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post #1 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Did you start on a 600cc?

I'm curious if any of you started riding for the first time, ever, on a 600cc bike. Seems to be a tender topic that is argued over a lot, and I want to hear opinions on this. Personally, no I started on dirt so 600cc bike wasn't really an option. I did start however on a 250cc dirtbike, and my first ever street bike was a ZX6R. Seems like everyone I talk to states "you need to start on a 250, anything else is illogical and childish."

Although, I find that statement to be extremely false. I hope most of you agree with me.

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post #2 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 01:32 AM
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post #3 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 01:34 AM
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well I am a new rider and I have a ZX6R so far so good. I mean I understand that the bike is powerful and I respect it. However I will suggest first starting in a empty parking lot and the first time on the street should be at night when you're by your self on the street that way you have no one to worry about. At least that what I did. In addition you should be fine since you been riding dirt bike. Again I am only a beginner
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post #4 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 01:34 AM
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nope.. When i first started you had to have a 250 or less to learn on for 15 months min..
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post #5 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 01:43 AM
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My first proper bike after doing my full licence was my ZX6R..

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started on a 250cc

tested rode it before i had a licence infact almost crashed when i went down a gear instead of going up.

rode 250 for 18 months before i "outgrew" it then looked at zx7 and settle on the 600.
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post #7 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 02:25 AM
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I learned to ride on various dirt bikes, but my first street bike was a Z750S. Bigger than our ZX6R, but "only" made 100whp after the slip-on, but was a more up-right and much more torque which made leaving stop lights easier, as well as made cornering easier with being able to shift less and let the torque pull me through the corner.

I miss that bike, but I still think I'd have been a better rider now if a started on a Ninja 250R.

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post #8 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 04:58 AM
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No. I rode dirt bikes all my life so I jumped directly to a z1000. I heavily modded it out and then sold it. Bought a '11 zx6r and couldn't be happier.

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dirtbikes first, wreckd alot on dirt. so i bought a 650r out grew it in a 4 month period well really stunting it in a plot ended up totalling it out then i picked up an 04 gsxr and was perfectly comfy on it!
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I started on a vfr 750 V4 and for a first bike it deffinately was way to much and too heavy
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first bike was a gsxr 600 i had ridden like 85cc dirtbikes but that aint count soon as i turned 17 i bought a 600.

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post #14 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 05:34 AM
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well technically i guess lol. my first was a 650r, had it for about half a year and got bored (i had previously learned how to ride a motorcycle by watching youtube) with it, and got the 636, i love it, but will definitely be moving up to a liter once I can afford a S1000rr or an 1198
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post #15 of 1102 Old 07-12-2011, 06:02 AM
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started on a 08 250...learned on it, beat on it, put 2500 miles on it in 4 months and sold it for the 3200...the same amount i bought it for...

you cant lose i.m.o, startn on a 250!
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