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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking for my first bike. I took the course for new riders sponsored by CHP, but I am a 'virgin' besides this experience. Where to start?

I would prefer a sport bike (I think) and I have been to a few dealerships. I have my eye on a Ninja 650 or the Yamaha FZ-6R. It seems that these offer a compromise between street bike and touring. Are these 'too much bike' for a novice?

I am also debating between new and used so I appreciate the input already provided on this thread. However, I'm apprehensive buying used since I probably won't be able to tell if there is frame damage, etc. Recommendations?

Looking forward to your thoughts...
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 08:09 AM
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If your interested in a sport bike depending on your area there are huge markets for used sportbikes, just stay away from the deal that seems " too good to be true." Unless you have someone knowledgable with you.

On the other side of a 600 being too much bike. A 600 is in my opinion a good starter size on a bike because its at a good size where you wont get tired of it six months down the road because of a lack of power.

I personally started out on a 07 R6 and loved the bike for years. Great power, decent price.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 12:41 AM
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aclark, those are decent options for first bikes. If you can, I'd recommend used over new. I'd specifically stay away from any supersports (GSXR600, R6, CBR600, ZX-6R) because of the way in which power is created.

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