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maybe getting an R6 was a mistake? HELP!!!!!
October 17, 2008 at 3:16 am #2261yosamexParticipant
so i have been planning on learning to ride for a while now, and i got a great deal on a 2003 yamaha R6, with steering damper and full micron exhaust system. i have never ridden before, and am planning on learning to ride on this bike. i was given my first lesson on it and stalled it a million times, and had the hardest time doing anything on it, and the fear of flipping the bike really made me nervous. is there any way that i can learn on this bike? any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. i wish i had found this site before i bought the bike. oh well. thanks!October 17, 2008 at 3:31 am #13939megaspazParticipant
practice learning your friction zone. forget about the throttle until you’re comfortable with the friction zone. just power walk. when you do start integrating the throttle, clutch out slowly and roll on the throttle slowly.
Personally, if the bike scares you that much, sell it and get something less scary.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…October 17, 2008 at 3:36 am #13941MunchParticipant
Start SLOW… don’t worry about stalling it…. its not gonna hurt it….and best of all it won’t hurt you. I would SEVERELY suggest taking the Beginners Riders Course. In the mean time… learn your friction point before even trying to get the bike moving.
Start up in neutral…… Squeeze clutch in full …drop it into first….. SLOWLY release clutch until you can feel the pull of the bike… squeeze clutch again, repeat process… This will give your hand and brain an idea and memory of where the “friction” zone is. Once you have that comfortably in your grasp move to another step.
Lets see…. whats it called… the slow race? Elwood seems to be fond of that one… I will let him type it to ya… wouldn’t want to steel the fun.
When not on the bike… just practice with your clutch hand every moment you get.. Count out how slow you need to release your grip on the clutch for it to engage… squeeze and repeat.
Once you get comfortable with the slow race …work yourself up through one gear at a time in a controlled enviroment… parking lots are good, preferrably with no cars.
Get used to turns, ABOVE ALL, in any turn make sure your throttle hand is controlled and relaxed, con’t let your first left hand turn be a bad example of why this is important.
TAKE IT SLOW!!!!!! There is no one timing you or pushing you but YOU (atleast that matters enough to risk your safety and the latter will even have to learn to deal).
OH YEA… remember the exagerrated hand movements everyone demonstrates while explaining their stories…. forget about it. …. get to know the sensitivity of your throttle.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hOctober 17, 2008 at 4:34 am #13945briderdtParticipant
I gotta agree with megaspaz. Being that afraid of it isn’t a good thing.October 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm #13957
Live and learn right? At least you know you need to be cautious with that R6. My brother has that bike and he told me it is not for beginners which is me. So, I think you should definitely take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class and possibly keep the R6 but in the meantime get a crappy ass 250 from somewhere and ride it around for a few months, then get back on your R6 and see how it feels. I think you would enjoy riding much better when you are not scared of your bike. Whatever you decide, take care, ok!October 17, 2008 at 7:49 pm #13963AnonymousGuest
I think you’re crazy buying this for a first bike (and I’ve been riding daily for years).
Sell it and buy something more appropriate before you kill yourself.October 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm #13965
Regarding the post above: “STUPID PURCHASE – I think you’re crazy buying this for a first bike (and I’ve been riding daily for years).Sell it and buy something more appropriate before you kill yourself.” – by ANONYMOUS – how typical.
The original poster already admitted that he/she made a mistake so that wasn’t a very nice way to put it.
It was not a stupid purchase because he/she didn’t know any better at the time.October 17, 2008 at 8:35 pm #13969AnonymousGuest
I’m not “nice” and I don’t see anything wrong with calling a spade a spade.
Anyone with an ounce of sense can see that a race bike (which is what an R6 is) would not be suitable for a beginner.
Anyway, I’m done with this post, so do your worst, I won’t be reading it.October 19, 2008 at 4:57 am #13993yosamexParticipant
thank you guys for all your comments…..just an update: i found a crappy kawasaki 250 for cheap and i’m going to be learning on that, and i’ve stored the R6 until i am a skilled enough rider. thanks again!October 19, 2008 at 6:47 am #13995megaspazParticipant
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…October 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm #13999JimParticipant
Hey watch the crappy Kawasaki 250 comments….I ride a crappy Kawasaki 250!!.. Just kidding I know what ya mean, Good move on getting a lower CC bike to learn on. Six months on the 250 will give you the confidence and skills to get you back on the R6 with confidence.October 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm #14000ShiftyParticipant
I was in a Suzuki dealership the other day and the guys were trying to get me to buy this 2008 R6. Since it was a clearance model they were willing to make me a screamin deal. Luckily I had read enough to know I should just laugh and walk away. Good luck with the 250, you’ll learn quick and be on that R6 in a flash!October 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm #14003AmorylParticipant
yeah the dealerships are really eager to sell you a bike that’ll kill you, all in the name of a bigger commission. once you ride it off the lot, if you die a quarter mile later, they still get paid. I think its what would keep me from being one of those dealers…I couldn’t bring myself to sell a brand new rider something that had a better chance than not of killing them the first time they made a mistake. I know some people learn on these, and some people actually do very well, our Rannette here sounds like he’s making great headway on his ducati. but for me, the risk’s just not worth it. let me learn on a small bike, ride the hell out of it for a while, and then move up if I choose.
dealerships are not your friends.October 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm #14065
That’s awesome that you found a 250 to use until you get some experience! Have fun!October 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm #14066Clay DowlingParticipant
You’ll have a lot of fun on that smaller bike anyway. They aren’t designed for the high performance, but little bikes are fun for just tooling around on. You’ll enjoy the maneuverability and the quick response that the lighter machine gives you.
A friend of mine rides a VTX 1800, and he still keeps a 250 around. He used it to teach his wife and his daughter to ride on, and he has fun playing around on it himself. Our local high school has a pretty nice driver’s training course, and he’s been known to take it over there for some fun.
Come to think of it, maybe I should see if he wants to sell that bike. Could be a lot of fun.
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