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post #1096 of 1102 Old 04-22-2016, 06:51 PM
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I Ride: 2011 Ninja ZX-6R
I learned on a old ass ninja when I was 16 and dropped it almost instantly!

Then in 2008 (2 years later) I bought a 2008 Yamaha FZ6R. Great bike to learn on and super comfortable for those long rides.

Now I have a 2011 Ninja ZX6R and couldn't be happier! My boyfriend has a stupid Harley 48 and even he says my bike handles 10 times better. I am pretty sure he is wanting a sports bike after riding mine!
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post #1097 of 1102 Old 04-22-2016, 08:10 PM
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I started on a 2014 Ninja 300. Bought it for $4000 with 1000 miles on it and rode it for a full season. Low sided hard on that 300 and picked myself back up. Sold it for $3600 with 4200 miles on it. I'm glad I didn't go straight to a super sport. I've got about 650 miles on my 2016 636 and the difference is night and day. It's almost like having to learn all over again!
Jmars0990 the difference between the ninja 300/636 is HUGE, in many, many, ways. Like you said night and day. I am breaking in both bikes for my company at the moment on back roads up in WI to prepare for our track riding season as we rent em during our track day and riding clinics at racetracks. Simply awesome machines no doubt. In fact, our 636 will be Jason Pridmore's instructor bike for his JP43 Training school when he rolls with us, pretty much in stock form! It's really FAST.

The increase in torque/hp alone from the 300 to the 636, approx 3x, combined with a more aggressive seating position, clip-ons, means you absolutely will have to continue to learn and start with a new application that is a very potent machine. Respect the bike. The 300 seems like a toy when you spend time on the bigger ninja.

Please be careful; as you already have a low side under your belt, with very limited time in the saddle, the 636 ups the ante big time. Mistakes at this level could be much more damning and painful for you. Go slow to go fast and work on being a smooth rider. Respect the new 636, again as awesome bike. In stock form, without a steering damper, tank slappers can happen, seemingly out of nowhere at speed and you can hit triple digits in nano seconds if you are not careful/ready with a handful of throttle. Even keeping the bike in 8-9k rpm range puts you well over normal speed limits big time and wide open throttle delivers blistering speed at redline. It's really, really fast.

Be cool, keep learning what is goin on underneath you and ride safe. Enjoy the experience of a new motorbike.
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I had 2012 cbr 250r, great starter bike, easy to ride, really reliable.
I paid 2400 a year ago and sold it same price last week.
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My first bike was definetly not a 600 lol
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Jmars0990 the difference between the ninja 300/636 is HUGE, in many, many, ways. Like you said night and day. I am breaking in both bikes for my company at the moment on back roads up in WI to prepare for our track riding season as we rent em during our track day and riding clinics at racetracks. Simply awesome machines no doubt. In fact, our 636 will be Jason Pridmore's instructor bike for his JP43 Training school when he rolls with us, pretty much in stock form! It's really FAST.

The increase in torque/hp alone from the 300 to the 636, approx 3x, combined with a more aggressive seating position, clip-ons, means you absolutely will have to continue to learn and start with a new application that is a very potent machine. Respect the bike. The 300 seems like a toy when you spend time on the bigger ninja.

Please be careful; as you already have a low side under your belt, with very limited time in the saddle, the 636 ups the ante big time. Mistakes at this level could be much more damning and painful for you. Go slow to go fast and work on being a smooth rider. Respect the new 636, again as awesome bike. In stock form, without a steering damper, tank slappers can happen, seemingly out of nowhere at speed and you can hit triple digits in nano seconds if you are not careful/ready with a handful of throttle. Even keeping the bike in 8-9k rpm range puts you well over normal speed limits big time and wide open throttle delivers blistering speed at redline. It's really, really fast.

Be cool, keep learning what is goin on underneath you and ride safe. Enjoy the experience of a new motorbike.

Also...I think it's valuable to point out the non linear throttle response in this bike... it wont behave at 4k rpm like it does at 10k ...........smooth throttle application is paramount with these bikes.. Pit-Bull of the 600 ss class... so damned aggressive!
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post #1101 of 1102 Old 07-18-2016, 02:53 AM
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In my younger years I occasionally rode small 50/125cc bikes, but not on a regular basis.

Now some 20 years later, I've picked up a ZX6R 600cc Ninja. This will be my regular ride.
Plus also recently I passed my 'big bike' tests, to acquire my full motorcycle license (to entitle me to ride the big bikes).

So in answer to the OP question, I'm essentially jumping onto a 600cc bike, without building up the riding skills on smaller engined bikes first.

......you only go as fast as you open the throttle!

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This is such a beat into the ground topic it's not even funny haha. Honestly you are the only one who can be the judge of what your first bike is. I personally started on a ninja 300 and after about 600-700 miles i sold it for my 2015 ZX6R. I got the hang of riding very easily. Driving a standard car all my life may have something to do with the clutch and throttle "give and take" method but i know guys who have started on busas and super sports or liter bikes and have never been down. The choice is ultimately yours at the end of the day. Just remember the more motor you have under you the less forgiving it's going to be. It's all about feel and muscle memory. Learning those "sweet spots" so to speak is really the tricky part and the more powerful bikes have very sensitive throttles and really just want to GO and take off haha. The grabbing point on the clutch and how much throttle to give so your not bouncing the needle off the limiter is usually just going to come to you with some riding and feeling for the bike. No one knows you better than you do. Take some time and think it through. Can you start on a big bike? Yup! Is it ideal? I guess not if you wanna look at the logistics of it but it certainly can and has been done flawlessly before. Be smart about it regardless of the bike and take it slow! Just make sure whatever you decide to ride it's a Kawi Safe riding mate!
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