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post #41 of 209 (permalink) Old 07-30-2006, 10:50 PM
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Good thread.....im new to bikes and have never rode a sport bike, dirt bike but i have rode a quad. Im currently looking around for a begginers bike and also reading up a lot on safety tips and other stuff. Thanks for the great thread guys.....it will help me.
Good new bike is anything in the 250cc range! and they're commonly cheap!
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anyone new to riding should really take this information to heart...i started out on a k2 600 and it scared the crap out of me for almost 6 months...i still own it and only laid it down once..but that was in the first 2 months of having it, just some scratches on the paint but i got lucky...nobody can stop you from buying a R bike for your first, we aren't your parents..but I will say that if you do...go VERY SLOW at YOUR OWN PACE and don't worry about others ragging on you...oh and take the MSF course then take it to a big empty parking lot for the first couple of weeks to get the hang of it
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And buy a Kawi.......
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I hear you there bought 02cbr f4i for my first, now i wish a had bought something a little smaller, I only drop it once not to bad just the left side cover, good thing for sliders I put on two days before. Just ridin scared the first 3 months sucks.
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Just ridin scared the first 3 months sucks.
Whatever you do, never lose the Fear of what "CAN" happen if you get a little too confident and become invincible.

I have been riding bikes off and on for close to 20 years, and when I hit the street, I am as mindful of the power, possible elements of danger, and those people who (for whatever reason) are not looking for you or me. Tunnel Vision on a bike is your greatest enemy, so keep your peripheral working at all times, but just don't get consumed with the sideline items too much to where you miss what is in front of you.

That has happened scores of times. The word balance has a whole lot more to do with than just holding your bike up successfully without dropping it.
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Very nice article!
I've been thinking about getting into riding-- i'm into cages.
Financially when everything comes together (college) I will probably throw down on a bike-- but that may be a while.

My dad rode a Suzuki 600 back in his day...he was coming home and was ran over by a cop...a lot of issues have resulted from that...it has also made me think twice.


I take power pretty seriously. I'm glad you posted this. To be honest, I would like to have a Sportbike... I think a dualsport would be more appropriate though. I'm in this for the go fast, have fun, be safe, be smart factor-- not the wowing others factor. I've always been into anything with an engine, and I don't see my interest dying out anytime soon. Like you said, first bike won't be the last...

Now a quick question...
Is an SV650 or a FZ6 overkill?
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Now a quick question...
Is an SV650 or a FZ6 overkill?
An SV 650 is a good learner bike. I have seen guys at the track turn better times on an SV than on sportbike, Due to the fact they dont have to let off the throttle brake less and just cruise through the track


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How many miles is too many miles?

I want to buy a bike, obviously, i dont kno when im going to because right now i cant afford it, but when it comes to used bikes, what is a good number of miles for a bike?
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I see some bikes with like gold or brass rims, are they only on special edition bikes? well, and either way, does anyone kno a place to buy the rims
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Im going to purchase my first bike.

Im asking all you experianced riders for your honest advise.I want to step up to the plate and buy a 2007 gsxr-750,now i know i probabley should start with a six,but i dont want all that quick shift movement and i dont want to be done with it in a few years cause its not as quick as a 750 0r 1000.Its going to be my first bike so i dont want it to be the slowest nore the fastest,so i want the gsxr-750.Is that wise?
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What most of this boils down too is if you are mature enough with the throttle. It's doesn't matter what bike you're on, folks still pull out in front of you. The throttle is what gets inexperienced riders into trouble usually.
Be careful and know that a 750 or even a 600 can get way outside your experience level real quick. The point of a smaller bike is to build confidence and experience before turning you loose with 100+ HP.
My first bike was a Honda 360T, then a 500 and 700 Interceptor. Then GSXR 750, 1100 and now a new 1000.

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Oh yeah!

