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im 18 years old and im planing to buy a gsxr 600 but i hardly reach the floor. is it a good idea to lower the spring?
 

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Its not the best idea to buy a GSXR as a first bike, period. But if you insist, have a shop lower it for you. You want to lower it even in the back AND front, if you don`t want to send your handling to hell.
 

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Just out of curiosity, why is it not a good idea to buy a gsxr as a first bike?
 

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most of the people say that in the incident of a mistake the gsx-r is a LOT less forgiving than other bikes and will multiply your mistake which everyone makes mistakes especially when there new so a bike that is a little more forging woudl be better
 

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most of the people say that in the incident of a mistake the gsx-r is a LOT less forgiving than other bikes and will multiply your mistake which everyone makes mistakes especially when there new so a bike that is a little more forging woudl be better
A lot less forgiving? The only reason I ask is because I am honestly curious and I have never heard anyone say that before. A good buddy of mine had a gsxr 600 as his first bike and absolutely loved it, but mentioned nothing about the bike being unforgiving. He mostly said "wow, this som'b*tch is fast", or "wow, this som'bitch handles great" or "wow, I wish this som'bitch did my laundry!". Well, maybe not the last comment, but you get my drift. What was I talking about again? :D
 

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Your friend probably didnt know the difference between a forgiving and unforgiving bike, and unforgiving doesnt mean it handles or rides poorly, but with that much power a small mistake can turn ugly real quick with the wrong input from the rider, which happens alot when your new and get yourself into a situation you havent dealt with before and react out of instict, which is usually wrong without any experience. In my opinion anyone who is so green that they refer to not being able to reach the (FLOOR)!!!! should definatlely not be on a gsx-r in any situation except in the showroom while daydreaming;)
 

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It's alright...I hate being short too, David. My problem is I can only get one foot flat on the ground, and the other one is on the ball... Wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller.... Ha ha ha
 

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Honda rr

is not the first time i hear that the gsx-r is a unforgiving bike. i can only laid the tip of my shoe on the floor but i reach (lil). i also thinking about the honda rr and the f4. what do you guys think. i looking for a forgiving bike.
 

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You need a "learner" bike & while I would like to suggest a 250cc I will also mention that there are two good 500cc vertical twins out there by Suzy & kwacker.

Next step would be the Suzy SV-650 or possibly the SV-650s THEN you can put your money down on a fast trotting 600.

I am not kidding for riding a m/c is not the easies thing especially when one must compete with the terrible cage drivers.

M/cing is like any sport & you know to get into a sport you start from the bottom & work your way up.

Besides if you buy the hot trotting 600cc then one or two yrs down the road what will you buy? Not another 600 you will say, so that means a 1000cc. Then one or two yrs after the 1000 what is next? Are you going to degrade yourself to a 1200cc Harley or Cruiser? You chaps are in such a freaking hurry to have the latest & what will you be ridng 10 to 15 yrs from now?

I am into my 58 yr of riding & have loved every year. My first bike was a 45SV twin with a sick engine so all over 12HP possibly rather then stock 25HP & the most drooling bike on the market in a few yrs was the 1000cc V-twin of Vincent with all of 50 hp. An interesting point is that in power to weight ratio, along with better suspension system & superior brakes a 500cc Vertical twin outdoes the Vincent of its time.
 

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I'm 5'5". Very few bikes allow me to touch the ground with toes, never mind flat footed. For this reason, along with color (I don't want to be flashy...I like solid black) and comfort, I chose the Kawasaki ZZR-600 (formerly called ZX6E).
With me being light, this bike will do anything I want it to.
 

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If you can touch the ground and just want a little more reach to the ground, I would suggest getting the seat shaved and that should knock out enough to get you almost flat footed.
 
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