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Old 08-21-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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i am lookin into getting a bike but i dont know wich one would be better a honda cbr600rr or a yamaha r6 i am just under 6'0 and i weight about 175 i have rode dirt bike's for about 15 years so i am used to 2 wheels any help would be great thanks
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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Jeez. Where to start?

First, make sure you wade throough the "New Bike" thread. Lots of good info there.

If you absolutely HAVE to have a 600, go to the Library and look for reviews of the bikes in Motorcyclist or Sportbike, etc. I don't recall if Motorcycle Consumer News did a comparo or not.

600's are fairly high-strung machines. They have poor power until you wring them out. Which is fine on a track, but not very useful on the road, especially ones with cars and traffic signals.

But, hey! Whatever blows your skirt up! Just be sure to buy good protective gear, and do not pass 'Go' until you take the MSF course.

Good luck!
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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You'll just outgrow that 600 in six-months, you should look at a Gixxer-Thou or a ZX-10.

I mean, the bikes you're lookin' at have got LESS than 150hp to the rear wheel!

WTF?

Is THAT any way to start-out on a streetbike?
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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A first Streetbike?

Get NOTHING more potent than a Yamaha Exciter.



Seriously, sportbikes are great bikes but they are not as suitable for the road as some less-aggressive bikes with nice sticky rubber. Get something that fits you, with a meaty (as opposed to peaky) powerband, and put on Pilot Powers. You'll have a blast.
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:08 PM   #5
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Or, get a bike like a Honda 599, then trick it out so it looks like Doc (from Back to the Future) built it!

And lights! Gots to have lotsa lights!

(Sachi- if you haven't yet, you gotta try the Porter from Sierra Nevada) (Heck, any of the brews from SN will do. They are all great!)
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I've had the SN Porter! Yeah, it's a good beer.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:38 PM   #7
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mmmmm porter... If you must get a 600 get the Yamaha YZF600R, not the R6. Or get a F4I if they still make them. Both are much mo betta for the street than the full on race reps of today. A quick swop to a double bubble wind screen and your set. Probably get a low mileage 600r for reasonable as they havent changed it since '97. Very easy to ride and not bad with a passenger. Though you wont get the Burger Barn Street Cred. Stills say buy a dual sport and find out if the perils of the road are what your looking for. Then get the bike you want after putting a few road miles under your belt.
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"Though you wont get the Burger Barn Street Cred."

Pretty much rules that piece of crap bike out, don't it??
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"Though you wont get the Burger Barn Street Cred."

Pretty much rules that piece of crap bike out, don't it??
I don't know what they think of my Zrex. I just ride by the Burger Barn where they spend most of the day parked.
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:53 AM   #10
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Setting aside your dubious nom de plume for the moment, I'll try to answer your question. Each year there is a major bike comparo in Europe called "MasterBike." 3 catagories of sport bikes are analyzed, including the 600cc's. This year, the Yamaha won. The 600cc sportbikes are extremely competitive, and the Big 4 are continually trading top spots. However, Honda and Yamaha have been beating Kawi and Suzuki regularly in most comparos recently. However, for a new street rider, the differences are virtually meaningless: you are not going to get anywhere near to utilizing the capability of any of these machines.

If you MUST have a 600 sportbike, I suggest the Suzuki. Why? Glad you asked! The Suzuki has a 3 level power selection that will allow you to tone down the power delivery. This might give you a slim chance of surviving your first 3 months of ownership, if you actually use it.
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