Hey i think your right,although my cousin started out on a gsxr-1000 and that was his first bike!I know im going to have to be sensitive with the throttle,so if im safe enough with the throttle i can jump on a gsxr-1000 too?
I mean other then the cc's difference between the two,there is no ther difference between the 750 and 1000,besides the 6 pound weight difference?
If so ill jump on a gsxr1000 because im going to be real careful how far i pull that throttle believe me.
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If you're stuck on Suzuki go get yourself a nice GS500 and put some miles on it...learn the basics on something that is meant for learning on. You will deprive yourself of learning valuable riding skills by buying a 1000 as a first bike. Do yourself a favour and read all 4 parts of Boss's comments at the start of this thread.
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I wish I was reading this 3 years ago... My first bike was duc monster 600. And when I was buying my first bike, diller told me that i should get 1000 he said that 1000 much better bike, what an asshole.
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I wish I was reading this 3 years ago... My first bike was duc monster 600. And when I was buying my first bike, dealer told me that i should get 1000 he said that 1000 much better bike, what an asshole.
Yeah...I'm sure it happens all too often. Most of them don't give a shit as long as they're getting their pockets lined
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Hey i think your right,although my cousin started out on a gsxr-1000 and that was his first bike!I know im going to have to be sensitive with the throttle,so if im safe enough with the throttle i can jump on a gsxr-1000 too?
I mean other then the cc's difference between the two,there is no ther difference between the 750 and 1000,besides the 6 pound weight difference?
If so ill jump on a gsxr1000 because im going to be real careful how far i pull that throttle believe me.
I'd still suggest getting something with less of a temptation at first, once you feel the power it's difficult not to want to use it.. because it's there. It only takes one twist too far to ruin you day. The 1000s are stupid fast for a stock bike and it's almost always on the back tire when your not even trying to grab a whole hand full. Be careful..

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I just bought my first real bike,a GSXR 600 K6.It is really easy to turn with this bike
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I think it depends on the rider and where ur riding. My first bike was a Yama R6 and I think that was alittle too much for me then. Wish I started out with a smaller bike (almost killed myself a few times on the R6) I have a GSXR 750 now, but I still prefer 600's in the canyons cuz they just handle soooo much better when ur leaning them low and I smoke my friends 1k's on the turns, (but of course he catches up on the straight aways) But for learning, I say learning to walk then run is a good idea. Don't want to ride past ur experience lvl, trust me...u just don't want to do that.
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im a new rider. i wanna get a gsxr600. i never rode a bike before besides the course(rebel250 and i almost dropped it a few times). but i know gsxr are more race bikes, so im getting an f4i instead, its the only non-supersport(gsxr,r6,rr) sport bike out there. ninja250, sv650s, gs500f, those are not sport bikes. thats what my co workers tell me. those bikes are wannabes. i rather ride a rebel or cruiser instead of a wannabe sport bike.

anyways right now im deciding between a used '05 gsxr600 w/ less than 2k private sale $7000

or brand new 06 f4i which has less chances of me killing myself..


hmmm..
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bought a 600 for my first bike, but i had a some dirtbike racing in my background. it heloped a little bit. im still here in one piece, just relax with the throttle, ride calm and smart and youll be fine imo.
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im a new rider. i wanna get a gsxr600. i never rode a bike before besides the course(rebel250 and i almost dropped it a few times). but i know gsxr are more race bikes, so im getting an f4i instead, its the only non-supersport(gsxr,r6,rr) sport bike out there. ninja250, sv650s, gs500f, those are not sport bikes. thats what my co workers tell me. those bikes are wannabes. i rather ride a rebel or cruiser instead of a wannabe sport bike.

anyways right now im deciding between a used '05 gsxr600 w/ less than 2k private sale $7000

or brand new 06 f4i which has less chances of me killing myself..


hmmm..
I started on a rebel 250 . I mastered it for three years before I upgraded to a sport bike . I may have not looked too cool riding it but it prepared me well for moving to a faster bike .You really need to master turns with something you can put to its limits safely before you upgrade to something you're scared of and will never truly learn the basics of it all

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Just got my first bike

I have no riding experience what so ever and I went and bought this bike that I am in love with. I have rode it and seem to be doing alright. I am taking a class to get my license. Anybody have any helpful hints that would be great!
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I have no riding experience what so ever and I went and bought this bike that I am in love with. I have rode it and seem to be doing alright. I am taking a class to get my license. Anybody have any helpful hints that would be great!
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I just finally bothered to read this...

