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So now your life is so, that your able to afford a bike, and you'v been reading every Magazine available now for a couple years, and its going to come true.....your going to get a bike.....cool. So you'v been reading about litre bikes, and think 600's might be a bitt too wimpy for you down the road, so why not get a litre! Utube is full of escipades on litre bikes, showing some pretty amazing stuff....like the Busa riding guy who wheelies at upwards of 200 for as long as he wants, getting away from cops. Others ripping it up on the street on litre bikes,stunt riders, burnouts etc, etc, and it all looks like heroic stuff. Yea, these guys (most of 'em) have been riding for some time, and are capable of these speeds, wheelies and stunts. But if you could know the real truth, how many of them still even have a liscense??? Theres are a couple of things that litre bikes have, one is 'Power appeal', and also the fastest top speeds, and yea their mesmerizing in that you could have all that just by owning one. But owning a litre bike, especially a SportBike is going to encline you to try your hand at the twisties here on the street. We all do it, at least 99% that aren't just posers do. And thats the entended pourpose of these bikes, performance and corner carving. Thats all well and good, but when you get a litre bike laid over on the sides of the tires, banging around a sweeper or turn, and apply just a little too much throttle, one of two things is going to happen. Either your going to valt forward at increadable speeds, or your going to break the rear tire loose and low-side (spin-out) and go down. The ability of a litrebikes power delivery is so increadable (BRUTAL) that the least mistake, or laid over in the turn speeds, will send chills through your whole body and give you pause while you change your shorts at the next stop....you will know imediatly what I'm talking about when it happens, and hopefully you didnt go down. Its like giving a new driver a Blown Vette with a four-speed and turning them loose on the streets at 16. You get my drift....lol. What your not thinking about is the 600cc. sport bikes. And there lies the biggest mistake around. The latest of 600's have the power and velocities to scare the jebus out of you too. They 'SO' have alot of power as well and can in most cases out carve and outride just about every litre out there. REAL LIFE, their abilities are increadable, and in the same turn or sweeper so much tamer so as to be a world apart. Yet you can still aproach 170 and still scare the jebus out of yourself. Have you ever been 150 even? on the road its all about watching what lane your in, no looking down at the tach or spedo, its total concentration, a slight twitch and your next to the white line or crossed over to the other line. Just staying in your lane is a herculean task, try it at 170 or 180.... I have an 06 Yamaha Aniversary R6 and it is one of the fastest 600's to be had, even here in 2010. and they only get better and faster and lighter every year. Of all the 600's out there, I'd say that the Triumph 675 is the one bike that would (suffer fools) the best. It's power is down low, it is a torque laden motor and the exhaust note is like an F1 racecar. And its in the mix with the other 600's and just as capable so as to be indistingushable in ability from the others, yet much easier to ride. It is no slouch, and much respected, and.....a bit of Exotica. That is what your after .....the LOOK factor, pluss the baddest bike title.... It happens every day, a new guy and a new litre bike. A wreak follows, and its a life changer. Some get away lucky with only a rash and a wiped bike, others never ride again, some never live. It's easy to walk up and buy a litre bike, any dealer will sell you one, it will 'eye-pop' all your friends and make you feel like you'v got a 'wild caged' tiger under you, but.....and a BIG but.......... if that tiger gets out of control, its going to eat you alive. It would be very wise to look at the 600's for a first bike, they will keep you learning for quite some time. Then once you'v mastered the 600, you can decide what you really need. 50/50 chance it'll not be a 'Litre'..... but another 600 or 750cc.