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Old 06-03-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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If you started out on a 600cc+ do you regret it now?

Searched around and didn't find a thread like this one.

If you went against what everyone said and started out on a 600cc+ bike instead of a 250 do you regret it?

I was talking to my buddy who started out on a 99 CBR f4 (the bike I learned on before the MSF) and to this day says he regrets not learning on a 250.

Granted I have never owned my own bike (hopefully to change by the end of the week) but I learned on a 600, took the MSF, and feel confident that getting a 600 for my own would fine.

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Old 06-03-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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No.

Starting out to learn on a 250 is fine but not really neccessary to start. It's you that control the bike not the other way around.
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The answer to this question lies inside yourself, Grasshopper.

Many will say that a 600 is too much to start on, while others have successfully started out on more.
Your self discipline, your riding abilities and your luck will make a difference.
Whatever you decide, remember that the bike is a tool and will create only fun but can destroy much more. Your wrist is in charge, use it wisely.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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NO! I am glad I started on a 600, just respect the power and take things slow. However, there are a lot of people who lack common sense, they should not have a bike at all.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:18 PM   #8
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i learned and am still learning on a 600 then on to a 750 or maybe higher....
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The answer to this question lies inside yourself, Grasshopper.

Many will say that a 600 is too much to start on, while others have successfully started out on more.
Your self discipline, your riding abilities and your luck will make a difference.
Whatever you decide, remember that the bike is a tool and will create only fun but can destroy much more. Your wrist is in charge, use it wisely.
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NO! I am glad I started on a 600, just respect the power and take things slow. However, there are a lot of people who lack common sense, they should not have a bike at all.

Doesn't matter what you start with but what matter is the rider has any common sense. I know this one guy he start out on a 250 and act like a jack on it, laid it down. I quit riding with him because I don't want to be pulled over for his stupidity. I sure don't want to call his family to tell them that he won't be coming home.
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my wife and i both started out on 600s. no regrets here what so ever.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:29 PM   #11
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The answer to this question lies inside yourself, Grasshopper.


I learned on a 750 and my wife learned on an older 600. She would have probably done better at first on a 250 because of the weight factor, but other than that you just have to be smart and take your time learning how to ride.
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no regrets from me either. I think if you do get a 600 or whatever for that matter, after about 3-4K seat time you should go do a track day. You can explore your bike uninhibited on a track and if done correctly, you can learn more about your bikes capabilties in a controlled environment.
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with great power comes even greater responsibility. i learned on a 1000. just respect the power and knowing ur machine is the most important aspect. and ya i regret, i should have started off with a busa lol!!
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not at all. i love my 600s. the only reason i would ever get a 1k is if i started riding at TWS (Texas World Speedway) regularly or if i started riding the streets alot like i used to.
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i learned how to ride from an old 4-speed scooter i had in galveston. then i bought 1 99 r6, it was a huge step. 600cc is alot of power, but people that buy 250s are just wasting there money, unless they plan on stickin with the 250
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:34 PM   #16
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Most of the good answers have already been said

I don't regret starting on a 600 and don't regret getting a 1000 19k+ miles later

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After a 15 some odd year lay off. I started on a 600 again. Then a 954..then my current bike. The only mistake I made was selling the 600. I should have kept it and turned it into a dedicated track bike. Albeit a one!

Frankly....I would have been fcking had I bought a 250 or even a 500 for that matter. Ride that bullcrap for a month and be sick of it. Then take a hit when I ty to sell it.

Get what you think you are mature enough to handle. Only you know that answer.

But NO. I do not regret starting on a 600.
Truth be told, my first sportbike was a ysr50 (I think that's what they called it, I was like 14 years old!) then I took my dads 88 pearl white intercepter! Wish I still had that one too!
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:46 PM   #18
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well i started on a boostin busa when a guy asked me if i wanted to race around 610. the one regret is i wish i would have video taped it cause for some reason no one belives me
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:47 PM   #19
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The answer to this question lies inside yourself, Grasshopper.

Many will say that a 600 is too much to start on, while others have successfully started out on more.
Your self discipline, your riding abilities and your luck will make a difference.
Whatever you decide, remember that the bike is a tool and will create only fun but can destroy much more. Your wrist is in charge, use it wisely.
+1

I started out on a 600 and totaled it because I was as a complete jackass. But I could have started out on a 250 or a 50, the end result would have been the same. It didn't matter because of the mind set I had.
But, even now I still have NO Regrets. A few years of riding later, I have learned from my mistakes.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:57 PM   #20
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I expected a lot of yes's when I saw the thread title but not 100%!

This is the consensus, yet most of you will probably tell someone with zero miles to start on a 250. Intresting.
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