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Old 09-10-2008, 10:37 PM   #21
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Holy moly, I just got a look at the new Yamaha FZ6R. Assuming the bike doesn't suck mechanically or suck to sit on, that is the bike I wanna get. For anyone worried about snap buying decisions, consider this an excited utterance. I'll always do my homework first. This bike is just encouraging me to do it all the faster. It even comes in blue...*daydreaming begins*
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:53 PM   #22
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Ive been on I-10 290, 610 loop, forest in magnolia and MY personal opinion is if you get a 250 or 500 or SV you would be bored of it within the first few months.
I've heard a lot of folks suggest getting a 250 and flipping it after a few months. But I've also heard more people say I'd get tired of it fast. Since I'd rather get something I can keep a while, I'll have to agree with you on that one. I'm still going to keep 500s in my consideration set for now, and see if they remain after I get a motorcycle license and do some test rides. I imagine the test rides will be some of the most decisive information I get.

That said, I don't see myself jumping on a serious sportbike like a Kawasaki ZX-6R, but more user-friendly 600s and 650s like the Ninja 650R seem to be more my style for now.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #23
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I would still recomend getting the 250 ... but if you insist getting something bigger, I would then suggest the SV650 or the Ninja 650r ... However ... in all seriousness, keeping your first bike for just a year is not uncommon.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:14 PM   #24
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The bikes you have listed are all great chooses. Out of all of them I have only rode the Kawi 650, and it was really comfy and smooth but still had some . Talk to Warpbener about the yamaha, he loves his
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Holy moly, I just got a look at the new Yamaha FZ6R. Assuming the bike doesn't suck mechanically or suck to sit on, that is the bike I wanna get. For anyone worried about snap buying decisions, consider this an excited utterance. I'll always do my homework first. This bike is just encouraging me to do it all the faster. It even comes in blue...*daydreaming begins*
Wow. Great looking bike. Talk to 06fairedFZ1 about his experiences with his bike as he has one very similar to the FZ6R.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:20 PM   #26
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my first bike was and still is my R6 and it was a track only bike. snappy throttle and rode pretty tall since it was set up for someone 6lbs heavier than me. but i learned and took baby steps on it and was ok. i crashed my first trackday halfway through the day so i would say that no matter what you get i would buy used and just take your time to learn your ride and you should be ok. personally i havnt hearn any thing about any of the bikes except the SV650 but then again ive been around the race track quite a bit.
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:32 PM   #27
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Lots of cool bikes on the list. I too like the standard style since I ride to work mostly that is until I got bit my the track bug. Thanks Buck.

Defiently check out the motocycle show at reliant next weekend 11/22-23. I think you can even test ride with a M licence. But your be able to sit on them all and see what your tells you.

After looking at all the bikes mentioned myself just 1 yr ago, I ended up with a Bandit 1200 used because I got a good deal on it (pics in my garage link). Keep the right wrist in check for the first 6 months and then let'er ripe. I don't think your get tired of this one for what your interested in. Not trying to add to your list but I've been happy with it as a hefty all purpose and cheap bike. If you take naturally to riding at the MSF course and the operation of the gears and throttle come smooth and natural I think it could be managed as a first bike with some decipline.

Here are some pics of others that I would consider if buying new. Kawis new ER-6N and Versys (varients of the before mentioned 650R) and Suz new Gladius (an SV650 powered ducati look alike).
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:57 AM   #28
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you really dont need to bother with anything less than a turbo'd busa.


tl;dr
really though, eliminating the sv and ninja 250 kills 2 great starter bikes. the gsx-f is a lame bike. dude, my ratty sv is cooler than a new gsx-f.


if i were getting my first bike (and i had some knowledge of motorcycles, unlike what did happen with my first bike) i'd go for a beaten ninja 250. get something that isnt going to immediately land you a fly honey on the back pillion. get something that will require you to get your hands dirty and possibly a few knuckles. you want your first bike to be cheap.
it doesnt get much cheaper than a 250. best part is that when you feel confident in your abilities and want to move up, sell the 250 for what you paid for it.


tl;dr again, ninja 250, sv 650, turbo busa. those are your options.

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Old 11-21-2008, 04:07 AM   #29
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You should definately buy a 2008 ninja 250r oh wait i have one for sale...

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:06 AM   #30
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no shame in a two fiddy the new one is sharp you are going to drop your first bike buy a beater ride for six monthes to a year and then get what you want I started on a ninja 500 it was ugly but did the trick I just got a kawi zzr-600 might want to check one out on your list the gsx-500f wouldn't be to bad ask squady body about hers pester just sold his they might be able to give you some insight
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:15 AM   #31
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I own one and I have to say that I'm very impressed with the bike so far. It is very forgiving. The bike is very comfortable to ride and does have power to it. I use it as much as I can for driving back and forth to work. (weather permitting).

I have the stock bars on it right now but I also plan on getting a set of aftermarket sports bars. There are tons of aftermarket for the bike. My opinion is to not buy the 250 if you're planning on keeping the bike for a while.

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Old 12-03-2008, 04:38 PM   #32
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How is a 2005 Ninja ZZR 600 Ninja as a starter bike?

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Old 12-03-2008, 04:55 PM   #33
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:34 PM   #34
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I have a good starter bike for sale. http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/939247607.html
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:48 PM   #35
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I didn't see anyone answer this for you GAP insurance is a cheap insurance that will cover the difference b/t what you owe and what you get from the insurance in the event of a total loss (stolen, wrecked, dropped, whatever) If you are getting a new bike you should look into it unless you plan to payoff the bike soon. Once you aren't "upside down" on the bike anymore the GAP ins is useless but it was good while it lasted had you needed it

On to the bike. Get what you will be happy with. If you likes the 650r the best then get it and be happy riding. Of you choices above they are all similar in seating (from what I recall when I was doing my seat tests @ the dealers) so it's all about what you like the best and what the insurance company will bend you over the least on The FZ6 will prolly be the least torquey of the bunch but they are all pretty similar in the grand scheme of things
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I've done a lot of research on quite a few forums, so it's safe to say I know things like "don't get a supersport for your first bike" and "take an MSF course."

With all the knowledge I've accumulated combined with my preference for sportbike-type styling and more upright riding position, a couple of potential bikes really stand out to me. They are the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, the Yamaha FZ6, the Suzuki GSX 650F and the Suzuki GS 500F. Which of these bikes do you think is the best and why? Go to town. I can determine if I feel right on the saddle, so don't worry about things like that, but from your perspective, which bike is the best for what I'm trying to accomplish based on the above?

On caviat: I'm not really interested in a Suzuki SV anything and not looking to compare the Ninja 250 or Ninja 500 in this discussion.

And this won't be a problem for most of you, but please take a good, close look at the model numbers. I've posted similar questions in other forums where people replied that I shouldn't get a gixxer 600 because it's basically a track bike (when the GSX 650F is really a replacement for the old Katana) or confused the Yamaha FX6 I'm talking about with the YZF-R6 that I'm not talking about.

Sorry to be long winded, but I'm looking forward to the responses.
I haven't even read the rest of the responses but I'm willing to bet you got several, "Take MSF", " Don't get a supersport bike", "why not try an SV650", or "the Ninja 250 and 500 are great starter bikes". Am I right?

Or wait, how about, "Just go sit on them and see which one you like best".
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