IMO.
 
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