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AlexUnder 07-30-2010 02:34 PM

First bike ( >125cc)
Hello everyone, im new here, so before my questions im going to introduce myself.

My name is Alexandros (Alexander the English version of it :p )26years old and im from Greece.

Im driving bikes since i was 17, 50cc, 80cc, 100cc and now i got an 125cc scouter. I want to get my first real bike, i was flirting with the Aprilia Mana 850 but some ppl told me that 850cc are alot for a newbie and convinced me to go at 600-650. All i want is a naked bike since i dont like anything else.

So, what do you think about Kawasaki ER6n 2009 with ABS (ofcourse :p )?
Here is Greece its pretty rare since Greeks buying anything that says HONDA...
I also have to say, that i have NEVER use clutch on a bike.

Thank you for your replies in advance.

The_AirHawk 07-30-2010 03:01 PM

There is a bit of a learning-curve with a "real" bike, but you'll find the controls are quite similar to your typical scooter.

The ER6 I think is an excellent bike for the money, and placed about perfect for someone in your situation.

Are there any instructional programs the equivalent of the AMA Beginning and Experienced Rider Courses in Greece? If so, I think an ERC would do you quite a bit of good.

While not a "powerhouse", the ER6 has substantially more power than your scooter, and delivers it with considerably less "lag" than a twist-N-go clutch. Starting, Stopping, and Shifting could probably be mastered quite-easily in an afternoon, especially if you have an experienced friend. But, with the increased speed, acceleration, and braking abilities of the "real" motorcycle, it's a bit of a different ballgame.

AlexUnder 07-30-2010 03:26 PM

i dont think that there are any programs of that kind apart from some "Safety Driving schools" that take place in our circuit ( Serres Circuit - Welcome )

i think that this track will help me a lot at the start to learn the bike (its the best track in Greece and at Balkans btw hehehe)

I have some fears about power sliding... but i think track days at the start will help me with that.

trenttheuncatchable 07-30-2010 06:17 PM

With your experience and age, you should be able to handle a Mana 850 if you give it the respect it deserves. The ER6n is also a good choice; just learn to use the clutch, which shouldn't be an issue, especially if you take a motorcycle safety course.

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