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I started out with a Honda CB400 from 1979. Went on by riding a Honda CB750 from 1980.

Fell in love with a blue Yamaha R6 2001. Never bought another bike again... ;-)
 

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2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

Yes, might be controversial, I have only been riding for six weeks since taking the MSF course in late March. Got myself the RC390 and went out every day for 2-3 hours of parking lot and back road practice since. Had my first track day Monday last week and learned a ton. Put down a deposit on a 2017 R6 same week and will pick it up next week.

Let me hear all your arguments why it's crazy to upgrade to a 600cc (and an R6 on top) after only six weeks of total lifetime riding experience. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by the bike but I feel ready if I play carefully. I demoed it for a good number of laps at the track day and it felt ok.

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Re: 2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

Yes, might be controversial, I have only been riding for six weeks since taking the MSF course in late March. Got myself the RC390 and went out every day for 2-3 hours of parking lot and back road practice since. Had my first track day Monday last week and learned a ton. Put down a deposit on a 2017 R6 same week and will pick it up next week.

Let me hear all your arguments why it's crazy to upgrade to a 600cc (and an R6 on top) after only six weeks of total lifetime riding experience. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by the bike but I feel ready if I play carefully. I demoed it for a good number of laps at the track day and it felt ok.

Thoughts?

H
you can totally do it dude. i had a ninja 250 as my first bike and rode that puppy for about a month before my buddy let me hop on his GSXR 600. i wish i could have just messed around on someone else's bike for about a month or two then actually buy my first 600. i love my r6 now, and i wish i had started on it sooner.
 

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eh my first bike was actually a Z50 that was small enough to hide in my parents garage coat closet.
Until the stink of gas and a late winter storm got me busted! :D
 

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Re: 2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

Yes, might be controversial, I have only been riding for six weeks since taking the MSF course in late March. Got myself the RC390 and went out every day for 2-3 hours of parking lot and back road practice since. Had my first track day Monday last week and learned a ton. Put down a deposit on a 2017 R6 same week and will pick it up next week.

Let me hear all your arguments why it's crazy to upgrade to a 600cc (and an R6 on top) after only six weeks of total lifetime riding experience. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by the bike but I feel ready if I play carefully. I demoed it for a good number of laps at the track day and it felt ok.

Thoughts?

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It's not crazy at all. I started on an R6 and did fine. Thank God, I haven't gotten in any accidents..close calls? yes but no accidents. I had zero riding experience but I still got the R6 cause I wanted it and took my time learning on it. I used to ride it to a parking lot and then set up my own little track using cones to practice braking, u-turns, tight turns and etc. 600cc+ bikes are less forgiving BUT they don't start off going 150 mph, you have to take it there so as long as you're responsible with it, you'll do fine :) confidence is everything.
 

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Re: 2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

Yes, might be controversial, I have only been riding for six weeks since taking the MSF course in late March. Got myself the RC390 and went out every day for 2-3 hours of parking lot and back road practice since. Had my first track day Monday last week and learned a ton. Put down a deposit on a 2017 R6 same week and will pick it up next week.

Let me hear all your arguments why it's crazy to upgrade to a 600cc (and an R6 on top) after only six weeks of total lifetime riding experience. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by the bike but I feel ready if I play carefully. I demoed it for a good number of laps at the track day and it felt ok.

Thoughts?

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maybe get some more seat time on the 390 before moving onto the 600. Not sure what you've been practicing but it takes alot more seat time than just a single day to get acquainted. But then again you could be a prodigy! :secret
Spend more time riding closed course(s) and soon the journey will be clear. :sing
 

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Re: 2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

It's not crazy at all. I started on an R6 and did fine. Thank God, I haven't gotten in any accidents..close calls? yes but no accidents. I had zero riding experience but I still got the R6 cause I wanted it and took my time learning on it. I used to ride it to a parking lot and then set up my own little track using cones to practice braking, u-turns, tight turns and etc. 600cc+ bikes are less forgiving BUT they don't start off going 150 mph, you have to take it there so as long as you're responsible with it, you'll do fine :) confidence is everything.
Have you ever taken any advanced riding courses or instruction?
 

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Re: 2017 KTM RC390 (only six weeks under my belt)

maybe get some more seat time on the 390 before moving onto the 600. Not sure what you've been practicing but it takes alot more seat time than just a single day to get acquainted. But then again you could be a prodigy! :secret
Spend more time riding closed course(s) and soon the journey will be clear. :sing
Did the MSF first. Then I did just shy of 1,600 miles in the first six weeks on the RC390. I went out to a large empty parking lot every day for slow maneuvering practice, loads of weaving, accelerating, breaking, breaking while turning, trail braking, hard stops, soft stops, lean angle and body position. After that I went for about an hour ride on twisty back roads almost each day. After five weeks I did a one day track day at NJMP with some wonderful instructors, that I felt really helped a lot. Not that's it's relevant in any form but the day after, I was able to very easily put my knee down.

Btw., I did already pick up the R6 :)-0) last week and I will go through the same 4-6 weeks discipline with this bike as well. But I hear your caution! I will see to book some advanced training soon as well and get more track time on both bikes.
 

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