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IMO I believe that any one person can safely move up to a 1000 with the proper amount of restraint. I say this because even though a 1000 makes more than enough power for the street at 4000 rpm, it is still very tame at that rpm (is not tame past 8k). As long as that person doesn't have the urge to wrap the throttle back ignorantly they should be fine. But generally as a precaution most will say no, because the average person has a certain curiosity of what that bikes capabilities are. As the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. In this case it killed the noob. As stated anyone "can" move straight to a 1000 from a learner bike, but the learning curve is not forgiving at all. That said If you keep the rpm's low I doubt that using 1/4 throttle at 4000 rpm is going to flip you in the air at 200 mph in first gear, but if not careful it can go from 35 mph at 4000 rpm in first to 90 mph and flip you if your not respectful of the machine and proceed to WOT. The biggest difference in the 600's and 1000's is the torque, on the street many prefer the 1000's because you don't have to exceed the 4000 rpm mark. Whereas with a 600 I'm sure you don't have to ring its neck to go up a slight incline, but a 600's max torque is around 45 ft/lbs at 10,000 rpm where a 1000 makes more that that at the 4k rpm mark. That is where most get into trouble learning with the 1000's. Just my .02 cents.
Okay guys I know you get this a lot but I have a quick scenario for you. I got my first bike last year which was a GS500F and I am selling it soon to upgrade next spring. I was planning on getting either a GSXR 600 or R6. Well I've found a great deal on a '08 CBR1000. I know it's a huge leap in performance but I can tell you(and if you read my name) I'm not out to do wheelies on the highway or go 190 into the City. My concern is... even with a level head will this 1k get me killed? Is the throttle so touchy that I will loose the rear wheel even when I'm not pushing the bike? Any insight will help. Thanks guys. Oh by the way the bike will mainly be used for commuting and some weekend fun.
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