Originally posted by conrice
...i dont really think a 600 is a death wish. i think if you buy a brand new 600, thats pretty risky, because a)-they're lighter, more powerful, and very twitchy b) they're expensive and you'll most likely drop it. but, ive never thought it was a death wish. i know a guy that started on a 600RR and has 10,000 miles under his belt. he learned how to ride, and rode within his limits.
an older 600 isnt a death wish either. i think a lot of people are really TOO scared about the supersports. i mean, if you start on a 250, and jump on a 600 i think the rider will be in a lot of trouble just like a newbie would. if you are used to having to twist the wrist to go anywhere on a 250, when you jump on the 600 hundred and do that...the rider is going to get messed up.
i would try to talk him out of the 750. that bike probably is WAY too much for him or anyone to start out on. i havent met anyone that's started on a 750, so i wouldnt truly know, but...doesnt sound like a good idea
my point is, a motorcycle is a motorcycle. there's always going to be that risk of getting killed. yes, a sv650 or 500r is probably a much better choice for a newbie, but i think if he bought an older 600, he'd probably be fine. and if he bout a really old 750 (maybe a 90-92 zx7-R (i think)), then maybe thats a better choice for him. i think you can get into trouble on any bike and it takes a lot on the rider's part to keep the rubber side down, newbie or not, regardless of bike
And here's the part that could be damaging...I think if he bought a older 600, he'd prolly be fine.....welp...that's a big maybe, you willing to bet that he'd prolly be o.k.?
Look, this topic has been, and prolly will be..beaten to death over the last 4 or 5 years...Amoung all the experts, i.e. those hat teach racing, past racers, ect...all recomend starting on a less powerful bike. Why, because a bike that's underpowered, like a 250 ninja for example, teaches you how maintain corner speed, cuzz ya can't use the motor to keep up with others, i.e. watch a 125 gp rider a a track day...that 125 usually is passing 600's, 750's and even 1k's in the turns..
Not that you'll be doing this on your 250 ninja, bu it's the same princible...and a smaller bike is far easier to toss around han a 400lb 600...it's also much more user friendly, may not be he cooles lookin bike, but if you stick with a 250, and really learn how to ride it, you'll be way ahead of the game...but your ridng buddies on their 600's might not like it...
You can disagree about the small bike thing, but untill you've done it...you have no idea..