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What kinda bikes are they as far as comfort and handling? What problems do they have? How is insurance(I'm 18)? What should I look for when buying used? What year is the best? I was lookin at a 98' or 99'.Do they hold there value well? Any info greatly appreciated.Thanx
 

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At 18, I would be surprised if you could get insurance for under $2000 per year on a '98 or '99 ZX-6R. As for the bike, I haven't ridden one but have heard alot of good stuff about them and they do feel relatively comfortable to sit on. I know for a fact that they are quite capable of holding their own in the twisties. :cool:
 

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I have a '99 ZX-6R I think it's great... smooth and comfortable, and it's pretty fast! In 6,000 miles, I have had NO problems on mine at all...
Here's 160 (speedo reading :rolleyes: ) on mine... :)

Click here for the vid!!
 

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Slow down there son

While the ZX6Rs are wonderful bikes, I would not recommend one to an 18-year-old rider, especially if you are new to motorcycles.

I rode a ZX6R at Keith Code's school at the Streets of Willow Springs last fall. What the magazines say about them are true. Smoothest engine of all the 600s, comfortable ergos (similar to my much larger Triumph Sprint RS), and wonderful handling. The magazine's say they can get a bit loose at the limit, but I'm not fast enough to notice. ;)

As great as the bikes are, you have to understand they are capable of running the quarter mile in the low 11s with even a novice rider at the controls, and can reach speeds in excess of 150 mph. This is why they are so expensive for younger riders to insure. The adrenaline rush is intoxicating, and it's easy to get in over your head on the street. Things happen quickly at 100 mph, and unless you have absolute control over the bike you can get hurt or killed in a situation a more experience rider could handle with no problem.

So what does a young rider do? Start out on a smaller bike. Even the Kawasaki 500 Ninja is capable of outrunning most cars, and they're quite a bit less expensive to insure. They don't go through tires as fast either.

Scale back your plans a bit. Spend less money on a smaller bike, and spend the savings on proper gear and some riding schools. You'll have a lot more fun and live longer. Then, in two or three years, you can move up to a 600 when you're ready.

I started out on a Kawasaki KZ900 because I just had to have the fastest bike on the planet. Luckily (in hindsight) it was stolen before I killed myself on it. I replaced it with a Honda CB400F, and had a great time learning to ride properly on something that matched my skills.

Even now, after 25 years of street riding and with multiple schools and track days behind me, I see no need for anything faster than a 600 for my track toy. The CBR600F3 in my sig line is my dedicated track bike. The 250 Ninja is what I bought for my son and my wife to learn on. When they're ready I'll let them on the F3, but that won't be this year.

Learning to ride properly is more fun than getting in over your head. I don't mean to offend, but I've seen what can happen when a new riders jumps on too much bike. This is too important an issue to gloss over. Start on a small bike. Your wallet, and your loved ones, will appreciate it.
 

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Thanx for the imput. But I rode dirt for 11yrs and have spent prolly 50hrs on my friends 97' Kawi 750. So I do have experiance. And this bike is just for fun I'm not commuting. I understand where you comin from but I'm pretty sure I have the self-control not to get my self into trouble. And for going really fast.If I wanna do that I'll take my 70'Chevelle SS with a Bored Out 454 and NOS and all the goddies you could ever want out for a spin. It's just that a lot of my friends have bike and they have some much fun I just wanna be able to join them.
 

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Eleven years dirt biking experience will help, a lot. The best ZX6Rs are, of course, the newest ones. Kawasaki extensively changed the bike in 2000. This doesn't mean the older ones are useless, just that the new ones make 'em seem a bit porky in side-by-side riding. Get the newest one you can afford, and try to find one in excellent shape with complete maintenance records.

Then go have fun. They're great bikes.
 

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if i was 18, i'd look for a 95 or 96. they are sweet bikes. and they sell cheap enough that you should be able to pay cash for or get a personal loan for and not have the big insurance nightmare.

there are differences between street and dirt, even mcgrath mentioned it when he took an r6 out to willow springs.

when i was 19, i looked at a new gsxr750. they cost like 6500. the insurance would've been 3600/yr. my god, that was 9 years ago. enough of my getting old problems.

boy, i'd love to be your insurance agent, 70 bb chevelle, superbike... :)

i remember when i was 16 i got a quote of $1800/year for liability on my 71 nova and that was a sb (307, two speed powerglide, big hole in the o-zone layer behind it, the days). the car was a project i paid $200 for. hey, i sold it for $300!!!!
 

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If you can get your insurrance on with your parents and they have had the same insurrance company for a substantial time, and you get liability, you might be able to do OK. I also reccomend a mid 90s, say 95-97 bike whatever it is. Still plenty of power, and bikes depreciate so much that you can get one from that era in good shape for chump change.
 

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I will give you that your car is prolly quick. But there is a big difference of riding through traffic at 100mph in a car and on a bike. Not saying don't get one, just saying dont confuse the 2, they are very different monsters.
 

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ZX-6R's ROCK...I'm glad I chose not to start off with one for my first...instead I chose a 250R. The magazines really don't give the 6R the credit it deserves. In fact look for prices to fall. I'm 19 years old, and insurance on my 6R is $35.00/month full coverage. I have worked hard to keep good rates, no speeding tickets, no accidents. Start on a 250R...they are just as fast as a car if not faster.
 

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I started out with my first bike being a 00' ZX-6R. Damn bike is AWESOME... I rode with friends on a 97' YZF600 for a few months before I purchased my 00' 6R. But I did jump on something with a WHOLE lot of power. I took my time and got used to the bike and how to manage it. No problems at all with the 00' after 3k miles. I personally love the more aggressive look of the 00' but the 97 or 98' 6R's are still great and reliable bikes. I dont think a 600 is too much for a new rider as long as u have self control and ride responcible.
 

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If you're after comfort, I'm not sure that the '95-'97 zx-6rs are such a good idea, unless you willing to do mods like handlebar risers and a corbin seat (like what I got!). The later models are so much more comfy!

I've been told that the frames of the '95 models are vulnerable to cracking. Maybe someone could shed a little more light on that?
 
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