So I've been recently questioning the choice I made back in December when I replaced my 2001 SV650S with a 2006 ZX6R. Some of the benefits I've always attributed to riding a motorcycle actually don't apply to this 636cc supersport. Let me explain...
First of all, don't get me wrong. The ZX is bleeding-edge performance packed into a gorgeous flat-blue paint job. It's just jaw-dropping to operate this thing. But I've come to the realization that the additional costs of owning and driving this bike are frustrating.
Take, for example, insurance. I actually don't insure the bike with any collision coverage - way too expensive. However, I do have comprehensive coverage. Guess how much: $118/year. Okay, maybe that doesn't sound like a whole lot, but let me put it in perspective: comprehensive costs $28/year for Megan's 2007 SV650.
And then there's fuel costs. Sure, it gets better gas mileage than a car, but its 12.9:1 compression ratio requires the highest octane available at the pump. So far, it costs as much per mile in fuel to drive the ZX as it does to drive our 2004 Toyota MR2.
I had my eyes set on a supersport 600 after our last track weekend at CMP. I felt I was beginning to exceed the capabilities of my SV's suspension, and wanted to upgrade. I'm sure my next visit to the track will remind me of this. However, I'm learning there's a price to be paid if you want high performance on hand.