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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2006, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike oppinons?

I am getting ready to purchase my first bike, and I'm looking for some oppinions on what I should get. It has to be a sportbike, and nothing smaller than a 600 (I've ridden quite a bit on a few 600's, and I'm 6'4, 230lbs so I really wouldn't fit on anything smaller anyway). I have about $3000 to spend, what do you guys recomend? Thanks
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i see alot of people recomend the sv650, i personaly have never rode 1 myself, i would still recommend a 500 to start with even though you have rode a 600 before the 500 would be a good bike to start with, with a 500 you would learn alot so when you do upgrade to a bigger bike you will have better skills.

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does the 3 grand include gear, insurance and taking the MSF course? If you're dead set on a 600, my suggestion is a honda f2/f3, you may find one in your price range. I wouldn't really recommend getting anything bigger than a 600 for a first bike.
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I've actually owned a 94 ex500 before, I bought it after it was in an accident, fixed it, rode it a few times, then sold it. It was just too small for me and I was uncomfortable. So I really am interested in at least a 600. I'm semi responsible, and have some experience (no, I don't think I know it all and can do it all, but I do have the basics down), and some fear as well. But I need to be relatively comfortable. The 3 grand is only for the bike, I own a couple jackets, have many helmets (drag racer) and the 100 bucks for insurance is no big deal. There's not a whole lot in my area, everyone wants too much. I am more than willing to travel, but I don't wanna drive 8 hours to find the bike I'm looking at is a total piece of shit. Anyone know of anything out there? Thanks for the reply's

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Have you been out and sat on some 600's???

People can give you their opinion on which bike they think is best but, in the end, you need to find the model bike that "fits" you best.




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Have you been out and sat on some 600's???

People can give you their opinion on which bike they think is best but, in the end, you need to find the model bike that "fits" you best.
Yeah, I rode an early 90's ZX6 quite a bit last summer, and it was a pretty good fit. I don't know what a cbr would feel like or a gsxr but I assume they are about the same.
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Yeah, I rode an early 90's ZX6 quite a bit last summer, and it was a pretty good fit. I don't know what a cbr would feel like or a gsxr but I assume they are about the same.
Sorry, I totally missed the part in your original post about having ridden 600's before.

The only way to know the difference is to get on them.




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I think an older Katana 600 is a good beginner bike, although it is a little heavy. That's what I'm learning on right now and think it has more than enough power for a beginner. They're cheap too!
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I think an older Katana 600 is a good beginner bike, although it is a little heavy. That's what I'm learning on right now and think it has more than enough power for a beginner. They're cheap too!
Cheap is good! You know what my problem is? I'm having a hard time wanting an older bike, because compared to something newer they just don't look as good, or as stylish. But I guess when I drop it, it won't look very stylish either!
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Ragu, Yeah, I know what you mean about older bikes. My Katana had been dropped on both sides when I bought it, so it already looked like a beater. It runs great though and I got it cheap. Since I was completely new to riding, I wanted something that didn't look that nice because I expected that I was going to drop it. I've dropped it once, the first time I rode it, and I've been good since. I was able to laugh about dropping it though and didn't care what happened because it already had the scratches on it. I don't think I would have felt like that on a nicer looking newer bike though.
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