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post #41 of 98 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 10:22 AM
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My first bike was a 1969 Srambler 350. It was great wasnt fast enough to get me in trouble, and I learned how to counter steer and lean in corners. I did that for about 6 months. Then I bought a used 03 GsxR600 and now I ride better then if I just went out and got the 600( I did drop the 600 with in the first 2 weeks, two grand later its nice again).
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post #42 of 98 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 07:20 AM
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I've had a gsxr600 for six months now. Its an excellent bike and won't bite you if you respect it. It's steering damper stops it shaking its head over bumps. Just take it easy to start with and you'll soon get used to it
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Some great advice and great info.
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I bought a 04' GSXR 600 for my first bike. Not my first street bike, MY VERY FIRST EVER, NEVER BEEN ON ONE BEFORE BIKE! That was freakin' crazy. I didn't think it would be any worse than jumping aout of an airplane at 130mph at 800ft at midnight with a chute someone else packed, but it was. Very quickly, I gained respect for my 103hp beast! I have had it for about 6 months and had put about 4000 miles on it. I was taking it slow, and learning proggressively. Then I was deployed to Iraq. 6 months later I came home for a 2 week R&R. I had only been home about 4 hours, and I had only been on my bike for like 6 minutes. Yes, thats right the 'prodigy child' as my friends call my was in over his head. Turns out a Semi-truck driver can't see a tiny blue/white gsxr going a 110mph, and will pull out in the road at will. So I had a choice to make while I was slamming on the brakes. Hit the semi or aim for the ass end of the semi and slide off into the gravel.(NOTE: I had decided not to wear my leathers that day 'cuz' it was hot.) I took # 2 'cuz' decapitation was not a risk I was willing to take. SO THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: LEARN PROGGRESSIVELY AT A PACE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH. DONT PUSH YOURSELF TO LEARN TOO FAST. THAT WILL CAUSE NOTHING, BUT BAD TECHNIQUE. I AM A NOVICE RIDER ON A GOOD DAY. IF YOU ANLY DO WHAT YOU ARE CONFIDENT IS WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES, RESPECT THE BIKE, AND APPRECIATE THE DANGERS YOU WILL BE FINE. STEP OUTSIDE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF LOOKING UP FROM THE SPEEDOMETER INTO A WORLD OF HURT! BE SAFE AND GOD BLESS
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I bought a 04' GSXR 600 for my first bike. Not my first street bike, MY VERY FIRST EVER, NEVER BEEN ON ONE BEFORE BIKE! That was freakin' crazy. I didn't think it would be any worse than jumping aout of an airplane at 130mph at 800ft at midnight with a chute someone else packed, but it was. Very quickly, I gained respect for my 103hp beast! I have had it for about 6 months and had put about 4000 miles on it. I was taking it slow, and learning proggressively. Then I was deployed to Iraq. 6 months later I came home for a 2 week R&R. I had only been home about 4 hours, and I had only been on my bike for like 6 minutes. Yes, thats right the 'prodigy child' as my friends call my was in over his head. Turns out a Semi-truck driver can't see a tiny blue/white gsxr going a 110mph, and will pull out in the road at will. So I had a choice to make while I was slamming on the brakes. Hit the semi or aim for the ass end of the semi and slide off into the gravel.(NOTE: I had decided not to wear my leathers that day 'cuz' it was hot.) I took # 2 'cuz' decapitation was not a risk I was willing to take. SO THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: LEARN PROGGRESSIVELY AT A PACE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH. DONT PUSH YOURSELF TO LEARN TOO FAST. THAT WILL CAUSE NOTHING, BUT BAD TECHNIQUE. I AM A NOVICE RIDER ON A GOOD DAY. IF YOU ANLY DO WHAT YOU ARE CONFIDENT IS WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES, RESPECT THE BIKE, AND APPRECIATE THE DANGERS YOU WILL BE FINE. STEP OUTSIDE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF LOOKING UP FROM THE SPEEDOMETER INTO A WORLD OF HURT! BE SAFE AND GOD BLESS
Amazing story dude. Too bad you had to learn the hard way. You should post your story elsewhere on the site. Unfortunately not too many people read these sticky threads, and your experience will be helpful to noobs.
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Outstanding! Thanks for taking the time!
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I'm new to the boards here and have so far found everything to be quite informative. I am looking for some feedback as I am in the process of procuring a '97 GSX-R 600. It will be my second bike as I have been paying my dues on a Ninja 250 for about 9 months now. I have ridden it at least three days a week for the past 9 months through snow, rain, and sunshine, however, I have yet to take the MSF course. I hope to do so soon. Given my history as a 20 year old rider, am I making a big mistake by moving up to a 600 at this point in my riding "career"? Thanks.

