Beyond confused... what should I do with my bike?
All... I'm looking for some advice on what to do.
Long story short:
I bought my bike new in 2010. Put 7k miles on it, but never really enjoyed the stiffness of the bike on the street. I started tracking in 2013 and decided it's not a street bike anymore. I love the bike but I have the huge issue being unable to quickly transition it side to side. It's a huge amount of effort lean in from straight up and down, and more to flick it over to the other side from lean.
My first thought was:
Change suspension on the bike. This in theory would help the transition problem and make it softer on the street. But then I started thinking, I don't really want a soft suspension if I plan to get more serious with tracking.... and hopefully into racing in the future.
My second thought was:
Sell it. I put the bike back to stock, put all my parts on the shelf. Changed all the fluids and put it on stands, and then put the bike up for sale in Jan. It's been on forums, facebook, craigslist, etc since then and I haven't gotten a single serious bite.
My third thought was:
Just buy a new model 6R outright, put all my parts on this bike and then use it as a street and track bike. This is possible, but isn't really feasible since I want to keep money in my savings.
My fourth thought was:
Trade my bike for another. I thought someone out there would want to trade their bike for mine. I was looking for some kind of "sport" street bike like the Ninja 650/1000 or Yamaha FZ series, but all these seem to be beat up.
My fifth thought was:
Just go ahead and trade it in now for a new 6R. This would solve the stiffness problem and the bike flicks over easier than mine. The difference will be about the same as buying new suspension for my current 6R and I'd get the added bonus of TC and a prettier bike, as well as one I could ride on the street.
....and now the last few days I've been thinking about going down the suspension route again. Throw something new on there, make it a dedicated track bike, call it done. I can worry about getting a street bike at a later point.
What isn't changing is that my bike is 6 years old and it's just sitting there collecting dust. I'm going to take a big hit on the value of the bike at this point, and realistically it's not likely to sell private party since nobody cares about Kawasaki ...so I guess this is where I have to suck it up and pay to play.
Please, give me serious objective advice. There's a lot of money to spend either way. What am I not thinking of? What did I miss? What am I being stupid or stubborn about?
I should mention that I'm still recovering from my ACL reconstruction surgery in April. I won't be track riding this year.
Last edited by Sandman; 08-24-2015 at 08:05 AM.