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Track bike possibility?

Hey everyone. I have kinda been passively looking for something I could use as a track bike. Don't want to spend much, but would like to try riding the track, and could not bear/afford to fix the Speed Triple if I drop her. Saw this on CL in San Antonio, and didn't know if they made track plastics for this and how hard the bearings were to fix. I couldn't find a Ninja 550 (Title of ad) or a 500 (in description of ad) anywhere. Any info that anyone could give would be great. I am not gonna run down right now to get it, but if the feedback comes back positive, I may give the guy a call and go look at it.

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Can you do the work or are you having a shop repair it?

If you have the tools and knowledge to do an engine overhaul, it might be worth it. But why not get a running bike instead for a thousand more?

I wouldn't mind getting this one: http://ti2tt.com/node/668


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Well, I have always wanted to try an engine overhaul, and that is one reason I was kinda interested. Would give me a reason to tear one apart and rebuild it. I think I have the bulk of the tools needed, probably need just a few more. I have the mechanical inclination and would certainly buy a manual. I just don't have the experience yet. I just wasn't sure if this was a usable track bike, or if they made plastics for it. Also, the extra thousand could go towards the parts and plastics and some track days.

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Then I would say do it; not sure if track plastics are required for most track day organizations.

BTW Can I borrow $3k? I still like the R6 with all the goodies.

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I see lots of these at Wera races. Not sure what class they run in but they sure are popular. I would think there are plenty of people that have alot of indepth knowledge about the bike.

Try looking up info on EX 500, instead of ninja 500, you'll have more luck.

Here's a link to some bodywork, I've seen a couple of them running modern 600 bodywork too.

http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/...5001987-93.htm

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Found some stuff on EX500. Thanks! That helps quite a bit. Couldn't find Ninja 500 or 550 anywhere.

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Biggest problem running an EX or any other older bike. The selection of tires is limited. There are a few guys who still run them in light weight twins. The problem is a SV will stomp it into the ground.
Personally I would look at SV pre fuel injected the motors seem to hold up better. Ton of parts and go fast goodies. Good selection of rubber in those tire sizes. The Sv is a fun bike to ride. I hoped on one at a track day. My friend couldn't believe he had hard time keeping up with me on his RS 250. They are very forgiving for new track riders and advanced riders can ride the wheels off one.
You can't say that for most 600's and 1000's

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Biggest problem running an EX or any other older bike. The selection of tires is limited. There are a few guys who still run them in light weight twins. The problem is a SV will stomp it into the ground.
Personally I would look at SV pre fuel injected the motors seem to hold up better. Ton of parts and go fast goodies. Good selection of rubber in those tire sizes. The Sv is a fun bike to ride. I hoped on one at a track day. My friend couldn't believe he had hard time keeping up with me on his RS 250. They are very forgiving for new track riders and advanced riders can ride the wheels off one.
You can't say that for most 600's and 1000's
I was going to say the same thing, look into getting a SV for the track rather then the EX.

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I say get an older 600 and skip the EX500, your mechanical aspirations notwithstanding.

F2, F3 early ZX6R or GSXR600, hell, first gen R6's can be had pretty cheap too but if you're patient and look hard enough you find any of these all tracked up, and in reasonably good condition.

And any of these bikes will stomp an EX500 or an SV650

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Agreed. Man I just sold my track R6 for dirt cheap a few months back.

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OK, I'll keep an eye out for an older 600 (or possibly SV650) as a track possibility. Thanks for the info guys!!

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i can make you a deal on a "slightly" used 2001 GSXR 600.

She runs like a beast and will loft the front end w/ my fat azz on board. Full yosh system, penske triple clicker out back, traxxion forks, full race body kit etc.

Minor repair required

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Had TuonoR6's old bike shipped to California; wonder how much shipping is to Texas. I'd offer this guy $2500 and see what he says.

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Man I sold mine for less with more stuff on it. There are some deals out there

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