I've been researching alot on what would be a good starter bike, I use to ride dirt bikes alot when I was younger so the basic mechanics I have down, its the transition from dirt to street is huge. I don't want to start off too powerful or too light, I mean I dont want a bike I would get bitten by the speed bug and kill myself, but I dont want a bike thats barely creeping along. I visited the dealer, and was told a 1000c bike is fine, as the Gixxxer 1000 has an A , B , C mode in witch you govern speed, but I personally feel my level is at a 600c bike. I would appreciate your opinions as you are everyday riders. I'm around 6'2, 240 and plan on taking the MSF course.
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?
Originally Posted by Cestode
No it's not a good starter bike. A 250 is a good starter bike. Pick one up used, beat the hell out of it for 1 yr and then get something else.
don't start on a supersport bro. you will learn faster and be a better rider in the end if you start on something that is easier to ride. at this point, just work on the basics. you don't need a SS for that. dirtbike experience from childhood in no way prepares you for a SS. the dealer is typical in his approach; they could care less if you kill yourself pulling out from the place... they just want your money.
as suggested, try a GS500 or SV650 to start. ride it for a year, and as long as you don't trash it you should be able to dish it off for about what you paid. then get the SS.
Get the 600. Take a rider course right away. A bike is a bike. A 250 won't do you any favors when you need to move out and get in front. You're more likely to get flattened by a dummy on the phone in an SUV that can easily outrun a 250. Ever see the HP numbers on the new SUV's? These things are churning out in the 200HP range. The Porsche Cayenne turbo is like over 400HP. Still want that 250?. A 600 will give you the power you need. Just take your time and learn to handle it in a parking lot as much as possible.
I learned on a 93 katana 750 which i felt to be great because i couldn't get the front end up at all. I would def get someting a few years old and cheap then sell it and get what you want in a year or two
I started on a 600 and have had no problems YET. I took the MSF and rode several buddies bikes before buying. I am also 28 with lots of things to live for that I think about while riding to keep me responsible. You are 17 right???? At 17 I would have killed myself on a 600. 600's are fast!!!!! Most 17 year olds are no where near responsible to stay out of the trouble the 600 can whip up.
I usually think a 600 is a good starter bike because that is where most I know started out at but not for you dude. Scale it back a little. You have plently of time.
Your dealer should be shut down if they sell you the 1000!!!!!!!!
MOSTLY it comes down to what's in your head. A 600 can kill you just as quick as a 1000. That said, you've probably already made up your mind. I would have normally said 750 but you should get the 600 and spend the extra money on LOTS of gear.
The 600 is my first street bike and its been an absolutely awesome bike to learn on. I have about 10 years of dirt bike experience beforehand so the shifting, braking, acceleration, etc. all felt completely normal and natural.
I say definately go for the 600 if you are really comfortable on a dirt bike. I really dont think its the bike that gets you into a lot of trouble, I think its people not being used to having 1000% situational awareness on the streets, I swear, you need to be able to see 5-10 seconds into the future to ride a street bike.
Go for it, get gear, take it slow. Dont be a Valentino Rossi on Main St.
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