Hey guys! So while riding to class one morning, some guy changed lanes right into me not more than 2 blocks from my house (its true what they say, most accidents happen not far from home). Needless to say, my poor 99 zx6r is totaled and im waiting on the insurance settlement. The 6r was my first and only street bike, and now im looking to get something newer. Ive rode for 2 seasons now and put in about 8k miles, so I'd say im still roughly squidd'ish
Im 6'1'' and only 145lbs. So personally i think stepping up in CC size would be a mistake for me. I'd like to stick to the 600 class and my budget should be roughly 3500-4000 usd. So im looking to get an 00-04 model bike within reason. I live in Los Angeles to give you a gauge on what kind of used bike market im in.
With that being said i dont know much about the newer bikes as far as stability, reliability, and features such as integrated steering dampener and such.
Can anyone give me some advice as far as makes are concerned? Anything would be helpful, even if its silly (or not) brand loyalty like "i've rode hondas all my life and they rock rock rock rock rock out hard!!1!1oneone"
Personally, im looking at the following:
+looks nice, always been a ninja fan
+integrated sterring dampener
-not so great resale value here in CA
+rode one before, great throttle response, slightly better handling than my zx6r
+all my cars have been hondas, i know they make quality motors, (also read a statisctic claiming that more than 1/2 of all honda motors in the world are NOT in cars, but other recreational vehicles... interesting)
-stolen often, lots of f4i stunters here so parts whether stolen or legitimate are in high demand.
+can you ask for a more agressive looking bike? love the raven look
+i "hear" theyre pretty reliable and easy to handle
-i've heard complaints of the bars being in too close contact with the tank while making tight turns
-stator cover sticks out more than any other maker, i hear they're notorious for being the first thing to rash in a fall (or moreso than other bikes anyway)
SUZUKI GSXR 600
+everyone and their mothher has/wants one, guess it must be a good bike?
+i hear they have improved majorly from the late 90's models (back then i remember none of my buddies would ever buy one) now theyre extremely popular?
-not a huge fan of the cyclops headlight, i much prefer raven'esque style
If anyone could shed some advice on any of theese bikes that would be great! I just really dont know where to start