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I take home my new bike Thursday! *UPDATE*

I just bought a '06 YZF600r (black) and get to take it home on Thursday when I get my endorsement! Before anyone yells at me for not starting on a 250 that is beat to shit... well, I just couldn't help myself :) My question is, does anyone know any good websites are catalogs for aftermarket parts? Specifically, I'm looking for a fender eliminator kit, new tailight, frame sliders and different blinkers, or at least over time. Second question, any parts designed to fit an '05 or '06 600r would fit this right?

Third question, I'm taking my Basic rider course the next two days and the expert course in about four or five weeks but does anyone know of any on-track courses in the Portland or Seattle area?

Thanks!
 

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Damn....

you are excited! I don't blame you. Just take it easy on that MSF course. I finished mine today. Since your bike is new, maybe you should "putt" around (alot)and get used to the way it handles first. The course I took was mostly about control (at VERY low speeds). I've been riding almost every day for only about 2 months but the course was still some what difficult on even the most simplest things. But your bike is lighter so you'll do fine. Anyway I just wanted tell you that for advanced saftey course in California you have to wait a year after the basic. Have you seen the requirment for you? Oh, and congrats on the bike!
 

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Congrats on the bike, i think it is a great first bike that you won't grow out of for a long time. Just be careful for a while, that bike has still got a nasty bite.

Oh, and just to christen you properly,:twofinger
 

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holy sh**!

I love riding this bike! Just put 140 mile on my new bike until the usual Seattle rain made me put it away (not comfortable in the rain...). But I got a few questions for all you wise and experience folks...

Why do people love to tell you their horror stories when they find out you got a bike?

I heard a few warnings about taking off with a cold rear tire, one guy recomended a little burnout to warm it up... any words of wisdom on cold rear tires or potential dangers?

There's a lot of construction on the I-5 on my way to work and it has created ruts that go at slight angles to the lanes. It makes the bike travel along that line a bit. Do you find it is easier to purposely steer to keep out of them or just look down the freeway a couple hundred feet and have the bike just roll over stuff like that?


Thanks, and thanks again for all the advice sitting on this forum that helped me feel comfortable going into all this!
 

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The horror stories will never stop, so you just have to get used to them. Also, you'll get a lot of stories from people who owned a bike for a week when they were 18 and have pined for one ever since ("So quit bitching to me and go buy one...").

The burnout thing is not only bullshit, but a terrible idea unless you like cleaning rubber off of your bike and buying a lot of (expensive...) tires. *HOWEVER* the cold part is true. Be careful on cold tires, it does take a bit of normal riding for them to warm up. Also, the sides will warm up differently from the center, so even if you've been riding straight for a long time, make sure to take it easy for the first few corners that you hit. But at this stage in your learning you should be taking it easy in all the corners.;)

Good luck and keep the shiny side up.
 

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Far as those road milling ruts: Stay relaxed!!! Let the bike wander some and correct with small changes.
 

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Best of tips above. I bought the 600r in '97 & first in our area. Oh yes the black one as well.

So here it is '05 & I still have it though also have a '00 Honda 929 & '03 Honda 954 I purchased out of the crate in August of '04.

The 600r is the first bike out in the Spring & last to be put away in the fall. All because this bike is very forgiving compared to the two others. It may be claimed 412lbs dry weight, only it does not freel like that to me.

Personally I find the saddle to soft & prefer the harder saddles of the 929/954 & while the riding position is not as extreme on the 600r with quite a large fairing all is on the good side for a beginner.

Basically all I have been doing is feeding the bike petrol, oil, tyres, chains, & sprockets.

Still I will admit though rider error of riding some twisties way to fast along with some spilled grave/sand from a truck I went down with the bike in June of '03. The frame slider did its job though the blow was pretty hard & finally the bolt folded back, totalled the nose piece & right panel. True front brake lever was bent, but was able to bring it back & have touched up the bar end & a few other parts with pain.

I could not see myself buying a new petrol tank or the fairing on the sub carriers or a new can so those show there "battle scars".

Actually the 600r is the ONLY bike I will ride use on short runs to a shop or someplace, leaving the bike exposed to those wanting to steal sportbikes, knowing said scars sort of turn the crooks off & besides they realize it is an old design though do not realize what a good bike it is.

