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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-21-2006, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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first bike question

for those of you with experience on a GSXR600, what are your thoughts on one as a beginer bike? I went to the local dealer (Honda/Suzuki) looking at different sizes and models and the Gsxr felt like a really good fit. I was originally looking for something in the 250 - 500 range but there isnt anything out there that I can find other than new. I dont want to buy new yet figuring that its going to take a spill sooner than later. I had dirt bikes when I was a kid but havent riden in 15 years. I do have a snowmobile so understand the power to weight ratio but I'm sure thats like comparing apples to oranges.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 10:45 AM
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If you buy a fully faired motorbike as a newbie, then remove as much of the plastics until you've had at least 2 lay downs. Tip overs don't count.

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As great as the Gixxers are. I don't recommend them to the newbie's. You need to find something from the mid 90's to start on, maybe a new SV.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 02:43 PM
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my 05 gixxer 600 is my first bike....but ive riden friends bikes from time to time before hand...

I have snowmobiles too....the concept of turning and braking is the same in a way i guess.

I rode dirtbikes/still ride dirtbikes but the setup and feel is COMPLETELY different...but the concept is similar.

its different with everyone.....i have about 600 miles on my 600 and im kinda getting bored of the speed of it...want a little more midrange and topend (currently tops out around 165ish)....but i am not a pro in the handling deparment...nor is most i have no reason to move up until I have "mastered" this bike.

do you feel comfortable on the 600?....are u intimidated by the speed? if not...and you feel you can keep yourself under control while learning...go for wont loop you up and over unless you are trying (unlike a 900-1000)

if you are kinda scared to learn on it...then dont!!! being fearful on a bike is an accident waiting to happen because you might get nervous and lock up the brakes or see the front wheel lift a little and hold on for dear life "while" nailing the throttle back!

its up to you..people seem to like the SV650 as a starter bike....its still a sport bike in a way....just not a super sport.....but i hear the sv650 is plenty fast and handles just as good.
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