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03-07-2008 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 21
RappyTappy

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I wish some people would just admit they want a sportbike for the fun of it and not because of rising gas prices. If gas prices were so much an issue, amazing that buying a 5K to 10K motorcycle is seen as saving?

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03-07-2008 12:56 AM  10 years agoPost 22
spaceman spiff

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A TDI Jetta gets almost as good mileage as my bikes. Acceptable performance too....

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03-07-2008 01:07 AM  10 years agoPost 23
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A sport bike is a bad first bike and definately not ever a daily driver, unless you are really small, like 5'6" or less.
You nees some time on a slower bike to develop your "car paranoia". That is to say, the notion that everyone in a car around you woke up that day with the specific purpose of trying to run you over. If you don't ride with car paranoia on your mind you will get squashed quickly.
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03-07-2008 01:32 AM  10 years agoPost 24
idigrc2

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I'd go with the GSX-R. I purchased a 06 R6 last year and like the feel of the GSX-R better. And for the price of R6 you can get a aGSX-R 1000 for the same price. I'm 6' and 170 pounds and can only handle about two solid hours on my bike before my shoulders and ass start hurting that's if my right hand doesn't go numb first. Your choice I've riden bolth and like GSX-R better then my R6

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03-07-2008 01:42 AM  10 years agoPost 25
spaceman spiff

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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....
I am pretty similar size... i got to ride a friends GSX 600 just before i bought my 919. The GSX is a nice bike, but the low and narow handbars put my shoulders right over the bars so it was really awkward to steer. Takes a bit of getting used to. Also put a lot of weight on my hands, after only a few minutes it was a pain. Your milage may vary, but a race style bike just isn't suitable for me.

Also it is important to note that there are a lot of used bikes for sale with only a couple thousand miles, some only a few hundred... A whole lot of folks jump in and jump right out again. No doubt there are lots of good reasons.... Thought it was different than it is, not comfortable, a bit too scarey at times... Find some way to really check it out and make sure its gonna work for you before signing that 12,000 or 20,000$ contract.

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03-07-2008 04:38 AM  10 years agoPost 26
Justin911

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yea i saw the r6s... looks awesome. great looking bike. good price... i know I need to take baby steps with riding a bike, and yes i do realize they are lightning quick. haha

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03-07-2008 04:39 AM  10 years agoPost 27
Justin911

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HEY grant... how do you like your GSX-R??? was that your first bike????

I look forward to talking to you Richard.

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03-07-2008 05:20 AM  10 years agoPost 28
Shadowfox

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Triumph Bonneville T100 would be my pick.(and probably will be once I start shopping)

http://www.triumph.co.uk/usa/Bonnev...0T100_5312.aspx

I also like the sport 1000 ducati. I like the old school looks, because all the jap crotch rocket bikes look like striaght out of a 2 wheeled fast/furious movie gone terribly wrong.

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03-07-2008 05:23 AM  10 years agoPost 29
whirlyspud

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Gas is cheap compared to hospital stays.

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03-07-2008 05:24 AM  10 years agoPost 30
january flyer

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I had to put some mean green on the post ZX-6R 2008 Ninja is a good pick also. I dont see were size matters, there all only going to do want you make them do. My girl came off a bicycle onto a sport bike, I have a ZX-10R 1000cc Ninja So her 1st bike was a 1000cc she has never droped it, crashed it and will make you look bad on a twisty road and will not be seen at the back of the pack and gets a kick out of doing 130 mph power wheelies on the track and it took her 1 hour to get the feel of it when she 1st started riding in the parking lot. Hell every girl I have ever dated had to learn how to ride my bike's, all of them were right off a bicycle. I like the 600 cc for road racing on the track nice bikes to drag some knee on the ground. Before my new 10R I was putting 90,000 miles on my bike's in one year on the road I had a track bike for that only. I'm not a sunday rider looking for nice sunny weather, hail is the only thing that I want ride in, anything other then that "it's rollout time"! Also I seen alot of people get a 600 cc and in 2 to 3 months of riding it wished they would have got the 750 to 1000 cc. just my 2 cents

Bikes I had and have all Ninja's.. 600R, 6R, 6R, 9R, 10R.. 15 years of riding sport bikes on track and road

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03-07-2008 06:19 AM  10 years agoPost 31
jpleth

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600 will be cheaper for shure but you will grow out of it fast. 750 is better especialy on the freeway. If you plan on getting rid of it after a year to upgrade, you should consider the resale. Do your homework first. Some bikes are not cheaper to run than cars. My 750GSXR got 20 miles to the gallon and I had to put a tire, chain and sprockets on it every 5,000 miles. Fast and fun but I was lucky. My Harly gets 60 miles to the gallon but cost twice as much new. Tires last alot longer and no chain. Bike parts are not cheap either. The climate should be considered to. I ride in rain but try to avoid it, too hard to clean. I would prefer to ride all the time but can't seem to be able to bunge the heli on safely.

