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ejis 06-10-2007 04:46 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
You'll outgrow a 600 in 6 months. You really should just get a 1000cc bike now and save the money. You sound like you can manage to control yourself until you're ready.

Yes. I'm kidding. Here's a smiley :)

I've only ridden older sportbikes (like the CBR F4) but even those are VERY fast, not just acceleration wise but also with respect to handling and brakes. They can all spit you off before you know what hit you. The new ones are just incredible, performance wise, and even worse to learn on.

I would strongly suggest you start out on a "beginner bike" - something relatively small like a GS500, Ninja EX500, or similar. They are cheap to get, last forever, and easy to sell later. Get one used, get a feel for riding, then when you have a better idea what suits your particular style, sell it and buy what you really love. If you really can't live with anything except a sportbike, look at an older 600 like an F3 or FZR600. I started on a Yamaha Seca II, which was great.

No matter what you get, look into an MSF or similar course to get some basic introductory instruction. Good luck!

The_AirHawk 06-10-2007 04:50 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
If you ride one like an ass, you should consider what one would look like worn as a hat.

Brent_Meeker 06-10-2007 05:14 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
MSF will teach you how to ride around parking lots. Buy or borrow a dirt bike and learn to ride it well. Then get a cheap used bike like an EX500. Get good, complete riding gear. Go to a track day or two. THEN you'll be ready (sorta) for the street. If you survive a year or so - then go for a 600. Repeat the track day part with 600.

seruzawa 06-10-2007 05:23 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
For 600cc class beginner bikes I recommend the Suzuki DR650. You may decide that you don't really want a limited purpose bike after spending some time learning to ride a DP.

naco_traficante 06-10-2007 05:47 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
Think slightly larger and get a Suziki SV650. I had one and think they're pretty friendly but not something you'll outgrow right away.

schizuki 06-10-2007 05:59 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
Sounds like you're set on a 600cc sportbike. Stupendously bad idea, but if you're going to do it, look at an older-generation bike, like a YZF600. Cheaper, better for the street, and still fast enough to get you killed and make your survivors wish you had started on something more rational.

If I was starting out, I'd get a Ninja 250, get a bigger bike in a couple of years, and keep the Ninjette as a freaky-cool 70-mpg commuter bike. But that's just me - 20 years riding, the first twelve on a 400, and never been down (or bored).

The_AirHawk 06-10-2007 06:02 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
Liar! You know that anything less than 1000cc's puts you right to sleep!

sanfrdnsun 06-10-2007 06:40 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
Get the 2007 Gsxr1000, startoff with setting "C"

imported_g_k 06-10-2007 06:52 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
It's impossible to predict the future, and you may be a real "natural," but I'd bet I'm not the only member of this forum that would expect you to kill or seriously injure yourself if you buy a 600cc sportbike as a first ride.

When you say you "love" sportbikes, what do you base that emotion on? What they look like? How they sound? The speeds in the road test articles? They're all relatively "easy" to ride if you have enough experience, but if you don't, you're really asking for trouble.

Burgbilly1 06-10-2007 07:08 PM

Re: Easiest 600cc to Ride?
Sportbikes are dead, long live the supermoto

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