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My last trip to the Nurburgring left me paying 1600EU for my friend who departed his bike on the track and forced it to close for 30 minutes. We got him and the bike home in the end and no one ended out of pocket.

My sport bike riding days have slowed down since I got a slipped disc and the kid came, two fast bikes in the garage but getting out on them is getting harder.
I sold my modified car a few years ago to buy an estate car for the family, life feels a lot slower now.
 

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My last trip to the Nurburgring left me paying 1600EU for my friend who departed his bike on the track and forced it to close for 30 minutes. We got him and the bike home in the end and no one ended out of pocket.

My sport bike riding days have slowed down since I got a slipped disc and the kid came, two fast bikes in the garage but getting out on them is getting harder.
I sold my modified car a few years ago to buy an estate car for the family, life feels a lot slower now.
Yep, I've got herniated disc also..... I've got bar risers which help a bit ....
Jeez, when that disc slips, i'm screwed for 6-8 weeks, happens to me once or twice a year!!
I was supposed to discuss surgery options with a neurosurgeon prior to Covid. They did their level best to put me off surgey, offering some big periodic jag in the ar*e (i think) combined with physio :)
 
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My last trip into London the week before lockdown was a spinal block and rehab was then cancelled.

The S1000XR is very upright and so comfortable enough but lacks the sharp cornering feel. The 2001 R1 is sublime but is just too painful.
 

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My last trip into London the week before lockdown was a spinal block and rehab was then cancelled.

The S1000XR is very upright and so comfortable enough but lacks the sharp cornering feel. The 2001 R1 is sublime but is just too painful.
Yep- S1000XR - one of my mates had one, he’s really good on a bike. Same guy that goes to the ring. Embarrassed loads of guys in the Inters group at Croft on one of those. He was riding it like the Beamer 1000rr.
Older R1 and Gixxers are better 👍
 
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My last trip into London the week before lockdown was a spinal block and rehab was then cancelled.

The S1000XR is very upright and so comfortable enough but lacks the sharp cornering feel. The 2001 R1 is sublime but is just too painful.
Never ridden an R1 but I used to commute to work on an R6 during the summer down the A53 (which is notoriously one of the most dangerous UK roads). My main complaint was always arriving at work with wrists that were incapable of moving a computer mouse in any controlled way for at least an hour. Good fun though. Painful definitely.
 
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I use to commute into London on the R1 and agree, it took a while to unfold and get the vibrations out of my hands. 175kg and 150 BHP, not much larger than the R6 but with so much grunt. The current R6 weighs more. Bikes just got bigger after 2002 with all the tech aids.
The S1000XR has ABS, traction control, bank angle braking balance. It even has a quick shift gear box that rev matches, you pin the throttle open and tab the gears. When you are bored, you can put the cruise control on and smoke a pipe whilst warming your hands on the heated grips.
Looking for the pictures of my track days on my old fireblade but can’t find them. Or the Nurburgring trips.
 
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Yep- S1000XR - one of my mates had one, he’s really good on a bike. Same guy that goes to the ring. Embarrassed loads of guys in the Inters group at Croft on one of those. He was riding it like the Beamer 1000rr.
Older R1 and Gixxers are better
They had a guy at the launch showing how competent it was compared to the RR. It just takes a bit of commitment in the corners as the bars feel a bit vague. The R1 has no aids and hates you but get it right and it is immense. And then it will try again to kill you, or rotate around the rear wheel.
 
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You can rely too heavily on all the electronic wizardry these days.
Auto blippers, up+down clutch-less shifting, slippers, ABS, cruise, multi level traction control modes etc.......
Then you go on the track with a bike with zero aids - like my old Ducati 749 - forget what gear your in.....come up to a bend really hot, down shift, forget you don’t have a slipper clutch and the rear wheel hops all over the damn place - **** yourself 😂
 

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Haha, yeah, been there and pulling the clutch back in isn’t going to save the corner in time so go with the rodeo.
I think that is the reason the R1 stays, it is pure and real, doesn’t massage your ego.