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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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I want to get a bike preferably a honda cbr 600 f4 i've never ridden before do you think this is a good bike for a beginner
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Dittos to Robert. An F4i is a potent machine. I'd look at something a little milder as a first bike. After all, I don't know any pilots that started out with an F-16. Learn to fly a more sedate ride first, then go to a roadburner.
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you'll find plenty of people who'll tell you the f4 is a good starter bike. it's not. the article robert posted is a great one.

also, go to a racetrack and watch how fast an ex500 or gs500 or sv650 can go.

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CBR600F4 as new bike

I'm new here. I figured I'd break the ice with my 2 cents about this. You sound like me 6-7 months ago. I'm gonna try and make this long story short.
I started thinking about getting into this sport around JUL 2000. I read everything I could get my hands and eyes on. At the time I had NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL. I read a lot of SAFETY & COUNTERSTEERING articles. Being an ex-engineering student, I reaffirmed my conclusion that all drivers of motor-driven vehicles should take a physics class.
Anyways, I put my downpayment on a brand new F4i in November. I took the MSF riding course in early Jan, and became a proud F4i owner on Jan 13th.
Now . . . for the experienced rider this may sound like the makings for disaster. A little bit of education, that gives a new squid too much confidence, and a brand new FAST bike = Severe Injury Or Death. We'll see.
In GENERAL, all you can do is be PREPARED and get all the experience you can get. I have ridden about 1600 miles and have had no regrets yet about my controlled dive into the sport of riding.
I have never been in a car wreck or received a speeding ticket. So . . . if you get in lots of car wrecks (indicative of poor driving skills) or seem to get a lot of speeding tickets (indicative of not paying attention), then STAY ON FOUR WHEELS.

Good luck with your decision.

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Yes, you can do what Jim did and not have a problem, but very few people are as cautious and restrained and educated as Jim has been. Still, it can be done. For most though, a smaller bikes is a better choice because it will teach you a lot about sportbike handling and characteristics at a reasonable pace, and without intimidation. Then, with that experience, graduate to a more powerful bike with all the proper respect it is due. And clearly, EX500s and SV650s can rip very nicely.
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Re: CBR600F4 as new bike

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(snip) A little bit of education, that gives a new squid too much confidence, and a brand new FAST bike = Severe Injury Or Death. We'll see.(snip)
jimfinn brings up a great point. the msf basic course is the beginning of a never-ending education. i've taken two racing schools after the msf course. and occasionally i'll take my bike up to where they do the msf course and ride the exercises by myself. i also do braking practices. if you are serious about riding, be serious about riding.

amazingly enough, the more i learn, the more i want to learn.

btw, you can start on a big bike and live to tell about it (i did). i just wanna save you the problems of doing it.

my streetbikes are:
79 KZ750 (destroyed)
94 CBR600F2 (one small crash)
88 FZR400 (never down)
00 GSXR750 (never down).

honestly, i enjoy the 400 the most. too much horsepower is a hinderance.

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I also at age 20 started on a CBR600 F3. I was very responsible about it, and had a good friend by my side to teach me, and ride with me at all times. If not for him I would have probably not done so well.

I agree that a total learner bike is always a good start, but a 600 can be done. Anything bigger than a 600 for a first bike is asking for trouble I think though, even if a level headed fellow (or gal). GS500 is always the bike that pops into my head, cheap, easy to find, cheap, cheap, did I say cheap?

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I did the whole "buy a beginner bike to learn on" thing. I regreted it completely. I got out of my riders education class and bought my first bike ever, an SV650. I had never even riden a bike before and I out grew my bike in 5 months. Not to downgrade the quality of the SV, but if you want a rocket get a rocket. I just bought my second bike, a CBR900RR and I love it. I wouldn't say jump up to a 900 right away, but buy the bike you want. I lost a lot of money trading my SV in for the CBR, I wish I would have made the right choice first.

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Well, to each his own, but I have been riding off and on for over 15 years and I have an SVS and really enjoy it. I agree it is not a fire breathing monster, but it sure is a lot of fun. When the US Air Force trains a pilot, they start out with trainers, not F-117s. Same deal with us. Even after the MSF classes, which are great, there is a lot to learn about sportbike handling, and its easier to learn on a lighter, less sensitive, less demanding, motorcycle, than on a 100+hp rocket. And after all these years, I'm still learning.
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