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zoom kitty
12-04-2003, 08:03 AM
pointers for new rider getting on a 600 (new rubber) after riding a 250 all summer?

SpideRider
12-04-2003, 08:41 AM
Uhhh... don't turn the throttle so hard. :D
Otherwise, I'd just suggest is to start slow and get used to the weight of the new machine.

Kamui
12-04-2003, 10:23 AM
Originally posted by SpideRider
Uhhh... don't turn the throttle so hard. :D
Otherwise, I'd just suggest is to start slow and get used to the weight of the new machine.

:laughing what he said :)
other than the power, the things you probably have to get used to are the weight, and the height. respect the machine and be very alert at slow speeds so you don't accidentaly drop the thing.

Titus
12-04-2003, 11:14 AM
remember clutch control too, ease it out/in slower

Android
12-04-2003, 11:54 AM
You are soon to develop very fine wrist control. :rider

REVELATIONS
12-04-2003, 12:16 PM
Quite correct, no more "on-off" throttle modulation..... :D

Depending also on your two bikes (if you had a CB 250 and you go to a R6 for instance), be prepared for more "twitchiness" with regards to handling as well. You might want to set the suspension soft initially and work your way harder as you get more comfortable.

Prez
12-04-2003, 12:21 PM
The first time you hop on it, make sure your in a nice big parking lot. That way, you only have to concentrate on getting used to the bike, without any other distractions. Your more prone to making silly mistakes when your nervous. Get someone else who is experienced to ride the bike there if you have to. That's what I did when my wife moved from her 250 Ninja to a CBR 600.

One more thing; the seat height on most 600 sportbikes is a bit taller than a 250, so make sure you can touch the ground comfortably before riding it. This might mean installing a lowering kit. (If your fairly tall, ignore this last bit)

zoom kitty
12-04-2003, 12:56 PM
lowering kit already installed. :)
i was surprised at how light it was at the dealership too. must be the vance+hines exhaust.
wrist action... with the 250 it was pretty much wide open - or not. good pointers guys, thanks.

busta
12-04-2003, 01:58 PM
wat everyone said

InvisibleSoul
12-04-2003, 04:09 PM
A 600 sportbike weighs about 70 pounds more than a Ninja 250.

Kamui
12-04-2003, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by zoom kitty
lowering kit already installed. :)
i was surprised at how light it was at the dealership too. must be the vance+hines exhaust.
wrist action... with the 250 it was pretty much wide open - or not. good pointers guys, thanks.

was the tank full?
it weighs quite a bit more with all that gas in there...
be careful with wide open throttles on the F4.. unless you like being thrown off the back :)
if anything, always ease into it... being smooth is probably one of the most important aspects of riding... in all areas.

SilverHeartz
12-04-2003, 10:51 PM
If you throttle even a little harder you might lift up a little on the 600 where as you can hardly do a wheelie with a 250 if you really tried.

Dark()Knight
12-05-2003, 12:28 AM
Congrats Alana....
Good Luck on your 600 ride. I'm sure you'll do fine :thumbup
:evil D()K :evilgrin

zoom kitty
12-08-2003, 10:49 PM
thanks ray :)

oh my, the bike is a-mazing.
so responsive and so quick!
i'm blow away.

question: is it normal for the headlights to glow brighter when the revs are high and where is the reserve fuel switch?

wheelie? scarios.

ryanb
12-08-2003, 11:16 PM
Yeah, the battery is only 12 volt while I believe the alternator runs at 14 volt, hence when the alternator is juicing it should be brighter.

G-slide
12-09-2003, 06:24 AM
whats a reserve fuel switch? sounds old school

effenay
12-09-2003, 11:48 AM
Ditto -- what's a reserve fuel switch?

AFAIK there is no reserve fuel switch on the F4.

Happy riding!

racerboy88
12-09-2003, 09:23 PM
all about throttle control and staying within your own limits.

Good old Pete
12-09-2003, 09:36 PM
Why not save some money and buy the new Suzuki 500?

effenay
12-09-2003, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Good old Pete
Why not save some money and buy the new Suzuki 500?

I think zoom kitty already bought a CBR600F4 :)

Kamui
12-09-2003, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by Good old Pete
Why not save some money and buy the new Suzuki 500?

it's not really a "new" bike...
it's a GS500E with full fairings.

it still has the standard style gauges that are connected to the handlebars (not clipons)

zoom kitty
12-10-2003, 02:55 PM
old skool is right.
guess that switch went out in the 80s.
(last bike was an 88)

luv my 600 luv my 600 luv my 600

Liquid72
12-16-2003, 06:54 PM
All good advice but you guys are forgettin something??????????? DONT DOG THE MOTOR EITHER !!!!!! Take it through the rpm range !!! Just get used to the brakes !!! Be safe !!

Mohawk
12-29-2003, 07:38 AM
Hey congrats on the new bike.

One big thing to keep in mind is that "everything will be going by a little bit faster" (no kidding!)...

Don't let the smoothness and power fool you.

Remember that the cager does not care what kind of bike you are on (250/600/1k).

All they care about is that left hand turn that they need to make in front of you.

Iow, don't let the rush of adrenaline get your guard down.

Good luck and,

Cheers!

Schoey
01-27-2004, 05:06 PM
Your alternator produces 3 phase alternating current (ac). When you rev the engine, your alternator and rectifier can produce a much cleaner and higher DC supply to the battery, causing your lights to be brighter.

3 of 7
01-27-2004, 09:39 PM
ok...here's the deal with tires....they have a mold release agent on the surface of them....ozone in the atmosphere also makes the surface of the rubber harder ...
here's what I do
I put a little laquer thinner on a rag and wipe the tread surface of both new tires with it....it takes a little bit of the rubber off the tread, but big deal the tread never lasts anyways....they stick like shit to a goose, right out of the showroom......

magis70
01-27-2004, 09:52 PM
Heh, im about to move up to a mid 90's 600 also, learned on a 250 cruiser this summer, itl be one intersting season :evilgrin




ok...here's the deal with tires....they have a mold release agent on the surface of them....ozone in the atmosphere also makes the surface of the rubber harder ...
here's what I do
I put a little laquer thinner on a rag and wipe the tread surface of both new tires with it....it takes a little bit of the rubber off the tread, but big deal the tread never lasts anyways....they stick like shit to a goose, right out of the showroom......