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My first ride on a 600cc street bike...

I figured I'd share one of my experiences for newer riders and for any rider that has thought about letting a newb friend take their bike out for a ride. This story doesn't end up in anything major like a crash or anything exciting but I want to offer the perspective of a complete newb on an intimidating bike.

A few years back one of my buds with a 2000 GSXR 600 let me take his bike for a ride. I believe I was 18 at the time and my prior riding experience only involved beating the crap out of a 50cc bike in middle school and riding a 125cc dirt bike for a few days on a vacation in high school (no street experience). So, it was night time in WI and a few of us were hanging out and my bud offered me to have a go on his Gixxer and I agreed. I was shaking in excitement prior to even sitting on the bike. I did not have my license or temps, don't think I wore a helmet, didn't have any riding gear, might've been shorts and t-shirt. I sat on the bike and right away was intimidated by how wide it was and how heavy it felt. Being kind of scared from the start was not a good thing. Once I got the bike moving I was very surprised how the nice warm night became fairly cold and eyes watering a little bit. I drove as cautiously as possible and eventually made it to a un-populated back road. I had the intention of seeing how fast the bike was. Went through 1st calmly, shifted to 2nd then twisted the throttle nearly all the way and hung on for dear life... the acceleration scared the crap out of me, I never expected the bike to be that quick nor for me to have to hang on like I did. I think the acceleration made me twist the throttle even farther thus me feeling even less in control. Shifted to 3rd and didn't test my luck again, road the bike back.

In retrospect I think I'm very lucky that something didn't go wrong that evening. If I could offer advice to someone that would experience a similar situation as this: If you have little riding experience, don't be cocky or over confident about handling a motorcycle, especially a sport bike. Wear riding gear! Also, don't let your n00b friends take your bike out for a joy ride!

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Never ridden a street bike, take out a gixxer with no gear and try to see how fast it would go...

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^^ +1

not everyone can start out on a 600cc, but some may be able to handle it

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Ya, I was definitely lucky as well as young and cocky at that time. Just sitting on the bike I was intimidated (I don't feel that now on a sport bike but sure did then!) If I had never ridden any kind of motorcycle before I'm sure I would've dumped that Gixxer or something. I knew how to shift and such so that wasn't a big deal but for someone who has never ridden any kind of motorcycle and doesn't understand a manual trans, not a good idea to let them take a 600cc sportbike out.

I'm still a newb (have been riding only since Oct) but my word of advice for anyone intent on starting with a 600cc sport bike and not having ANY riding experience, AT THE VERY LEAST, get some of the very basics down on a smaller bike such as how to shift the trans and balancing a bike. But as many of ya'll have suggested, don't start with a 600cc sport bike!

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not everyone can start out on a 600cc, but some may be able to handle it
No one has the skill to ride a 600 from naught. Regardless of where you think you fall on the foodchain, you do not have the skill to ride a 600 as a first bike.

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I have to agree. There is no place for a person with no exp. on a 600. They are just way to powerful. Good post. I hope that shed some light on kids eyes that want them.

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