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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2005, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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hey guyz whats up. im 18 yrs old and i live in sunny florida and am thinking of getting a 600 sportbike. my dads got a harley roadglide all tricked out and i want in on the fun too. prob is im a small guy 5'5 around 130 lbs so i dont know what bike would be best for me. i want to be able to sit comfortably and have both feet on the ground when i stop. i also need to know if it is worth it and how much it costs to lower a bike like an r6. thanx for the input.
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a guy i work with is around 5'4 and has a suzuki gsxr. he dropped his like 3 or 4" i think. he said it wasn't too hard to do, only took him a couple of hours. he actually dropped my bike for me, too. (i'm 6' and just wanted to be closer to the ground). as far as having it professionally done, it'll cost too much. you'd be better off finding a smaller bike
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Hello Joe I own an 2001 R6 and I'm the same height and weight as you only about a decade older. I thought about lowering the bike but for the money I've decided to keep it as is. I have no issue with it, I've gotton used to it so it's a second nature riding it and I also heard that lowering the bike changes the handling of it, but I'm not sure about that.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2005, 08:02 AM
 
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Welcome aboard.

If I were you, I'd seriously consider NOT getting a CBR, GSXR, R6, or 636(kawasaki).

If it's your very first bike, start smaller, and go up from there. The new 600's are ridiculously fast, and it's not just the power...sensitive brakes, handling, just not forgiving bikes at all. You're going to make a bunch of mistakes when learning to ride, and you're better off making those mistakes on something easier to ride.

Ninja 250 or 500.

Suzuki GS500.

Or if you have to go with a 600, the Suzuki SV650 or SV650S(fairings). And Kawasaki has a new Ninja 650 that's designed with a newer rider in mind.

Also make sure you take the MSF course!
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Welcome aboard.

If I were you, I'd seriously consider NOT getting a CBR, GSXR, R6, or 636(kawasaki).

If it's your very first bike, start smaller, and go up from there. The new 600's are ridiculously fast, and it's not just the power...sensitive brakes, handling, just not forgiving bikes at all. You're going to make a bunch of mistakes when learning to ride, and you're better off making those mistakes on something easier to ride.

Ninja 250 or 500.

Suzuki GS500.

Or if you have to go with a 600, the Suzuki SV650 or SV650S(fairings). And Kawasaki has a new Ninja 650 that's designed with a newer rider in mind.

Also make sure you take the MSF course!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2005, 11:34 AM
 
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I will go along with slaps & Vash on this one to go for a 500cc vertical twin bike like offered by Suzuki & Kawsaki. With two wheel you ALSO have to learn balance, traction & how to avoid having accidents with cages that are self-balanced monsters.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 04:18 AM
 
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Welcome aboard.

If I were you, I'd seriously consider NOT getting a CBR, GSXR, R6, or 636(kawasaki). ...

If it's your very first bike, start smaller, and go up from there.
Also make sure you take the MSF course!
I would even go a little further with 'get a used bike'.

I got that advice and took it when I started and I'm sooooo glad I did. I didn't have my bike a week before I made a stupid mistake and laid it down. Though I did learn from that and I never did it again - It still happened .

I was told a simple truth, "There are two types of motorcycle riders 1)Those who have gone down and 2) Those who will."

Anyway, all I'm saying is that having a used bike takes some of the pressure off when you do go down.

Just my

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 05:02 AM
 
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Welcome aboard.

If I were you, I'd seriously consider NOT getting a CBR, GSXR, R6, or 636(kawasaki).

If it's your very first bike, start smaller, and go up from there. The new 600's are ridiculously fast, and it's not just the power...sensitive brakes, handling, just not forgiving bikes at all. You're going to make a bunch of mistakes when learning to ride, and you're better off making those mistakes on something easier to ride.

Ninja 250 or 500.

Suzuki GS500.

Or if you have to go with a 600, the Suzuki SV650 or SV650S(fairings). And Kawasaki has a new Ninja 650 that's designed with a newer rider in mind.

Great advice!

Also make sure you take the MSF course!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 10:29 AM
 
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Try looking into F2 or F3s if you want a 600.
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