02 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja discussion forum: RE: Few Questions
RE: Few Questions
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I may be a little late on this thread, but here is my two cents.
My first bike (ever) was a 2002 ZX-6R, and my experience has been very good. I started my motorcycle career with a full weekend motorcycle training course. We spent 16 hours on a beginner track learning the basic and fundamentals of motorcycling, which was augmented by 8 hours of in class education. And I wouldn´t have felt anywhere near as comfortable on my bike without that course. It was totally invaluable and I would suggest you plan to absolutely take a course.
Now, the bikes that we used in the course were old (mid-80s) 250s and 400s. These were the first bikes that I rode ever. They were excellent bikes for learning. They were forgiving and if you dropped one, it didn´t cost anything. Right after the weekend, I got my motorcycle license and I went and picked up my new (0 km) ZX-6R without ever having test driven a supersport bike. Until you´ve experienced it, you can´t imagine how different the supersport bikes are from your standard style 400 cc bike. My bike is like a razor in traffic. It stops hard, accelerates like nothing you´ve been on before, and never runs out of legs. All of this with the twist of about 1 inch on the throttle. And that is where you will find the huge difference between a 400 and a 600cc supersport. It isn´t the top speed that will get you into trouble, because all bikes can go 100+ km per hour and if you fall or make a mistake at 100km an hour, then you are in trouble. The difference is that if you accidentally flick your wrist or bump the throttle on a supersport, the bike WILL respond, and hard. Do this in a corner, whether it is 30km or 130km, you are could be in deep trouble.
So, if someone asked me if they could start on a 600cc bike, I would say absolutely. But, if you do not respect the bike and drive in a mature, reasonable fashion, you´ll end up, in the worst case, smeared all over the pavement. Best case, you just drop your bike and pay $1000s to fix up fairings and moldings and all the plastic bits that break really easy. Enjoy your bike, always respect it, and recognize your limits and you´ll be fine.
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