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Old 05-23-2007, 11:01 AM   #1
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GSXR-600 Starter bike?

Hey guys.

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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Old 05-23-2007, 11:07 AM   #2
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

The dealer is trying to sell you the most expensive bike they have. Pick up a used 750 to make the transition. How long ago was your last ride on a bike?
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

a pretty long time ago, I was real young but I rode almost everyday. Even if the bike was a small CC
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

Wow! 1000cc suggested by the dealer. They must really want you to die.

Anyways If you have proper experience then a 600 would be okay but i always recommend a 500cc or smaller bike for starting riders.

Its better to outgrow your bike than to die trying to get used to your bike.

But then again its just my .02.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:17 AM   #5
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

Ya, when I heard it I was shocked because so many say smaller learning the better
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

otoh, older generation Gsxr's have alot more venom than the k6/7's
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:18 AM   #7
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:22 AM   #8
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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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.
Well I didnt plan on getting a brand new Gixxer, I just dont want to get a small bike as a big guy and feel dicked around on it. But I guess better smaller and dicked around then dead.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:36 AM   #9
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But I guess better smaller and dicked around then dead.
You got that right. if you are concerned that a 250cc would be too small get a gs500. it has plenty of grunt.

just something to consider.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:43 AM   #10
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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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.
+1000

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.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:51 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:52 AM   #12
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:58 AM   #13
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:24 PM   #14
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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.

Good luck! It's not impossible.

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Old 05-23-2007, 12:53 PM   #15
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

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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Old 05-23-2007, 01:36 PM   #16
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

I still can't believe how these dealers love to sell the 1000s as starter bikes, it's amazing they can sleep at night
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:51 PM   #17
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Yea that is pretty ridiculous.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:30 PM   #18
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

get a sv650 ride it for a while, if you didn't have experience i would say get a 250, you can buy a 250 for like 2 grand and sell it for the same if not more
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:33 PM   #19
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oh and dont buy from the dealer
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:32 PM   #20
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Re: GSXR-600 Starter bike?

omg I want to punch that dealer in the face. I have some buddies that work at dealers, and they also race ama and lower level racing. They never suggest anything above 600 or 636 for a beginner.
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