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    R1 to Mt09 - anyone else 'downgraded'?

    Always ridden sports bikes. Last count I have owned 16 bikes in 16 years of riding, from gixxer 750s to cbrs to R1s and back again.

    My current bike is a 2013 R1 and while it is the best bike I have ever owned, this year I have found myself bimbling along my favourite roads at 70 mph thinking ' a middleweight naked would do this just as good, be better on the commute to work and cheaper to run. Probably less likely to do prison speeds too'.

    I have test rides booked this weekend on 2017 mt09 and xsr900 to see whats what.

    Anyone else changed over in a similar fashion and are you happy you did or do you find yourself pining for that shiny sports bike again a couple months later?

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    Trust me if you're a hooligan on a R1 you'll be one on a MT09 too. You should also test ride a MT10 as well.
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    I didn't downgrade as such but came from a CBR 600 I much prefer the position of the MT09, the triple is an awesome motor but I do miss the grunt of a litre in line 4 (had some bigger in line 4s before the CBR ... But the MT is a very capable bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIM80 View Post
    Trust me if you're a hooligan on a R1 you'll be one on a MT09 too.
    Agreed - of all the bikes I've owned, this is the one that keeps saying to me, "Go on, you know you want to!" I have mate with a MT-10 and that's even more of hoolie machine.

    Also, at the risk of being accused of heresy on this forum, try a Kawasaki Z900 before you finally decide.

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    I'm far more of a hooooooligan on the MT than I am on any other of my bikes.... including a ZX12R and a SP1.

    it's a great wee bike to have fun with... lol

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    I have ridden litre bikes and grew up on sportsbikes and Ive found that out of the 2 naked bikes Ive had Ive ridden more like a hooligan coz they are just more fun. plus stick the MT in A mode and you cant not ride like a thug! in my case the decision was made for me due to an injury with my right hand meaning clip-ons become increasingly painful in a short amount of time, but I don't miss sportsbikes really, the MT is a sports bike, just not with plastic wrapped round it.
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