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who here has a r6 as their first bike? and what were some of ur first bikes. how fast were they. ppl keep telling me that it is good to get a slower bike. or be really carefull if u get a r6. i can be really carefull and im going to take the Motorcycle saftey course. but thats me. who here has done the same thing as i want to do.
or did evryone in this forum start off with a slow bike???
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Go to this link, it's already been talked about like a week ago. If I'm correct, it said you started it. Did you ride in Pakistan or something when you were 13?

Anyways... I took the MSF course, and it was great! I learned a ton, and has probably already saved my life many times over. I definately recommend it! The trainer I used was a 250 Suzuki 'cruiser' but it was really lame. After that, I bought my '03 R6, and have had no problems.

Words of advice are as follows...
1. Buy an R6... '03 or later if possible
2. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIKE AND IT'S POWER!!! NEVER!!!
3. Don't goof around and show off. I almost killed myself by doing so, and by saying I almost, I don't mean that lightly. I came within three feet of a brick mailbox going around 50 or 60, and almost hit it head on... and I was just showing off. Of course, that's my fault, and it was dumb, but realize... you'll have one of the baddest bikes around, respect it please.
4. Take it slow at first, learn the bike and it's limits. I... personally, put myself in different situations in a 'controlled environment' (as much control as possible) and see how it worked out... examples, rain, gravel, fast take-offs (in case you have to "move it or lose it"), cold weather, etc..
5. Read, post, and listen to this site. Ask questions, do research, and the only reason I got the R6 was it was the best rated 600. After that, I found out pretty much all I know on here. Ask questions, be knowledgeable.

Well, that's my couple cents worth. Be careful, and join the R6 club!

Goodluck...

-Solace
 

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i took the msf course then rode the r6 for my first bike. if i had it all to do over again i would do the same thing. if i had gotten anything smaller i would have been sick of it after a couple of months. honestly i go through phases where i want a r1 real bad then i tell myself to wait and get more experience on the 6. there are things you can do to make it a lot faster like gearing, pipe etc
 

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Buy an R6 as your first bike. Get a 99-02 one.

The bike will teach YOU how to ride it.

If you are not stupid you will not kill yourself.
 

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finally some people who share the same thoughts as me. and xr6ross i know EXCATLY what u are talking about. man i have like add with vehiciles. i just got a 03 wrs 4 months ago. but yea, thats another delima...should i mod the wrx, or save the money and get a r6.
 

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Took the MSF course in late June got my R6 around the middle of July and haven't looked back.
Respect it! It'll help kill you before you have a chance to blink. No car this side of CART can prepare you for the accelaration and you can get over your head in a hurry. Take it slow. I screwed around parking lots and streets around my house for over 3 weeks before getting anywhere near serious about pushing the bike.
One of the good things about starting on a lesser bike is you won't be heartbroken when you drop it. Watching the brand new, shiney $10,000 motorcycle sliding down the road is gonna suck. LOL Getting the bugs out on an older bike is definitely a bonus but i find it makes me more careful. I think i'd be more apt to push beyond my abilities if I wasn't always thinking about fuckin the 'new, shiney' bike up.
It's all how you approch it though. Take it slow. Ride by yourself for a while till you feel comfortable riding with others.

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should i mod the wrx, or save the money and get a r6.
Jigga, I am not the one to ask about modding your WRX. I like WRXs about as much as I like VW Beetles.

When it is too cold to ride my '01 R6, I drive my '01 Mustang GT

Sell the WRX and buy a cool car and an R6
 

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Sorry Jasamb, I'd the the WRX over a mustang anyday. ESPECIALLY if it was an STi... oh the sweetness. Two Foreign Beuties. But, still, get the R6 and mod it! The WRX will cost you too much, it's already sweet any ways. Anything that you couldn't burn in your WRX you can burn in your R6!

-Solace
 

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oh the wrx is pretty heavily modded already. i just wanted to take it a step further. like right now so far i have handles mustang GT's like it was nothing, ill eat an STi, EVo and i have even taken a mustang cobra, and a camero ss. the car is not slow, and my car is SPECIALY not slow. but i was looking at suspension mods so i can road race. but i think im going to go with the bike.
and thanks for the positive feedback. u guys are the BOMB :tongue
 

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well. its not even the fact about being fast. thats like the last of my priorities. its the way the bike looks. and i just like the bike
 

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I'll pretty much agree with most all above, but here's my .02

I started with a 98 F3, loved the bike, and has more than enough power for even starting out on! I rode very cautiously and put on over 10,000 miles on it last year. When i bought my 03 R6 this year, i decided on the 6 because i knew i still had alot to learn about riding.......even with over 10,000 experience!