Lastly you will find the suspension system is a bit on the soft side & when blasting twisties at high speeds you might notice it is a bit spongy compared to something like my other two bikes.

Otherwise this is a darn good bike with amazing brakes when it came out & STILL tops in stopping power PLUS having a nice mid-range engine that most of the other 600s do not bar the Kwacker ZZ-R600.

Lastly the ONLY things I have put on the bike are Kevlar front brake lines, but I do that to all bikes, & some protection to the petrol tank.

May I suggest that you purchase a Battery Tender & make full use of it? True this is a brand name & the bike came with gel batteries & same for my other two bikes & my '91 Mazda truck. Still this bike is still with its original battery of '97 thanks to the Battery Tender. I plug it in each time I come home & even in the winter months I do the same & do NOT bring in the batteries into my home though it is cold up here in the winter months.
 

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Congrats on the bike and welcome to the family:twofinger

Smitty pointed out a few excellent points, namely non-R6 Yamaha sport 600 + scoffed paint keeps would-be thieves away. I know that I don't have to worry about my Bandit getting stolen because it is not nearly as sexy as GSXR or R6 or what not, plus plastics and paint show obvious signs of being dropped, even if only upon close inspection. The more you ride the bike around, the more likely you are to feel more confident on it. Which most likely lead to being less than 100% careful getting out of parking lot, and she will earn her first battle scars then. It's OK, really. Just like Smitty said.

I think most riders with some experience will agree with me that in the very beginning the sense of confidence on the bike comes much sooner than the evidence to support it. I had a hard time admitting to myself that I was riding harder than I should have been after the first few weeks on the bike, even though I had read about the concept on this board. I guess that's just human nature or testosterone causing that. Just try to keep that in mind, anyway.

Oh, and definitely get thyself a battery tender. I ruined my battery the first winter in the garage. Cost of the tender is way less than the cost of new battery. That shit works, man.

Also, before you start spending money on aftermarket parts for the bike, spend a few on protective gear, if you have not already. I don't get the people who would complain about how expensive the gear is, yet they spend hundreds of their hard earned dollars on things that make their bike LOOK and SOUND different, leaving themselves vulnerable to even the slowest get-off. I only had a small patch on my palm that ever got road rash, but it stung for two weeks! Yes, I got gloves and other gear shortly after that!
 

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fogging?

My day 2 question; any tricks to keep your faceshield from fogging? Other than just opening it?

Thanks for all the advice so far, I appreciate it!
 

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I had a fog shield from fog city. It glued on to the back of the visor. It definetly stopped any fog from forming, even in the worst (rain) conditions. However it gave the visor that plexiglass haze. It wasnt really noticable during the day, but at night it was a real pain in the ass.
 

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R.E.I. Fer sure. Garts maybe? They use the stuff on Mt. Everest. Ski shops?
 

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Forgot one thing that is a MUST & that is a set of frame sliders/savers of what anyone wants to call them. They are cheap, easy to mount, for no cutting away the fairing to bolt them on, like some of the later makes & models, & BELIEVE ME they more then pay for themselves the first time you bike is accidently knocked over when in a parking lot or a minor prang at a nil pace, stall or such.
 

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here's the update

You all probably guessed what this update is for, one week on my bike 1000 miles and I decided I was ready to try wheelies, I wasn't...

On an empty road, practicing wheelies and I looped it while going about 50 mph. I went down there to specifically to practice so I had all my gear on. I'm completely fine, only have about a 1/2 inch cut on my finger, not even a single bruise on my body after rolling and tumbling almost 100 ft down the road. Bike is probably totaled, having insurance is comforting (I have state farm, anyone have any experience with them in a crash as far as treatment, rate hikes ect...?).

Lessons learned: Wheelies come after 1 year, not 1 week. Gear is good. Still can't wait to get back on a bike. Gear is really, really good.

20/20 hindsight... Should have put the stunts on hold, should have been with a friend.

pics coming soon, hopefully I'll be back on a bike within 2 weeks.

By the way.... this is me :squid:
 
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