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Hi everyone, new to the site:bounce and i am thinking about buying a gsxr 600, possibly a 750. i have never rode on two wheels before besides a spree:laughingr, and a i rode on a dirtbike once and loved it. anyways, i wanted some advice on this... i am 6 1" and weigh 250, i kinda of a bigger guy, but i love bikes, will it be hard for me to ride? and what bike do u think i should get? a 600 or 750 (cuz im a bigger guy). thanks for the help!:thumbup:
 

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I'm 6'1" and weighed 240 a couple of weeks ago. My 600 has absolutely no trouble hauling me around. However, I do not recommend that anyone start out learning to ride on a supersport of any displacement. There are many bikes that are far more suitable for learning to ride.
 

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my advice....... get used to something easy to handle first if you havent been road riding for a while as a supersports will be way more powerful than what your used to and easy to drop at traffic junctions (shit turning circle etc). Try a ER6 or GS500 something easy to turn which will not get you in trouble if you twist the grip.......borrow a bike cos you might get into it really quick and when your comfortable riding I would suggest a gixxer 600/750.

600 - great handling, great intro to supersports you may get bored and want a bit more though :bounce
750 - great handling, decent power, more torque than 600 (less gear changing) ok for a sports nube if you got good riding exp and balls, great all rounder :thumbup:
1000 - more power/torque dont do it until your ready :) you will die :thefinger

the gixxer range do have the DMS so you can lower the power by changing the settings (mode C) but they default to full power so dont rely on that
 

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Welcome! There is plenty of advice on these forums. Do some searches and you will get your answer. A super sport should not be a first bike. Have you taken the MSF course?
 

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I myself was in your position last year. I bought a 08 750 which i love with only MSF training. I am 6"4 220 and my bike fits me like a glove. I wrecked it in 2 weeks though so u might want to start off used my good man but all in all 750 is the best just take it slower than me to try to test your skills.
 

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I'm 6'1" and weighed 240 a couple of weeks ago. My 600 has absolutely no trouble hauling me around. However, I do not recommend that anyone start out learning to ride on a supersport of any displacement. There are many bikes that are far more suitable for learning to ride.
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You should probably find something a bit more suited for someone of your level of expertise.
You should try one of these :

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Just kidding, I would recommend a Suzuki Katana 600, or something similar, they are little easier to learn on, you sit up a bit straighter and it will teach you (with a little help from MSF classes) the basic principles of Superbike riding.
But good luck with your search, if you're convinced to not buy anything else, def go 600. And I would recommend getting an older one so when you tip it over the first time, you don't feel like as much of an ass hole. :thumbup:
 

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Welcome to the site! And as stated already a supersport is not a very forgiving bike to learn on. However if you you put your ego aside, respect the power, use you head and ride it within your limits/abilities then you will be fine, And if you dont then witch ever bike that you do get WILL remind you VERY quickly!!Good luck to you and be safe!!
Also always gear up for the crash NOT the ride.
 

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GSX650F, Ninja 500, Ninja 650R, SV650, GS500 or Versys. No Super Sports or race replicas and don't buy new or you will regret it. Also look into how much insurance will run you as that is a factor as well.
 

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Buy a 750, take the MSF course, respect the bike, respect your limits, enjoy the ride :thumbup:
 

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Buy a 750, take the MSF course, respect the bike, respect your limits, enjoy the ride :thumbup:
+1 im 220 on my bad days (and i have them often) and i took the msf course and got me a brand new 750. had it for over a year now and put all 10k on it myself without much mishap. now, i will admit im still learning to ride it but i got a 2 milimeter chicken strip on the right side of my tire. LOL! it takes time to learn and still have everything in one peace. all in all RESPECT WHATEVER YOU GET MAN!!!!!! good luck
 

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My first bike was a 750. I don't recommend you do the same. I had never seriously been on a bike. I had been around a few parking lots on a friends bike but that's it. I highly suggest you take the MSF course.
 

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ok fist off im gonna be honest. ride what u feel comfortable riding. i was about 5'10 160 pounds and my very first motorvehicle on 2 wheels was a gsxr 1000. i recommend going to some dealers and test riding some bikes if you have a lisence. i also took the state test for my license and passed the very first time. i have heard from serveral people that they bought a 600 or 750 and later selling it or trading it because they thought it wasnt enough for them. u seem like a big guy so im going to recommend at the very least a 750. good luck and enjoy riding your new bike when u get it
 

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my first bike was my tl1000r, and i couldn't have been any happier, at least until i got my gsxr. but anyway, i'd say go to some dealerships and sit on a few, if you have some friends, try to take their bike around a large empty parking lot to get a seat feel for them. it's the only way to really tell. as for engine dispplacement, i don't believe in the you'll kill yourself on a 1000 ordeal, but to each their own, but i'm not saying go buy a 1000 lol. ride a few and decide for yourself what you like.
 

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The 600 will drag you around, no problem. To be honest, I expect you'll be a bit taken aback at exactly how fast it is. Well, taken aback, or scared of it, either way.

Personally, I started on dirtbikes at 9 or 10, got my first streetbike at 14 and kept moving up. I have been on the gixxer grand for about 6 years now (got my first one at 22, til then I had 600's).

