Originally posted by clover
Yeah,well i guess i'm gonna have to get used to it and accept the fact that i'll probably drop it a few times,but i'll try my best not to.I believe i'm gonna get me a new 600,but now which one.Its either gonna be a ninja 6r or a cbr600f4i.So which one is the better bike all around?
For you, the answer is "neither." I know it's not what you're looking for, but a 350lb bike with 100+hp that was designed for the race track is NOT a good first bike. A modern 600 is by no means a "starter bike." 0-60 times on these aren't much slower than the litre bikes.
It has nothing to do with how careful you are. The only way you're going to learn how to ride, is by making mistakes in the process. The new 600 sport bikes are VERY sensitive to these mistakes. Powerful/grabby brakes, throttle, ect. Bike will throw you on your ass quickly when you make mistakes, compared to a more forgiving 250/500 bike that won't respond as harshly.
Learn on a smaller bike, Ninja 250/500, or even check out the new Suzuki GS500...it's a good looking sport bike, with plenty of power. Get at least a good year or so under your belt before going up to the 600, and you'll have the experience to handle it. You'll build the needed confidence quicker on a smaller bike, because they're easier to ride. When it comes to something like motorcycles, which comes with risk/danger, you want to learn the RIGHT way...not on a bike that's going to scare and intimidate you when you're riding.
A lot of new riders will buy a super high-performance bike thinking "I'll just take it easy," and end up selling it or crashing because they had no idea what they were getting into...and make sure you take the MSF course!