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I'm new to the boards here and have so far found everything to be quite informative. I am looking for some feedback as I am in the process of procuring a '97 GSX-R 600. It will be my second bike as I have been paying my dues on a Ninja 250 for about 9 months now. I have ridden it at least three days a week for the past 9 months through snow, rain, and sunshine, however, I have yet to take the MSF course. I hope to do so soon. Given my history as a 20 year old rider, am I making a big mistake by moving up to a 600 at this point in my riding "career"? Thanks.

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Don't worry about moving up. You're way ahead of the game already. Beleive it or not, some people actually feel the need to START on 600, even 750s and 1000s.
Your experience on that 250 is an excellent background. I suggest taking the MSF course, THEN get whatever bike you want.
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Thanks for the quick feedback. The people on this site have been nothing but helpful since I got here. Any other instructions about moving on up to a 600 (the east side) that would summarize the 18 1/2 pages of newbie threads that I read this afternoon?

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fragg good right up,rukus you too.

i think everyone says tat they will do all that but i think in reality theyll just do what they feel comfortable.

ihavent got a bike nor do i know how to ride one honestly. the approach im gonna take is take my course,have my father or a biker friend bring it home for me since my block is a dead end,ill just go up and down there till ifeel confident to go around the block.till you now driving around the nieghbor hood then city.i like to read this forum and honestly out of the 10 car forums im on this seems to be the best forum in general more usuful.i plan on reading all of the saftey right ups whether its gear or maneuvers.
im about 5'7 210 im not big but im far from small im going to get a 600 or bigger because ill be paying payments. i want something heavier so itll be heavier for me to pull up.

i plan on learning not with confidence but i dont wanna be scared the only thing worse than someone too cocky is someone to scared.
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I bought my bike on 8/6/05, 2 weeks ago. I bought a GSX-R 750. I've wanted that bike since I was 12 (I'm 28 now btw). I've never ridden a bike before in my life. Regardless of what people told me, I figured you can crash a 500cc bike just as easy as a 750cc bike. So I bought it anyways. I don't think it has anything to do with the bike, but it has everything to do with the driver. So when I bought my bike, I didn't even have my permit (I just got it last Thursday). So I had my brother-in-law, who btw is a CHP on a bike, take it home for me. When I got home I asked him how do I ride? He gave me a whole shit load of instructions, how to change gears, how to take off, etc etc...So I took of on my first drive in my neighboorhood minutes after I bough it, stalled it and layed it down. I didn't fall, but the bike fell and I was holding onto the handgrips all the way down, so I didn't scratch the body, but scratched some black metal part at the bottom and a small scratch on the mirror and handgrip.
It was okay, I lifted my bike back up, and jumped back on and tried again. I've laid it down 3 times, only when I stalled it. But I haven't stalled it since the 2nd day I had my bike. I broke the shifter on it one of those times, so I drove to the dealership, paid $65 for a new shifter, went back home, fixed it, and jumped back on.
Once I got my permit, I hit the streets. I've been riding on the streets for past week now. I've read the motorcyle riding tips that came with the bike, and follow on the instructions to a T. My brother-in-law helps out a lot too. I call him up for tips almost everyday asking how I should do certain things. I'm not afraid to ask questions, and I'm not embarrased that I'm a newb. When I bought my bike I bought a Shoei helmet, and a really good jacket with pads on the shoulders and elbows, it says GSX-R on it and everything. Very cool riding jacket. Very cool helmet, and some very good gloves. I think I may have gone overboard with the gloves because they have like this thick knucle protection on them, they look like gloves for pro racers. But I don't care, I want to protect myself with the best gear. I need to buy some pants and I'm good, cause I already have boots too. I'm wearing thick jeans for now. I though that was enough, but after reading and seeing all these things, I've decided I really need pants and am getting some this weekend before I ride again.