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03-07-2008 07:23 AM  10 years agoPost 32
Justin911

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my buddy has an R6 and he gets about 150 miles on a tank of gas... for the commute that I will have going to and from school, it will be really nice for that. i have considered a 500cc bike... maybe get an OLD gs500 as my first beater bike, but i would out grow it fast. I do ride my neighbors dirt bike around the streets when I can. its a crf450 and I also tool around on his crf250....

thanks for the tip Spiff... personally I thought the gsxr felt really good and the yamaha did also...

BTW: Rappy. I want a sportbike FOR the fun of it and to save some money at the pumps.....

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03-07-2008 07:54 AM  10 years agoPost 33
Delta

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lots of good suggestions, however I would also look at the Kawi ZX-6, i find its got a more upright riding position, meaning you can ride it longer without needing to see a massage therapist after the ride,read the motorcycle mags, when they want to hit the track they grab the R6 or the gixxer and bad mouth the poor zx-6, as its slower by like 2 tenths or some other crap, but when they do there touring they always take the Kawasaki's, I wonder why that is?? anyway if you want a 600cc i would take a serious look at the Honda's and Kawi's as well, you said your fairly new, so I doubt you will use the full potential of the bike and doubt you will ever ride Willow or Laguna, so skip the mag's reviews on there track tests and go with what feels good to you anyone one of the 600's made today will be more then enough to cost you your license or life if you get stupid.

anyway just my 2 cents, and yes I am biased.

ZX-6, and Kawi 750cc jet ski in garage waiting for summer. I bleed Kawi raceing green

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03-07-2008 09:44 AM  10 years agoPost 34
Justin911

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i'll look into those too. I don't plan on taking my bike on a track until i am experienced enough with all aspects of my bike on the streets first. however.. no guarantees I won't track my bike. my neighbor used to race every weekend at willow and has been pushing for me to get a bike and go race with him! haha

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03-07-2008 10:21 AM  10 years agoPost 35
Justin911

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SV650s
well guys I am getting sold on a sv650!!!! the insurance is 1500 cheaper than the R6 and the GSXR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats awesome. makes affordable $132 a month according to progressive for an 04 SV650s.... HMM i like that alot and tons of you are recommending that bike like crazy...

NOW TELL ME WHY!?!?!?!!?!?!?!? hehe

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03-07-2008 02:25 PM  10 years agoPost 36
Camp

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Ahhhh, I see by your insurance rates that you live in Cali.

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03-07-2008 03:04 PM  10 years agoPost 37
Eury

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I've owned a bunch of Sportbikes, and sold bikes at a Suzuki/Honda/Victory dealer while in college, and if I were buying another bike (not going to, but still), I've get an SV as well. The SV has a nice light feeling to it, is comfortable, and is plenty fast. Don't tell the safety police, but it is also the single best bike to wheelie on that I've ever ridden short of a dirtbike. Just an extremely fun bike that doesn't kill the ankles and arms. I'm as tall as you, and when I rode an SV weighed about 40lbs more than you, and it had plenty of performance. I was lucky in that I got to take bikes from the dealership for a couple of days to ride them, and that SV was a great bike. At the time I had a 900RR which was obviously a lot more powerful, but it was painful on long rides, and didn't feel as nimble as the cool little SV.

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03-07-2008 06:15 PM  10 years agoPost 38
tnbulldog

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I agree with Eury - don't let the lower hp of the SV650 concern you.
I've just gone from a 140hp FZ1 down to 70hp Versys and I'm having more fun on the Versys.

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03-07-2008 06:33 PM  10 years agoPost 39
Justin911

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i am not concerned about hp.. i want a really good bike that is fun, reliable, and easy on my wallet. looks like the SV is gonna do that for me.. I like the way it sounds too. deep and throaty with out the whine of a super bike.. almost harleyish...

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03-07-2008 06:46 PM  10 years agoPost 40
A. Bundy

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You nees some time on a slower bike to develop your "car paranoia". That is to say, the notion that everyone in a car around you woke up that day with the specific purpose of trying to run you over. If you don't ride with car paranoia on your mind you will get squashed quickly.
I love bikes(check my gallery),but I know two guys that were awesome skilled and very safe riders that got owned hardcore by cars that never saw them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkJw...feature=related

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