Sport-oriented bikes with narrow tanks/frames

Discussion in 'General' started by Senna, May 27, 2019.

  1. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    So, I've finally given up on the K4 600. The frame and tank are just too damn wide for my shit hips (cam-impingement on both sides). The impingement doesn't affect other aspects of my life, so surgery is off the table for now.

    I rode a buddy's Ninja 400 on my last track day that had stock rearsets, and it was by far the most comfortable and confident I've been on track in a long time. After comparing the ergos side-by-side - which were roughly the same - I picked up a prepped Ninja 300.

    While I'm sticking with the 300 for a while, I was curious what other motorcycles might fit the bill for me. Narrow tank/frame are a must. I sat on a '15 Super Duke, and was blown away by how narrow the tank was on that bike. The RC8R seems like it'd fit the bill as well.

    What else should I look out for in the future? Seems like singles/parallel twins/V-twins are a good starting point.
     
  2. Newyork

    Newyork Dip Mode

    My buddy has a 675r that is pretty narrow might want to check that one out when you get a chance.


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  3. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    SV, panigale or really slim 916 (but a bit older)
     
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  4. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    Panigale 1199 R has been a dream bike of mine for years. Now I feel like I finally have an excuse to get one. :D
     
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  5. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    Well, get onto it!
     
  6. Yzasserina

    Yzasserina sound it out

    996 too.
     
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  7. I have always preferred bikes that are narrow/thin. I hate it when the gas tank is wide, and they are really wide under the clip-ons (like the older R1 and current ZX10).

    You will need to go with a Triple or Twin.

    The Triumph 675 is very narrow, as is the Panigale. Those are your best choices.
     
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  8. MV Rider

    MV Rider Well-Known Member

    I really like my RSV4. To me it is narrow where your legs are but it flares out and is fairly wide at the front which can support your arms very well, especially if you take the bike to the track.
     
  9. IronCactus

    IronCactus Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Triumph Daytona 675. I’ve had all 3 generations of this platform. Narrow, nimble and fantastic engines/torque. The down side on them for me are prices and parts availability. I now ride an R6 like everyone else. It was an adjustment getting used to how much wider it is and the narrow torque band.
     
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  10. Jon Wilkens

    Jon Wilkens Old Fart Racing

    Triumph Daytona 675.
     
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  11. Ah, I totally forgot about that one. The RSV4 is narrow also. I liked it a lot too as far as the shape of it. It felt good. But it was so damn heavy.
     
  12. snikwad

    snikwad Well-Known Member

    Base of RsV4 seat is wide tho, so it may be a pita for you sitting on it on the grid, etc.
    but it is very narrow, yet incredibly supportive when riding, as others have said.


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  13. ducnut

    ducnut Well-Known Member

    I’m a fan of narrow tanks/seats, as well.

    For all-around goodness, very hard to beat the aforementioned Daytona 675. I had an ‘06 model for a track bike and it was brilliant.

    I have an SV650S in the garage and it’s wider than a 675 and my ‘98 VFR800, which is pretty slim through the middle.

    Anything Ducati seems good, with the 999/749 being my favorite.

    Some go out and buy whatever they ‘think” is the greatest, without considering the interface to the bike. I’ll take another Daytona 675 over anything else out there, just because of how it fits.
     
  14. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    Seems like the 675 is a big favorite. I’ll have to sit on one of those again sometime soon.

    Thanks for all the replies fellas.
     
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  15. USracer900

    USracer900 Well-Known Member

    Whatever you do, don't get an old 900RR. Man, that thank was like a pregnant whale. But, I still love it.
     
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  16. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    The K4 is pretty bad too. Somehow I didn’t even consider this when I was shopping for a track bike. Oh well, now I know.
     
  17. cha0s#242

    cha0s#242 12 inch pianist

    Triumph parallel twins are pretty narrow too, if you're into retros.
     
  18. gt#179

    gt#179 Dirt Dork

    Honda Hawk. One of the narrowest bikes I've ridden.
     
  19. DonTZ125

    DonTZ125 Purveyor of Neat Toys

    TZ125 and 250 GP bikes - nice and small and easy to hang off!
     
  20. burnham

    burnham Well-Known Member

    I've got RC8's, they're really narrow, but the tail is pretty fuckin high so you have to swing the shit out of your leg to not scrape it with your boot. Well, at least I do.
     
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