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Old 04-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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what about a yamaha?

I'm thnkin about gettin this bike... 06 Yamaha YZF600

very comfortable for my stature when i sat on it.

for those of you who have ridden one, do you like it? how does the bike feel?
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:41 AM   #2
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I'm thnkin about gettin this bike... 06 Yamaha YZF600

very comfortable for my stature when i sat on it.

for those of you who have ridden one, do you like it? how does the bike feel?
If you are comfortable with it then by all means get it. Don't let anyone dictate what you should ride. All bikes are fun and great in their design. Pick one for the style of your riding.
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:15 AM   #3
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Had a Honda... Had 3 Yamaha's... Guess what I'm going to suggest?

Get what you like and you will like the ride! Settle and you will always regret the one that got away - no matter the brand.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:18 AM   #4
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youre doing the right thing homey. yamahas make great beginner bikes.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:39 AM   #5
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I have a Yamaha and its the best all-around bike I've owned of the nine bikes I have had.

A friend has a YZF-600 and really likes it for the 40k mikes he has ridden it.

Course, you could be like all the other squids and get one of those quizzers, or pixxers or gixxers or whatever they are called.
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I have a Yamaha and its the best all-around bike I've owned of the nine bikes I have had.

A friend has a YZF-600 and really likes it for the 40k mikes he has ridden it.

Course, you could be like all the other squids and get one of those quizzers, or pixxers or gixxers or whatever they are called.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:04 AM   #7
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youre doing the right thing homey. yamahas make great beginner bikes.
I think Mike recommends the suzuki xb12r.
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A friend has a YZF-600 and really likes it for the 40k mikes he has ridden it.
Make that 50K.

Yeah, I like it. Good for commuting. Banana seat takes me back to my 70s childhood, though I remember my bike seat having flames on it.

This bike is heavy by modern standards, a plus IMO for riding on less than perfect road surfaces. It is also easy to maintain. Change oil, clean air filter, sync carbs, rinse, repeat. I have basic tools and little mechanical experience, and I've managed to self perform everything from oil changes up to valve adjustment.

As for the YZF as a beginner bike, I will agree with RacerXand say marginal. You have to be pretty ham fisted to get to the power band in anything above 2nd gear. It can be punchy in the lower gears, but not like Yamazuki Cbixxer RR class bikes. Weight coupled with the fact that this is still a 85 HP sport bike, probably not the best choice for a beginner.

Fully adjustable suspension, front and rear. Many options for tie downs and luggage and comfortable if you want to try some touring. Plus, you get to ride something different than everyone else (though you will not get anyone druelling over it, so not the best choice if that is important to you).

I'm not sick of it after 3 years, so yes, it gets a thumbs up from me.
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I like a Kawi 500 Ninja. Excellent gas milage, easy to maintain, and tires are cheap. The banana seat is good for two up with my kiddo or strapping the backpack with work clothes. They scoot better than most people think they do and are easy to ride in stop-n-go traffic too.

Did I mension that they are cheap? I got an '06 with 800 miles for under $4k.
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ive heard they don't crash very well at all
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:08 AM   #12
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Yami are teh shiz. I am on my second. Fantastic bikes.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:29 AM   #13
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Yami is a good bike. The YZF is a heavy slow(er) bike. Good for beginners? Not so sure. Yeah it'll be slower than an R6 but it is also heavy.

BUT, my first bike was the same way and I loved it for over 60K miles. If you are comfortable on it and you like it then I don't think it's a bad idea. I think you should shop around more though. A lighter bike might be better.
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its all on you just don't rush into a purchase, there are so many options out there, yes its good to do some research. btw yamaha ftw but if you do buy and you are not happy you can always sell.
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ive heard they don't crash very well at all
I disagree. Steel frame, not alloy. Less likely to fracture on a drop or low speed fall. I know of a few owners that have slavaged wrecked 600rs, re-aligned the frames, and truned them in to decent track bikes.

High speed crashes, it's a sport bike, not an SUV. None of them take that well.

A bike that crashes well in terms of beginner, low speed mishaps is the Ninja 250. I have personal experience with about 6 of them that take such a beating every weekend and keep on truckin.
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I had the yzf 600r as my first bike too. Great bike ya it was really heavy but it was very comfortable compared to the rr. Good luck
OH ya i got mine for 2600 and like fell on it and fixed it and rode alot more and sold it for 2500. mine was a 1997 and clean title. It had 11000 when i bought it and when 13000 when i sold it.
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