just got my 04 gixxer 6
yeh i know alot of people on this boards would be against it, but i bought my first bike yesterday, a 2004 gsxr 600. i love it, i can;t really say how well the bike performs becasue i never ridden a good bike and a bad, nor can i say becasue i haven;t ridden it hard, but what i can say is i haven;t busted my ass in it since i got it.
i picked it up yesterday at around 5pm from the dealership and it had 3 miles on it, today it has 185 miles on it, thats right in just one day and a half i drove it 179 miles, i don;t know if thats a good thing or bad since its a new bike, anyway the salesman told me the break in period would be not going over 6k for the first 3000 miles, which i have been doing, and for all of you guys out their that say that a 600+ bike is not a good bike to start on, i must say i think that is bullshit now becasue its not how fast the bike goes is how fast the driver goes, the whole time i ride the bike i have pretty much drove it like a bitch, sometimes i ride speeds so low that cars pass me, even once a harley rider got onto oncoming traffic to pass me, every thing i do i do it as if everybody is out to get it, if i ever feel like speeding up i get nervous about it becasue i think the car in the other lan will not see me and switch lanes, if i want to make a u turn i wait until their is no cars at all becasue i feel somebody will speed up and hit me, if i see a car about to pull out of a drive wayinto the lane im in i will switch lanes becasue i think he won;t see me, even my friend who rode behind me from the dealer was complaining about how i drive so slow and why did i even buy a bike if i was gonna ride like that, i don;t care though cuz im having fun and im not getting hurt,
in the highway its a little different, fastest i gone so far is like 85, i don;t like riding in the highway becasue i always feel like the cars next to me won;t see me and will run into me, so i tend to stay on the right lane and way behind the car infront of me and keep a good distance between the cars on the lanes next to me to be sure they see me, anyay i love the bike and i guess its fast although i can;t really tell u becasue like i said in don;t drive it hard, the most i might do is accelerate hard until i get to about 50 then let go and drive slow. driving at night i really hate and thats where i ride it real slow becasue i can;t see too far ahead of me and i don;t like that becasause thier might be debris or a car pulling out or something.
the thing that is bothering me though is that i haven;t had the confidence to really turn, usually when i approch a turn i slow down alot and take the turn real slow and sometimes cars even honk at me cuz im going so slow, i haven;t had the confidence to lean all that much and it dosen;t look like thats gonna chance, that scares me becasue i feel like im never gonna really lean and be able to execute a turn at a proper speed, i don;t want to hjave to slow down to 30 miles an hour to take a simple turn in the highway,
the bike feels good except the clutch lever is too far of a reach and it starts to get anooying after a while, and the seats are real uncoftable after 30 minutes of riding
all in all i love the bike though