How big is too big for a sport bike? - Kawasaki
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post #1 of 20 Old 04-04-2017, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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How big is too big for a sport bike?

I havnt always been a big guy, ive typically been pretty small. I started riding street when i was around 20 at about 175ish lbs. Now at 34 and years of power lifting, ive hit 270lbs. This winter I was hitting it hard, going through a bulking phase that I got a little carried away with, end result was a 52 1/2 inch chest 22 1/2 inch arms and a 34" waist. Took the 10 out for a little "around the block" trip a few days ago and it was horrible, lasted about 15 minutes before i parked it. Im not going to get rid of it, im just going to learn how to be uncomfortable. Anyone else in the same boat?

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You'll fit better on something larger like a 14r. Simple

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Originally Posted by Victors View Post
You'll fit better on something larger like a 14r. Simple
What Victors said^^^. A ZX-14 would be a better fit for you.

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go to the dealer and seat in lots of bikes and see what fits you....

bikes are not built thinking of a big power lifter...

maybe a zx14r, or Ninja 1000 will suit you, thinking a upright position is better, since the 14 is long... maybe not such a good idea.
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I'm not the size you are, but I am 6' 1" x 210lbs.

I have both zx10 and zx14r

I personally would not ride the zx10 for a street bike. Only took
a few miles to figure that out and turned it into a track only bike.
I love it as a track bike.

The 14r is way better fitted for bigger guys and not to mention
it is a bad ass bike.

If you still want to go the Super Sport route it;s the 14 for sure.
I wouldn't trade mine for nothing.
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ZX12Rs look the business and they're so cheap too!

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I'm 6'3 with a weight range between 165 and 175; right now I'm at 173. The inline 4 is extremely weight sensitive; meaning wheel spin amount depends upon rear tire and the rider's weight plus throttle experience. More stuff going on but not feeling the need here. One thing for certain, Juice, smaller dialed in riders are like Stoner and Rossi. I always look at what the pros are and do to figure out tough questions. 275 even with muscle; even with total dial in can simply toast that rear tire: meaning, more weight burns out the tires so fast if dialed in and tires are expensive.

However, if a rider is not dialed in and is heavy and does not ride much at all, no problem! Bike could care less as it's simply knows that it is a starbucks model.
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Im quite tall and always found myself in trouble to fit the 10r, especially on higer speeds as it wasnt very aerodynamic at all. the 12 r was a perfect fit for me and everything felt like it should.
btw sport bikes late 90s, be. 00s were my all time favourites. I dont know....i guess they had the real/true sport bike concept and looks!

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Isnt a 14r a little too big and heavy?its still a sportbike but...
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What about hyper nakeds? Tuono RR, FZ10, S1000r? They would suit you better I think.

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