Get what you're comfortable with. most GOOD dealers will let you test-ride used stock. Quite frankly, the sport-bike line is uncomfortable as hell at first, until you learn how to sit and ride on them, but that's another topic. Try a SV, I'd say. They have a V-twin engine and a sport-bike inspired chassis. The big twin makes tons of torque, without all the horsepower and twitch a sport offers, which will reduce your repair bills. I've ridden them, and they're tons of fun.

Just some advice, from a guy who has been there:

1- Your wrists will be sore as hell til you figure out you're not supposed to lean on them. You grip the tank with your legs and sit on your arse, not your hands. Not only is it a comfort issue, but a sportbike isn't designed for leaning on the bars, it's actually dangerous to do so because it causes handling problems.

2- GEAR GEAR GEAR. I don't even ride to work without at LEAST heavy boots, skid-lid, leather jacket, gloves and jeans. Any riding I do other than that and I have on my padded pants.

3- Why all that gear? Because you buy a sport-bike with ONE thought in your head. YOU WILL GO DOWN. It happens.

4- For reasons stated in 3, your first purchase should be a set of frame sliders. You have been warned. My $150 USD frame sliders, over the years, have saved me probably over 6k in repair. Everything from dropping the bike in parking lots to having cars back into it, knocking it over, even to low-siding the thing a few times.

5- Don't sweat the chicken strips. I have them on my street tires, because PA roads are freakin awful. Anyone around here without strips is a suicide jockey and asking for a case of road rash. This is coming from a guy who regularly rips the center treads off his tires on the track, and the sides don't do much better. I can ride circles around 90% of the riders around here, and I have strips. What do I care?

And, last but not least, we come to 6. The one noone ever listens to. NEW TIRES SUCK. I just picked up my latest GIXXER Friday, and STILL can't really get on it because the tires are like glass, even with 400 miles on them. Break them in slow. You know they're broke in when all the tits are gone. Til then, keep your wrist out of the throttle.

Aside from that, ride a few bikes, figure out what you are comfortable LEARNING on, and get it. Don't think of it as the last bike you're gonna get, think of it as a temporary learning bike. You're going to become a better rider FASTER learning on something you aren't scared of, then jumping to something that scares the crap out of you, as opposed to just buying what you think looks cool and being scared from the get-go.

This preaching brought to you by Guilty Racing Inc
 

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The 600 will drag you around, no problem. To be honest, I expect you'll be a bit taken aback at exactly how fast it is. Well, taken aback, or scared of it, either way.

Personally, I started on dirtbikes at 9 or 10, got my first streetbike at 14 and kept moving up. I have been on the gixxer grand for about 6 years now (got my first one at 22, til then I had 600's).

Get what you're comfortable with. most GOOD dealers will let you test-ride used stock. Quite frankly, the sport-bike line is uncomfortable as hell at first, until you learn how to sit and ride on them, but that's another topic. Try a SV, I'd say. They have a V-twin engine and a sport-bike inspired chassis. The big twin makes tons of torque, without all the horsepower and twitch a sport offers, which will reduce your repair bills. I've ridden them, and they're tons of fun.

Just some advice, from a guy who has been there:

1- Your wrists will be sore as hell til you figure out you're not supposed to lean on them. You grip the tank with your legs and sit on your arse, not your hands. Not only is it a comfort issue, but a sportbike isn't designed for leaning on the bars, it's actually dangerous to do so because it causes handling problems.

2- GEAR GEAR GEAR. I don't even ride to work without at LEAST heavy boots, skid-lid, leather jacket, gloves and jeans. Any riding I do other than that and I have on my padded pants.

3- Why all that gear? Because you buy a sport-bike with ONE thought in your head. YOU WILL GO DOWN. It happens.

4- For reasons stated in 3, your first purchase should be a set of frame sliders. You have been warned. My $150 USD frame sliders, over the years, have saved me probably over 6k in repair. Everything from dropping the bike in parking lots to having cars back into it, knocking it over, even to low-siding the thing a few times.

5- Don't sweat the chicken strips. I have them on my street tires, because PA roads are freakin awful. Anyone around here without strips is a suicide jockey and asking for a case of road rash. This is coming from a guy who regularly rips the center treads off his tires on the track, and the sides don't do much better. I can ride circles around 90% of the riders around here, and I have strips. What do I care?

And, last but not least, we come to 6. The one noone ever listens to. NEW TIRES SUCK. I just picked up my latest GIXXER Friday, and STILL can't really get on it because the tires are like glass, even with 400 miles on them. Break them in slow. You know they're broke in when all the tits are gone. Til then, keep your wrist out of the throttle.

Aside from that, ride a few bikes, figure out what you are comfortable LEARNING on, and get it. Don't think of it as the last bike you're gonna get, think of it as a temporary learning bike. You're going to become a better rider FASTER learning on something you aren't scared of, then jumping to something that scares the crap out of you, as opposed to just buying what you think looks cool and being scared from the get-go.

This preaching brought to you by Guilty Racing Inc

+1 Outstanding post my friend. I even heeded some of what you were saying. :thumbup:
 
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