I’ve been researching different bikes for a little over a year now and I thought I had it narrowed down to the Ninja 650R which produces some 70HP and minimal torque. However, I’m also subscribed to Sport Rider magazine to gain more knowledge on bikes and this month’s issue had a review of the new…
My hubby indulged me & bought me a new GSX-R600 last fall as my first bike… I did the safety course, etc. before getting it. It’s a blast, gets great gas mileage, fun to ride the mountain roads, I love it to death. Sorry to say I know nothing about A/B/C modes… (maybe the ’07s don’t have that feature?). But I would have to say that it is safe and possible to start off with a gixxer and go with it. It’s one of the lighter-weight sport bikes, but still has enough power to get you out of trouble as fast as you can get into it. And it’s big enough to actually be seen by other drivers on the road.
Now, a word from the wiser part of my brain… LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES!!! 🙂 You WILL drop your beautiful new bike no matter how careful you think you are! While I have not laid it over at speed going down the road, I have destroyed a side mirror to the tune of a hundred bucks or so and scratched the **** out of my fairings and tank just in my own driveway simply by dropping the darn thing. And that happened in the first month that I owned it!
I would suggest that you seriously consider picking up a used something-or-other to begin with. Once you’ve figured out if you love it, if it’s a size/style you can handle, then sell it to the next guy wanting to learn to ride (you’ll probably get within a few hundred of what you paid for it), and only then spend your hard-earned cash on the bike of your dreams!
2008 Suzuki Gsxr 600
If you are comparing a Repsol to a Gixxer 600, that tells me you just may be a beginner. An experienced sportbiker knows that the Repsol is a 1000 and you can’t compare a 1000 to a 600. The only people that would compare these two bike are newbie who go for the looks. If you already know and understand how to drive a manual transmission, it helps learning a motorcycle because it’s one less thing you have to focus on when learning. The common saying is that if you can drive a stick and ride a bicycle, learning a motorcycle will be easy. If you can practice discipline and restraint when riding, you may be fine. It’s not all fun and games on a sportbike. Even if you ride perfect you need to know how to react when other cars and bikes and trucks don’t drive so perfect. That comes from building new instincts and reflexes, and driving habits. While I definitely recommend the class, the class doesn’t usually teach all you need to know. Many, many riders go down every summer due to overconfidence gained by taking the class. When I ride on the highway, I assume that every car I pass or that passes me, doesn’t see me and is looking to come into my lane. I’m ready for any move that car makes half a second before he makes it. You have to learn aerodynamics. If you get to close behind a rig, the wind can trap you there. When you pass along side of a rig the wind will pull you closer to the truck at one point and push you away at another. You have to learn all this and have counter balence and movements programmed into your body reflexes. You need lots of practice. People recommend smaller CC bikes for beginners because most newbies are into it for the speed and flashiness of it and often underestimate the seriousness of riding safe. The temptation to tap into that power is usually too great to overcome. If you know you can and will respect the bike and get at least 3 thousand miles of practice before hitting the highway, and before group rides, then maybe you can start on a 600cc bike. Otherwise, help yourself out and start small. I know I won’t get a best answer nomination with this answer but you asked for whatever may be helpful so I gove you something helpful. I prefer the Gixxer.
2008 Gsxr 600
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I've been researching different bikes for a little over a year now and I thought I had it narrowed down to the Ninja 650R which produces some 70HP and minimal torque. However, I'm also subscribed to Sport Rider magazine to gain more knowledge on bikes and this month's issue had a review…
honestly u should go with a 600 or a 750 for ur first bike but i recommend u dont buy a new one at all the newest u should go for ur first bike is a 06 maybe the oldest and 04 but some where around those years and the reason is if u buy a new 08 sooner or later u are gonna wanna jump up everyone does at some point some sooner than later u might only ride for six months and wanna jump onto a 1000. the other reason is if u go and buy a brandnew bike its not worth it right off as a new rider cause u are bound to drop it lay it down or something now u might e one of them lucky few who dont but most likely u will and its not gonna be pretty and u gonna wanna kick ur self when u do it so its better tolearn on a used bike that way if u drop it, it wont crush u as bad i mean its still gonna hurt but no nowhere near as bad and if u have to fix it that wont cost as much as a brand new one would to buy the parts for that is hope it helps u out a lil, o and sorry it i missed some letter or words in the army out in the desert and the sand is all over the key bord so it tends to stick and now type at times
Your a Smart dude, youve obviously done your research you know alot about the bike. Yea the modes would be great for you to learn. Just know your limits and youll be fine on the gixxer. People that drop there bikes obviously shouldnt be on the bike cuz i find it very hard to drop a sport bike only weighting 400lbs. Man just go buy that bike and have some fun.
As long as you passed a rider course where you know the basics and rules of safety, then you will be okay with a 600cc
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