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Old Jul 11th 2018, 06:46 AM   #1
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Thoughts and opinions on a 2009 onwards Big Bang R1 as a track hack.

Greetings o wisened folks of the Internet.

As the title says what are your thoughts? Has anyone had any experience with them? Upsides, downsides. (I know they are a bit lardy but so am I). I ride twins and triples because in-line 4ís are a bit meh. However I rode one when they first came out and thought it was alright. A bit different.

Itís got to the point where Iím not willing to risk the Pani on track even though itís amazing at its home. I fell off my Daytona on track and donít really want to track that anymore due to stupid sentiment! Like nearly everyone on the planet what I really want 150bhp Daytona but Triumph seem to be a non compliant in this issue, the Bellwhackers!

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Old Jul 11th 2018, 11:30 AM   #2
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Just about anything is a great track bike. They are a bit heavy as you mentioned. But everyone knows the setup on them and they are fine if you aren't competing for a club championship. Sound good, parts everywhere and crash well. Plus, they can be bought pretty cheap right now.
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Old Jul 11th 2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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The problem with the 09 R1 is their heavy and steering/nimble is awful.

Heaps of torque but down on top end....power peaks at 10K
04 R1 would be a better track bike
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Old Jul 11th 2018, 12:47 PM   #4
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My local track the new GSXR's are kicking ass.

A basic race prepped gixxer is cheaper here than the stock standard road legal R1.
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Old Jul 11th 2018, 02:12 PM   #5
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They can be made to handle fine, they just take a setup that doesn't make any sense compared to most other bikes. And you really need an aftermarket rear link. Long thread on the R-1 forum talking about it. At extreme paces, the frame flexes a ton and pisses riders off. That's why you see a lot of ex-AMA machines with bracing on them. Normal guy pace you would never notice it.

Here is the 40 page thread on setup etc.

Racing the 09-14 R1


I do agree that any GSXR is cheaper and easier to get up and rolling, but that's taking the emotional component out of it. I've also seen RSV4 trackbikes for around 6k or so if you want something else different.
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Old Jul 11th 2018, 02:16 PM   #6
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The problem with the 09 R1 is their heavy and steering/nimble is awful.

Heaps of torque but down on top end....
04 R1 would be a better track bike
I still think that generation R1 was the best looking non-exotic ever.
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Old Jul 12th 2018, 01:00 PM   #7
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Cheers for the replies people. Iím just a trackday guy running mid inters pace on certain tracks. Never will race due to lack of talent, balls, wallet.

Iíd love an rsv4 but they arenít the most popular bike over here in England and they are expensive. Dropping £6.5-7k on a track hack is something I donít want to do. 5.5k potentially for this R1 is making me nervous! Iím used to torque rather than a screaming top end. Plus with twisty uk tracks torquey grunt is a bonus. Heavy handling not so much but once set up for my arse im sure itíll be ok. As for setup we are quite lucky over here as thereís several guys. Iím only 70 miles from MCT. That guy is a held in very high regard so hopefully he will sort it if I buy it.
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Old Jul 13th 2018, 01:19 AM   #8
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if its a track hack ,who gives a fuck, just get on and have fun.
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Old Jul 13th 2018, 09:41 AM   #9
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^Agreed. For a trackdays (non-racing) it is all about the fun / emotional aspect. I too like the 09-14 R1's engine character.
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