by Larry Lulay
I've had sportbikes before (see my bikes), but have never taken a bike out for a track day. I decided to set a budget and show you guys the process - choices I made, and your who/what/why/where/when questions will be answered here.
See the videos (adding throughout summer of 2017) and click any photos below to see the higher resolution versions.
Based on the information above, I identified some 1999 - 2003 bikes that had under 20k miles and had not been down. The candidates were 1999 R1, 2003 GSXR, 2003 Aprilia, 2000 RC51, 2003 Ninja, and a 2003 954RR. Even though I had lots of parts to fit the older R1... out of that group I narrowed it down to the RC51, the Aprilia, and the 954RR - which all had similar HP and top speed stats. Without going into all of the details that lead to my final selection, let me just tell you the points that made the 954RR stand out to me: