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I am Pablo. Easily distracted by dogs, beer taps and motorcycles. Next bike?

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Feb 28, 2023

I am 59yo. I gave up riding back in the eighties, when kids entered the family. Fast forward 30 years and after the passing of my wife, bought a Yamaha FZ6 and re-learned how to ride. I wish I didn't sell that bike!
Three bikes and a cross country move later and I picked up a 2020 Ninja 650.
The Versys 1000 I've ridden for 2 years is up for sale. Its heavy, top heavy and a chore to ride.
I am REALLY enjoying the lighter weight and tossability of the Ninja! I just wish it had more OOMPH!
The Ninja is fairly comfortable and has a bit of wind protection.
What other bike is similar in weight and ergonomics, but with more pistons and HP?
I think the Honda CBR650R comes close to this but with more aggressive forward lean angle and a hefty price tag.
I rented a Ninja 1000SX for the past weekend and really liked it, but the weight.... If only Kawi would make a Ninja 750 with four pistons!
Thinking about a Yamaha MT09, but have yet to ride one.
Member on another forum suggested the GSX-S1000F. I researched specs and reviews and like what I saw, so here I am. There is a 2020 at a dealer about an hour away. I'll try to test ride it. It is raining today 😔

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The GSXS1000 has very low insurance rates and seems to be owned by older riders. It's also a relatively cheap motorcycle, has ABS/TC (there's your insurance rates halved right there), yet has an aluminum frame and swingarm. In my opinion it rides like a "fat" 600 inline four bike. For me personally, the GSXS1000 series are all a tad too heavy, making a tad too much power, to make good "roadsters" but as sports bikes that can do it all (commuter, sport, trackdays) in a relatively safe manner I do think the GSXS1000's are excellent.

I was looking at the CBR650R but its steel frame and very high insurance rates made me give it a pass. Maybe if a used one comes up I might buy it since I used to own the CBR600F2 back in the day.

There's also this web site that allows you to rent motorcycles.
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