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03-06-2008 09:09 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Justin911

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so we all know how gas prices are going now a days.. and I have come to the decision that is is time for me to start saving a get a street bike. I have a fairly good knowledge of street bikes and so i decided its time for me to get my own. I understand completely the dangers of riding a motorcycle and that danger is something that I am willing to take. I also know that safety is FIRST always. (Basically I will always ride with a riding jacket, helmet, and gloves....)

I am really looking at the 600cc bike range. I really like the R6 and the GSX-R... I know yamaha has a cheaper version of the R6 called the R6s.... its a nice looking bike and very comparable to the R6.. I am curious what you guys think would be a good choice for a first bike. I do want to stay in the 600cc range. Just for some info about my size.... I am 6 feet and weigh 225... will a 600cc bike be to small for me? I don't think so but I have heard some mixed answers on this one....

Thanks guys.

PS: please spare me the "YOU will kill yourself" responses... I just won't pay attention to them. I know it is dangerous but like I said, its something I am willing to risk. besides, its hardly the rider, but the car around the rider that kills the person....

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03-06-2008 09:24 AM  10 years agoPost 2
BEAR

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6ft tall you will be putting a lot of weight on your arms all the time you are riding a sports bike plus if you are a novice rider do you realise how fast you are going to do 0 to 100mph!
I past my bike test last November and picked up my 1st bike last Saterday a 660cc single cylinder 4 stroke water cooled supermoto its not run in yet its good for just about 100mph and there is not a smillie on the list that is BIG enough!!
Just remember if you do do it every f*cker is trying to kill you and take cear and have fun!

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03-06-2008 09:57 AM  10 years agoPost 3
gorn

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What about the Triumph 675 triple?
Slightly cheaper, just as fast, more torque, excellent quality and is just a bit different being british.

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03-06-2008 10:54 AM  10 years agoPost 4
bagobitz

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From your OP, I think that Gas prices are just an excuse!

Any commuter-mount 250 upwards will wipe the floor with the old british bikes (with very few exceptions,which were NOT a nice town-ride-Manx or Goldie, anyone? )

If you want a sporty bike, stay clear of the crotch-rockets for the reason above(weight on arms),the stratospheric depreciation and the total ballache of servicing-costs,parts prices and availability.

It may well be different where you are, but UK prices of "consumables" -the bits that get bent/scraped/cracked every time you drop it - are absoloutely insane...Dick Turpin was a bloody amateur.

Also bear in mind that the "latest and greatest" will soon be "last season's fashion"

Certain bikes will have a good status,maintain value and provide a superb ride....ALL road-bikes handle better than the average rider can exploit....ask around,a couple or three will keep getting a thumbs-up...they would be on MY short-list.

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03-06-2008 12:42 PM  10 years agoPost 5
gorn

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Actually the Triumph 675 is a cutting edge current sports bike, 3 cylinder, radial brakes, injection, under seat exhaust and just as much power as the current 600's. No 250 will wipe the floor with it lol.

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03-06-2008 12:43 PM  10 years agoPost 6
gorn

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You may be correct on the spare parts prices where you are though. Here the Triumph is about $1500AU cheaper than the other crotch rocket 600's

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03-06-2008 01:48 PM  10 years agoPost 7
fritzthecat

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Any crotchrocket/superbike is exceedingly bad for a first bike. Last year, 90% of military motorcycle crashes were new riders on high speed bikes. Over 50% were single vehicle crashes - the rider lost control and died without anybody else causing it.
For commuting you need something comfortable, quick, nimble with adequate wind protection.
Try a SV650.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_SV650S

or if you go touring, the cousin DL650:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_DL650_V-Strom

and take the MSF course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fritz

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'Send Money, Women and Guns!'

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03-06-2008 02:09 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Grant H

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Sorry for the sizing
After many years of wanting one, I finally bought my first bike last summer. 2006 GSX-R 600. Loving it. Ride it every chance I get.

