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Old 04-12-2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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1st Bike Question

I'm going backpacking in Europe this summer for a couple months but when I return I'd like to get into a sportbike. From the reviews I've read I think the Honda CBR F4I is what I'd like most because of reliability and comfort. The only bikes I've ever ridden were my dad's Harley Dyna WideGlide and a Harley LowRider Custom. I'm a pretty big guy (6'3" 200lbs). Is a 600 going to be comfortable for me to ride? I'm wondering if I should just go for a 900/1000 but as this would be my first bike I don't want to get out of control. What would you recommend? I'd really prefer not to go below 600 as I think those bikes look terrible. There was a nice Triumph Sprint 955 that interested me at a local used dealership. Anyone have any experience with Triumphs?
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:42 AM   #3
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any sportbike is stupid fast...and you can kill yourself on anybike...

Having said that...a 600 is more fogiving than a 1K and will allow you to learn faster w/out scaring your self out of your mind.

IMHO, a 150hp 1K isn't a good first timers bike either.
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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I've read that the 600s aren't too comfortable for guys over 6 feet tall. Anyone have any feedback on that?

I'm sure you're right about the 1000s having too much power for a beginner, I just don't want to feel cramped on the 600. The 600s fit my budget better anyhow.
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if 600 is cramped for you, how is 1k any better? I have notice the R1 is lower than my 636
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:43 PM   #6
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Point taken.

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yeah all the things that cramp you can be fixed...aka rearsets, heli bars...

however, a sport bike is meant for one thing...track riding.

If youre riding a sportbike on the street its gonna be uncomfortable to an extent because thats not really where it was meant to be. If that makes sense.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:52 PM   #8
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Other bikes; Yamaha FZ6, Kawasaki ZZR600, Honda VFR800, perhaps a Triumph.

I am 6'1" 170-185'ish and have no problems with the F4i, though by adding rearsets it does get somewhat uncomfy but that disadvantage is more than offset when riding curves.
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These days the liter bikes are no different in the ergo department then the 600's ( the 1000 bikes feel and look the same as 600's comfert wise) these bikes are not ment for comfert in any shape form or way they are simply ment to go extreamly fast and handle on rails...

In all honesty you dont need a 600 if all you have ridden are your dads hogs you shouldnt even consider a 600 if you know anything about 1/4 mile times you will under stand how fast a mid 10 second pass is...The brakes on these bikes are very very mean to you you press just a tad to hard and your on your in no time.....

The f4i isnt a bad bike for a bigginer but still i really dont recomened it....

If iv learned anything form riding its this your 1rst bike isnt going to be your last bike....

Also your going to wreck and drop your bike get over it its going to happen do you realy wanna do that to your dream bike...

What you really should do is go take the msf cource they will go over all of this with you and you get to learn HOW to ride....Then get a USED ninga 250 or 500 ride it for around 5000 miles or so maybe even go to a few track days on it...Then sell it for what you paid for it and buy your dream bike....In a few months you will learn all kinds of new info that you had no idea about....

But i dought you will be smart and do that so PLEASE PLEEASE do this im begging you take the MSF becouase you dont have a clue as what your doing out there right now( I dont meen to be rude) then at least buy a used 600 perferably a little older 2000-2003 maybe even a little tweeked and pay CASH....That away when you do drop it or wreck it its not going to be that BIG of a deal...

Another thing is this ss bikes are very exp to maintain and keep...YOu will wear out tire's every 3-4000 miles thats about 300 bucks a pop oil changes are at least 30 and thats if you do it your self. Plus you have to keep a close eyes on engine vitals and such becouase the machines need the most i mean they rev to 14-16,000 rpm they req alot of time and money. Not only that but all the gear that you will need ( you must where gear) its a very very exp propistion make sure your ready for that....

Good luck and be safe...

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Old 04-13-2006, 02:09 AM   #10
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Thanks for the informative post B.S. I deffinetly plan on taking the beginner MSF and probably the advanced course later as well.

It was interesting to hear that the maintenance is so high, I have read that the Honda's are bulletproof. I'm not looking to spend alot of cash so I was actually looking at '99-2000. I'm not sure when Honda went to fuel injection. I'd like to spend under $5k. I'll figure all that out when I get back.

Thanks again for all the comments.
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