Re: TOTALLED 07' Gixxer 1000
You Are Not Listening. Actually, even worse, you are listening, ignoring our best advice, and then asking us to tell you something you want to hear. We will not be telling you what you want to hear, though, because...
You are wrong. If you were listening to the VERY EXPERIENCED (in some cases professional) riders who have told you what they would do in your position, you would be shopping for a 250 or a non-R 600 already.
Your old 1000 is now dead. No matter what you do, you will wind up with a zombie- sure, it's the same bike, but it will be a shambling, stumbling, DEAD version. It will not be the precision instrument imbued with raw power that you fell in love with. It never will be the same again.
Also, if you had truly learned your lesson, you would realize that you Are. Not. Good. Enough. To. Ride. This. Bike....yet. You can learn, if you choose.
Again: You currently lack the skill. Nobody is born with skill, it is earned. The fastest way to learn is on a smaller bike. If you are afraid of riding a small bike because you're afraid of looking like a pansy, guess what? You're a pansy. Don't hide behind a monster machine, buy one you can learn on, and stop posing. Only an ignoramus and/or a sissy lets looks stop them from doing the right thing, and learning properly.
Your next step should be to buy and read Twist of the Wrist 2. Watch the video as well. Apply the lessons inside to every ride, even practice away from the bike.
These are racing machines; learn how to use them properly and they will be SO much more fun than the looks and attention you get just by riding it. Earning the respect of people who have learned how to ride very well is also incredibly rewarding, and is not a shallow, empty kind of feeling. It is the kind of thing that helps children grow into real adults.
Speaking of: Pretending is for children. If you hop onto a full-blown race machine right off the bat, you are pretending you know how to do something you don't. You are a grown child, playing dress-up. There is nothing wrong with starting out on a machine that isn't the fastest, biggest, most famous piece of hardware around. Nobody respects the dude who decides to buy a 'busa one day, then tools around, afraid to lean over and turn.
You've done an outstanding job of keeping your temper, and I think you deserve credit for that. However, you are also ignoring the best advice this whole forum (which is a formiddable place- we are in the presence of very talented and experienced people) has offered you. Either take what has been said seriously, or at some point those who know will have no patience left for you.
You've been very polite and well spoken, and I like that. If you become brave enough to take the advice that is offered and fix your own mistakes, I'm positive you will become a liked and respected member of our little community. Personally, I'd love to see you live long enough for that to happen.
Best of luck to you, whatever you decide to do- hopefully you pick up a practice bike, and learn to wring every ounce of performance out of it before you move up to the Huge Bikes. I promise, smaller bikes are way more fun to ride when you're new, and even after you become a better rider, they never loose their charm. I'd rather wring the guts out of a machine that can barely hit 60 than cling to the grips of a bike that goes 160 on accident, too scared to try anything, any day of any week.
Welp, about to piss on over to the KLR adventure forum due to a change of steed. When I can afford a good GSX-R, I'll be back- I don't have time for fixing rat bikes anymore.
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Last edited by Samantha750; 12-08-2012 at 04:28 AM.
Reason: Read the rules, especially no. 4