I think I made my decision on my bike…
May 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm #2798
i think I want a 08 gsxr 600 cause it has the drive mode selector abc and I think ill start on c mode then progressively move to b then a as I get better with time and practice or maybe a gsx650f. I don’t want a ninja 250 or 500! makes no need for a them ill get bored with it in 3 days . then have to go with the hassle of selling and ill stay with the 600 for a long time!May 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm #18262
you are sooooo gonna kill yourself. regardless of a, b, or c mode, gsxr 600 is not a beginner bike. no bike that can be called a RACE bike is suitable for beginners. and saying youll get tired of a 250 or 500 in 3 days is absolutely ludicrous. the 500 can do 120mph and has a proven engine.
people like you are exactly what this site is trying to PREVENT. read the article called “Why 600ccs is too much!” on this site, should be on your right.May 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm #18263briderdtParticipant
I still call troll BS.May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm #18264
what about that gsx650f?May 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm #18265CandiceParticipant
You want a sport bike but you don’t want a Ninja, eh? Well, I have to agree with Weapon Zero that your chosen bike is not a good choice for a beginner. Sorry, I know that’s not what you want to hear but maybe you should think about it some more. Hey, I wanted a Triumph Bonneville right off the bat so I totally understand, but I came to my senses because of this website.
My advice is don’t be in such a hurry to have the coolest dream bike, the way I thought about it was, I am going to buy a brand new Triumph which was like $9000.00 and what if I drop it or get in an accident and then it’s scratched up and dented – I would have been PISSED OFF. So I got a used thing with a lot less power and I’m going to ride it into the ground and it is plenty to handle.
You will not get bored of your 250 or 500 in 3 days, trust me. Please rethink you decision. Plus, I have heard of people buying these nice sport bikes and then being afraid of their own power and they end up storing it and buying a 250!
Good luck, I’m sure others will have lots to say on this.May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm #18266
trust me when i say the 500 will be good enough and wont get boring any time within 2 years of buying it. if you think otherwise youre a fool.May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm #18267
agreed. IMO the suzuki DR-Z400SM is the perfect beginner bike, and is loads of fun that never gets old. I’d trade my SV for one if i could.May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm #18269SantaCruzRiderParticipant
but you sure aren’t giving yourself much competitive advantage.
Personally, I don’t have a big issue with beginning riders who buy GIXERs, just like I don’t have an issue with people who smoke a pack a day in their own homes or drink themselves blind every night (in their own homes). They all drive up my health insurance rates, but whatever, it’s part of the price of organized society.
But I do have to wonder about folks that come to this site, read the posts and articles and then conclude that the GIXER or Duc is the perfect beginner bike for them. I have to assume it’s a cry for help and you’re hoping someone will talk you out of it. Otherwise, you’d probably just go buy it and be done with it.
I truly do hope that this all works out for you. Take it real slow, and don’t be deluded into thinking the drive-mode selector is a safety feature.
Also keep in mind that you’ll find plenty of “I beat the odds and learned on a GIXER” stories on the web, but you’ll never see the balancing “my first bike was a GIXER and I died in my first year riding” or “I was a newbie who bought a GIXER and now I’m in the hospital paralysed.”
Hope you beat the odds.May 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm #18274bigguybbrParticipant
Jojo, the world is not going to end in a terrible nuclear winter if you get a GXR 600…
That said I don’t think it’s a wise decision. It’s going to be a year or 2 before you can ride to the point where the difference between a 500 and a 600 super sport will be apparent. I’m happy to see you didn’t ask again if a cbr 1000 was ok for a really careful beginner. If you heart is set on the 600cc range, there are some tamer versions that will get you by for a long while.
So yes it’s a pretty bike, and yes it is a very good bike that a lot of people like, so maybe thats something to look for in your future. Face the fact that you just passed MSF’s beginning course, so take it easy and give your skills a chance to develope. You’ll learn more by making a slow bike go fast than by taking a fast bike and trying to tame it to regular roads.May 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm #18285briderdtParticipant
“Jojo, the world is not going to end in a terrible nuclear winter if you get a GXR 600…”
Neither will it end in a terrible nuclear winter if he kills himself riding said gixxer…May 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm #18288EliasParticipant
If his heart is set, then there’s hardly anything WE can say. But for the record, I’d never ride with a beginner on a shiny new GIXER. So if you have friends that are promoting this decision, well, it seems that they don’t care about you as much as some strangers on a forum. Do your research and figure it out: from the right mindset it’s a bad call, and we shouldn’t have to explain it to you. Get an SV or the 650R if you’re too cool for sub-600’s. Personally, I’m with SCR in that IDC what you get, but I’m definitely not going feel bad for you when your next thread is “Lucky to be alive.” Good luck on finding your way, and no matter what bike you get, be smart & be safe. Don’t give in to the powerband.May 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm #18296
what about the sv650 sf?May 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm #18299
any bike with a race-oriented seating position (clip-ons instead of handlebars, rearsets, leaned forward riding position) will be harder for a new rider to get the hang of because the seating position hinders low speed handling maneuvers (which is the hardest thing for newbies to grasp) but boosts control at higher speeds (as in in excess of 100mph). the sv650sf is more toned down than the gsxr600 to be sure but still suffers from that one drawback. it shouldnt be too much of a problem though but remember one thing about supersport bikes: THEY WERENT MADE FOR THE STREET! they were made for the track and sacrifice normal street speed performance, or even faster than legal street speed performance, for ludicrously fast street speed performance. to buy a bike such as a gsxr600 if you plan on riding it on the street and not the track is just, well, stupid. sorry but it is. youre not in their powerband riding at normal street speeds and youre not at the speed they were designed to be running at.
bikes like the sv650, however, were made for it.May 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm #18300
so is the sv650 a good choice? for a first bike and i was looking at the gs500f but i like the sv better….May 10, 2009 at 12:25 am #18304SantaCruzRiderParticipant
I could be wrong, but my read of the advice given on this site regarding the SV650 is that it might be a good first bike for someone who’s has some experience on small bikes, is level headed and who has their ego well in check.
Does that feel like a good description of yourself?
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