: I receieved a GSXR600 as my first bike as a gift, advice?
02-25-2003, 03:16 AM
I have read all over the forum that GSXR bikes are not the way to start off learning. To all those who are kind enough to reply, thanks for doing so... (I understand some may not like that newbies ride 600's for their first so please don't bash on this topic anymore). I got a used, although practically new, 600 as my first bike, and I was wondering if ppl could give me some advice. Yeah i konw that the throttle will have to be played with (very slowly) to get a feel for it, but is there anything else that ppl could recommend. I'm a young rider, and ppl may get pissed if i mention my age, so i'll just say that i'm college bound. Any friendly notes from the kind members at gixxer.com would help this young boy out very much. Thanx much guys. Hope you can help http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/banana.gif <font color="blue"> </font>
02-25-2003, 04:08 AM
have u ever ridden a streetbike before? have you ever ridden a dirtbike before? if you answer no to these two questions, then u need to know how everything works first then go and practice on a closed off street or empty parking lot and just learn how to balance the bike. i think this is the hardest part about learning. trying to keep your balance and be able to ride at very slow speeds.if you can turn and maneuver at very slow speeds then it will be a piece of ake at higher speeds. if you read the thread at the top of this page about 1st bike not being a streetbike, u will find a few stories from guys who started with a 600.like me. i learned on a dirtbike for a week, then on a 955i Daytona streetbike for 2 weeks, then bought my 99 gsxr600 and iv had it for about 3 months and have ridden about 2.5k miles and i have no regerets about being my first bike. i just made sure i practiced a whole lot before i went around town and on long trips. i live in the country area so there are alot of open,empty roads. anyways, practice practice practice, and good luck.
o yeah, everyone will tell u this too- get some good gear and wear it. that is cliche as hell but it is very neccessary and might save your ass.
02-25-2003, 04:18 AM
http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/applause.gif http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/applause.gif Thanks Much for the advice. I really appreciate it. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/applause.gif http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/applause.gif
The only experience I've had so far is on a CRB old school honda. I think that's what it was... http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/bash.gif Of course, I plan to practice mucho lots with it in empty non traffic areas. I got the gear, and i plan to use it. Thanks again for the help. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
02-25-2003, 06:45 AM
In NSW Australia learner riders are made to ride bikes with a power to weight ratio of 100KW per tonne and compulsory training is required and for good reason. The fatality rates for riders went down dramatically when this was brought in.
The 600 you have is very powerful and requires a lot of respect. I suggest you at least do the MSF course to familiarise yourself with the bike and it's dynamics.As gixxer600 said slow speed riding on a sportsbike is tricky and much practise is required so you don't look like an ass if you drop it. Anyone can go fast on a bike but slow speed maneuvering requires skill.
When in traffic ride as if you are invisible as this is sometimes exactly what you are to car drivers who fail to look out for bikes. Always head check when changing lanes, overtaking etc and always scan the road for cars, road works, pot holes, dogs, kids etc.
When cornering I suggest you follow the slow in, (relatively) fast out approach as overshooting a corner is something even experienced riders can do when they forget they are on a road and not at the track.
Riding a bike is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you can do so have fun but take it easy, get training and practise, practise, practise and before you know it you will be the one giving advice to newbees.
