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View Poll Results: For Beginners the debate on to go under 600 or right at 600 is a problem, what size was your first s
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Old 07-03-2005, 02:13 AM   #21
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ninja 500...got bored after 4000 miles, but it was good to learn on.
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Old 07-03-2005, 02:38 AM   #22
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Listen to Chris, he's had experiance. Get you a 500 for a little while and turn around and sell it. There's plenty of people on the site that are more than willing to work with you. :icon_smile:
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Old 07-03-2005, 10:22 AM   #23
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Re: First Bike Size

my first bike ever was an ex500, after a year of riding, i upgraded to a brand new '03 636. i feel like this bike is plenty for me right now, but i can see some points were i might want a bigger engine bike, but thats not for a long long time. i want to completely master the 600 before i start anything more.
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Old 07-03-2005, 10:58 AM   #24
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Mistake...!!!! I vote for 600+ but mine is NOT a sportbike...!!! Sorry for the error.
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Old 07-03-2005, 12:06 PM   #25
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well I apprechiate the truths that are coming out of this, its what I posted it for. Engine size does not bother me......but I want to stay right in the middle (600)......I know that with a twist of the wrist it can be all over and actually I am not wanting to start riding for speed, I want it because I grew up riding dirtbikes and always wanted a streetbike. I want to be able to go for long rides on the seawall early in the morning, or do 146 up to Keemah.....or just go to meets, have people to chill with. I moved to Texas for college and focused on my education so much that I didnt pay attention to the things that I want to do, ride.
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Re: First Bike Size

If you want it for long rides anywhere you best start looking at something other than a sportbike. No matter how used to it you are, sportbikes are never comfortable.
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Old 07-03-2005, 05:21 PM   #27
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If you want it for long rides anywhere you best start looking at something other than a sportbike.* No matter how used to it you are, sportbikes are never comfortable.
well let me re-phrase what I was trying to say, sportbikes have always interested me because of their ability/style/riders.......I cannot stand to see harley riders that take over the road.....must be the youth in me
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Old 07-03-2005, 09:21 PM   #28
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If you want it for long rides anywhere you best start looking at something other than a sportbike.* No matter how used to it you are, sportbikes are never comfortable.
well let me re-phrase what I was trying to say, sportbikes have always interested me because of their ability/style/riders.......I cannot stand to see harley riders that take over the road.....must be the youth in me
I must still be too young then... :eh: :dontknow:

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Old 07-04-2005, 12:13 AM   #29
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05 r6..first bike..had for 5 months..down once unfortunately due to gravel on turn
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Re: First Bike Size

01 gsxr-1k. and still ridin it. I actually took my CMRA race and are goin to be racing at the end of the month. The way I see it is get whatever YOU want. if you're responsible and have some sense you should be able to get anything you want/can afford and be just as safe than getting a slower bike. Ive had 2 minor wrecks and one of them I was hit from behind so it wasnt my fault. The other I just took a turn to quick back when I was a noob and hopped the curb, but that could happen even on a 250.
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Old 07-04-2005, 08:54 AM   #31
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First "Sportbike" can't really be called a true sportbike. Mine was my 03 FZ1.
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well let me re-phrase what I was trying to say, sportbikes have always interested me because of their ability/style/riders.......I cannot stand to see harley riders that take over the road.....must be the youth in me
I'm just trying to warn you. The riding position on a sportbike is definetly something that takes getting used to. Evern when you ARE used to it, long rides (1+ hours) will still get uncomfortable. If you've never been on a motorcycle, but are interested in sport riding, a good bike to look at might be a suzuki SV650. The riding position is a little less severe than a GSXR which will aid in learning, but the bike will still be fun in the twisties. Most people want a full on R bike for their first bike for the look, and you can make an SV do that. The SV650S comes with a half fairing, and several aftermarket manufacturer's make lower fairings for it. If I had to start again, I'd probably buy the SV.
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The other I just took a turn to quick back when I was a noob and hopped the curb, but that could happen even on a 250.
exactly, that happened to me on my 500.
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no I know sportbikes are not comfortable......the F3 I rode for about 2 months wasnt that comfortable at all because after about a week I started to go on longer rides 1+ hrs.......really begins to suck, but I want a sportbike....and I have taken into consideration the SV
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are there alot of noobs that get into wrecks because the bike was too powerful? i mean almost any wreck could also happen on a 250cc. so why is it that people recommend smaller bikes? i guess its cheaper to fall on a 250cc.
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are there alot of noobs that get into wrecks because the bike was too powerful? i mean almost any wreck could also happen on a 250cc. so why is it that people recommend* smaller bikes? i guess its cheaper to fall on a 250cc.
it's all about statistics.* More people than not tend to get into more trouble with a bigger bike.* So with that said, people recommend smaller bikes.* BUT, IF you have some common sense and aren't part of those stats, it really wouldnt matter what CC bike you ride.* So if you personally think you're responsible enough to get a bigger bike, then to what everyone says about getting a smaller bike, GET WHAT YOU WANT!* .* Like I said Ive had only a small wreck on mine where I hopped a curb, but that could have happened on any CC bike, and Stone_618 confirmed that for me.* right:.

And I dont think its about cost really.. I think it costs just as much to fix a gsxr600 than it costs to fix a gsxr1k. you can even use some parts from one and put on the other.
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Re: First Bike Size

Everything on a bigger (and newer) bike is exaggerated. A small mistake like blipping the throttle on a 250 would result in a small surge in power. That same small blip may pull the front tire on a litrebike. Same with brakes, grabbing too much brake on a 1k may endo or cut the rear loose, but because the brakes are a little weaker on a 500 you won't do these.
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I guess it all depends on the "maturity" level of the rider and their respect for the bike. I remember when I first started riding dirtbikes and I gained full knowledge of what a power band was haha! Needless to say I was on my back in a split second, so I respect the even more powerful engine of a CBR/R6/GSX-R etc..... simply because you have to respect the bike or your dead!
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I guess it all depends on the "maturity" level of the rider and their respect for the bike. I remember when I first started riding dirtbikes and I gained full knowledge of what a power band was haha! Needless to say I was on my back in a split second, so I respect the even more powerful engine of a CBR/R6/GSX-R etc..... simply because you have to respect the bike or your dead!
:iamwithstupid: exactly! I see someone sees the picture!! right:
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It doesn't really matter if you respect the power or not. I'd wager that most new riders don't get up from laying their bike down and think "If I had only respected the power, this wouldn't have happened." In panic situations all you're trying to do is not die. Having an immensely powerful motorcycle with really grabby brakes is counter to this purpose. Basically any panic action a squid is going to make is going to be overexaggerated by the high performance nature of the bike, and cause more problems.
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