Sponsored by: Discount Supplements - For an extra 6% off Absolutely Everything - use code: SEPT6

first motorbike ideas?

Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
Author
shyguy2005
Senior Member
  • Total Posts : 221
  • Reward points: 8982
  • Joined: 2005/04/18 12:03:03
  • Status: offline
2009/07/23 18:08:58 (permalink)

first motorbike ideas?

Hi,
 
Now i was considering taking my relevant bike test (full) which ive found can be quite expensive but was wondering considering ive never actually rode a bike before what sort i shud start with when buying one ( ie cc wise)? after passing the test.
 
ideally i wud like the superbike look not really the dirt track bikes.
 
any advice wud be great ta.
#1

26 Replies Related Threads

    rex2
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1898
    • Reward points: 4548
    • Joined: 2008/05/21 17:08:47
    • Location: ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:13:59 (permalink)
    suzuki sv 650 would be a good bike to start on after your test, plenty quick, good looking and sounds great. but not as sharp or quick as a supersports 600. good bike
    #2
    spencerslide
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 4041
    • Reward points: 8640
    • Joined: 2008/02/26 23:02:34
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:16:23 (permalink)
    r6/gsxr600 mate would do the trick......dont fanny around with anything else because after a few weeks passed you'll want one..

    S E C U L A R I S M
    #3
    rex2
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1898
    • Reward points: 4548
    • Joined: 2008/05/21 17:08:47
    • Location: ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:17:12 (permalink)
    #4
    shyguy2005
    Senior Member
    • Total Posts : 221
    • Reward points: 8982
    • Joined: 2005/04/18 12:03:03
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:20:15 (permalink)
    well i was thinking of the yamaha R6 in grey really like the look of it, but wasnt sure if it might be abit much to start with?
    #5
    rex2
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1898
    • Reward points: 4548
    • Joined: 2008/05/21 17:08:47
    • Location: ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:24:41 (permalink)
    i started on a gs 500, **** looking commuter bike then went on to buy a gsxr600, glad i spend a while on the smaller less powerfull bike to be honest, the gsxr was great tho, i loved it .had some fun on that thing
    #6
    dempsey
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 671
    • Reward points: 6384
    • Joined: 2008/06/07 19:16:05
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:32:34 (permalink)
    If you have no experience riding then a 600 sports bike will most likely be too much for you to handle.

    A 400 would be better, pick of the crop Honda RVF 400, they are getting on a bit but you can get good ones for a couple of grand.

    Safest bet probably Kawasaki ZXR 400. 

    Then as your ability as a rider improves you can upgrade to the next level of bike.   

    IMO. 
    #7
    rex2
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1898
    • Reward points: 4548
    • Joined: 2008/05/21 17:08:47
    • Location: ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:49:39 (permalink)
    most 400's have been thrashed,as they are getting on a bit now
    #8
    rex2
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1898
    • Reward points: 4548
    • Joined: 2008/05/21 17:08:47
    • Location: ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 18:50:56 (permalink)
     hornet 600,fazer,or bandit might be good choices
    #9
    dempsey
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 671
    • Reward points: 6384
    • Joined: 2008/06/07 19:16:05
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/23 19:12:56 (permalink)
    And 600's are ridden with such care!
     
    Doesn't matter, I'd rather start on a thrashed 400 and not kill myself than a mint 600 that ends up spitting me off into a lorry. 
    post edited by dempsey - 2009/07/23 19:16:13
    #10
    paulthebuilder
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 27900
    • Reward points: 9300
    • Joined: 2006/05/06 22:39:09
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 09:25:21 (permalink)
    Prob more chance of spooning on the 400, mate.
    They tend to be high-revving with little torque, which doesn't translate to immediate results when you crack the throttle to dodge Henry the p1ssed-up milkman on your way to work in the morning.
    At least most 600s have some midrange grunt.
    #11
    huskyboy
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 2557
    • Reward points: 7855
    • Joined: 2007/09/29 12:22:09
    • Location: Notts/Derby
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 10:37:08 (permalink)
    spencerslide

    r6/gsxr600 mate would do the trick......dont fanny around with anything else because after a few weeks passed you'll want one..


    yeah but as he has no experience at all then he may find he also wants some new body parts too.....

