I posted this on the Triumph Daytona 675 Forum over at Triumphrat.net
I can't decide between getting another V? or going completely crazy and trying a full on sportbike? here is the post:
Hi all, I am interested in the Triumph Daytona 675, I come mostly from a Cruiser background, but am looking to do a little more spirited riding. Here is a brief history, grew up riding trail bikes, kawasaki 100, (14-17 years old). Then bought a 1978 Yamaha DT-175 and commuted on it when I was 22, then got out of bikes until 2002 when I bought a Suzuki DRZ-400S, loved riding it so much on the street, way more fun than the dirt I thought, even thought about turning it into a Motard. In 2004 I sold it and bought a Triumph Speedmaster (865cc cruiser). Since 2002 I have put on approx. 5-10k miles a year on a bike.
Since 2004 I have bought and sold and ridden the following bikes:
2005 Yamaha Warrior
2007 Yamaha Warrior
2007 Triumph Speedmaster
2008 Suzuki M109R
2008 Kawasaki Versys
2008 Yamaha Raider (113")
2008 Harley FatBob
Only own two bikes now, the Fatbob and the 07 Triumph.
I am turning 49, but am in good physical shape, I have never owned a sportbike, but I think if i put Heli bars on it I'll be alright. I consider myself a fair rider, not a newbie and not an expert. Is riding a sportbike a whole new way of riding than a cruiser or a standard?
I'm not interested in the track, althought have never done it. Not interested in doing stunts either, just want a pure sportbike to learn that there's more to biking than cruisers and standards.
Any thoughts or advice?