Wow... What horrible "information". I'm sorry but the analogies are very easily apples to oranges. Furthermore the author classifies counter arguments with negative words when they are in fact valid arguments (the primary one that comes to mind is rider size, and power to weight ratio (100lbs is a car is less noticable than 100lbs on a bike). I have also noticed most people whom endorse this are the ones that argue for lesser bikes for new riders.

One thing I will say is with the inherent cornering ability of even the lowest motorcycle, pushing it to the limit in an effort to learn is much more dangerous than cruising around on a SS.

While there is SOME good info in it I hope most people whom read it are smart enough to recognize the conjecture, poor analogies, and poor qualitative evidence.

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I kinda scratch my head when I read your explanations, you have some good points, and some that could be argued.

I can say for sure that someone who realizes what they are getting onto and know what its capabilities are can buy anything they want off the bat and be safe and happy doing it.

Now there in lies the problem, too many people are naive and take all that power for granted, not thinking of the consequences and taking them into account.

Just my two cents.
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One thing is for certain - the amount of useful information and counter points on this forum is abundant. Basically, you are left to decide for yourself to determine the best & safest course (or should I say 'approach') of action when it comes to two-wheeled sport. By nature, it is unforgiving hobby, unlike automobiles. The law of physics will not be happy unless your motorcycle is resting on its side. It takes alot of disciplines, experience, and know-how to hone the skills of staying upright and not screwing it up.

The bottom line - this is a hobby where the benefits worth the risks, but only when it's done properly. Underestimating could lead to a world of pain, if not (and more likely) the end of existence.

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I dont know, i think it all really depends my first bike was a 1000cc...and i still am alive.
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i started on a '76 honda 550 ss. it was perfect. it was a cool little cafe style bike with a little pep, but not enough to get me into to much trouble. i can't imagine being one of these 18 or 19 year old kids jumpin onto todays 600cc or bigger at all, let alone as a first bike. and i've been riding dirt since i was a little kid. they're just tooooo much for an inexperienced rider with not enough common sence. that's just my opinion.
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I dont know, i think it all really depends my first bike was a 1000cc...and i still am alive.

sorry dude. i'm not tryin to pick on you. but you're 18 yrs. old...........
you couldn't have had that bike long. that's just way to much power at your finger tips. it's way to easy at that age to have a couple brews and decide to try to impress some hot little chick and end up wrapped around someones bumper. seen it happen. just be carefull.
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Second thoughts

Thanks for the wisdom. As you can see, I just joined today, and this was the very first thread I read.

I've been riding my friends ZZR600 off and on for the last month now, waiting to get my own bike. It's got a good amount of power, and handles well, but I've never been on anything else other than dirt bikes and cruisers, so I have nothing to compare it to. I had decided that I was fairly compotent on this, and was looking at either a gsxr750 or 1000, but after reading this, I'm second guessing myself. (thanks ) I'm starting to think that while the zzr600 has very nice pull to it, it's still nothing compared to a gsxr600...is this true?

I'm definitely steered away from the 1000, and now thinking of getting myself a zzr600. Good idea? Should I go with a Katana600?
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first bike...

First post...so I thought I'd start here. Anyways I bought my first bike about 2 years ago, an 89 CBR 600F. For me it was the right bike to learn on. I'm sure however this isn't the case for everyone. I guess I was one of the lucky few who started with a 600 and didn't have any really bad experiences. I know people who have Ninja 500s as their first bikes and have dropped them multiple times... not to mention someone had to instruct them how to get the bike out of first gear. In Feb I bought my second bike, 2006 gsxr 600 and the difference is almost unbelievable. Just my 2 cents but there is no shame in starting on a 500 or 250.
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Hey... thanks fo that post. I've driven a quad once (never got above second gear cuz i was on a baseball field. lol) and I rode on the back of a cousins bike once and I fell in love. I was talking to a couple of riders here on my post and i mentioned that I loved th style of the new cbr600rr. He was telling me that he has friends who bought 600's and they got bored and told me to atleast get a 750.