     
    #12
    huskyboy
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 2557
    • Reward points: 7855
    • Joined: 2007/09/29 12:22:09
    • Location: Notts/Derby
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 10:42:05 (permalink)
    I was in the same boat last year and was advised by the bike instructors to go for something like what Rex2 has advised and for simialr reasons to what Righty has said, I was looking at a Honda CBF600 or 600 Bandit

    but sadly something else came up that used the cash I had saved and so never got round to it

     
    #13
    odog
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 8009
    • Reward points: 5988
    • Joined: 2006/10/30 21:29:15
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 11:02:12 (permalink)
    yea defo go for the more upright to start off with sv,bandit, fazer, etc

    sports bikes are difficult to manage due to riding positon for begginers

    plus if u bin it u dont have to worry about all the plastics which are very expensive
    #14
    paulthebuilder
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 27900
    • Reward points: 9300
    • Joined: 2006/05/06 22:39:09
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 12:00:49 (permalink)
    Yamaha Fazer is THE 600 commuter IMO.
    Better build quality than the Bandit.
    Less quirky than the Hornet and with a better riding position too for most people.
    Achilles heel is the juddery clutch when hot though.
    #15
    spencerslide
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 4041
    • Reward points: 8640
    • Joined: 2008/02/26 23:02:34
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 12:28:35 (permalink)
    IMO - if you have the desire to ride a sportsbike then start on one right away.....the fact remains that ALL 600cc+ bikes go very very fast....the sooner you familiarise yourself with how to handle one the better. It's also worthwhile doing some advanced stuff with either the guys you learn with or the local force...(they are excellent in Fife)....also get on the tracks if speed is what your after....novices are most welcome everywhere...i learnt most of my bike skills at Knockhill. Its much much safer than roads.
     
    If you are buying a bike for only mainly communiting then Hornet/Bandit/fazer perhaps is best suited. #
     
    Personally ive seen so many people come off over the last 20 years because they rode such a bike, went out with all their mates who have sports bikes and then think they can ride a commuter the same way....sportsbikes can you get out of trouble as well as into it....just ride sensibly whatever you choose mate.

    S E C U L A R I S M
    #16
    odog
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 8009
    • Reward points: 5988
    • Joined: 2006/10/30 21:29:15
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 13:08:57 (permalink)
    yea but sports bikes are hard to learn on

    and hes likely to drop it at some stage whether it be slow speed or off the sidestand and one drop can cost thousands on a sportsbikes.
    #17
    eagleman
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 714
    • Reward points: 12256
    • Joined: 2001/11/27 16:53:41
    • Location: Watford/London UK
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 13:34:41 (permalink)
    My first bike was a TRX850  which was great loads of torque good looking and cheap.
     
    I would say the answer depends on the type of rider you will be....weekends only ? track ?
     
    I did a track day 1 month after passing my test and it improved my riding 1000%  I also did 4 california superbike schools and commute 45miles per day...
     
    If you are going to ride a lot I would go for an old cbr600, sportyish loads of cheap spares for WHEN  not if you drop it and a good owners club.
     
    You can go on track commute and blast on them, but they are not as scary as a newer 600
     
    Just my 2pence
    #18
    DonPaulo666
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 3467
    • Reward points: 5256
    • Joined: 2008/02/29 08:57:00
    • Location: Isle Of Wight
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 14:24:07 (permalink)
    Hayabusa or triumph rocket if you prefer that kind of style.  No messing about.

    Squat: 363kg

    Bench: 195kg

    Deadlift: 300kg

    @ (currently 114kg)

    ...soon to be obliterated!
    #19
    shorty
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 53
    • Reward points: 9169
    • Joined: 2003/02/02 10:49:45
    • Status: offline
    Re:first motorbike ideas? 2009/07/24 18:13:06 (permalink)
    Hi,I have to say that I disagree with most of the above when it comes to first bikes.
    I have been riding for 16 years,thankfully accident free,I started on a 100cc,passed my test then went to a 200cc twin which I kept for many years whilst owing 400-1000cc bikes.

    I will always say that starting and riding for a while on a smaller less aggresive bike 250cc-500 commuter syle is the way to go if you wish to remain hurt free,I strongly believe it takes YEARS  to learn to ride well.

    For those who take there test then jump on to some of the 600+cc sports bikes I believe are asking for trouble(I have see many go from new bike to plaster in a matter of weeks),At the moment I own a 21 year old 450cc ploder that If pushed challenges most cars on the road,I also have a 2ltr renault car,and I have to say the old bike still has the edge on the car(Up to 90 ish).

    I know riders that ride small bikes 250/350 to there limit and walk all over people on bigger bikes with less skill who rely on going fast in straight lines,as someone once told me any old idiot can go fast in a staright line.

    If you start smaller you will know when your ready to move on,I believe there is a reason there are so many different cc sizes/engine styles,as there are so many different riders,all with different levels of aggresion and riding styles.

    After some time on my 200 I found myself pushing harder and harder,more often,but being comfotable with it(during this time I had many many close calls that if I were on a bit faster/bigger bikes would have been accidents without doubt),then I really felt ready to start looking at bigger /faster bikes.

    If you start at the bottom you can always move up,each step and hour spent will give you somthing.

    My advise start small,take the restricted test,save a few pennys,get yourself a 250-400(your limited to power I believe not cc,eg suzuki ls650 savage can be riden on a restricted licence due to its low bhp),get bigger/faster with time,the lessons you will learn are worth the time and effort alone.

    Best of luck.


    #20
    Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
    Jump to:
    ©2017 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited. (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | contact us | supported by)
    © 2017 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5