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Old 08-17-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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New Bike suggestions! (sportbike)

Hey guys, I am about 3-4 months away from buying a bike and wanted to get some suggestions. I don't really want a pure sportbike because I want a little bit of a comfortable riding position but I'm not completely against it. I used to have a Ninja 500r that I got to ride very little before I had to sell it. So basically I'm a noob and this would be a beginner bike. I have taken the MSF course and have the "M" on my license. I want to do it right so I was looking at 250cc bikes to start with and then move on to the 600s. Or maybe I should just start with a 600?

Here are some I've looked at:
Kawasaki Ninja 250r
Honda CBR F4i
Yahamha FZ6r

What do you guys think?
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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If you have self control with the throttle get a 600 and take it slow. Put a sticker on it saying I'm a noob. This way you have essentially a 250 with a 600 engine. The sticker will help you from not carrying away in group rides. Most people get hurt trying to protect their ego. The sticker helps on that too
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:20 AM   #3
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How much actual experience do you have riding on 2 wheels?

What area do you live in?

Where will you be riding, and at what times? (Ex: Commute to work, leave at 9am, get off at 5pm)
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:47 AM   #4
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All sport bikes are uncomfortable...especially the R6 (I know). The FZ 6 would be a nice compromise...looks sporty and is more comfortable..

Just take it easy and wear your gear.

Buy used...you may end up hating riding the thing around town in a few months...
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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You may have a look at the SV 650 ? or the ninja 650 r .. r good bikes !!
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:15 PM   #6
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You may have a look at the SV 650 ? or the ninja 650 r .. r good bikes !!
Good ideas
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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My wife started on an FZ6R. Awesome bike. Comfy, great on gas, will hang with an SS at 7/8ths riding. After I sold my GS500F, it has been my daily driver. I put 250+miles aweek. I love it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:04 PM   #8
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Stormtrooper: self control won't be an issue. I'm not sure where'd I'd get a stick like that lol

Josh: my actual experience is 2 days from the MSF course + 1 month on the Ninja500, which is really no experience. I live in Katy/Fulshear and this bike will not be a daily commuter. It would be recreation to ride with my bro-in-law (he has a V-star1300). Times would be mornings or evenings/nights.

Vegas Kid: definitely buying used!

nobike: I'm considering those too thanks

1308cc: good to hear that about the FZ6r. I've been watching alot of videos of it on youtube. Looks like it may be the top choice at the moment!
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:36 PM   #9
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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Im also a noob rider, I might be abit biased when I say this... I am enjoying the out of my ninja 250. But if you want a bigger bike the Yamaha fz6 is the best way to go

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Old 08-17-2011, 02:38 PM   #11
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Im also a noon rider, I might be anit biased when I say this... I am enjoying the out pf my ninja 250. But if you want a bigger bike the Yamaha fz6 is the best way to go

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I like the FZ6 too... Better engine than any 650 for sure and nice comfortable riding position.

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Old 08-17-2011, 02:44 PM   #12
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Honestly I am biased for sure but my vote is for SV 650s. It is technically a sport touring so more comfort than a super sport. Also the V-twin is a little more fluid in my opinion for newer riders while still having enough power you don't get bored. Just don't dump the clutch.. its relatively easy to get on one wheel at low revs..
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #13
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I'm really liking the new Ninja 250s. What year is yours?

I should probably also add that I am 5'10" 215lbs.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:56 PM   #14
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FZ6 and FZ6R are similar but different. The FZ6 is lighter, has SS tire size, a lot more power, adjustable suspension, better brakes, and cooler exhaust. The FZ6R is fully faired, heavier(steel frame), both have the same riding position. Honestly I was going to buy a used FZ6, but it was harder to get financing, so we bought a brand new FZ6R. It is primarily her bike, so I didn't mind the lesser performance. I daily ride with a friend who rides an R6. I have no problem keeping up with him. Again, the FZ6R is an awesome bike.
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If you're interested in the FZ6R, look into the Ninja 650R as well.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:06 PM   #17
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nice lookin bike! thanks for pic

I'll look at 650r also
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:09 PM   #18
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Sv650 or a triumph street triple
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Kawasaki ZZR600
its the sport touring ninja, more upright riding position, bars sit a bit higher, power and performance and still comfy on long rides. My current ride is a ZZR1200 and I love it. The CBR 600 F4 is another great choice. If its your first bike, might I suggest not buying a new one for the simple fact that you may hate motorcycles.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:25 PM   #20
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i'm also noobish. for cruising to and from work or on errands, i like my ninja 250r. the small and weak engine doesn't make a ton of heat/power like my 2006 cbr600rr i picked up last week (my legs feel like they're roasting when the display shows temperature above 210F).

the 250 is also much easier to ride and keep the throttle twisted in turns. i'm not quite used to my cbr600, but the substantial increase in power makes it difficult to turn with constant throttle cracked open just right (too much throttle i go wider than i want and i want to back off causing engine braking and less stability).

more power is no good if you cant use it without getting in trouble. i've never ridden a 500 or non-sport 600cc bike so i can't say what to get. i'd definitely recommend a ninja 250 over a 600cc sport bike for noobs and folks who just want a daily bike.
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