Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Motorcycle: 06 GSXR 1000, 03 GSXR 750
Re: For People New To Bikes (First Bike Stuff)
Nice post, Pulse. Sounds good to me. I've been riding since 1983, gone through a few bikes, starting really small. 83 Honda MB5 (50cc), 80something honda twinstar 250, 82 Yamaha Seca Turbo (650cc turbocharged), 97 yamaha yzf 600, 01 gsx/r 1k. I started small and cheap, but it was (like you said) much easier to learn all the other things you need to know. From what I've seen/heard (my opinion) I don't know that I would really recommend any of the new 600cc sportbikes as beginner machines with the possible exception of the yamaha yzf 600r. Even with as forgiving as they are, they can get new riders in over their heads and quick.
Of course, heres where I prove my Squidlyness. I went from a 600 to the 1k, because I wanted a bit more power. I was having trouble keeping up with some of my riding partners (r6, r1, rc51, cbr900 (2),gixxer 600) mostly on the straights, I could close the gap in the corners though. Of course, now that I'm in Fl there are no corners. (Used to live in Maine, some great roads in New England)
So I went and threw down on the 1k. Why, I did this made sense to me then. I didn't want to go from a 600 to one that made 10 hp more. Only suzuki makes a 750. The honda 929 didn't feel comfortable to me. then I looked at the 1K's, the R1 and the mighty Gixxer. The yamaha was just missing something, that I cant place. I tried the 750 and the 1K, they feel the same in sitting on them, and for the $900, I figured what the hell (poser value) and got the 1k.
Hell, I can catch anything in a straight line now, but the corners is where I lose time now (pussy factor?)
All I can say is that a newbie on a 1K is most likely an accident looking for a place...
I've been caught out on the 1K, this has so much potential. Of course, I've never ridden a machine that will do fourth gear power wheelies before, especially one that does it with so little persuasion.
One of my neighbors kids wants a sportbike big time, and I've become #1 on her shit list by getting a new bike, that she now has to hear about. (No, I didn't offer to sell my YZF600 to him) I keep telling him that most of the sportbikes are not for beginners and that he should look at either the gs500/550's or the ex500 ninjas. As they are more forgiving and cheaper in most aspects (insurance, crash repair, etc)
Thanks for the great post. Maybe we can lower the nuber of "CRASHED MY BIKE TODAY" and "ANOTHER BROTHER WENT DOWN" posts.