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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need advice on a new bike

I need some bike buying advice, basically I am looking to buy a new bike for myself. Point is, I dont want a track bike and would like one that will be comfortable riding in the streets. Basically something that has a bit of low end torque power. I plan on commuting to school, work, and take around 150 mile trips with it on occasion. Of course that isn't all it will be used for so I want it to have that kick when I need it to. I do not want a full Sport Tourer.

So far I have took a look at these bikes and reading and talking to owners. Looks like what I'm looking for. My price limit is around $7,000 and it doesnt have to be new.

Yamaha 600r
Triumph Daytona 650

These bikes I looked at, but not so sure about
Honda CBR600 F4i
kAWASAKI zx6r

Personally, I would pick up Daytona 650 right now, its a bit rare though and on the pricey side.

The Yamaha 600R seems like another perfect choice but man, that thing is really ugly to me with that huge seat in the back and the front isnt too appealing. How does the R6s compared to the 600r, is it uncomfortable like the normal R6 or a bit better? I like the styling much more. I havent been able to find much on the R6s.

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and any support for these bikes or suggesting other bikes would be great.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 08:58 PM
 
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having an f4i i may be slightly bias towards it. but if you are planning on having a passenger i reccomend it. the one piece seat and grab bar at the back are great...or so my wife says. i have taken it for 100 miles trips a few times with no problems. as for the low end torque, u wont find it in a sportbike like the f4i or r6 etc. the powerband for the f4i starts around 7k rpm. as i suspect it will for the r6 and similar bikes.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 10:10 PM
 
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Take a look at SV650's.




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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 11:59 PM
 
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The 600r, or atleast my at least the 99 model, vs the 2005 r6, is like "riding a bike" according to my friend. Its a lot more confortable, and sits kinda like my old katana. More strait up.
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Here I come sounding like a party pooper, but for your safety. The questions are #1. Have you taken the MSF Course & if not then do take that first & possibly by then you will have a much better idea about m/cing & what your first bike will be? #2 Being what is your age? #3. Is what have you been riding before?

If you can answer the above, then we have a much better idea of what to suggest.

After all if you think the "dual" saddle on the Yamaha YZF600r is ugly then you have not look at a Honda 599, 919, of CBR600-F41 to say the same about them rather then the so called "pimply" pillion saddle on the Yamaha R6, R1, Suzy GSXR 600, 750 & 1000 plus Kwacker hot trotters. Mind you the Kwacker ZZ-R600 again has an ugly, in your eye, dual saddle. So they are there or not there for reason. Reason you have to learn more about m/cs.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2006, 05:37 PM
 
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I would put the F4i at the top of my list. It is an awsome bike and extremely comfortable. It will also run with any 600rr or r6 if your a skilled rider. I know because I had one last year, and a 600rr. I prefered the f4i over the rr because it was just as powerful after I went -1 on the countershaft sprocket and my butt didn't hurt after 300 mile rides. You can't go wrong with Honda reliabilty either. And I'm not biased in any way. Look at my avitar. I ride a Gixxer now!
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I would put the F4i at the top of my list. It is an awsome bike and extremely comfortable. It will also run with any 600rr or r6 if your a skilled rider. I know because I had one last year, and a 600rr. I prefered the f4i over the rr because it was just as powerful after I went -1 on the countershaft sprocket and my butt didn't hurt after 300 mile rides. You can't go wrong with Honda reliabilty either. And I'm not biased in any way. Look at my avitar. I ride a Gixxer now!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2006, 06:43 PM
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If it's your first bike....

get into somethng that you can learn on.....you want to be able to ride the bike not have it ride you! I like the SV650's....F3-4's aren't bad......but any bike can get you into serious trouble if you don't carry any respect in the saddle! Good luck and ride safe!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2006, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sorry for the slow response time but thank you very much for your responses, having a few issues right now but I'm not going to go into that.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2006, 09:26 AM
 
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I'd also look at somthing slightly used...

You'll feel less bad the first time you drop it if it's used.

I'm partial to the SV650 for a beginner bike... it's a very forgiving. On the other hand, if this is a new bike... not a first bike... the F4 is one hell of a toy...
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