Looks like from your signature you have made your mind up.Justizzle said:msf course is like 2 hours away , i was thinkin this might be dumb but i have been riding dirt bikes for a few years now and i didnt know if that would help me out riding a real bike.
dont get me wrong thats what i want but im still thinking about gettin somethin smaller. whats a good looking bike and would be good for me to start on?ZeuSeason said:Looks like from your signature you have made your mind up.
From one newb to another, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING! You are 17, absolutely no road experience, and you are going to jump on an R6 thinking with a little dirt bike experience you will be ok. I think the ONLY thing you have going for ya is you are in NC and assuming it is anywhere near were I lived, there are some deserted roads out there that you will be riding most of the time. That takes alot out of the equation. And, when you do eat shit, you'll just slide off the road into a field instead of traffic.
Very, very good post man. People get defensive right away when they get jumped on about bike choice. Again, good post, wish I had listened to #1 :chair .firefighter81 said:Ok, here goes....you might not like some of the answers you are going to receive in this thread, but try to have an open mind
1) You don't need an R6 as a first bike, you don't have the skills developed to properly handle that bike in emergency situations yet. If you are willing to change, get a Ninja EX500, I know they aren't the prettiest bikes but you will become an even better and faster rider learning how to ride on it vs the R6. However, I understand wanting to have a "cool" bike, so if you do get the R6, just be careful, I can't say much more.
2) Just a helmet is never enough gear. At least get some kind of armored jacket, leather is preferable. As you get better and decide to do some harder riding get leather pants with armor that zip to your jacket to form a suit. At a minium I would say: SNELL approved helmet, nice protective gloves, sturdy over the ankle boots, and some kind of armored leather jacket. You can go from there depending on your riding style. Just please don't be one of the guys we all make fun of who is going down the street wearing a T-shirt and shorts and sandles.
3) As far as riding tips TAKE THE MSF SAFETY COURSE! It will teach you basic skills that are needed to ride on the street. Do alot of slow manuevering practice in parking lots to get comfortable with your bike and how it handles. Once you do start riding on the street, don't try to keep up with your faster friends, and don't try any stunts like wheelies/stoppies until you can control the bike VERY well on 2 wheels.
Most of all, enjoy riding for the ride, if you want to be a poser at your local bike night, fine, just enjoy every second of the ride, don't just ride to be "cool" it takes all the fun out of it. Also I noticed you didn't list your age, which can be a very big factor in what bike you get because of insurance. If you are under 25, a new rider, with a couple minor blemishes on your record, good luck getting coverage on an R6. Get insurance quotes from a few places before you buy the bike.
So what does everyone think? I finally decided not to jump on a newbie's case and try to give sound advice :lol Am I getting better at this whole thing?
I didn't mean to come accross so rash. I really think a good looking bike, that makes a good starter bike, and is very comfortable for a new rider is the GS500 from Suzuki.Justizzle said:dont get me wrong thats what i want but im still thinking about gettin somethin smaller. whats a good looking bike and would be good for me to start on?
I chose the FZ6 as my beginner bike and I am glad I did. It is a great bike, a bit heavy for a smaller rider, and really sticks to the pavement great during corners and accelerating. One thing I have to say to a new person is Throttle Control. Extremely important on the FZ6 cause this inline-4 will run hard with or without you in the saddle. I'm glad I have 10+ years experience on the road tho cause it gave me a chance to fine tune those critical life saving skills on this somewhat tricky bike. I give it a Best Bang for the Buck.fz6Lovin said:Suzuki GS500 is a nice looking bike.. at least better than some.. If you are dead set on an R6 a FZ6 is an alternative. Same engine, just tuned for midrange. Also seems very forgiving on the throttle and very easy to handle.. It is a half-naked bike but you can get a lower fairing and other parts for it to make it look really slick...