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wow this thread reminds me of all the stuff I did when I first started riding.

braking mid corner
not trusting tires
target fixating
braking while turning at slow speeds and tipping the bike over.
tire pressures and riding with a squared off rear tire.

thank goodness I learned all that on a beater Suzuki katana 600 and not the CBR929rr I have now. funny enough I paid the same for the katana that I paid for my fireblade lol
 

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Same here, busy as a son of a gun, myself my wife and two sons playing hockey doesn't leave much time for much else this time of year......glad to hear you are well my good man!!!!!!!!!!:plus1:
 

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Light Clothing mixed with Testy Young Folks on Bikes THAT ARE TOO BIG FOR THEM...
I STARTED OUT WITH 600s and worked my way up and i see too many people starting off on 1000s
 

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yeah nothing makes me cringe worse than seeing a 20 something kid on a literbike with his gf wearing booty shorts n a halter top hanging off the rear. cool if they got lids on but loosing 35% of your skin might be worse than the head injury you avoid with just a helmet! lol not to mention kids are super awesome at cranking that right hand all the way back but as soon as they get in trouble with zero skills its all bad. its pretty easy to go fast down the local cruiser strip but not so easy to recover from a serious speed wobble or blue haired pedestrian strolling out in your lane when they didnt see you coming up the street at 135mph. lol i would feel real real bad if my pretty gf got skinned after i wrecked. id never let a chick on my bike without jeans a jacket n helmet at the bare minimum.
 

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having said that i think we can all agree the number one problem with new riders is thinking you can just wring a bike out with no skill n hope nothing goes wrong doing it. because its pretty likely it could, then what. with experience comes speed, not the other way around.
 

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Ironic... After what I said I went for a cruise today forgetting my tires are fresh and put my 954 sideways and saved myself but clutching and throttling out while pushing back up with my foot briefly... it can happen to anyone... The difference of eating **** or not is reaction as well as ability and experience... having smaller bikes before lager is best because if I hadn't had experience and that happened I would have gone down for sure... I could only imagine what an inexperienced rider would have done when they realized the bike was going down in a turn... probly lean up? Lol
 

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and ya, my girl is jacket jeans and usually boots... common sense is not so common
 

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You should not start with motorcycles 1000cc is wrong and get hurt, of course much depends on the head of the driver, but you learn to drive better gradually climbing power.
i agree steve. you will also have a lot more fun riding a bike within your means than trying to control a bike thats way out of your league. i started on dirt bikes many years before i ever got a street bike. then i got a 600 to start. it was and still is plenty fast enough and a bit more forgiving than a liter bike.

i still love riding a 600 all the same.
 

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Common sense. Pilots don't start on jets.

+1 954kevin. I love my 954 here too. If I didn't need something that was good for long distance/highway travel, I'd probably be on a middle weight too. (Oh wait! That means I need two bikes!) :)
 

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954 is a nice compromise tho. its pretty close ta as light as a 600 just with more grunt. i think the only bike lighter in 03 was a zx6r. i mean i know newer 600's keep up with the 954 if not pass it but its a fun bike for sure. ive had lots n i think the 954 is a keeper. i do still miss the frantic gear changing and just the sound a 600 makes tho. my point being you dont hafta have a liter bike to have a real blast. in fact if you jump on a liter bike n think your going to man handle it as a first bike your mistaken n its just not nearly as much fun riding a bike your not confident on. a 600 for a first bike is still stretching that whole concept but yeah, a liter bike, forget about it.
 

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True on the weight front. I don't think that there's been a liter-class bike that's as light as the 954 since. I ride mine everywhere. Unless conditions prohibit, I use my bike the way most folks do a car. Wife's the same way. Everyday shopping involves a backpack.

You should see our Christmas card. This whole family rides.
 

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Being 6' 3" tall, I had no choice but to start on 1 liter bikes, because I look like a big spider sitting on a golf ball with a 600. Riding in the low band on the tach, power never hurt me once. Respect the machine, ride within your limits, ANY motorcycle will suffice. I can ride a ZX-14 at 1/4 throttle and be far in my comfort zone than those reckless squids on a 600. Attitude goes a long way.
 

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i agree steve. you will also have a lot more fun riding a bike within your means than trying to control a bike thats way out of your league. i started on dirt bikes many years before i ever got a street bike. then i got a 600 to start. it was and still is plenty fast enough and a bit more forgiving than a liter bike.

i still love riding a 600 all the same.
:plus1: Yes,are good also 600cc to have fun.


I started 14 years motorcycle 2 stroke, 125cc 250cc (Aprilia-suzuki) to rise over the years, when I passed all'r6 yamaha seemed a jet power, to experience changed several 600cc that came out at that time, then calmly passed at engines 1000cc, i think the school is served. However, falling is always possible, most on the track where you turn to lower their times, but nevertheless I love riding bikes in in road and track.
 

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I wish I had my camera mounted today.....
So, I jump out on the A9 today, and ride hard for an hour (or so...).
I see a sign for Ingolstadt, and decide to turn around.
Check the side, no cars.
Rip across three lanes, just in time to hit the ramp. Oh ****. This is a HARD right ramp! I'm going WAY too fast!
I'm on the fronts, HARD, and I'm downshifting to scrub some speed off. I guess my timing was off, because the motor goes silent, and I hear the rear tire locked up.
Not good.
I KNOW I'm not making the curve.

I am a living example of Newton's First Law.
Fcuksticks.
Lucky for me, there is a two foot space between the guardrail starting, and the sign for the exit.
That goes right downhill into the grass between the ramps.
So, long story short- I left the road, but stayed on the bike!
 

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shew, that sounds exciting. happy you made it out without any damage to you or your bike!!
 
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