Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Scared to tears....
I am new to this forum and this is my first post, but I need some serious help.
I have been on bikes since I was 3, and Ive been riding alone since I was 14, I am now 22. My first "real" bike was a naked '96 GS500. It broke down and I was unable to fix it, thus it has been between 3 or 4 years since I have been on a bike. I always said that when I got my next bike that I wouldnt get anything too heavy that I couldnt pick up alone.
My BF and I were out "looking" at bikes the other day and somehow we ended up buying a brand spankin new bike for each of us. He got an '06 CBR1000, and I got an '06 CBR600. Now keep in mind that I hadridden bikes quite a lot untill I had to stop against my will. The bike was beautiful in the showroom and I was so excited when I got it home....and then it hit me.
I am 5'6" and on the balls of my feet on my CBR600. I cant push it, I cant pull it, I cant sit on it and be stable. I turned it on the first time, didnt even move it off the kick stand and it scared me to death. It has sat in my driveway for 2 days now and I wont touch it. I am so terrified of the bike because of its weight and height that I cant bring myself to move it. Ive had my share of spills and crashes and I'm not looking forward to doing anything on this bike. As soon as I sit on it my nerves are shot and I just become a nervous wreck, I cant even think straight. Just thinking of that bike makes me start to shake.
So today, day 2, we were at a cycle shop looking at gear and the guy working there had a '06 ZX6 Ninja and when I sat on it my feet were a little closer to the ground (but only by about a half inch) and I just felt so much more comfortable on it, it felt totaly light...way lighter than my CBR600 and I wasnt scared at all. After going online and looking up the curb weight on it, it looked about the same as my CBR...
So whats going on? Am I just playing mind games, is there really a difference in the weight or maybe where the weight is placed? Ive been reading about women riders, and they say the CBR600 is a great bike for women...but to me that just sounds like insanity....can anyone help put my mind at ease? Should I just suck it up and keep my new CBR or do I take it back and get something else? I'm very open at the moment....someone please give me honest input from a weight and height standpoint. I'm not very strong so weight is very important to me