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    Please help!

    I dont know what to do! My good friend it set on buying a GSX-R600, for a first bike. I've tried to talk him out of it, but with no luck. He means alot to me and I really dont want to see him get hurt. What do I do?

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    Been there, Wrecked that! Array CrashTested's Avatar
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    Buy him some riding lessons with one of the many great schools we have in Vancouver & area!
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    I started on a 600 with no problems at all. As long as he realizes what he is getting into and takes the proper instruction he will be fine.

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    huh?!??! Array jinxed's Avatar
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    And make sure he gets some good gear!!!

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    Registered User Array tyau's Avatar
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    i started on a 600, and i was just fine. just tell him to take a class. totally worth the money.

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    Gangster Of Love Array Gawd's Avatar
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    Im learning on a GSXF 600.
    Doesn't seem like too much power to me, easy to handle.
    I havent really had any problems yet.

    Although, im a fairly big guy, dont know how it would be for someone smaller.


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    return of the Kneedragger Array warp9racing's Avatar
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    i started on a 750cc ninja.
    Its all about trusting yourself and not riding beyond your limits.
    tell him to take his time,be patient, take a course, learn the skills, dont do anything stupid and he'll be ok
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    Gear whore Array Kamui's Avatar
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    Gauge the rider, not the bike. Does your friend have reckless tendencies? Is his personality such that he would be likely to get himself into trouble with a more powerful bike? Or is he a level minded person who is responsible and mature?

    Is he serious about riding or does he just want to have fun and get chicks? Is he willing to invest in proper training and proper gear? If you can answer these questions then you will have a good idea of what to expect.
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    hmmmm,

    yes he can learn on it, and figure out how to corner, brake and accelerate smoothly with some time. but most of his first few months will more likely be spent finding out how much fun he can have at the fastest pace he can go. he wont learn as quickly(so they say), and he's definately more likely to get himself in trouble. f*** i could have learned on a litre. i didnt find it hard to learn to ride gently and slowly, but i didnt have enough sense to keep my right hand under control at the appropriate times. that only comes as a factor of age and experience, ie.25yrs old x 2 yrs in the saddle = 50pts. of sensibility on a bike


    EDIT: what he said is better

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    Gixxer6 would be a great first bike...

    ...shoosh you.

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    Ridin hard n dirty Array Mr.Sushi ya ha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamui
    Gauge the rider, not the bike. Does your friend have reckless tendencies? Is his personality such that he would be likely to get himself into trouble with a more powerful bike? Or is he a level minded person who is responsible and mature?

    Is he serious about riding or does he just want to have fun and get chicks? Is he willing to invest in proper training and proper gear? If you can answer these questions then you will have a good idea of what to expect.
    Great advise...listen to this guy and either buy him a safe rider course or see if his parents would like to help out with the cost...in the end it's not so much the bike that gets you in trouble...it's your lack of experience/skills....fortunatly we have some great people willing to teach new riders life saving skills...your next post should be who to take a course with...

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    let 'em buy it and when it's parked in the driveway, AcCidEntAlYy run over it with the biggest 4x4 you can find.

    Remember to say sorry after so you're still friends.
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    We all have to walk in our own shoes. I'm the first to suggest that a new rider go smaller and safer but if they insist I try to suggest that they take it easy. Being an airplane nut my favourite comparison is "do they toss a guy into an F18 right off the bat? NOOOOOOO! They start them on a much slower and less powerful trainer so their mind can learn the skills at less than superhuman speeds". The new 600's are the land based equivalent of that F18.

    If he insists and you know he's not the type to only play where appropriate then just keep your fingers crossed that the eventual accident only involves healable injuries. That's about all you can do.
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    DPT Downtown Poser Team Array Bluepill's Avatar
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    get him some life insurance, that's more direct

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    I started with the K1200S...so far so good. Tell him to get some lessons and gear for sure.

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