Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Jacksonville, NC 28540
Looking to get my first bike in the next few months and just looking for some solid feedback from experienced riders.
I know a lot of people say start out with a 250 or something similar but I'm not into riding a bike for 6 months and being bored so im thinking 600 and a big maybe for a 750. I really like the gsxr but not dead set on anything. This weekend ill be going to a few used dealerships and sitting on as many bikes as I can to get the feel.
No experience on a sport bike but I've ridden dirt bikes a few times but never owned one.
I am not the kind of person to be reckless and dangerous in any circumstance. I've got extensive driving behind many different standard cars so the idea if a clutch is not new to me.
Any and all help is appreciated.
Ps. Price range is right around 6 to 7k.
The 250s are great bikes, but a little light and made for lightweight riders. The 600s are fantastic, but remember that they are built to race. While this may sound appealing, it's a lightweight machine with over 100 rwhp. But it's better to learn how to handle a sportbike on one of the 600s than a 1000.
I'd suggest once you've gotten used to it that you go to a track day and take a class or at least some coaching. And get the chassis set for your weight. This way you can potentially avoid allowing yourself to learn many bad habits in riding one of these machines.
1991 FZR 1000 - built 1040 with race cams, Akrapovic full exhaust, and mild suspension work
2004 YZF R1 - Graves full exhaust, velocity stacks, BMC race filter, and Power Commander. Rear Ohlins. Forks rblt with Race Tech springs and Gold Valves.
2005 20th Anniversary V-Max (0098/2000) - T boost,
2005 YZF R6 track bike - Graves full exhaust, Race Tech suspension