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Old 04-05-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Narrowed it down... Thoughts?

I came in thinking I wanted to start out on a ZX10 for my first bike... I've done a lot of research, and I'm glad I waited before buying.

I have now narrowed it down to 3 bikes... All input and opinions are greatly appreciated.

Bike 1 (Blue)
2006 Kawasaki zx6r 636
3,400 miles
One owner, garage kept
$5,500

Bike 2 (Black)
2009 zx6r
14,500 miles
2 owner
$6,000

Bike 3 (Green)
2007 zx6r
9,800 miles
2 owner
$5,900

All bikes are pretty much bone stock...

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Well you've chosen the best brand so you're off to a good start. Have you looked at/sat on any in person?
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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from stats bike one is best miles and number of riders make me weary of others
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I have only sat on the 2006, I didn't think it was too bad... I'm 6'3 about 175. Comfort probably won't be my friend on any supersport
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depends on what you plan to do with it.
Bike one seem like the best value and best street machine
the 09 is a good track bike
and the 07 I would pass on completely.
Also for a first bike these are still very fast and you need to respect the throttle.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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Imho

Those are way too nice to be first bikes. Spend around 2500 because odds are you're going to have a few oops on your first bike. Buy a 6k bike & it will be worth 3k after your first year leaning. Buy a 2k bike & it will be worth 2k after you get done adding your scratches to the ones already there.

Then you pass it along to the next beginner and get a bike you want. Its your FIRST bike not your last. It shouldn't be pretty. Its just that much more to cry over if it is.
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from stats bike one is best miles and number of riders make me weary of others
That's what I was thinking. Had a couple people tell me 3,000 miles on a bike that is 8 years old isn't necessarily a good thing. Bikes with low miles seem to be problematic... Biggest things to look out for?
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:00 PM   #8
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I personally wouldn't buy any of them. If my heart was set on a kawi I would look for a better deal on a 2009+
We're on 2014 which puts a '09 at 5 years old so you do the math. My .02
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The low miles over a long time is bad because some of the rubber bits can start to dry rot and be ruined. So watch out for that.

I second the get a learner throw away bike that won't lose value then get the bike you want.

If you do get a 600 then just remember it can kill you at any moment so respect the bike and the speeds it can reach in an instant.
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Is a 600 really still overdoing it? Most I know who spend money on a 250cc, put them up for sell within a few months to upgrade. I also want something I can buy, drive everyday, not have to worry about anything for awhile. Hard to find anything that I feel is properly maintained, clean, and DD ready for under 4k. I don't know many people who drop their first bikes unless they are stunting or just acting a fool. I know accidents happen, but a lot of people can not scuff or drop their bike.
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why don't we sticky a "best beginner bike" thread?
Honestly buy what ever you want and just respected it.
Have you take your MSF?
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Ok your zx6r you're looking at has somewhere between 110-130hp. A Ducati monster 1100 has 100hp, a sv650 has around 70hp and a 250 has 20-30hp. It is fast and can get you into trouble much easier than a slower bike. An accidental blip of the throttle on a 250 isn't noticeable, on a sport bike it rockets you forward and you gain 10 mph instantly.

Honestly you need to decide what type of riding you want to do. Cruising, traveling the world, performance/track riding, stunting, commuting etc. if all you want to do is be a highway king with lots of street cred and a sexy bike at meets then a 250 will be lame slow and you will be turning around selling it in a few weeks. If you want to be a really good rider than can have complete control over your bike at all times you will learn faster on a 250, not that a zx6r will be impossible to learn on but the power will make it take longer. If you think 250's are slow on the track then go to a cmra race weekend and watch the 250's go. If you can respect the sport bike then it won't be a bad beginners bike just not the best.

My first bike was a 2009 ninja 500 with 2500 miles that I bought for $3000. 2 years later and 12k miles it has needed gas oil and a new clutch cable. I'm sure ninja 250/300/500/650 can be found in good condition for under 4k. This bikes along with the sv650 and cbr250/500 would be my suggestions for beginner bikes. If you get bored in a few months and want to move up I guarantee you will lose very little if any on selling it.
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If you want an 09 zx6r you can buy mine
there's one small dent that not too noticeable
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I am 6'4" and can ride all day on my FZ6r.
It's super comfortable. It screams above 6k rpm.
It's still a 600cc, inline 4, like supersports.
You won't outgrow it as quickly as you might outgrow a 250.
It won't kill your wrists or back if you are riding around the city.
You can get a brand new 2013 for about $6k.
Just my 2.

BTW, I plan on getting a supersport to add to the stable.
Recently rode a Daytona 675 and just about jizzed in my pants.
Holy , that bike is the bee's knees.
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I appreciate y'all taking the time
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