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Ugh, I wish I would have known about this forum sooner. I just got on a 07 Yamaha R6S as my first bike. I wanted to get the damn 07 Ninja 250 but every person told me I would get bored. I just wanted a cheap ride to work. Now I have this set of rocket wheels.
Should've got a Vespa.
 

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Well I find it hard to believe that someone who was looking for a "cheap ride to work" would go out and spend ~$8K on a shiny new rocket, when you could get an older bike, or car, for a fraction of that.
 

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Well on another m/c board a chap bought a lovely Triumph all because he was sold on Triumph due to the movie "The Wild Ones" & because Munro rode a Triumph. Thing is during the first day he ended up with his ear close to the pavement & same with the bike. Others, on the board, continually tried to talk him into this being a rare incident, but in the end he simply gave up.

Another chap had those at his place of work & those he hung out with, even though they did not ride m/cs, talk him into the largest & most heavy Honda Cruiser along with all the frills on it.

THEN he came across said m/c board & continually blamed the regulars on the board for not being the ones to warn him. I think this chap actually covered 30 miles on the bike after a lot of advise from the regulars, but he was teriffied of it & after a long while the bike was sold, though he never bought a light bike to LEARN ON.

So you can see how people will often buy the wrong bike because in mind that is the bike for them due to looks & all-----like advise of other non riders or who knows what else.

We, on this board, & other boards to give advise & that is all. In so many cases the buyer/ride has already made up their minds by appearance, TV action, to words from others be they non-riders or often newbies themselves & still in t he learning stages though they feel they are well experienced!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm new to the forum and would like to say Hello and comment on the subject. The article was a well written article although I also thought it was a little overboard. Personally I am 6ft and 230# and I don't think you'd catch me on a 125 or 250cc and even a 600 seems small for my build. Anyone backing me on this? Or am I out of line.
 

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A 250 is not suitable if you have to ride at high speeds with some extra umph to pass as well (think Interstates). Weight and height are non-issues, really, other than mere comfort.

And to say a 600 might not be big enough is quite incorrect. To reiterate what's already been said, a supersport 600 is inappropriate because its excessive for the need of merely learning how to ride. Unless you will only ever ride it in a straight line, there's trouble a' brewin'.
 

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toytek1, you are incorrect about the size. Physically, 600's and 1000's are so close in size that it really is hard to differentiate between the two. And if you are a new rider, the 40+ extra HP you'll get out of a liter bike is nothing but a recipe for disaster.
 

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Thanks for the input guys, I will def take into consideration. I am well aware of how dangerous these machines are and they have my respect.
 

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I totally agree with these guys. I bought a 82 suzuki gs 750 t for my first bike and it scared the shit out of me when i first took it out. I am 6'5 and near 300 so i was like every newb "o i have to get something bigger then a 600 to move me around" boy was I wrong. I think a 600 would have been a better choice. But for the price I couldn't beat it. I thought i wouldn't be mad if I dropped it cause it was so cheap "the main reason I got it" but I was wrong after I got up from laying it down I was 10 shades of pissed. I actually had that whole "it can't happen to me" attitude and now i am putting it back together considering I find parts....
 

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my first bike

i recently just got my first bike i havent even rode it yet but my husband did he said it has a lot of power i am a nurse by perfession so i uderstand and have seen what can happen to bike riders and i do realize its not just the riders more so the cars and so forth are a danger ( people talking on cellphones and people pulling out in front of you) so i refuse to get on public roads im checking into the bike course and since my bike has a custom paintjob on it my husband bought me a cage to go on my bike so i dont tear up the farings and i plan on lowering the bike becouse im 5foot 5 and dnt completly reach the floor on my cbr the only thing im really nervous about is turning i hear that is the hardest part any advice for me on my adventure :hello:
 

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I'm not sure I would agree. Based totally based on my own readings with no statistical support whatsoever, I would estimate that a rider who's been in the seat for, say, 200+ separate events is likely to fall into the category of crash you note. Prior to that, however, there's at least an equal chance that the new rider will be the central cause for the crash as opposed to other drivers/riders.
 

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i recently just got my first bike i havent even rode it yet but my husband did he said it has a lot of power i am a nurse by perfession so i uderstand and have seen what can happen to bike riders and i do realize its not just the riders more so the cars and so forth are a danger ( people talking on cellphones and people pulling out in front of you) so i refuse to get on public roads im checking into the bike course and since my bike has a custom paintjob on it my husband bought me a cage to go on my bike so i dont tear up the farings and i plan on lowering the bike becouse im 5foot 5 and dnt completly reach the floor on my cbr the only thing im really nervous about is turning i hear that is the hardest part any advice for me on my adventure :hello:

Take your time, learn at your own pace. Get in MSF.

My first bike was an F4i as well. My first turn I went right across somebody's yard as they were watering it (You shoud've seen the look on his face). I stayed in my neighborhood learning the controls for three weeks before I ventured on public roads. I was still a little shaky at that point. After MSF my confidence skyrockted and I felt much safer on the bike. What I noticed is at that point things like shifting and braking and being aware of my surroundings became much more subconscious efforts. I didn't have to tell myself, "clutch, upshift, let out clutch, roll on gas", it just started happening.

You might take a lot of grief for lowering your bike as well. But unless you plan on tracking it you'll be fine. Lowering it does affect handling but not so much that you'll be running off the road out in the twisties. You'll still have an absolute blast on it.

Last but not least, have fun and keep us posted on your progress!
 

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Helpful book for first-time buyers

Lots of good info being posted here..

MSF courses are great, but I've found they don't teach new riders anything about buying the actual bike!

Have a look at this book on Amazon:

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Happy and safe riding!

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