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03-06-2008 02:19 PM  10 years agoPost 9
gorn

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Very nice

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03-06-2008 02:31 PM  10 years agoPost 10
GMcNair

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I second Fritz's recommendations. And in case you find the SV series "ugly" without the lower fairings, they are available aftermarket. The SV is nimble, rides great, and is priced easy on the wallet. Here's an owners group where you can learn more about it: http://www.sv650.org/

Here's an SV650 with the lower fairing kit:

And if all that wasn't enough, look up Darrel Klassen who also lives in SD. He rides the V-strom Fritz showed, and he tells me it's the best bike he's owned out of nearly a dozen. He's almost got me convinced to sell my m109 and buy one. The bike is really tall too, so it would be perfect for your height. You can find Darrel at mybikeforums.com, or here in RR, but I forget his RR handle.

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03-06-2008 02:47 PM  10 years agoPost 11
Inspector Fuzz

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600cc Scooter.
Everyones first motorcycle ought to be a scooter. Honda makes a bike called the "SilverWing". It is billed as the uber scooter.
It has a 582cc motor, saddle bags, etc.
It is plenty fast for a first time rider and gets much better gas mileage than a crotch rocket. Also MUCH more comfortable to commute on.
I guess everyone has to have a super bike at somepoint, but the truth is they make terrible daily drivers. If you really want a fuel sipping daily driver you are better off with a big scooter. Plus, if you have to wear dress shoes, the shift lever on a regular motorcycle tears up the leather on the top of your shoe.
JEFF

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03-06-2008 03:11 PM  10 years agoPost 12
richardf

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Justin,

I will stop in at DHW this weekend and talk to you.

I have been riding and racing for 30+ years and have honest answers.

-Richard.

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03-06-2008 03:34 PM  10 years agoPost 13
TeamSlacker

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I'll 3'rd the SV recomendation. They make great first bikes. I've been riding for 20+ years and have an assortment of bikes in the garage right now. When I was riding my SV on the street (currently has been striped and is my race bike), on the street the SV always had me grinning in my helmet.
You'll never use the full potential of a current 600cc inline 4 on the street and the extra power will just get you in trouble faster.
The SV is well behaved and will teach you how to ride without getting in over your head as fast.

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03-06-2008 03:48 PM  10 years agoPost 14
spaceman spiff

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Maybe a Honda 919?

Not quite a super bike, but close enough to be a hoot. Ive had one for about a year. Mostly upright seating position, easy handling... does 130MPH+ but comfortable to comute on, even for a few hours worth. Gets about 45 MPG.

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03-06-2008 04:21 PM  10 years agoPost 15
Dakine

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The SV 650 should be easier on your arms for longer commutes.

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03-06-2008 04:24 PM  10 years agoPost 16
michael88997

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gsxr 600 all the way... but since your so tall why not get a cruiser? you can get a honda shadow for like 6000... they can go fast and it would be alot more confortable for a tall guy... i had to sell my gsrx because im fixin 2 go off to college and i just cant afford that and car and heli but once i get a house im gonna get another gsxr

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03-06-2008 04:39 PM  10 years agoPost 17
Camp

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I'll fourth the SV series or any sport touring bike regardless of cc's.

If your going to commute on it the pure sport bikes are going to be uncomfortable. Also alot of the ST bikes handle just as well just not optimal body position for racing but certainly good for riding.

I've done 600 mile days on a ZX11 but could only manage 350 on a ZX750 and that was when I was 25. Sport touring is the only way to go.

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03-06-2008 05:04 PM  10 years agoPost 18
VKGT

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The R6 or R6S is an outstanding bike. I've had two of them and think they are great. The regular R6 is more of a track bike and not such a good street bike -- no bottom end torque but great for winding out at high RPM on the track.

As for a first bike, it can be a great first bike IF you have self control and take baby steps.

Otherwise, look at an SV650 for a first.

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03-06-2008 05:29 PM  10 years agoPost 19
wildcatflyer

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I've got a yamaha fz6. It has an R6 engine but is tuned more for street friendly riding. The handle bars are raised slightly higher for a more comfortable upright position. It's plenty fast enough for most people and fun to ride plus it gets around 50 or so mpg.

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03-06-2008 05:33 PM  10 years agoPost 20
Grant H

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