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Old 04-05-2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! Sorry to disappoint you, but i do not own a bike. I'm a 16 year old in high school, and i plan on buying my own 600 when i turn 18/graduate! I'm just starting my research early b/c i want to make the process easier on myself when the time comes to actually buy a bike.

Right now I'm really leaning towards a 2007 Honda cbr600rr or a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. Any personal opinions you would like to share are greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-05-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:46 PM   #3
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welcome! you might wanna consider a cheaper 'starter' bike to learn on. the 2 you mentioned are not very forgiving to beginners. get ready for a lifelong addiction.
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Either choice is good.
Don't listen to the ankle biters. Any of the big 4 (yammy, kawi, honda or suzuk) are good choices. Look for styling, color, features, price and don't worry too much about the name on the tank.
The only way supersports can be told apart is by putting them head to head on a racetrack and even the pro's only see a difference of tenths of a sec.

Good luck, and please consider something less radical for a first bike. Maybe an SV650 Suzuki or FZ6 Yamaha. They are plenty fast enough to get you killed, but are more comfortable and forgiving of a new rider. Just my .02
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zx-6r FTW.

But seriously I would consider a more beginner friendly bike.
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you should save up for the '09 zx-6r! The most powerful 600 kawi's made! haha

But really, definitely buy a used bike for starters because you will get mad when you do some stupid beginners mistake like knocking it over or laying it down and ruining the purty paint!
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Summer is coming. You should seriously consider buying a dirt bike and spending tons of time on it over those months. You will learn skills that will help you as you transition to a street bike.
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Summer is coming. You should seriously consider buying a dirt bike and spending tons of time on it over those months. You will learn skills that will help you as you transition to a street bike.
Well put Maxgs. I tell thoes that the advance should try to help the newbees gain experinces not cut them out due the lack of
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Well put Maxgs. I tell thoes that the advance should try to help the newbees gain experinces not cut them out due the lack of
And many of the really badass riders and stunters started in dirt. What's that kids name...stone... stone... oh yeah Casey Stoner. And that other guy... some texan... tornado something or other... Colin Edwards!
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Well since your name is TylerNinja, you better get a Ninja lol
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:38 AM   #14
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Wassup! Well everyone give very good advise to you. All I can say now is respect that machine know where your limits are and have fun. I agree with maxgs go get a dirtbike and practice on that for now, till your ready to go on a street bike.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:51 AM   #16
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Welcome - Keep your mind open and your fingers still and you will learn a ton from this site... ;-) Dirt bike or 250 for the next couple of years. And Yes to the above posts ~ START ON A USED BIKE!!!
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what up dude Im 17 and started on cbr 600, all I can say is start out slow, dont worry about looking to cool because there will be plenty of time for that. learn to ride your bike
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I'll try not to write a book here. . .

I got my first bike when I was 19. It was a 2006 ZZR600 aka "Old School ZX-6R" it's an ex-supersport carbureted 600cc sportbike. Did I have dirt experience, nope. A bit of BMX experience but not sure how much of that transfers over.
Anyways, bought the bike, rode it around the hood, stalled out so many times.
I sucked and was nervous, didn't really have a good idea of what I was doing. A few days later I took the MSF course. By the way, I highly recommend it over doing the riding test to get your M class license thru the DPS office. You can read up on MSF. Anyways, MSF taught me the basics really well and I was VERY confident and comfortable immediately after. I was on the freeway without hesitation. Some people take weeks or even months of riding before hitting the freeways. People learn faster than others and well, some just have bigger I suppose RESPECT plays a big part. Not talking about socially, respect towards the bike, no matter what your riding, a wreck still hurts the same! Obviously some bikes can get you into worse wrecks than others (speed) but it all goes back to RESPECT. Respect the bike and you will be good. Be aware of your surroundings, make SMART decisions and quick judgments! Please wear all proper safety gear cause you sure as don't want to learn the hard way. , you may not learn at all cause you'll be dead. Wear a full face helmet if you care about yourself Take things slow and leave your ego at home. Eventually you will get better and better and once you REALLY know what your doing,that's when when the fun really begins. But REALLY knowing what your doing takes lots of valuable seat time. Trackdays, back roads riding, etc etc is valuable seat time to me. When learning, you get out what you put in. I've come a long way from where I've started and have a lot of people and this site to thank.

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Wow! Thanks to everyone for the great advice! What an awesome community!... as far as riding dirt goes, my friends and i ride 50cc a lot just for fun (granted that is very different from the 600cc or the 250 for that matter).
And if you dont mind, for the MSF classes, which location did everyone take/like the most? I live in The Woodlands but im willing to drive the distance for the better classes/instructors.

P.S. from what i've read, it sounds like an rider and instructor name David lost his life after riding on 3090. I am terribly sorry for his family and my prayers go out to them. And please for give me for my lack of knowledge and ignorance towards the situation.

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