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Old 11-11-2006, 06:47 AM   #1
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Gonna be a rider...

What's a good bike to start with.. I'm looking at the R6s. I want a sport bike and will probably get a 1000 later on. As far spending money, where should I go for insurance and how much to set aside for gear? Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2006, 08:47 AM   #2
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start with something smaller, like a 250 or 500. s for insurance, if your record is good, try Statefarm
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Old 11-11-2006, 08:49 AM   #3
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Never rode and already planning on goin on up to a liter huh?

Ride some first, then decide if your gonna go on a liter.

Take the MSF course, ride a small bike for a month or two before you jump on a suepr sport bike.


Try ninja ex250 or 500, or suzuki gs500~
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Well, here we go again..Let me stop right here. I started to ignite the blow torch on this guy but ignorance is somtimes mistaken for stupidity so in the interest of compassion I will subdue myself. Short answer is get a smaller bike to learn on, one you dont mind laying down. Any used Ninja or Sv 650 wouuld be great because they are VERY easily resold in almost any condition. Any newer 600 four cylinder sport bike will out run and out accelerate anything produced only seven or ten years ago. Without a properly experienced pilot these things will get a new rider killed faster than he or she knows what happened. Not to mention repair costs for the bike are MUCH higher. I can hear it now.." I'll take it easy until I bla bla bla..." Dont get a bike because you think the BIKE is cool. Get it because you want to learn to ride. Then get a bike that suits your needs. Don't become a statistic. Your family will miss you and our insurance costs will go up.
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Im not going to discuss this again. if your serious about learning opinions, and are not going to go off and do whart you want, then read this thread

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=19336


You really should read it. he states that he is going to get a R1 as his first bike because he doesnt wanna start small, we all tell him no, and give valid reasons why. around page 9 he says he buys it, and promptly that weekend wrecks because he doesnt know how to handle a liter.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:31 AM   #7
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Im not going to discuss this again. if your serious about learning opinions, and are not going to go off and do whart you want, then read this thread

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=19336


You really should read it. he states that he is going to get a R1 as his first bike because he doesnt wanna start small, we all tell him no, and give valid reasons why. around page 9 he says he buys it, and promptly that weekend wrecks because he doesnt know how to handle a liter.

+1. 18 pages for you to read.
Just start small. You have the rest of your life to ride, no need to go to the top tier straight out.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:35 AM   #8
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BTW, yes, I did start on a 250, and yes, I own a 1000, and yes, I would much rather have a 600. Hows that for you?



(but I do like my 1000, its a bit fun ) just start small, if you cant be man enough to get a 250, then get a 500 at least or a SV650.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:38 AM   #9
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Also, the days of an R6 or GSXR600 being beginner bikes are over! Things 600s are so small, light and extremely powerful they can be just as unforgiving as a literbike.
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250 will teach you a whole lot more about riding than any other bike. Plus, they're fun fun fck around on once you know how to ride it
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:13 PM   #11
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well first of all, yeah I know u've heard it.. I'm not planning on racing it anytime soon.. like until i can get a liter. I'm looking into a bike because of commuting cost for one, traffic is another. It's much easier to ride sidestreets with a bike than an integra. I was looking into a 600 gxr or R6 mainly becuase it is a smaller bike than the testosterone filled Hayabusa or the ZX10R that I really want later on. I'm more looking towards cruising, enjoying the winter wind for now. Actually probably for a long time. Would a 250 be sufficient for freeway use? or am I going to be subdued to riding the feeder because of the lack of power to keep up the speed limit. I have experience on a dirtbike. But that's nothing compared to a sport bike I think. It's like someone that drove a go kart from celebration station wants to get a 350Z and go straight race. Only difference in a bike is you have no airbag or any sort of caging to protect from a crash. I figured I'm going to keep the car that I have and just ride sidestreets to start with. I work in a hospital, so I see these guys all the time and had an earful of recommendations. I've never been told to get a 250 though.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:16 PM   #12
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250 CAN do it, but if you want to feel a little safer on freeway like everyone has said, get a sv650 or a ninja 500 or gs500.. i saw 2 sv650s for sale used today at good price.
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250 will do over 100mph. yes its fine to ride them on houstons freeways.

a 600 will spit you off just as fast as a 1000 or anything above.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:18 PM   #14
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Get what YOU want, not someone elses opinion. In the long run, you will prob end up doing that anyway, regardless of any input you receive here. I had never thrown my leg over a bike in my entire life, until I bought my first one, a 929. I also have alot of respect for my bike though and I have not had any problems yet.
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besides, 250s are better on gas than a 600.. and once you know how to ride them, they are really fun to come into turns at 70,maybe downshift once and never have to touch the brake and fly through the corner past all the 600s
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:29 PM   #16
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I have an old old zx6 I'll sell you for $900 bucks so you can practice on? Has a few scratches and cracks all around but hey no bike is perfect out there. I got it running again and all it needs are new tires.
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I have an old old zx6 I'll sell you for $900 bucks so you can practice on? Has a few scratches and cracks all around but hey no bike is perfect out there. I got it running again and all it needs are new tires.

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Old 11-12-2006, 12:29 AM   #18
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I got a 05 ninja 250 blk/silver with 3,300 miles take these guys advice start on a 250 then when you dominate that thing you can move up. btw I am asking $2,700 obo never layed showroom condition except one little tear in the seat but it was repaired lmk
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I'll take that.. help a newbie out ya? dun be me out on it.
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take what? the 600 or the 250 !!
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