Alright guys I m in the market and looking for my first bike What s your...


Alright guys I'm in the market and looking for my first bike. What's your opinions of starting on a 600? Pros and cons? Anything you have to say would be appreciated:)

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  • ^^^^^ plus all the best riders I know learned all those things on a 250. Now on the race track that my fiancé runs the guys who learned on 250's are going around everyone else.

  • first of all the 650 is tourer combined sports bike & in other hand the 300 is a mid level sport bike ,the 300 got the looks n power combined with compared to the 650.......its yeur call

  • I started on a 4-cylinder 600cc bike (2004 Triumph Daytona) and weighing about ~140 lbs I did accidental stoppies and wheelies often. It was very tall for me so backing into or out of parking spots was difficult, as well as stopping on hills sloped to the left or right. I moved from that to a SV650 and then a Ninja 300. The Ninja 300 is my favorite bike that I've ridden for two years nearly every day for commuting, group rides, and track time.

    Getting proper clutch, RPM, and throttle control /when you are learning/ on something that has a more of a "hair trigger" will give you a handicap of learning when compared to lower CCed sport bikes.

    If you get a lower CCed bike at the beginning so you can learn every gear, use all the throttle, rev that thing up near the red through each gear and learn to corner better than everyone else on your group rides. You will curse the skillless "fast bikes" in the straights, but you'll eventually catch up to school them in the corners. Some of them also pick up very quickly off the line once you learn what to do with your throttle and RPMs.

  • It really comes down to what you find fun and how comfortable you are on the bike.

    If you get a 600cc bike or higher, it can be difficult to remember to keep looking through your corner and accellerate through it if you end up entering the corner really quickly, and it can be more difficult to physically do. The lower CC bikes are generally easier to turn (tire size contributes to this too) and it seems much more purposeful and controlled whenever you actually do anything on it because it takes some twisting of your wrist to get there. ;)

  • Good advice Theresa Pudenz.

  • Thanks! I've had a few "oh shit" moments and those posts sum up what would've helped earlier on. I was pretty lucky for a lot of the situations I got myself into.

  • I posted a warning in the group last autumn about leaves on the road being as bad as ice and was amazed at the amount of members who were unaware of this danger.., we can all help each-other by sharing our knowledge.

  • Everything that come between your tyres and the road surface is a danger.

  • A 600 maybe smaller, but dangerous because they're pipey. They come on smooth and when the overlap kicks in... Hang on! A lot of guys got messed up on them because of that, but as far as handling and lighter weight it's a good size to learn on.

  • IMO, you may want to start on a smaller bike purely based on the fact you have no insurance experience and it may very well cost significantly more than your budget just to insure a bike. +1 to those that have said get the bike that is ultimately the most comfortable for you to sit on. The vast majority of accidents will happen in a turn, it isnt necessarily the power of the bike that will cause the accident, more likely the inability of the rider to corner properly; something that will be far more difficult to learn on a bigger/faster/heavier bike. Your best bet may be to get the smaller bike, something a lad of your size should have no trouble throwing around, ride it for a season, get some riding experience under your belt for insurance pruposes, and sell it at the end of the season for in all probability a very similar price to what you paid for it.