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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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2006 Kawi ZX-6R or 2006 Honda CBR600RR?

Hey everyone... I'm going to buy a brand new bike once I get back from BCT in Fort Benning, Georgia for the Army... I was curious what everyone else's opinions were about these two bikes the... 2006 Kawi ZX-6R and the 2006 Honda CBR600RR... It's hard to really know who to believe because they both aren't in the same store so I have a Kawi dealer telling me really good things about the Kawi and bad things about the Honda but the Honda dealer telling me good things about the Honda and bad things about the Kawi... So I figured I could probably just you all more than them since they are just looking for a paycheck instead of looking out for someones life... Thanks in advance everyone...
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sigh...
I must ask the questions: Do you have any riding experience? Is this your first bike?
There, I opened the floodgates...
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Honda more polished, kwak more exciting with a mighty motor. If you are short on experience both wouldn't be a very good starting point but of the two I would trust the honda more.
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certainly not starter bikes.
and 2nd, why are you comparing a zx6r (636cc) with a honda 600rr? kawa makes a 600rr too.
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1. Do you have any riding experience?
2. Is this your first bike?
There, I opened the floodgates...
3. Have you taken the MSF?
4. How many years of driving experience do you have?
5. Do you have gear?
6. If you answered No to #5 - Do you have the money to buy the neccessary gear (helmet, gloves, jacket, pants)?
7. Do you respond well to criticism?

And to clarify, riding a friend's bike around a parking lot or open field doesn't constitute riding experience.

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3. Have you taken the MSF?
4. How many years of driving experience do you have?
5. Do you have gear?
6. If you answered No to #5 - Do you have the money to buy the neccessary gear (helmet, gloves, jacket, pants)?
7. Do you respond well to criticism?

And to clarify, riding a friend's bike around a parking lot or open field doesn't constitute riding experience.

well, his age does say 18, so I think that answers #4.
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well, his age does say 18, so I think that answers #4.
Could be anywhere from 0 to 3, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Anything less than 3 years and I'd shelf the bike idea for a while.
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Don't buy a new bike, plain and simple.

Look into an older mid-90's cbr. They still look great, still have way more power than you're going to need as a newb, and when you drop it, you won't cry.

Price fairings on a 2006 bike. Then price full coverage insurance. Then price gear. I doubt an E-1 or E-2 can really afford all that.
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I'm eighteen also and have been riding street bikes (cruisers and sport) for six years...my parents are brave I guess. Everyone told me to try the older bikes, but they are so much heavier than the newer ones (I'm 5'3" and weigh about 100lbs). I've ridden the 05 CBR600, but I bought the 636...I just liked the feel of the bike better. Trust your own instincts, they're both good bikes. Also, try GMAC insurance.

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5'3 100 lbs.... maybe a pocket bike is the better choice?!?!?
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If you have experience I would take the kwak. It looks great and has an awesome motor while I've heard the honda tends to be a bit heavy.

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I was hopnig this thread would give me some insight as I'm in the same position and am considering those 2 bikes as well as my last choice. As you can tell I am currently a honda guy but I really like the new 636 as well.

Anybody know which bike provides the passanger a more comfortable ride? My girlfriend rides with me a lot and it'll play into my decision.

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I was hopnig this forum would give me some insight as I'm in the same position and am considering those 2 bikes as well as my last choice. As you can tell I am currently a honda guy but I really like the new 636 as well.

Anybody know which bike provides the passanger a more comfortable ride? My girlfriend rides with me a lot and it'll play into my decision.
I can't speak about the kwak, but the in the 600RR's write up at Motorcyclenews.com, they basically said that riding pillion on that bike would not be all that much fun. That's all I can tell you about that...
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Just by looks it seems like the zx would be a better fit for a passanger with its textured seat.

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