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Old 03-22-2008, 11:12 PM   1 links from elsewhere to this Post. Click to view. #1 (permalink)
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So I've read through a thread for new member, thread on not getting 600cc bike as a starter and starting small thread. Great info in all of them, but I am a new rider and I got a 600cc bike. (98 Yamaha YZF600R) Not because I wanted the power, speed etc. I was actually looking for a bike that would do long-distance well and be a mix of sport and touring bike.
Now all this advice is making me nervous and I really want to enjoy that machine and not have it sit in the garage or sell it because of these posts ...

So who here started on a 600cc and had an ok experience with it?

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My BIL did. He dropped it a few times, then crashed when another rider went down on bad tires and he just followed suit - when he could have easily made the corner.
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I have 2 friends that are on 600's as their first, and I had another one.

One of them is perfectly fine on his(F4i), but he just rides it around and cruises, he doesn't go hard or anything at all. The other (600RR) has gone down twice(rear tire slid out and he highsided, the other he was following to close to a truck, truck hit the brakes and he grabbed too much front brake, locked it and lowsided).

The other friend who started on a '07 R6 ended up killing himself. He had probably 1000-2000 miles on the bike(he bought it brand new).
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I know I'm probably gonna get bashed, but I did. 2006GSXR600 first bike, no problems. I had a couple butt hole tightners but still good.
I'm doing my first track day in June @ Road America, should be a good learning expeirance. Just know your limits and don't be stupid that's what I think. And always see your exit.
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RA is my favorite track ever, you should have a blast...some day I'll get around to doing a track day out there. Until then I'll just stick to watching the races.
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Get the FZ6, I did
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I go to the AMAs every year, that's what made me buy a Suzuki.
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My first bike in 28 years was a 600cc.

Keep out of the power band (under 8k rpms) until you get some seat time in.
My bike was new so I just followed the break in rules... mostly.

The MSF class can add years to your life.
99% of motorcycle accidents that only involve the motorcycle are because the rider enters a turn too fast.
Set your speed before you enter a turn. If you enter the turn too slowly... then you get to accelarate more coming out of it.


There is a very, very long list of things to know and learn.
Just treat the bike like a cruiser for awhile. When you decide to open it up a little. Then do so a little at a time. When you go thru turns and wish to go thru faster... go only a little faster.... and think of how you did. Look thru your turn. The bike goes were you look. Always see your exit.
Check your tire pressure EVERYDAY.

After I had about 2500 miles under my belt I was thinking about getting a litre bike.

Now I have over 8,000 miles on my 600cc and I am working on my form. Want to do a better job of setting up a turn.(s)

Get comfortable... But don't get TOO confident TOO qwik.

Get gear. Proper pants, boots, gloves, armor and helmet.
Keep your head clear and ride safe.
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^^ nice
Here is another post with a boatload of info for consideration http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/new...w-members.html
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Thanks for the comments,
I was racing formula cars last year so I will have to dial it down...

Gear: Got a lot of armoured pieces, working on getting track gear
MSF course: done
Track racing beginners course: scheduled 5 months ahead
Will cruise with it then...or dedicate it for the track only...
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I'm also guilty of starting on a brand new 600 as a first bike. No prior riding experience whatsoever. But somehow riding just clicked for me. Took the MSF first even before buying or riding any type of bike; now 2yrs of riding, 2 trackdays (3 more trackdays coming up next couple of months), and regularly hit the twisties to practice and get comfortable.

If you take the right steps, take it slow, practice x 10000, and keep focus on the correct aspects of riding, you should be ok. Not saying you won't crash but its doable to start on a supersport 600.
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Check you tire pressure EVERYDAY.
This is one of the best bits of advice you'll get. I got my 750 just a month ago and had been off bikes for a couple of years before that. So I'd forgotten a bunch of stuff. The last couple of weeks I'd been riding the bike and getting increasingly nervous. The back end felt twitchy and it was getting harder to lean the bike. Then it hit me - tire pressure. So I went down to the local auto parts store, picked up a pencil gauge for $2 and checked - yep 8 psi lower than recommended, front and back. Put in some air and the difference was like night and day. Turns I had been taking at 30 mph I was now taking at 50. At 80 the back end felt sold as a rock.

Order a good tire pressure gauge (digital preferably). In the meanwhile, buy a pencil gauge and check your pressure. Remember - the only thing keeping your bike on the road is that 1 inch contact patch of rubber. You want to make sure it's in perfect shape.
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i bought my gsxr 600 brand new just take it easy im still doing fine just know to get use to the bike and know you can get hurt if u dont respect the bike you will be fine!
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Who started on a 600 and died? Who started on a 600 and wrecked, then left the sport?

Oh, they're not around anymore. I'm sure they'd have a different opinion.
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Who started on a 600 and died? Who started on a 600 and wrecked, then left the sport?

Oh, they're not around anymore. I'm sure they'd have a different opinion.
Shawn Mickelsen. 1984-2006. RIP.

Shawn bought a CBR600 after selling his WRX. He loved to go fast. Shawn took the bike out a little too early in the season.

A car pulled out in front of him and he could not stop or evade.

We think it was his first or second ride on the bike.

If Shawn was here now he might say....

"I was going west on 5th ave. There was still a lot of gravel between the lanes and some spots still had ice.
I was winding up first gear, thinking to myself... shit this thing is fast.
I launched hard into second gear.... damm this thing is fast.

OH FUCK! A CAR.!!! BRAKES!!! OH FUCK________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________.



Shawn want be talking to us anymore. His parents miss him and so do we.
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