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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-10-2005, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question 2005 Kawasaki ZZR600..Good Starter bike?

I was wondering what some of the more experienced riders had to say about this bike. To get an idea of my skill level read this link. Originally I wanted a sportbike. Now I'm really not sure if I want to get one just due to all the things that could go wrong while I'm on it due to inexperience. The main factor that kept me from considering other bikes is that to me, a lot of other bikes are just ugly imo. Until I saw the 2005 Kawasaki ZZR600 that is. I've read a lot of reviews and this bikes seems to be acceptable as a beginner's bike. So what do you think?

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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-10-2005, 11:22 AM
 
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You'll put your eye out. Get a smaller bike.
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Seriously? I have to admit, that is the only post that I have read that has said this isn't a good starter bike.
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post #5 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-10-2005, 11:27 AM
 
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Look at the Suzuki GS500.
They look just like a race replica but more forgiving if you make a mistake.
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post #6 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-10-2005, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Look at the Suzuki GS500.
They look just like a race replica but more forgiving if you make a mistake.
No offense or anything, but I wouldn't say that bike looks just like a race replica. Personally, I think that bike is ugly too.
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I'm going to relate to you on a more personal level.

I'm a relatively new rider like yourself that made the mistake of buying a 2003 r6. The first time I took it off the lot, I pulled a wheelie by accident because the throttle is more responsive than what I was used to.

A few days later, I was installing frame sliders and I laid the bike down on the left side in my garage.

Every time I ride my bike, I'm so unbelievably cautious not to do any dumb things that will cause more damage to my bike or more importantly to myself.

Save yourself the money and the drama. Buy some used bike that you can learn on without worrying all the time so it will make the transition to your next bike easier.

no argument here. just sound advice.
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I'm going to relate to you on a more personal level.

I'm a relatively new rider like yourself that made the mistake of buying a 2003 r6. The first time I took it off the lot, I pulled a wheelie by accident because the throttle is more responsive than what I was used to.

A few days later, I was installing frame sliders and I laid the bike down on the left side in my garage.

Every time I ride my bike, I'm so unbelievably cautious not to do any dumb things that will cause more damage to my bike or more importantly to myself.

Save yourself the money and the drama. Buy some used bike that you can learn on without worrying all the time so it will make the transition to your next bike easier.

no argument here. just sound advice.
I completely understand your logic. But the ZZR600 isn't even classed as a sportbike, but as a street bike. It has much better mid range power so it's a lot more user friendly when riding around the city. The reviews I've read have said this bike doesn't even really start to hit it's power band until about 10k rpms, when I believe most modern sportbike will start to hit theirs around the 7k-8k rpm range. It has less overall power than a modern sportsbike, so it won't give ya as much as a shock and more time to respond when you do hit the power band. It has good braking from what I've read but it's still not as good as modern sportbikes so there's less of a chance that I'll accidently lock up the brakes or flip it. Sure it's more of a bike to handle than maybe a kawasaki 500 but it's seems to be a much better choice than any modern sportbike. I do appreciate your concerns though. I would really like to hear what Smitty has to say since he has years and years of experience on bikes.

Thanks for the responses so far though
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It's the same bike that was released as ZX-6R back in 2000, which was indeed a race rep, though not much sensationalized as the other three for the lack of track prowess. It will do wheelie on throttle, the mid-range is up to par with 2003 R6, because back in its day, it was the torquiest 600 cc, a real sleeper. The top end wasn't quite as powerful as the other three, but this is all relative. The midrange of that bike is good enough to flip if the rider doesn't have sensitive throttle control. Anyway... it's considered sport tourer now just like F4i or YZF600R, only because the RR these days provide much sharper track package. That doesn't mean the ZZR or 600R or F4i is short on power.
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