After reading this tho, I think I'm just gonna find that guy with the 250 and buy that off of him... It's kinda like when I got into cars. I have a civic and kept the original motor and learned to drive that. My brother went out and bought a civic with the b16 and he wrecked it... He can drive faster than i can, but I've got way more control and fluidity when I take corners.

I'm gonna buy a used 250 to get started and see where riding takes me from there.

YES I READ THE WHOLE THING. lol
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Hey... thanks fo that post. I've driven a quad once (never got above second gear cuz i was on a baseball field. lol) and I rode on the back of a cousins bike once and I fell in love. I was talking to a couple of riders here on my post and i mentioned that I loved th style of the new cbr600rr. He was telling me that he has friends who bought 600's and they got bored and told me to atleast get a 750.

After reading this tho, I think I'm just gonna find that guy with the 250 and buy that off of him... It's kinda like when I got into cars. I have a civic and kept the original motor and learned to drive that. My brother went out and bought a civic with the b16 and he wrecked it... He can drive faster than i can, but I've got way more control and fluidity when I take corners.

I'm gonna buy a used 250 to get started and see where riding takes me from there.

YES I READ THE WHOLE THING. lol
great decision. Good for you for not giving into the "coolness" factor. If your going to learn, learn the right way
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I love the Dual Sport plug. i rode a KTM 625 with a supermoto kit on it for 4 years, put about 6000 miles on it and learned alot. Last summer my roomate and 2 other close friends all bought 2006 600 models. These three had absolutely no riding experience. Its been about 9 months now, and every single one of them has been down once. Two of them have been down twice. 3 months ago I bought my 07 GSXR-600, and (knock on wood) i havent even had a close call yet. I also re-took the MSF course prior to buying my gixxer, just to get a refresher. I definitely think anyone looking to get a bike should spend some time on a dual sport or something smaller. Its a different world on the sportbikes.

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I started out on a 87 ninja 600 that cost $1500....it was cheap but was in great condition and being a 600 meant it had a little power but not so much that you would get hurt to bad (unless u do something stupid of course) I rode that for about 4 months then when to a 05 gsxr 600. Since the ninja was so old the power factor wasnt on the same scale but I was comfortable enough with riding and myself that I had no problem jumpin on the 05 gixxer. starting out small is great but it needs to be something that you will still have fun on and not be sooooooo completely different in power that u get cocky and hurt yourself. but thats just my 2 cents
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hello all. new to the forum. 27 years old. had an xr 80 in jr. high, had an 01 rm 125 for a couple years (about 50 hours riding time), and have about 20 hours riding experience on dad's v-star. also took the rider safety course that waves the driving test at calif. dmv. do i have enough experience to buy a 600/750?
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damn i got a 750 for my first bike,i hope i can handle it
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The 750 is a sweet bike. Having said that, park it for a year, get a used 150cc street / trail bike and get some experience. A motorcycle riding course is a must for new riders. There are too many things to learn to start out on a racing machine. Seriously dude, if you have never ridden before, you are in for a lot of pain and maybe serious injury. There are two types of bike riders, those that have already crashed and those that are going to crash, and you don't want to learn that on a big bike. Crashing is all part of the bike learning experience. Best of luck to you on what ever you decide.

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two thumbs up here!!!

I started on a kawasaki ZZR250 (EX250) and then got the 97 gixxer 600 and i was happy for the experience i got riding the smaller capacity bike. much more forgiving around corners and such.

In australia it used to be that for your L's you could ony ride a 250cc bike and the same for the first year of your P plates (provisional license), but then you had all the little boy racers on the aprillia RS250 which could hawl all sorts of ass! now they have introduced a good system where its by power to wieght.

there is actually a 650cc bike that you buy restricted, then once your allowed to, it can be derestricted and the full amount of power can be used(hyosung GT650R i think). i thought that would have been a great idea when i was learning to ride.

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