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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2007, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Help - Trying to be a new Rider

Ok, here's the thing.. Divorced 2 years ago - Met an amazing man last year.. I have always loved and have been facinated over CrotchRockets/SportBikes - I have 6brothers and have always been a bit tougher than most chics.

So my new love has been riding for years - Probably the reason I chose him! He soon realized my love for riding would soon go past being his passenger.
I want to ride! and Not behind him...

We were riding a 96 Ninja GX750 - A beautiful Custom bike that runs better than most new ones (the reason we still have it) and decided to buy new - Now we have a Suzuki GSXR1000 - I want to ride the Ninja GX750 - Is this impossible? I am 5'6 and 150lbs. The bike is Huge and Very Heavy.

He started teaching me in a parking lot and the first 2x I aced his lessons - couldnt believe it. 3rd lesson - I dropped her! on an angle street uphill on the right.. came to a stop and dropped her on the left. I have been so fearful of getting back on her - How do I over come this? I Dont know if I was so fearful of dropping her or his dissapointment of me dropping her..

HELP! - I want to Be A RIDER!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2007, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to mention I am in the Phoenix Area and am looking to hook up w/ Sportbike clubs/groups. We've been riding a while - and still have not met up w/ any. Any help is appreciated!
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I'm guessing that the bike you refer to, GX-750, is a ZX-750 (aka ZX-7) If so, you're right, its a big and heavy sportbike. Additionally, it has a lot of power for a beginner to manage. Big, heavy, and powerful- not a good combination for a newbie.

If you guys want to hold onto it, maybe you could consider buying a cheap, more user friendly beginner bike- like a Ninja 500R for about $2000. Ride it for a season or two, sell it for what you bought it for, and then try the ZX-7.

Either that, or sell the ZX-7 and use the money towards something like a Suzuki SV-650 or Kawasaki Ninja 650R. (another pair of more beginner friendly bike choices)

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ZX-750

Yes - thank you for correcting me - I was mixed up w/ the New GSXR1000. Thank you for the advice.. I will look into the 2 bikes mentioned..
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Zxrider said it all.

I love the ZX-7, too. I refer to them as "whale sharks" due to the look of the front end. However, at almost 450lbs and with 120bhp on tap, they're certainly not a beginner's ride.



Edt: I've said it before and I'll say it countless times again, I'm sure; Starting on a smaller bike will make you a better rider. You can concentrate on technique, instead of just trying to keep up with a bike that is too much for your skill level.




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I Love the ZX-750

It is a beautiful bike - Runs great - Sounds amazing..
My BF is hell bent on me learning on that bike - But after all - it's my life, my safety and I just won't commit to impress anyone at the expense of my life and the lives of those around me. He keeps saying - If I learn on this bike - I could ride ANY bike - Very true, But at what expense..

Thanks again for all the advice.. I am currently looking for an older more 'newrider' friendly bike..
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Re: I Love the ZX-750

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...My BF is hell bent on me learning on that bike - But after all - it's my life, my safety and I just won't commit to impress anyone at the expense of my life and the lives of those around me. He keeps saying - If I learn on this bike - I could ride ANY bike - Very true, But at what expense...
His theory is flawed for the reasons I explained in my edit.

If he respects and cares for you, he would not be putting you in a position of pushing you beyond your abilities.




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after cringing reading the term "crotchrocket"(that actually hurt to type).I read the other posts and agree completely, starting with a more beginner friendly bike will increase your ability to focus on learning.making the entire experience more enjoyable, without the fear of learning on a machine your intimidated by.


p.s. I don't think the learning experience should include plaster but thats just my

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Thanks Danny

For correcting me on the term that was painful for you to write!
I'll make sure to delete that from my vocab, sure didn't know it wasn't a term well taken..

Yes my decision has been made and I am now heavily looking for a 'newbie' bike that I can handle.
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Re: Thanks Danny

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For correcting me on the term that was painful for you to write!
I'll make sure to delete that from my vocab, sure didn't know it wasn't a term well taken..

Yes my decision has been made and I am now heavily looking for a 'newbie' bike that I can handle.
Glad to hear I think you will be glad with your decision.

wishing you many years of fun & enjoyment!!!!

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