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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2011, 5:27 pm Thread Starter
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K1X00S for town/track?

My main ride is an '08 K1200GT. I have the track bug and I recently sold my town/track bike because I NEED more power. It was a heavily modded Ducati Monster 696. I am a bit over 6' with long arms and legs, so most RR bikes are not good for more than 20 minute track sessions. Maybe a used K1300S, or K1200S? So,

1) Would a K1300S, or K1200S, be suitable for this? I think so.
2) Which bike would be more suitable?
3) What needs to be done to the bike for the track?
4) Any years, or issues, that I need to avoid for either?

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I wouldn't look at a KS for the track. The weight of the bike is a joy kill on the track when not going straight. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with taking the KS/R out on the track if you already own one but seeing as you already have a GT, I would look at something else. I'm way happier on my SV650 than my K1200R on the track due to its light weight. The SV is also easier on the wallet when it's sliding down the pavement.

If you liked the Monster but it didn't have enough power, how about an Aprilia Tuono? It should easily fit your size and is a big jump in power over the 696 while still being about 100lbs lighter than a K1200S.

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I wouldn't look at a KS for the track. The weight of the bike is a joy kill on the track when not going straight. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with taking the KS/R out on the track if you already own one but seeing as you already have a GT, I would look at something else. I'm way happier on my SV650 than my K1200R on the track due to its light weight. The SV is also easier on the wallet when it's sliding down the pavement.
Agreed without a lot of mods and money the k12 is not a serious track bike. Semi serious maybe, but as mentioned above the enjoyment factor is quickly replaced by fatigue.

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If you liked the Monster but it didn't have enough power, how about an Aprilia Tuono? It should easily fit your size and is a big jump in power over the 696 while still being about 100lbs lighter than a K1200S.
Is the ducati streetfighter too small for you?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2011, 5:11 am Thread Starter
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If I go with Ducati again, then I would look at the Monster 1100 EVO. That is a serious Monster.

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