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Hi everyone, I've been wanting to buy a bike for a couple of years now and am finally in a postion to do it. I've read a bunch of articles about people for and against going with a 600 for a first bike. I actually planned on doing the responsible thing and buy an sv650 or ex500. I'm not trying to impress anybody, just get some road expierience and build up my riding skills.

Well, I'm in the military and stationed in Germany, so bikes are hard to come by (unless you're looking for a HD, those are everywhere). I was going to buy this 04 ex500 last month but the owner sold it like the day before :( So I'm checking the classifieds every day now and notice this 01 R6 for sale. Really good price ($4500) and not too far away (about an hour).

I'm going to go and check it out this week and make the owner an offer. I now that it probably isn't the best idea to go start with an R6, but it's kinda like my dream bike and I couldn't pass this deal up.

I'm pretty much just going to use it for local driving and mabey for work commuting once I get better at riding. Basically can you guys give me any advice regarding saftey/ riding progression?

(BTW sorry this post turned out to be longer than I expected)

-Chris

Oh yeah, here link to a pic of the actual bike http://img294.echo.cx/img294/8462/2001yzfr66ti.jpg
 

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As far as safety goes--can you sign up for a class? If you have not ridden a bike before, that's the fastest, safest way to get going. We have MSF courses here, but I don't know about Germany. Get safe gear: leather jacket with body armor, riding gloves and a good fitting helmet. Ask someone to help you fit the helmet. If it fits too loose, air will cause your helmet to pull up on your chin strap. Ride with a buddy if you can. A buddy can help you on the fine points. Get some books on riding technique. Check out www.aerostich.com for books.

The bike. Look for worn tires and the condition of the brakes, chain. Are there signs of the bike being dropped? Is the frame straight?

Can you bring an experienced rider with you to look at the bike? He might be able to ride it for you and give you some insights.
 

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Thanks for the replies!

I took the MSF last year before I left California. I'm also going to go look at gear this week. Thanks for the tips.

As far as the condition of the bike, I spoke with the owner last week and he gave me some history. Says he recnetly put on a new rear tire, also say he recently gave it a tune up (fluid, etc.) He also informed me that it was"lightly" dropped on one side but that its barely noticeable.

I'm going down this week to check it out and give him a down payment. Then next weekend I'm taking one of my friends over to drive it back for me. He's been riding for a while and I trust him to get it back to my place safely.

I'm so excited. I can't wait!:D
 

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I have an '00 R6, it was my first street bike. I have a lot of experience on Dirt prior to buying it. I have to say that it could be a lot faster. R6's don't have anything for low end torque. The most difficulty I have with it is at low speeds. Mainly first gear. If you have experience with bikes, I would say it will work fine. I would practice in a parking lot when you get it until you get use to it. The bike I bought has also been dropped. It had a little damage by the front blinker, but it doesn't bother me.
 

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I'm pretty much in the same boat as Psudy. I have an '01 R6 as my first bike. If you have had experience riding on dirt, then you should be ok making the trasition to street. I havent had much experience with other streetbikes, aside from my dad's HD. I can say, though, that i love my bike! i would defiinitly recommend one. Just be very careful when you first get out on the road. These things have a way of tempting one to push things too far too soon.
 
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