And i'm glad, the R6 feels like a 1000 compared to the F3 i had!! Handling is way more responsive and quicker, which takes alot more learning to get used to. Now, i would have been a nervous wreck if i damaged my F3, and i only had about $4500 in it. Now i've got over $10,000 in my new R6, and i wouldn't be nervous, i'd be SCREWED if i damaged it.

Now think about your insurance. My R6 costs about $45 a month more than the F3, and i'm one that feels you can't make a claim unless the bike is totally trashed (so i don't have insane rates in the future) and i don't have money to fix a trashed bike right now. And with any bike, you can't own one without getting tickets (speeding etc..), just not possible. It's the same saying about wrecking with tickets, it's not if, but when......and when WILL come.

Now it's almost winter, with that in mind, save up all winter, think really hard about your decision as far as what bike to get. then come spring when the roads are safer/cleaner and such to learn on, then get a bike, and then mind the above info from the others.

Tired of reading yet?? :hammer I got more.

Also i gave myself strict rules about learning.
1000 miles before passengers! A dumb blond will put you down faster than you can piss your pants. Take your passenger pegs off to eliminate any desireable moments. Same thing with stunting, just don't do it till you know your bike really well. need i say tankslapper.Full gear! i never liked the idea of a brush on my rashed skin to get sand out. Don't ever screw with cars, you'll lose. Ride by yourself, or make your friends ride well below your limits. I'd never forgive myself if i lost a friend trying to keep up with me.

Man, i could go on and on, just be grateful you got cool dudes like us to mention this stuff.....i had to learn myself.

Sorry for :gas in your general direction :mrgreen:
 

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SolaceRye said:
Sorry Jasamb, I'd the the WRX over a mustang anyday. ESPECIALLY if it was an STi...
-Solace
hell yea that sti is awesome. i hate mustangs, it seems like every fifth car i see is one.
 

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I started with F3, the R6 feels like a 1000 compared to the F3 i had!! Handling is way more responsive and quicker, which takes alot more learning to get used to. Now it's almost winter, with that in mind, save up all winter, think really hard about your decision as far as what bike to get. then come spring when the roads are safer/cleaner and such to learn on, then get a bike, and then mind the above info from the others.

Also i gave myself strict rules about learning.
1000 miles before passengers!

Take your passenger pegs off to eliminate any desireable moments. Same thing with stunting, just don't do it till you know your bike really well. need i say tankslapper.Full gear!
Yeah I'm glad you brought that up Redline. I thought i was ready to put passengers on i went down twice. Even when you think your ready, the bike kind of responds differently with someone on back. That is why i hate packing people. but i keep my rear pegs on just in case of emergency. I also have a packing rule. No body that weighs more than me. you'll find that your legs and arms aren't really able to handle the bike plus your friend on back. and no guys. i cant help but screeming "fag!" when i see two guys hugging each other on a bike. kids are ok as long as you know they wont fall off.

stepping up to the R6... its like a reward coming from a slower bike. you put the time in so heres your bass ass bike for putting the time in to learning how to ride first.
 

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My first bike was a 1992 ZX11. Ok ok I know what you are all thinking. Sure it was fast... It was a rocket! Conservative riding though it was super solid and planted. Very smooth power and great brakes. Only bad thing I can say is it was too big and heavy. I could barely manage to put it up on its centre stand :lmao
 

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Ok, how the hell do i quote someone, i tried and had no luck. Time for new post i guess.
 

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wow i just found a vry old post. now i feel old i was 17 during this thread.... how time fly's.........
Did you get an R6 as your first bike?

I would have recommended getting a Ninja 250 or 500 used, put 3000 miles on it and sell it for the same price you bought it. Then upgrade to the R6
 

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yes i did and i have an akraprovic slip on and i dropped a bolt down the exhaust and its now stuck in the cat... Im completely confused on what to do...
 
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