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Old 06-28-2008, 07:42 PM   #21
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See, this is kind of where I get confused...because some people think I would be fine on a 600, but some not..
I'm not going to try and act like I know I would be fine on a 600, because i'm not...but I know i'm not a stranger to bikes...but, like someone said, dirt/street are two completely different things.

But, if it's scenarios that make the difference, and it's not the power of the bike...wouldn't getting used to street be the same on a 250 or a 600?
You sound like a sharp kid. I'd wager you'd be fine if you can swing the insurance difference. Just don't be a jack and you'll be fine. If I had a 600 when I was 16, I'd be a wet spot on the highway...........
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:47 PM   #22
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If you are looking for commuting, the 250 would be your best bet; either way with the age factor, its gonna hurt the pocketbook. Could it be put on your Father's motorcycle policy with you on it? That may be an option but Im not sure if it works the same way as say a car. Being a full-time student does give you some options.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:22 PM   #24
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You sound like a sharp kid. I'd wager you'd be fine if you can swing the insurance difference. Just don't be a jack and you'll be fine. If I had a 600 when I was 16, I'd be a wet spot on the highway...........
Trust me, i'm not the type to be stupid. Especially on the road.


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If you are looking for commuting, the 250 would be your best bet; either way with the age factor, its gonna hurt the pocketbook. Could it be put on your Father's motorcycle policy with you on it? That may be an option but Im not sure if it works the same way as say a car. Being a full-time student does give you some options.

Thanks! It will be mainly for going back and forth to school, work, and pretty much any where else I need to go. Pretty much the only reason i'm going to want to use my truck is to go to the MX track and when it's raining.
But, i'm also going to want to be able to have fun on it..ride out to Galveston, go on group rides, etc.

I've been reading up on it a bit..and it seems a little 50/50 on whether or not a 600 is good for a first street bike. Some say as long as you are easy on the wrist, it's perfectly fine, and some pretty much say you'll kill yourself if you go out on a 600.
And, it also seems that the only thing in my dirt experience that carries over is shifting/braking.

I'm going to go ahead and say that it's just up to what the rider thinks they can handle. I know that I am not going to be stupid, and that i'm not going to ride over my head. Me and my dad will probably go look at bikes hopefully next weekend. I'm going to sit on all the different 600's and see what I like..maybe if they have a few of the naked bikes i'll try those too.


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Old 06-28-2008, 09:27 PM   #25
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Get a Busa!! But if you MUST get a 6er, a R6 would be my suggestion. Are you looking for new or slightly used?
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:38 PM   #26
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Get a Busa!! But if you MUST get a 6er, a R6 would be my suggestion. Are you looking for new or slightly used?
Any reason why you suggest the R6? Just asking.

More than likely it will be used. Unless I find a really good deal on a leftover bike or something..
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Any reason why you suggest the R6? Just asking.

More than likely it will be used. Unless I find a really good deal on a leftover bike or something..
Cuz I ride a yami. It is really personal prefference. If you were looking new, the 08's are a brand new design, and highly rated. My friend Hooligan rides a CBR600 and I owned a CBR600 a while back. Nice bikes, too. You are right, go sit on a few and see what "fits" your build ect... Every manufacturer is has different quirks.
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Cuz I ride a yami. It is really personal prefference. If you were looking new, the 08's are a brand new design, and highly rated. My friend Hooligan rides a CBR600 and I owned a CBR600 a while back. Nice bikes, too. You are right, go sit on a few and see what "fits" your build ect... Every manufacturer is has different quirks.
Haha, thanks! I probably won't be able to get a brand new 08, but, I can assure you..i'm going to look at them.
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i just turned 17 and i got a gixxer600. thats the best bike u can get!!! insurance is $52 LIABILITY ONLY! but full coverage with theft and all that stufff. around $440....(PROGRESSIVE) it sux. the bike's under my dads name and i would only be the driver/rider cause we thot maybe that way insurance would be cheaper but dang its still pretty high man...
get different quotes from different companies.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:08 PM   #30
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i just turned 17 and i got a gixxer600. thats the best bike u can get!!! insurance is $52 LIABILITY ONLY! but full coverage with theft and all that stufff. around $440....(PROGRESSIVE) it sux. the bike's under my dads name and i would only be the driver/rider cause we thot maybe that way insurance would be cheaper but dang its still pretty high man...
get different quotes from different companies.
The $52 a month for liability is per month?
And the $440 is per month too?


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Old 06-28-2008, 10:08 PM   #31
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600 was my first. I still ride a 600 11 years later. I couldnt feel comfortable on a 250 due to lack of power. You need some sometimes to avoid an accident or jackass.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:51 AM   #33
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Sup dude I'm 17 and been on streetbikes since I was 15. Insurance isnt really as bad as you think. As long as you have a clean record, go with state farm and they'll give a fair price. I paid less than $100 a month for full coverage on a 2005 zx636 when I was 16.

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Sup dude I'm 17 and been on streetbikes since I was 15. Insurance isnt really as bad as you think. As long as you have a clean record, go with state farm and they'll give a fair price. I paid less than $100 a month for full coverage on a 2005 zx636 when I was 16.

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Good to hear!

What happened to be your first bike??

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Thanks everyone!!!
First bike was a Ninja 250. 2nd was a 2006 r6, 3rd was a 2005 636. Next is a r1
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Ahh. Alright. Thanks for the welcomes everyone!
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The $52 a month for liability is per month?
And the $440 is per month too?


Thanks!
i only pay 52 monthly but if i wanted to add theft and full coverage i would have 2 pay about $440.
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Thanks everyone!


Alright, so yesterday on the way home from Livingston, me and my dad stopped off at a Yamaha/Suzuki dealer and I sat on the GSXR 600 and the R6.
After I sat on the R6 and was about to sit on the GSXR, the salesman said, "Oh, come sit on the GSXR, it'll feel alot better, they're alot more comfortable", so..I sat on it..and it feels about the same? The GSXR seems like it might have your arms a little bit straight if anything...i'm guessing if you're taller it might be more comfortable on the GSXR, but i'm more on the shorter side(5'8).

Either way, it does seem like they would both get kind of uncomfortable on longer rides.

Before I lean any different way, I want to sit on the Honda and Kawasaki's.
But...I must say..the R6 and GSXR are SEXY looking bikes.
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