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Hey guys,

I imagine similar things might have been discussed before but I'm looking for a quite specific angle so here goes...

I currently have a first gen 99 r6 (5eb) and I love pretty much everything about it. The only issue I'm having is my sore back, shoulders and wrists (I have an existing joint and tendon issue), so I'm now wondering what would be a good second bike. (My bike is my only vehicle and I live in a city).

I really enjoy the amount of power and power band but could maybe go for something with a bit more bottom end torque.

For reasons of comfort I want something more upright.

I've been thinking along the lines of the mt09, street triple or even speed triple as they can be found cheaper when earlier models.
My concern with these bike is that they might be a bit too much in terms of power and get a bit twitchy and that this would make the ride a bit stressful.
Also, I would like to not spend too much if I could avoid it.
If anyone has found themselves in a similar position in the past and have some advice or if anyone wants to share their opinion that would be great!
Thanks
 

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Mt09, gsxs1000, z900/z1000, mt10, street triple/speed triple etc are all great street bikes. But if you want something with wind protection the gsxs 1000f and ninja 1000 are great choices.
 

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Before you call this idea crazy, go sit on one -
2003 - 2004 GSXR 1000.

Riding position feels like an arm chair compared to an R1 or an R6.
LOADS of power, and lots of torque down low and through the mid range - not a revvy top end bike at all. Very neutral handling. and, over here at least, theyre near half the price of say, an R1 of the same year.

I had one as a second bike to my old R1 and I used it as a daily commuter, did several trackdays on it and used it for several multi-day touring rides (2-3k miles in 4-5 days type thing)

Always comfortable, even when in the saddle all day for days on end, super reliable. one of the best bikes I've owned - its just a bit fugly to look at the front
 

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The newer R3 is a pretty decent bike in terms of low end power and upright position. Great city bike. Still plenty of power, both top end and down low.
 

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If you arent as worried about speed I always find myself enjoying riding the SV650's, great bikes affordable and comfortable.. otherwise the Street Triple are super nice bikes as well as Kawasaki's naked bikes are all fantastic machines.
 

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If you like the gsxr, have a look at the gsxs-1000. They don’t sell well and you can get them for a steal. They are great machines. 160hp, t/c, abs, digital display, brembo brakes, decent front forks. Needs a rear shock but otherwise I can’t say enough good things about mine. I also have a 2017 gsxr1000, but the gsxs1000 is so nice for riding in the street.

They make a naked and a fairing model.
 

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I would love a gxs-1k or 750, but ended up with a 99 R6. The 7 degree clipons were hideously uncomfortable at anything less than 30mph or so and stop & go was h3ll. I put 0 degree helibars on and it made a world of difference. Balance is more forward than my old Bandit was, so stop/go or slow speed parking lot stuff is a little bit awkward in comparison but not at all unreasonable. Would not keep riding the R6 with the oem clipons, just too much work.
 

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Thank you to everyone that contributed to this post!

I have been moving in and out of the country and been very busy so I've put getting a new bike on hold for a while.

I did however have a go on an mt09 the other week when I went in to get my tyres changed. Holy shit! What a fantastic bike! It exceeded all expectations.

I'm thinking I might try to have a go on some other cheaper options but I have a feeling I might end up getting an mt09 in the end.
 

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That's the bike I have had my eyes on for a while. Have not had a chance to test ride one yet, and afraid if I do I will talk myself into buying something I can't afford. So waiting for the funds to work themselves out before I overexcite myself. The ol' R6 just is not practical for me anymore, and the track never came into fruition.

...anybody want an overpriced 07 R6...:grin:
 

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2010 Yamaha FZ1 is a fairly comfy bike, and with a few mods nice and powerful! And that crossplane engine sounds amazing with a slip-on too!!
 
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