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December 21, 2008 at 9:54 am #2421AnonymousGuest
I’ve been riding a honda cbr 125 for around 3 months and have racked up quite a bit of experience on the roads commuting to work.
Through a work connection I have been made aware of a bike which is going to be up at auction soon – a 2003 Yamaha R6. The chances are its going to be a steal – and I’m tempted.
Is this bike going to be too much of a step up from a 125cc? Has anyone had experience of this bike as a new rider and any advice?
NickDecember 21, 2008 at 1:15 pm #15370MattParticipant
No experience with the R6 directly… but speaking to a coworker who moved from a Ninja 500 to an R6 (I think, might have been a GSX-R) his comment was that even compared to his 500 it was a whole new world. It responded so much faster, particularly to throttle inputs.
If a super sport is the way you want to go, I’d suggest not selling your CBR125 until after you’ve gotten comfortable with the R6. Keep the CBR for commuting for now, the R6 will be a handful until you are comfortable with it. So keep take it out for parking lot rides, and routes your are familiar with that won’t get you into trouble. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with it, then think about selling the little CBR.
You’ll pretty much always be able to sell the CBR for a pretty penny (well, maybe not in November, but hold on until spring and it’ll be worth more again), and the worst case is you find the R6 to be too much and you sell it (hopefully you get a good deal and can sell it for what you paid.)
Just remember, that is a bike that will bite you, so spend lots of time practicing before taking it out on the wild roads. I also recommend taking the Experienced Rider’s Course as soon as you can, and take it on that bike, not the CBR. I’m assuming you’ve taken the MSF / Gearing-up course already, if not, absolutely do that before getting on the R6.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”December 21, 2008 at 10:10 pm #15372LokiParticipant
He got it prefect, follow his advice.December 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm #15382Clay DowlingParticipant
They don’t sell those here in the U.S., but they look like a hell of a lot of fun. If I can get my wife or my daughter into riding they look like a very cool bike for either of them.December 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm #15445AnonymousGuest
Thanks for the all the help, I’m still undecided – will see how much the R6 goes for on the day.
Matt – if I get the R6 I’ll follow your advice and keep it to the private roads and car parks to begin with – also looking at the Honda CBR 600F which is a bit tamer.
Clay – The CBR 125 is excellent – always starts first time and you can get it up to a respectable 70-75 mph (wind with and down hill!) Its very light but reliable and easy to ride and fun – doesn’t look too bad for a 125 either.
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