I'm not a pro, but I definitely ride faster in the twisties when I'm riding a sport bike, as opposed to the cruisers or sport tourers I've owned in the past. Even a pro can only get so much lean angle from a cruiser or a goldwing.
Yes, very true, but I just had to comment on the wide gap of rider ability we all see out there on a daily basis.
When you see a kid bragging about how fast he is on a given road on his new GSX-R, RR, R1, etc then you look at his back tire and it has a chicken strip on each side 6 inches wide and then you leave in behind riding a Gold Wing you know who I'm talking about.
I'm all for new riders to the sport and I'm by far not the best rider out there, I'm just sick of the crap flying out of these punks mouth at every stop about how fast they are.
Real information, from real 610 owners? The motor is basically the traditional Husky motor reworked for the street and more power.
3K service intervals, which is good for this type of bike.
The 450/510 are the newer, more high-strung motors.
There were a few issues with the first lot of 610s, but lots of guys have a fair bit of mileage on them now. Mine has been fine so far, and I plan to do a 3K mile tour on it next year (mostly off-pavement).
Ideal TransAm trail bike, or Great Divide trail bike, with some basic mods for luggage and fuel tank capacity.
You should just go out and buy a GSXR-600. We have been told by idiot after idiot that a 600 sportbike is the only bike you should buy. Everything else is a bad bike and you would be wasting your money.
Also go to advrider.com and/or supermotojunkie.com. Tons of info...I just went through the same decision process. I got the '06 KTM 625SMC. It vibrates more, and doesn't have some of the niceties the Husky has, but it's dead reliable and the dealer network is much better. It's a rip.
Also, as someone mentioned above: Yes, it's the rider that matters most. But, you're not looking to race, so YOU are the only rider you're worried about. You will find an SM a blast in the tight stuff. Keep speeds below 80'ish, and you'll have a blast! Too much fun...
We sell 'em. We ride 'em. Take a test ride and find out. I took one out for a week end. With the uderstanding that I'm a 250lbs. guy, I railed on this bike. Foot out, flat track style riding all over the N. GA hills. One of the coolest bikes to play with. Just don't get stuck in the frame of mind that this can be a daily rider. It doesn't do distance without creating personal pain to one's self. But FUN- H&ll yes.
If the Husky had a pushrod v-twin, I'd buy it. Singles suck (and thump and throb) unless they have a kickstarter like my 1951 BSA Gold Star did - it was the best and I rode it on street, desert hare & hounds and half mile flat track. Try that on your GSXR1000.