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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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ex-500, Katana, or the YZF-600R

thanks guys for giving me nice advice.. i almost thought that i'd be ok by getting a zx-6R as my first bike.. now i know that i should start from the low and get better...
but i realize that a lot of people tell me to get older bikes. is it because they're juss weaker and slower so that i can learn? i mean i've heard that most of the old ones are heavy as well..

By the way, i am probably gonna get a used bike and i'm thinking of ex-500 kawasaki, Katana, and the YZF-600R. many said to get YZF-600R .. but i think i need you guys to help me out on this one.. which one do you guys think is a real good start for me to learn? and what year model should i get for these bikes? i knoe im supposed to be writing about 2004 models.. but can someone help me out? once again, thanks guys for helping me out..
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The EX is a good ride. A fair amount of average aftermarket parts.

The 600R is a good choice. But it heavier than the other 2

The Katana is a good choice. The engine and tranny are nearly bullet-proof, especially 1990-1997 year models. I hear the Katana's up to current year model are good as well. There are plenty of aftermarket parts and tricks that can be done to the ride to increase it's performance.

Outside of those 3..............There is also the ZX6E 1995 - 2002 is good and have a bit more power. But not as many cool aftermarket stuff as the Katana.

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Ive always been told that the CBR 600 F2/F3 are the best beginner bike ever. I dont see any reason that a used kawasaki zx-6 90+ gsx-r, fzr, or cbr wouldnt do the trick.

Depends on your size and confidence. What about Suzuki SV650S? ive seen them for 3000$ for a 2001-2002 with low miles.

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Everyone says to get a used/old bike because its going to hurt alot less when an already not so pretty bike ends up on its side from beginner error than a shiny new $8k bike laying on its side.

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... Katana is a good choice. The engine and tranny are nearly bullet-proof, especially 1990-1997 year models. I hear the Katana's up to current year model are good as well. There are plenty of aftermarket parts and tricks that can be done to the ride to increase it's performance...
Wait... I had a Katana that had an engine failure!!! Blew up in the garage while warming up!!!

Wait... Nevermind... It had 168,000 miles on it...
Damn near bulletproof!!! (sorry, it's early on sunday and I don't know why I'm awake...)

I say go sit on a few... See what you like... The Katana's have great ergo's. I like the EX but I can't get passed that front-end (It's got Jay Leno's Chin, the new ones at least)

Either way, stay in the mid '90 years and you should find something that you like that you won't have to worry about laying down (it's bound to happen!) after spending 7K-8K on it...

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