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Old 08-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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05 gixxer 600 first ride

Ok so most of you guys know my back story

I've ridden dirt bikes both on the dirt and street since I was probably 8
And about 6 weeks ago I bought my first street bike

2004 fz6 with a street fighter kit and sport bars
I liked it because it was comfy due to the upright position soft seat and low pegs

It's an amazing commuter bike and still keeps up with the pace on group rides through the twisties due to having a watered down r6 engine. Lots of torque and a wide powerband

Unfortunately the bike was totaled when a man in a truck decided he did not want to turn left at a stop light and proceeded to put his truck in reveae and back up with me behind him thus striking me and totaling the fz6

So due to the bike being my only transportation I was able to use a rental but I deffinately need to find a new bike and I only had the limited funds from the check received from the insurance company for the cost of my bike so I had to find something cheap and quick.

I was lucky enough to come across an 05 gsxr 600 with just under 12k miles and minor cosmetic defects that fell right in my price range

So after a few days and a couple of other bikes looked at, I ended up buying the gixxer and thought I'd give my review on here of my first ride and a brief comparison to the fz6

So when I first hopped onto the bike to putt putt it around the parking lot for a quick test ride before handing over the money my initial reaction was ride position! Oh my what a difference from the fz6! I thought i had a little bit of forward lean on the fz6 to grab the bars but the gixxer made the fz6 feel like I was straight up. So I see research on reducing weight on the wrist in my near future. Also the peg position, on the fz6 my knees were bent slightly, but now I feel like a bundled up ball with my feet 4ft up in the air! The difference between the 2 bikes is just rising position alone is astonishing and I can't wait to see the positives it will have later on.

As I quickly tried to adapt to this new position of bent knees and laying prone over the tank, I grabbed a little throttle and Began to notice the difference in power. To my surprise, and I'm not sure if this is because I was timid on the throttle or the new riding position or the powerband of the motorcycle, but I felt like it had no torque. So I got up to second gear, grabbed a little more throttle and hit that powerband and man can this baby move! At the same time I had extreme confidence with the power delivery due to the new riding position. I didn't feel like I had to "catch up" with the bike. I was in the ready go position and was in total control as she took off like rocket.

I had to limit myself and remember I was only in a parking lot and not get too excited with this aggressive body position and anxious engine, so i brought the speed down and began to give it a little lean. WOW this bike is nimble! Not mention how incredibly stable! My first u-turn at the end of the lot, it tipped over like I was riding on pizza cutters, and with good throttle control it stood right back up like nothing happened ... Great handling even for just a small ride around the parking lot at less than 20mph. I was beginning to really fall for the bike and was happy to hand over the money so I could take this baby on the road for some real action. I finished my tour around the lot and checked everything I needed to check on the bike and completed the transaction with the owner and finally, I could experience this monsters potential and begin to test what new capabilities came with the handling and body position.

As I got all my stuff together and started to head down the road I absolutely admired the roar coming from the yoshi pipe. I began to gain some speed and hopped onto the highway and let it rip. I was already at 80mph in third gear before I even finished taking in a breath. man this thing can move! While I cruised down the highway I felt extremely comfortable on the soft seat and great wind protection from the windshield, a huge improvement from the fz. Even at cruising speeds this thing is so incredibly nimble, dodging potholes is a piece of cake. Then taking the big left hander from 610 onto 290 was a dream! Smooth as ice. Most likely from the stock steering damper. It down shifts with ease, and has more than enough power to get me past any cage that wants to share a lane with me. I'm extremely happy with the change. Only small issue I have is a pretty annoying vibration coming from the clipons at about 12k revs. Other than that this piece of machinery is a master of the road. Fast, torquey, nimble, comfortable, and confidence inspiring. Even at night the lighting far surpasses the little bug eyes on the street fighter.

In conclusion, going from a sport touring bike to a super sport was going from Mars to Neptune, but man Neptune sure knows what makes riding fun. The fz6 was a great begginner bike and an even better commuting bike, but I don't think I would ever go back because this gixxer makes riding so much more interesting, and I'm sure I've barely scraped the surface.

If you guys have any questions about my first ride, especially you guys looking at buying your first super sport, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask. I will do the best I can to answer any questions. This change has really opened my eyes to the difference in riding and sporty riding and I can't wait to push this sucker on the track!
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good choice for you. Good overview.
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the 04/05 gixxers have been a favorite platform of mine since they came out. i've been through at LEAST 6 different 04/05 600's and 750's, and each one was an awesome bike. have fun, be safe, and be CAREFUL! triple digit speeds can come up real quick so be ready!
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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Definitely a big difference between the 2. You'll enjoy it for sure man. I did about the same thing with a 650r. Enjoy!
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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I have an 05 that I love as well. And great on the track!
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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^right, the bike makes ou feel like you have skills, unfor. Your true skills can't back it up

And after 6 wks and you've already totaled a bike
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Congrats! Becareful, and take your time. Oh, and post some pics!
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Get some weighted bar ends for the vibration
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If you read the first part of my post youd see that the bike being totaled was entirely not my fault so the time owned does not matter

I plan on getting the Gixxer painted or ordering new plastics so when I get that done Ill post some before and after pics

And thanks for the advice for the weighted bar ends I'll have to talk to Patrick about that and some frame sliders

I deffinatley will have the utmost respect for this bike
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there's always things you can do to avoid an accident, if you don't learn from that experience, its bound to happen again.
Avoid an accident on a motorcycle? Don't ride a motorcycle. PERIOD. Seriously, even learning from one accident does not mean you will not experience another.

Who wants to do that, though?
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there's always things you can do to avoid an accident, if you don't learn from that experience, its bound to happen again.
I disagree. As riders, there's a level of trust we have that the car next to you, who you swore acknowledged the fact that you're passing him, not in his blind spot, isn't going to make a sudden lane change into you to make that left turn 50 feet ahead.
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The man backed up on a green light ... How do I avoid that?
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You do what Racer X does -- you leave your bike in the garage where it belongs.
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keep thinkin that, i commute almost every day.

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I disagree. As riders, there's a level of trust we have that the car next to you,
you do that, i don't trust them for chit.

OP not alot i guess, were you dead center behind car or off to one side?
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I was off to the side but not as far as I would be at a red light because I sincerely thought he was going to move forward on the green but I was dead wrong....btw I was rolling the whole time I Only put my feet down for a split second before he struck me
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Nice. You think a 600 is fast......

Wait till you crank the throttle on a well setup SS 1000
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you do that, i don't trust them for chit.
Maybe trust is the wrong word, but you have to hope that people see you but ride as if they don't. Otherwise you'd never pass cars, stop at lights, enter intersections despite it's your green, etc.

Sometimes you can do everything right and still get taken out by a dumbass not paying attention.
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