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Old 01-10-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Fresh meat

First off, hello to all of MH. It's great to find a forum with a lot of useful information (and tons of other useless bits to entertain yourself with). I'm here to make friends and influence people (or at least find some riding buddies).

Some background on me: I'm 31, male, I am starting my own business (so yes, tons of free time), and wanting to do something for me. I've tinkered around on 250/500/600s (ninjas) and enjoyed them but never really stuck with it. Recently I had the treat of straddling a 600RR and my heart leapt out of my chest like a hamster on meth. -eating grin and adrenaline pump later, I decided this is what I want to do.

I'm in the Westchase/Galleria area, sorta new to the area so I don't have a lot of friends. I drive up to Starbucks (another addiction) often and I'm in awe how many happy folks there are riding and just hanging out. What I really thought was cool about everything was that everyone was "friends". Guys, gals, all 1 or 2 up. The fact was, it was like a big family (until the Busas rode up.. lol jk). I used to have that same group when I was into import cars, but that scene and my for it died long ago.

So I'm ready to schedule my MSF/BRC and unlearn some bad habits and practice my skills. I'm really hoping to find someone local who I can ride with and will be patient with me while I'm gaining confidence and improving my skill set.

I'm going to buy used (duh) and I've had the chance to ride the following 3 bikes and here's where I'm at with them:

GSXR600: Twitchy, Twitchy, Twitchy. Seems like the powerband is not as predictable, not crazy about the ride position

R6: Seems like I'm riding up high, maybe it's the ride position? But the COG seems off to me. Perhaps it's just not being used to the bike?

600RR: Smoother throttle response (IMO), better ride position, I really like this one the best.

I wanted to get some opinions from some seasoned riders as to whether or not my perception of these bikes are commonplace or is it just my response?

I'm going to do my homework and choose carefully before investing any money into it and of course GEAR FIRST.

Anyways, I've written a book.... so I'll sign off for now... but thanks for having me here.. and keep a look out for me!
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:46 AM   #2
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Wassup man! welcome 2 MH, you’ll find lots of good peep’s here. And willing to help out in perfecting your riding skill check out the sponsors.
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PP1 (poser point one) is the Starbucks on Westheimer just west of loop 610- maybe that's where you landed on your outing. There are ALWAYS bikes and bikers hanging out (posing) there. You won't have any trouble finding ppl to ride with- quite regulary. Just keep your eyes on the Meet and Greet forum.

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Welcome man, what is this new business you are starting?

As far as MSF look for the sponsor's section, I took mine with Awsome cycles, is a little far from the area but ir well worth it.
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Welcome... I too was torn between the gixxer and 600rr... I decided on an 07 600rr I got about a month ago and put about 800 miles in three weeks. You will not be disappointed... though the gixxer had a more comfortable riding position the rr handles better, more predictable power band, overall better bike... fairly new to riding scene too... hit me up if you want to ride.
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:19 PM   #14
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Thanks for the warm welcome. And yes Starbucks gives you PPs lol. It just happens to be close and I'm hopelessly hooked on that mud-water... lol

I'm an IT Consultant trying to keep afloat in this "horrible" market... We'll see if I end up eating or not.

And yup, I'm really feeling the CBR found a few on CL that would be good practice bikes without killing the bank. But again going to take my time in the decision making process. Right now I'm researching helmets and what will fit the best.
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I agree... I started off riding a 93 CBR F2 just to get my feet wet and it was def worth it...gives you time to get used to the sport bike, and if you drop it no big deal....I want to buy a new helmet too, but don't want to break the bank. I have the HJC cl-sp which is DOT and snell approved for about 125...good place to start and eventually nicer
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As far as MSF look for the sponsor's section, I took mine with Awsome cycles, is a little far from the area but ir well worth it.
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Thanks... I hope to hit them up this weekend and take the class. One of their instructors happens to be my apartment manager
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Welcome to MH

As far as the bikes listed, just pick your favorite. I've owned them all and regardless of which you purchase you're going to be happy, especially being that it is your first sport bike. They will each have their pros and cons but they are so evenly matched that unless you're going to be doing some serious riding and need one to fit you exactly they will all leave a eating grin on your face. of an intro BTW.
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