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Old 09-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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new to the whole riding game but wanted to get some opinions on this bike im buying this week...Its a Yamaha r6 2004 its got 6000 miles on it no scratches or anything in good shape...

for sure getting it this week wanted to know more about bike clubs and what not...thanks for ur time...

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Old 09-05-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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hi and welcome to MH. and as for bike clubs, you joined motohouston didn't you?
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:07 PM   #5
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:48 PM   #7
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:36 PM   #8
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:03 AM   #9
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:02 AM   #10
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:40 AM   #11
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:12 AM   #12
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It's a nice bike, but it's a bit much for a beginner. Just be careful, take msf, wear all the gear all the time (ATgATT).
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #13
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A lot of us would be happier if a new rider started on a 250. Since that isn't going to happen, don't make any modifications that make it faster until you have the skill. Spend your money on a good helmet, top quality gloves, a jacket with armor, and riding pants. Take the MSF course and get properly licensed, if you aren't already. Use the search function and read all the RIP threads. Only then should you get on the bike.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:36 AM   #14
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Aren't R6s the most difficult to negotiate of all the 600cc SSs?
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:56 AM   #15
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The purchase of the bike is the cheapest part.

First, you dont know how it was ridden. Expect to put money into it. Before your purchase ask the seller to take it to a shop with you to have it looked over. On my side of town Motorcycles Unlimited(see sponsor section) is my -sent. They will test drive and look the bike over for you if you're unsure about checkout.

I always recommend checking/flushing fluids on first purchase. Expect, regardless, that the bike's maintenance is behind. Tires, sprockets and chain to start with; valve adjustment depending on model etc.

Second, w the wrath of theft going around you WILL need full coverage insurance, good parking arangements w a lock cable minimal and I'd recommend lowjack if you wish to dump any money in the bike and would like it recovered when it is taken.

Third, but most important gear. Not the most expensive nor the cheapest stuff you can find. Yes, I get it that many people wear a helmet and are content with that. A lasouration on your arm could bleed you dry in seconds. I've lost many friends that wear jackets etc so GOOD FITTING gear is more important. What is gear? On our forest rides through North Houston's curvy backroads we require jacket, gloves and helmet. We spend about 5 minutes demonstrating how a good spine support works(wear under the jacket) as well as kevlar enforced jeans, knee and shin guards and how full leathers protect the knees. We also talk about riding boots and importance of ankle protection. Do you have health insurance? Make sure you're covered. Most recovers for work return on even minor wrecks is 1 week minimal.

MSF... Even if you u rode 'back in the day' take it again. If you can pass your license test by the grading system while riding, great. Take MSF anyways. They have some very helpful points. Most riders you'll meet on the road that you will inevertantly 'learn' from will only be feeding you false and bad information. Most react WHEN something happens instead of learning to leave room w the cars around them, look through windows to cars ahead, watch front tires as you ride by... list goes on and on.

As for the bike: you could take that stock bike and put decent touring tires on it and rock that thing on the track all the way down on its side all day long then ride it home. Any modifications you do it will make minor changes and since most people cant ride their own bikes within 70% of its potential(and I assure you I am one of them) all the mods you do will be preference.

Still, mods recommended for you as a rider:

1)suspension set up at Motorcycles Unlimited($25) or other shops. Will adjust the bike to your weight and riding style. This will be a night/day difference and can only improve your commute, backroad, drag race and track riding experience.

2)tires: all your performance has to grip through your tires... think about it.

3)brakes: you have to stop... go figure.




Remember your first bike will not be your last. If you dont have frame sliders on the bike, get them now. Chances are likely the bike will be dropped within a week. I drop all mine about the first week I get them. Cant wait to see what I do to the Honda Im building lol.



Riding buddies: make sure they ride respectable for you and not make you feel like you always have to play catch up. Safe riding is learned through experience, not how fast you can go. People will ride for a couple years and learn the roads around their house, take them faster and faster and think they can ride. Then they come on a forest ride w us, freak out but dont wanna drop the ego. They end up wrecked... We have about 3 dozen examples like that within the last couple years just on forest rides. Most run off and have learned to control it. Regardless the point is you need to find people that are willing to ride FOR you not that allow you to tag along on their ride. If you find those people, stick with em. Most bikers however, wont ride in staggered formation etc; its more of the hooligan type riding where everyone fends for themselves. The northside has had much renovation due to MH's concern for safety and our large riding groups. Makes for safe rides etc.


Sorry for the preaching but you asked

You'll find many opinions on MH but that's because we are fond of our friends and concerned for safety; no matter how we may act on our bikes. Please be safe, gear up, come out to some meet and greets w us/rides and dont be a stranger.

You get out of MH what you put in, much like the moto community.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:05 AM   #16
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My friend wrecked yesterday he just purchased my 929 I had two requirements full coverage insurance and full gear... he had neither. His arms are wrapped from his hands to his shoulders and he is miserable... if he had full coverage he would have a new bike on the way and if he had full gear he would be 100% literally he only road rashed which jackets easily proctect you from but now he looks like a burn victim. I myself have gone down twice once I went straight over the bike into a field, broke my clavical from the impact besides that nothing. My other incident I was hit by a car while driving fractured elbow and serious road rash but still imagine if I wasn't wearing full gear?
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:06 AM   #17
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Also if anything, and you haven't purchased it I would be willing to come take a look at for you, I buy and sell bikes.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #18
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:45 AM   #19
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:47 AM   #20
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Wassup! Welcome 2 MH. Well everyone has said everything I wanted to, the only thing I can say now is respect that machine the moment you don't is the moment it will hurt you. Learn to ride her to your limits and then only then you’ll feel the difference when start putting performance parts.
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