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Old 05-26-2006, 9:56 PM   #1
 
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Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

First off, hi everyone! New member.

I've wanting a sportbike for some time and im finally ready to take the plunge. I dont have a lot of experience on street bikes. In fact its been about 5-6 years since ive been on a street bike. My friend had a pair of older CBR F2s that we would ride around back roads. He helped me a lot and taught me the basics of riding. Wanted a bike at that time, but it just didnt work out.

Now im 30, have my head on straight, value life a little more.......so im very torn on what bike i should get.

Really looking at a 2001-2003 CBR F4i, but there always seems to be a deal on an '03 RR for about the same money. Head says F4i, heart says RR!

Btw, i am signed up for the local MSF class in about two weeks.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

I started on the 2002 F4I and I did fine. I had to get rid of it though, but I think it was a good starter (not that I'm a pro or anything now) but it seemed pretty easy to control
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

I learned to ride in the MSF on a Nighthawk 125 (yes, that is a funny image) and the first bike I owned was an F3.

While you do have some experience on the street and are taking the MSF for a refresher I'd say that the F4i is a decent bike if, like most other inanimate objects that can get you killed quite easily, you treat it with proper respect. It's not an ideal starter bike but it is doable.
Get a used F4i and after a season or two pick out an RR if you still want one.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

i am 53 and took the motorcycle safety class about six months ago, got my license and then purchased a used (like new) 2004 cbr600f4i. it is the first bike that i have ever owned and find it to be very meneuverable. i have a long way to becoming an experienced rider however, i have a few friends who ride and who have shared their stories with me and i find that to be very valuable as well as the safety class. i learned so much in that class and am always applying all that i learned when out and about. so all in all i am doing fine with my bike and like i said this is my very first one.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

If you've got a solid head on your shoulders and will respect the bike, the F4i would be a great choice. It is more comfortable and a bit more forgiving than the 600RR, yet will still be a bike that can provide you enjoyment for years.
Ask yourself what you will be doing with the bike. If the answer is complete street riding - commuting, canyon rides, sport touring, etc. than the answer is F4i, no doubt. If the answer is that you want to head to the track with schools, open track days, maybe even a race or two with some street riding thrown in, than the 600RR is the better bet.
The 600RR is nowhere near as comfortable a bike to ride in that the riding position is more racy, the seat is hard - not just harder, hard - etc.
The F4i is still a very capable bike, yet offers comfort and is more forgiving for new riders.
Oh, and you should be able to find clean used ones cheaper than 600RRs.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:00 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

I started on a RR and it was ok for me. In hind site I wish I would have gotten a SV650 to learn on and keep it for the track for about a year and than gotten a RR. But, we all live and learn.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

I started on a new 05 RR last year and have been loving it/no problems. Got my MSF course about two months after receiving the bike and developed a new respect for it having never been on a small motor before.
I use mine basically for 100% commute. Rarely do I play, but having had many years of bicycle racing under my belt the "aggressive positioning" of the RR is less-so than what I'm used to and doesn't phase me for every day... YMMV.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

well i started on an 06 F4i a few weeks ago and i learned how to ride in about an hour on my buddies 05 took the drivers test the next day and right after that went and picked my bike up. its a pretty forgiving bike. not that im a pro or anything, but i havent had any problems with it.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

You shouldn't limit yourself with such a slow bike. Just go get a GSXR 1000 and be done with it. Then maybe after you master the 1K you could move up to a Busa or even the Kawi ZX-14.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

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You shouldn't limit yourself with such a slow bike. Just go get a GSXR 1000 and be done with it. Then maybe after you master the 1K you could move up to a Busa or even the Kawi ZX-14.
No joke man, ive only had it for a few weeks and it doesn't scare me anymore. im already wishing i had bought a bigger one. i'll have to work on it to push the limits.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

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i'll have to work on it to push the limits.
Yours or the bikes?
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

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Yours or the bikes?
Both, i can't go showing up to japan in a couple months, not being able to hold my own. i here they have some nice bikes over there you cant get in the states. hopefully ill bring one back in one piece.
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Re: Anyone start on an F4i or RR?

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Both, i can't go showing up to japan in a couple months, not being able to hold my own. i here they have some nice bikes over there you cant get in the states. hopefully ill bring one back in one piece.

Well, damn dude, if it only took you 2 weeks to master that 600, go racing. Seriously.

And yeah, I think you can still get all the cool 2-smokes over there...
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