Well, last year I purchased an R6 as a first bike. Well, actually, I bought the 600R but sold it to my brother about 3 weeks later and bought the R6. Anyway, to all of you who have said time and time again that an R6 is NOT the ideal bike for a beginner, you are RIGHT. It really does affect learning how to ride properly. I say this because of an experience that I had tonight. When I first rode my R6, I thought just because I could go 130-140mph in a STRAIGHT LINE I was actually riding the damn thing. I got into the habit of riding fast as hell in the straights, but slowing WAAYY down when I entered the curves. (don't beat me up too much, I had to learn on my own and I did not know about this forum then) After getting many tips from other riders on this board, I decided to re-teach myself how to ride.
Each day, I would focus on SMOOTH control rather than speed. I would purposely ride on curvy, back roads, and did not exceed 90-100mph. (most of the time anyway) After doing this for a few weeks, I just experienced how this bike is SUPPOSED to be riden. I can't exactly describe the feeling I had when I was riding, but I can honestly say that the way I was riding felt RIGHT. I was smooth, confident, and faster than I had been. The most interesting thing about the ride was not the speed, but the fact that I was LEANING IN THE CURVE at almost 100mph.
Now to most of you, that may not be a big deal, but it is for me. I would normally slow down to about 60mph on that particular curve, but not this time. I "hung off" the bike, kept my head and eyes up, pressed down on the bar, and accelerated through the turn. I felt my jeans dragging the concrete (buying knee sliders tomorrow
) and It felt AWESOME!!!!!!! No, I don't think that is an accurate description of how I felt. It was somewhat orgasmic
I use to say that "buying an R6 as a first bike is not a 'bad' thing if a person takes their time." Well, that may be true, but the bike will not be riden how it should be, and it WILL affect your learning curve! I may be wrong for saying that, but that is how I honestly feel. Man, I can't believe people actually critisize this bike for being only a 600cc. The other guys I was riding with were on an R1, GSX-R 750, ZX-9, and two Honda 929's. Guess what, I was in FRONT of all of them.
So, to all of you "new" riders who are considering buying an R6 or other bike of this magnitude as a first bike, read my story. I am not saying not to buy the bike you want, because you are the one who is going to have to live with it. All I am saying is don't make the same mistake and get too confident just because you can go fast in a straight line as I did. Be prepared to re-teach yourself how to properly ride this awesome bike! I thought just because I was at redline in 6th gear that I had reached the full potential of this bike. Well, I was all wrong, and this bike has SOOOO much more to be brought out of her! Hell, if it wasn't so dark outside, I would still be practicing my new found "euphoria"
Ride safe all