The bottom line is that on a 500cc I can go 100MPH with a T-Shirt and shorts and eat it and spend a few months in the hospital. But I'm not like that. My dream was to have a GSX-R750, and I ride it with a good riding jacket and a good helmet, and I follow all the laws and posted speed limits. I am going to the MSF school on Sept. 30th. I wanted to go earlier, but that's the only spot they had avialable.
I appreciate all the tips that are given in the forum. And I don't play with my skin, or my life. My job is based on commision, and everyday I miss from work I pretty much loose $1,000! So I don't plan on playing on my 750. I have a lot of respect for my bike, for my paycheck, and for my life.
I think that regardless if you are a newb with an 1100, or have been riding since you can walk and have a 500, you always have to be safe.
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you want to do exactly what was said in the long above post by Frag , i think its always best to start on a 600 because you learn how the bike works , rides and leans and learn about yourself as a rider and maintaining it. in a couple of years you can sell it and go to a you guessed it a 750, now you got a new bike and it almost all the same except for motor size. you ride the 50 well and throw it around in all the twisties and smash through the straights, in a couple more years you'll be ready for a 1000, there is no fun in buying a 1000 right away because you're just learning. also get a bike that is not nessessarily old but something you wont cry over if you drop in a parking lot or highside around a corner. this was advice my dad gave me growing up. i have a 2002 gsxr 1000 now and i've been riding 10 years , my first bike was a vespa 250 , as queer as that sounds , then i had an ugly ninja 500, slow as hell , then an R6 , then a gsxr 750 and then a cbr 900 and now a gsxr 1k. by far i think i'm a better rider because i learned how to ride on smaller slower bikes to learn how they react to real world conditions and now that i have my first liter bike which was 2 years old when i got it mind you not brand new i look back and thank my dad. there's no way i could've hopped aboard a gsxr 1k after getting my license , just now way. hope this helps.
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That is one of the best statements I've read on here yet!!!!

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Enjoy the MSF class and have fun riding!! Rash is no fun, so I'm glad you're already talking about gear! It's hot in the summer, but it beats skin graphs by a million times!!

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You should post your story elsewhere on the site. Unfortunately not too many people read these sticky threads, and your experience will be helpful to noobs.
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I made a little website about bike stuff, it has a newbie and a riding tips page. it also has a consumables page that has a bit about gear.

Maybe it will help

www.bikesetup.com
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Blah Blah Blah...!
The above Quote took up too much room...Heehee


Now im all for riding safe and what not, hell, i bought a katana for a first bike, but c'mon, 10hours of stopping and starting? Have your instructor turn the bike around for you? Its riding a bike not a gad damn Shuttle landing.
That's Funny. It never occured to me to not turn the bike around myself.
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All Kidding aside...I think this is a good thread. It has a lot of useful advise. A lot of it my mentor/instructor has already told me, but it's always good to hear it again.
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Good luck on riding. I remember the first time I got on a motorcycle I thought I would never learn to NOT stall. Its second nature now, just be careful always look for idiots and people not paying attention. Learn your machine and respect it. Believe me I have to reread my own post and take my own advice cause.
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I thank every person that took their time to post 2 cents on this thread and any other place I have yet to find. I have just bought my first bike. And I mean FIRST bike... I have never ridden any type of bike, only an ATV for hunting. I now ride (or rather am always learning to ride) a 2006 Silver GSX-R 600. This is now my baby, although it seems to have more balls than I will ever hope to use. I have all the gear and all the bike I need but now I need the experience and help from all of you.

Every minute you spend typing one more piece of advice or story of experience is a life long lesson I and other new riders can hope to learn from. I thank you all for your time. As well as any unfriendly or hurtful experiences you must have undertaken in order to make my life easier and less painful.

**Any piece of advice is always worth more than two cents (it could be a life)**
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Hello all,
My name is Dewayne and I have read thru almost all of the post. I am 34 and have been driving a stick since I was 17. My first Bike is a 2006 GSXR-1000 bought on 7 July 2006. I am in the army so the MSF course was free. I took it 7 days after getting the bike. The first bike i ever rode was a CBR 900 and that was just around the block a few times on the 4 july 06 One thing I was looking for but didn't see was a recommendation for a book. The name of the Book is Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch. This book helped me really understand the art of riding. I got my bike on 7 July 06 and have so far put 3000 miles on it. I ride everyday that the weather is nice and back and forth to work (about a 50 mile round trip). I have a Captain in my unit that rides sport bikes and has over 2000 miles of track time. So i look to him for advice. I will be taking a motorcycle race course in the spring. It will only cost about 300 or so dollars. All I can say is never ride above your limits. I ride with a lot of guys that do willies and all this crazy stuff but i never feel the urge to do it . That little thing called death is a factor. I have talked to two guys that i ride with and both have crashed. One hit a car backing out in front of him and one lost it in a curve on loose gravel. When I asked did you see the car backing out he told me YES BUT I THOUGHT THEY SAW ME. Never assume that someone sees you and always look for the worse to happen this will help to keep you alert I think. And the loose gravel, always think that normal roads are bad and have gravel in the curves so you will always expect it even if it is a nice and clean curve or road way. I don't have a lot of ridning experience as far as years go but I am taking things at my own pace and learning something each time I ride.

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