Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Reston, VA USA 20191
Need help deciding between 3 600cc bikes
Hiyas, all. I just registerd with the forum and that being said I'm also a relatively new rider (with only a years experience on a Aprilia RS50 and 3 days worth on a 600cc R6) and I've decided to purchase a new, 2003/4, sports bike. I've saved up a lot of money over the previous years and in my area there are only three bikes that fit my spending limit.
The first, a ZX-6R from 2003, new, is selling for aprox. 7,150 dollars out the door. A almost certain purchase if not for the fact I'll be driving this as my primary vehicle. Thats right, folks, i'm not buying a car. From what I hear the ZX6R cramps your wrists and has a somewhat rigid suspension. Any owner care to debate?
The second is a YZF-600. I know, I know, its not fuel injected, its heavy, and somewhat ugly. But it's 6,400, out the door new, and since I'm not trying to race every day it seems like a good solid, overall purchase. The thing is..*shocker*...I weight 125 pounds. I'm 20 years old. I know, Light. (That being said, I've driven a r6 and have gotten a feel for the somewhat twitchy throttle) Ugh- anyways, the bike weighs a staggering 412 pounds, dry.
The third bike is a CBR 600 F4i, and its beautiful. Fits me like a glove...reliable, not as fast as the ZX6R (I certainly dont care) and nimble as hell, weighing in at 356 pounds dry. A almost perfect bike, imo, except for the fact it costs 8,200 new...and thats not including dealership fees. I'm already streching my spending limit with a ZX6R. I might add I can't find any used CBR 600's in a 75 mile radius past year 2001.
So, to conclude, I'm looking for input from you guys in general considering these factors: any suggestions,of course, are appreciated. And btw, for the love of god, don't reccommend me a GS500F or Ninja EX500. I hate those bikes with a passion.