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Let me introduce myself before I start bombarding you all with questions. My name is Chad and I'm a 21 yr old Computer Engineering student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. My current "ride" is a 1984 Porsche 944, so not a bike, but still fun. I use it as a road race and autocross car as well as my daily driver. Seeing how I'm an ROTC cadet, after graduation I have to do 4 yrs in the Air Force and right now it looks like I am going to be stationed at Eglin AFB, FL.

Now here for my questions. I want to get a sport bike to cruise up and down the beach ;) I'm 5'8" 185 so right now I'm looking at CBR 600s, GSXR 600s, and R6s. This will be my first street bike, but I do have some experience riding as I rode dirt bikes as a kid. The Air Force requires that I take a safety course so I will have that under my belt as well. Which bike do you guys think would be a better first bike and how do you feel about a 600 as a first bike?

Thanks in advance

- Chad
 

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Finally another person from Terrible Hole! :thumb: A Rose-Hulman student at that! :laughing: My wife and I currently live in TH, and I'm a 2000 Rose grad, Chemical Engineering.

Anyway, to answer your bike questions, you'll find mixed reviews on what is a good beginner bike and what isn't. For the most part we all tend to agree that starting small is best, but our views diverge where we define "small." Personally I think someone with your previous experience (dirt riding will not do much for you on the street though, other than teach you the very basics of riding), who has taken the MSF (or other training course, which I believe is offered at ISU), and who has the proper riding gear and attitude will do just great on a 600 as a beginner. I would advise against brand new for a few reasons though. Chances are you'll drop it once or twice while learning, so it's better to do it on a used bike than a new one. Also, let someone else take the depreciation hit on the new bike.

Personally I'm a Honda fan, but am looking at the Yamahas for a next one as well. Kawasakis and Suzukis just don't do it for me, though I would at least consider a Kaw. Go to a dealership (there is one here in TH, but they have very limited stock) and sit on everything you can to see what feels/looks the best to you. Washington St./US 40 in Indy has a number of dealers on it too, just inside 465 on the west side.

Good luck!
 

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Where you affiliated while you were at Rose? I'm a Delta Sig. I was planning on stopping at the dealer in TH tomorrow to look, but if they don't have anything I am going to be in Indy on Sunday for a Porsche meet. I've been talking to some of my friends and professors who have bikes and I've also found that they have different ideas of what small is... One, who now rides a hayabusa, says a 600 will be fine, and others say a 250 would be better to start with.
 

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spicersh said:
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Finally another person from Terrible Hole! :thumb: A Rose-Hulman student at that! :laughing: My wife and I currently live in TH, and I'm a 2000 Rose grad
We don't hold that against you, though :twofinger Same goes for you Chad.

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Chemical Engineering.
At least it was the right discipline ;)

Chad, I'm actually tired of the what bike discussion so here are some links which are easily found using the Search feature or just paging through New Riders to help you get the feel of most opinions on the subject:
http://sbw.sportbikes.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=50871
http://sbw.sportbikes.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=50519

Note that the Debate thread gets.. aggressive after a while, but it starts off really well.
 

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I was a FIJI....sort of. I went through the motions, but never really got into it.

The TH dealer does have some bikes in stock, but in Indy you'll be able to sit on just about anything you want. Well, anything from the big four anyway (Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki).

You can't go wrong with one of the smaller bikes, that's for sure. First thing to do is take the MSF! I assume you have a lead on where to take it, but just in case:

www.msf-usa.org

http://www.doe.state.in.us/safety/mre.html
 

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We don't hold that against you, though :twofinger Same goes for you Chad.

At least it was the right discipline ;)
Your school-envy is showing....:twofinger
 

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hahaha and the old Rose-Hulman - Purdue debate starts yet again... lol... I actually read the other posts, but always like to hear some info that is specific to my situation. I post on Porsche forums, and always hate it when n00bs post FAQs but hey i just had to. I have actually looked into the MSF course because in order for me to get a bike the air force requires that I take one.
 

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I think a 600 is a very possible bike to start on for a mature individual who know his own limits. I rode an R6 today and in the stock form it aint all that jumpy on the throttle, and it is easy to corner due to the light weight. The brakes are very touchy though. Now, a 750 or a litre will be a different story. Get some gear and frame sliders so if eat it you and your bike will hopefully be cool.:)
 

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hahaha and the old Rose-Hulman - Purdue debate starts yet again... lol
Nah, Purdue is just a local place, not one in my heart :cool:
 

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So I went and sat on some bikes today and was definately surprised... I loved the feel of the R6, and surprisingly the feel of a Kaw ZX-6R, I wasn't very impressed with the CBR and absolutely hated the GSXR. Any opinions on the first 3 bikes??

kawisch - where did you go to school?
 

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My preferences, in order, are Honda/Yamaha (tied for first), then Kaw, then Triumph, then Ducati, etc. etc. until finally you get to Suzuki. I'm just not a Suzuki fan. :dunno:

Get the one that trips your trigger though. :thumb:
 
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