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07-07-2006 05:03 AM
kanwisch I would not recommend a ZX-6R or R6.

As for searching, that was unnecessary because the stickie threads at the top of the New Riders forum DO talk about the ZX. And when I did a search for the term "first bike ZX-6R" I got many matches one of which had quite a bit of commentary on the 636 and the ZZ (http://sbw.sportbikes.com/showthread...irst+bike+ZX6R).
07-07-2006 12:32 AM
whiteblazer01 I have a 2003 636, and its my first bike. Its a great bike, not too much power - but it all depends on the rider. If you are too aggressive, and don't take the time to learn the bike, then thats a different problem.
04-02-2006 02:32 PM
oki_ninja I thought I would put my two cents in. I am stationed in Okinawa and had never riden a bike at all until this past December. I got a 97 zx-6r, and I have done fine so far, even though the people aren't the best drivers here. So my answer to your question is that I don't believe a 600 to be too big for a starter bike after I got done with the MSC the people who had 400's really wanted to get 600's. Just my ............
04-02-2006 02:27 PM
oki_ninja I thought I would put my two cents in. I am stationed in Okinawa and had never riden a bike at all until this past December. I got a 97 zx-6r, and I have done fine so far, even though the people aren't the best drivers here. So my answer to your question is that I don't believe a 600 to be too big for a starter bike after I got done with the MSC the people who had 400's really wanted to get 600's. Just my ............
03-03-2006 04:36 PM
Penthos
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Originally posted by cookeetree
Good choice. I had an earlier model. Great riding position! Had to go back to the 250, but I'm still having fun. Basically the same bike with different engine / brakes / tyres.
Thanks, the ZX600J is an excellent model. Its pretty comfortable, though I've yet to take a journey upwards of 90 miles at one sitting. I plan on it this year!
02-28-2006 03:14 PM
cookeetree
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Originally posted by Penthos
...I bought the ZZR600 ('05)...
Good choice. I had an earlier model. Great riding position! Had to go back to the 250, but I'm still having fun. Basically the same bike with different engine / brakes / tyres.



02-28-2006 03:10 PM
Penthos First of, no I haven't riden either the ZX-6R or R6. However, when I sat on the ZX-6R (636) it felt fairly uncomfortable to me. That is why I bought the ZZR600 ('05). Sure it isn't as fast, isn't fuel injected, but it is $1,100 cheaper and falls into a sport-tourer insurance category unlike the ZX-6R or R6. No I'm not knocking either bike, but just an idea to possibly give the ZZR a look-see. I'm very happy with mine. Good luck on whatever you choose.
02-02-2006 04:58 PM
pasty well i got,a zx-6/636 and its the best bike that i have ever perchest i used to have a ducatie 998 and the zx-6 just beats it all around the handaling is great and performance is awsome so just shop around and find what fits u best
04-28-2005 11:55 AM
vtrryder
Re: ZX-6R as a starter bike?

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Originally posted by wombat7
I know some of you are going to get upset and tell me to search, but I did and I didn't get any data that seemed to help me. I am looking to get my first street bike and right now one of my top two choices are a Yamaha R6 and a Ninja ZX-6R. If you have ever ridden both, what are your opinions, and what are your opinions on a ZX-6R as a first street bike? I have basic riding background as I have ridden dirtbikes before. I also plan on taking a MSF course before getting the bike.
I have a coworker that just started riding on an R6, and after the MSF course he is doing great. As long as you can keep the testosterone in check and get comfortable on the bike I think a 600 is a good choice. Docile enough at small throttle openings to not be too overwhelming, but more than enough there to keep you interested at least as long as your 5-year loan on it.
04-28-2005 10:18 AM
ZX6R1033
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Originally posted by wombat7
You would really recommend the RR over the R? I like the looks of the RR a little better, but thought that I would stay away from RR bikes as a first.

How does the riding position of the RR compare to that of the R? I absolutely loved the way the R felt when I sat on it yesterday, but hated the way the race ready GSXR-600 felt. I felt like I was laying on the tank...

If you are comparing a ZX-6R to a ZX-6RR... the bikes are practically the same. (at leas the 03-04s) the frame on the RR is painted black, but otherwise the bikes look identical. The major difference is in the engine itself. And double R's do not always mean the bike is faster. I got into this conversation with my MMSEC teacher when I took the safty course... He thought it was absolutly horrible that my friend has an RR but didnt even blink when I said I had the 636, which is actually the faster of the two.
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