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· The Toad
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Some of the guys come on strong here, but really they are all just trying to keep you from becoming a statistic. Those 600cc race replicas you mention are amongst the fastest motorcycles ever built. The powerbands are very peaky which means that the engine will accelerate poorly to a point at which it very suddenly will take off like a rocket... a very dangerous characteristic for a new rider. Then there's the terrible seating position which restricts your ability to turn your head. Plus the mirrors are largely useless giving you an excellent view of your elbows.

The suspensions on those bikes are extremely stiff, being designed for smooth track surfaces and very high cornering speeds. On real world roads the variety of rough road surfaces you run into can make the race replicas more dangerous to ride and actually slower than a more reasonably sprung road bike. You may just feel beaten to death by the suspension while friends on other bikes are riding along unconcernedly.

Then there's the brakes which are deigned for racing as well and can be extremely sensitive. Many people stoppie completely over in panic situations because of a lack of skill using these brakes.

Am I making these bikes sound dangerous? Yes. They are. This is why most here recommend a more reasonable mount while you are on the learning curve. It's your choice, so choose wisely.

If you must have a 600 class bike then you might consider the Suzi SV650 or the neat Duck 695. In any real world situation of 65mph speed limits and police radar/laser guns they will get you from point A to point B just as quickly and more comfortably than any of the above bikes you are considering.
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