02-25-2003, 02:13 PM
I started on a 600cc as well, and at about the same age. I would recommend taking a safety course(MSF) to learn all the basics the right way(plus you get a discount on insurance). And if you know anyone who rides have them come to the open area where you practice and watch you and give you tips. Also you can learn a lot from simply reading all the info on this site. Use the search feature to look up any questions you have, I'm sure most of them have been answered at some point or another. You'll have a blast on that bike just make sure to ride within your comfort level. If you ride in a group and they start pushing it, make sure you let them know you can't keep up with that pace. Most should understand... -Dana
02-25-2003, 05:54 PM
Thanks much for the advice guys, yeah i plan to do a lot of parking lot training by myslef before i hit the streets. I did thake the MSF course b/c it is required for those of us under 21 to get endorsed for a license. I'm glad that there are others that can shed some light on my situation. I do hope to be dishing out advice sooner or later, probably later, but i will be working the bike with no one around for 100 yrds in any direction until i feel that I can control it. I do have much respect for the bike. Thanx ausgixxer600 and -Dana (post below)
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02-25-2003, 07:42 PM
Welcome aboard http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
Now post a picture of yer bike http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/flipa.gif
02-25-2003, 07:46 PM
I started on a 2k Zx-6R just take your time and practice on side streets and parking lots until you really have a good feel for the bike. I'm just now taking my MSF course because i havent yet. Even though i have about 5000 miles on the street (which isnt much) now i still think i can learn more then a few things from the MSF course. I even feel bad for my poor gixxer 1000 I baby the poor thing when i ride it http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif It was used before i got it for occasional track days and is all set up for them.
Good luck on the new bike and don't let your Ego do the driving http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
02-26-2003, 01:34 AM
My first bike was a 97 gsxr 750 i got last summer but i've ridden dirt bikes for a few years and i've ridden my bro's zx7rs.. so after ridin' with the heaviest 750 bike i sat down on this gsxr 750 and it just fit me like a glove.. i'm a small guy only 5'7" and im like 130 lbs i just fly on this bike its hella craziiiiiness! i took me only a couple of months and i was in the front with the rest of em. its fun to ride behind skilled riders too u get to see how they take the curves. everyday u learn something new when u ride either by yourself or with others.. i still consider myself a new rider i don't have the miles or experience or years as some ppl around but i'll get there... just keep at your own pace don't let other riders intimidate u or u might do something stupid and wipeout in a corner... thats what happened to a kid at the end of summer he was tryin' to show off and blaze past us and he wiped out and trashed his bike. so learn from not doin' somethin' stupid like that....
other then that i've been tryin' to scrounge up money to kinda mod my bike out. i already have chopped the fender, removed my front mirrors(gonna install a camera hopefully sometime), got rid of the kiddie reflectors. woo wooOO
aite l8z hmmm LoL this is my 1st post hahahah
Woo WooOOO i'll welcome myself to the site hehehehe http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
02-26-2003, 10:07 AM
hey man im 23 right now my first bike was a 1992 zx7 ninja(i was 18) and man i loved it i had had no prior riddding experiance and i just stuck to my limits slowly i increset my limits and bacame better i has a gsxr600 from june of 2000 to march 2001 and i now have a 2002 gsxr750 and a 2002 honda f4i(600) just get to learn the bike and u should be ok ... http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/punk.gif
03-03-2003, 01:44 PM
Yo man, my first bike was a TL1000R, I just sold it and bought a 2001 GSXR-1000, listen to what these guys are telling you. Get the slow stuff down and remeber these two things:
You never have the right of way! Just assume it.
Don't tense up when you are on the bike, you can't react as quickly when you do.
Good luck, keep the shinn http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gify side up!!
03-03-2003, 03:49 PM
Good Insurance http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Take your learning in steps, and slowly work yourself up to higher speeds, Interstate driving is quite different. Don't show off, Don't try to wheelie or speed to impress someone i've seen a lot of guys fall by not following this rule experienced and inexperienced. Keep your equipment well maintained, tires new etc. Avoid heavy traffic areas, like rush hour.and Lastly, don't take on passengers until you have your skills and confidence established. Passengers complicate the equation, make it harder to manuever, and stop. Not to mention, if they get scared they can pull you and make you fall, or if they don't turn in the corners as you do they throw off your center of gravity.
The bike only goes as fast as you make it go..... The more common sense and self-discipline you have.. the less important it will be that you started off with a sportbike.
Welcome Aboard, Have fun and congratulations that was a great gift. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/banana.gif
03-06-2003, 05:03 AM
just dont rush things http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif