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Old 08-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Starter Street Bike Opinions

Greetings Ya'll,

I'm the noob on the block for the moment looking for some opinions. I've been off a bike since Katrina washed my old dirt ride away, and I've recently been itching bad to get back in the saddle. I think I am going street this time since I've no truck anymore to get a bike to the track/trails.

I digress. My background is on dirt starting when I was 11 and did it steady about 9 yrs. Went from 100 to 350/400 thumpers (4 stroke). I also rode a bit on street w/ my uncles honda shadow 750.

Now I respect the opinions of those who know since I do not. I am swallowing the bitter pill and steering away from an SS for now. That said, what about a used Yamaha FZ6? There's a few in my area in the $3500-3000 used range w/ low miles.

Again, I know...a detuned R6 engine is still an R6 engine. Does the riding position, wider bars, and better low/mid-range make this more suitable? I've heard differing things on this. I am trying not to overestimate how my prior dirt experience will carry over to the street. Whole new world, however, I do like to think I had enough smarts pounded into me when first twisting a throttle way back when to keep it sub 8000 rpms for a "break in" tho.

Anyone own one with some incite? I have back up bikes in mind like GS500F's and SV650's, etc. Just fishing for some info.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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1200 Bandits are nice, plenty of power to keep you from growing out of it, and they run on regular.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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probably better to start on the Fz6 than a 600 sportbike... search here and google and you can find some good threads. You could definitly do worse than the Fz6, they're solid and have plenty getup-go.

Position (sitting) is closer than to what your used to with the dirt bikes and cruiser than a sportbike too.
Put a nice chunk of mileage on myne before an SUV tried to eat it.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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When you take your MSF class to get your license, ask your instructor at the end of class what they think of the FZ6 for you. It sounds like with your experience, you'd probably do fine on it, but it's a little difficult to say without actually seeing you ride first.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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my fz6 is my first bike, super easy to ride and very comfortable sitting position, easy to handle power. i had no experience on a bike or 4weeler and was able to get comfortable on it fairly fast and still love riding it over a year later. ive sat on other bikes but i prefer sitting up on the fz and as said plenty of power and a good stable bike.
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With as much experience as you have (even if it is on dirt) you should have NO problem with an FZ6.
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With as much experience as you have (even if it is on dirt) you should have NO problem with an FZ6.
Thats what I was thinking. Starting on dirt (in MY opinion) saved my a few times. Biggest thing to remember is that your front break is your friend, lol.

What is your riding style? What do you like to do? Are you thinking of going on the track? There are sooooo many questions left out there.
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My riding style? Hmm...being that I've little road experience I can't say really. I suppose being a dirt rider for so long I'm most comfortable in a more upright position if for no other reason than it's what I am used too. I live the rush and testing the machine and my abilities so if I can find a road track near Baton Rouge (where I live) than I'll most likely make my way out there.

Eventually I want to move up to a SS and do more track oriented riding to get my adrenaline fix. I figure the FZ6 would be a good transition bike for me having the position which I am familiar to gain experience/skill on pavement, and the engine of a SS to somewhat familiarize myself w/ what to expect in terms of power and response.
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By the way, I am looking to get a loan to buy the bike and equipment. Most large banks aren't lending for cycles/rec vehicles. The local LSU credit union offered the terms and sum I wanted at 9.25%. Any opinions on that? Anybody know where I can do better? I have the funds do buy it all out right but would rather not let go of that chunk of change all at once.
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Get a R1 you won't regret it. Don't get nothing less than 1000cc because you will out grow it quickly trust me been there done that.
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Get a R1 you won't regret it. Don't get nothing less than 1000cc because you will out grow it quickly trust me been there done that.
umm negative.. I had a sv650 for my first bike and now I ride a 636 and love it. Don't know how you grow out of a bike? I know there's people out there that can smoke liter bikes on the track with a 600 you don't need a liter bike unless you want one just for a little more speed most new 600's are just as fast as 1000's. So what your saying if he gets a liter bike then if grows at of it he should jump to a busa or zx-14 makes no sence what about after that?

I say sence you have experience from dirt that's great that will help you a lot in the streets with being aware, reaction time and not panicing. So go with a bike that you enjoy test ride diffrent bikes thats the only was you'll find what bike is right for you and that you like!
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Oh really?

Yeah, I mean, I don't see the problem in suggesting a liter bike for a guy's first street bike
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