Motorcycle?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by ShagNasty1001, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I've always been interested in motorcycles but never jumped in until now. My car I have now, while all fun to drive and go fast, loooooves to eat up its tank of gas like it hasn't eaten in weeks and it's killing my wallet. So I've been looking into getting a bike to commute to school and work in a much cheaper manner. I've narrowed it down to really three different ones. A Honda CBR600, a Yamaha R1 or R6, and a Yamaha FZ6r. Do any of y'all have any experience with these bikes or which sport bike would you choose/have? Would y'all recommend anything different?
     
  2. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    First off, if you have not taken a motorcycle safety foundation/riding course, please do that first - its never too late to learn something and it could potentially save your life someday. As for a bike, I've had a number of different bikes, offroad, street, etc. These days i ride a dual sport bike because I like to explore - this includes fire/gravel roads as well as regular roads/highways, etc. I still love the exhilaration of going fast, but with all the other hazards on the roads these days (read: soccer moms on the phone, teenagers texting while driving, etc) I am more interested in self preservation - plus I already had my "bad" motorcycle wreck 20 years ago and dont plan to have another...
    I suggest getting a smaller, easier handling bike for starters...then if you decide to stick with riding, you can always upgrade to larger bike as your skills and confidence grows....
    My $.02...
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Buy a cheap beater. You will dump it. Roadrash is an inevitability.
     
  4. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Find a deal on a Buell Blast and beat it up, then after that go ahead and pick up something with teeth...
     
  5. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    +1 on the Blast - bought one for my wife and she ended up not riding it - so i had 2 bikes for a while...kinda wish i kept it - it was a fun little bike for what it was and it was cheap to own and operate
     
  6. cvia

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    I never took a course and had never been on a bike before in my life and never wrecked. It's the other drivers you need to watch for. I had a ZX 6R. All of the super sport bikes get great mpg. Can't go wrong with Honda. Don't bother with a buel. The guys I knew that had them didn't care for them. Belt driven and had a govener. They could never go over 120. Not that we needed to go that fast but it happens. Sold mine when my daughter was born. Now it's all guns!
     
  7. Overkill0084

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    Do you have any street bike experience? If not, take a MSF course. Even if you do have experience, and it's been a few years, take a MSF course.
    Have you ridden any of the bikes on your list? They would not be on my list of bikes for newbs. My back hurts just looking at them. For commuting, comfort matters more than firebreathing performance.
    Buy something cheap & cheerful that you can sell on after a season of getting experienced. I suggest you hunt down a "Standard" bike. Standard meaning a more upright riding position. Check out something like the 2002 & later Triumph Bonneville and its cousins. Easily managed, comfortable, with decent power and more than a bit of panache. Used HD sportsters are pretty common as well. FWIW, Standard bikes and cruisers will very likely be much cheaper to insure than a full tilt sportbike.
    If you must have that kind of big power, check out the "naked" versions of the various sportbikes. Same or similar power without all the plastic, typically with a more realistic riding position.
    Again, take a MSF course before you commit to buying anything.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have been riding since 1979 when I bought my first bike. I did not take an MSF course until I started riding Motors for my agency. The course is a huge skill builder. Skills you never even thought you might need. I have now been to two intermediate MSF courses and a Police Motorcycle Training course put on by Harley Davidson and Northwestern University.

    Take the class and start off small. After a year, move up.
     
  9. MrWray

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    My first bike was a Honda Nighthawk750 back in 2000, it was a nice bike and was easy to operate. I wouldnt advise getting a big bike as your first one, let your skills and experience grow a little bit first. Another good first bike would be something like a yamaha Vstar650
     
  10. MrWray

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    I used to have a Ninja ZX636, it was a badazz ride, sold it a few years ago. I regret it now
     
  11. hmh

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    I am more on the duel sports now. I have a tw200 but the next bike I get I would like it to be a bmw dakar or a gs650. Something to be said for being able to go anywhere and getting 70 mpg.
     
  12. ShagNasty1001

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    I should of added in my first post that I haven't taken the class yet but I am working on getting into one. That is a must in my book. And as for my experience on bikes, while its been a little while, I have ridden a Ninja 600 and my roommates Suzuki TL1000. The only bike I have gotten to sit on that's on my list is the CBR, I haven't had time to find an R1 yet and just found the FZ6r last night and from the reviews, it seems to be a decent beginners bike which is what I was really wanting. Not too much power so I can't be too stupid on it. Also I have looked at some more "standard" bikes including a shadow which my dad used to have. They just don't seem to fit me too well
     
  13. Dragonheart

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    Sorry, I am a Honda Goldwing man so I don't know a lot about the light bikes. However, the advice to take the motorcycle course is some very good advice. After that, spend the first week or two in a parking lot practicing your skills until you can do tight circles & figure eights plus all the other stuff you learn in the class.
     
  14. purehavoc

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    if your going to commute with it find something more comfortable than a crotch rocket. I have owned many of them and if I had to do it all over again to commute with i would be looking at a older suzuki bandit in 600 or 1200 , Im a kawasaki guy but the suzuki bandits ride great , sport bike looks but more upright comfortable ride . your back will thank you for it

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  15. Rick1967

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    I have been riding for close to 30 years. I started on a Honda 185 Twinstar. Then moved up to a 250. Then a 400.

    At 17 years old I went over the hood of a 1975 Pontiac Grand Prix. It scared me away from riding for about a year. While legally it was the other drivers fault...I realize now that if I had been as good a rider as I though I was I would have avoided it. A 76 year old man turned left in front of me and stopped blocking my path. I have avoided that same accident many, many times now. When ever I enter an intersection where it is possible for an oncoming car to block my path I keep one hand on the brake. I also try to keep a car on my left. That way someone would have to go through them to get to me.

    I agree with everyone else that says start out small. I currently ride a 1300. But it is too much bike for a beginer. Start out with 500 or smaller.
     
  16. Chandler51

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    If you have no experience, the crotch rockets can get you into trouble REAL QUICK. I'd listen to the others and start small, take a class.
     
  17. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    This is the one I was leaning towards. Reviews I've been reading are saying its a lower powered 600
     

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  18. Rick1967

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    Several years ago one of my employees had a Ninja. He talked me into riding it around the parking lot. I almost fell over with it. Very uncomfortable to ride. I guess I am just an old man. That was the only bike I have ever been on that I didnt like. I have been on a bunch of different bikes.
     
  19. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    This one is a Yamaha FZ6r
     
  20. cvia

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    Listen dude a low powered 600cc super sport bike is still insanely fast. You have to respect them.