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post #1 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Getting my first bike

So I was just recently in a car accident and got my car fixed and paid off(not my fault). I've always wanted a motorcycle and now I have the opportunity to get one. I'm 21 looking at getting a 2017 Yamaha fz6r really no experience except for dirt bikes (I guess don't count big difference) and I road my dads ultra classic down the drive way. But I was wondering what your thoughts are on the bike and what insurance would be roughly for a guy my age. No tickets and no accidents that were my fault

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post #2 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 08:15 AM
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I'm also 21. I pay $24 for my insurance (esurance) but it is only liability. I'm living in Los Angeles btw. My broke a** would never buy a brand new bike lol. I was thinking about financing a grom but the insurance would come out to $100+, no thanks. If you have the money go for it but i would buy used.

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Also was wondering what are the best frame slidlers and bolt ons for later

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Also was wondering what are the best frame slidlers and bolt ons for later

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post #5 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 10:09 AM
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+1.
if this is your "first" street bike, look for a nice used one that isn't a CROTCH rocket.
there are plenty of good used street bikes out there.........trust me I see them every day on CL in my area as well (L.A. too)

that yamaha you selected is a good bike.....but.....not as a first bike.
get something more....tammer shall we say.
even if you 'outgrow' it in a year, you could always sell it, then and only then is when you will "feel" confident enough to move up.

First bike questions always recieve the same responses. I don't care if you came out of the womb "ON" a motorcycle....don't get a NEW FAST first bike.
Trust when I say this, coming from a 54 year old who's seen just bout everything. decapatations, deaths on the twisties, bone protrusions, brain matter...etc......trust me, you don't want a NEW FAST first bike.

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Also...curious that you post "getting my first bike" on a 919 forum? Were you considering a 919 as your first bike?. God I hope not.

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post #7 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 10:52 AM
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An FZ6 is a lot of bike for a newb.

If you were my kid, l would suggest a KTM 390. Or a Ninja 300, or a Yam 320.

Then in a couple of years, you could move up to a 600. I have a 599 Honda. I wouldn't recomend it to a beginner.

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+10 to what "Sniper" said.
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An FZ6 is a lot of bike for a newb.

If you were my kid, l would suggest a KTM 390. Or a Ninja 300, or a Yam 320.

Then in a couple of years, you could move up to a 600. I have a 599 Honda. I wouldn't recomend it to a beginner.

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post #9 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 11:56 AM
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Back "in the day" in college, when I took a "refresher" beginners course in riding...."THIS" is what they trained us on. a fleet of 1982 Honda 125s......light, easy to turn. no fuss, no mess....just "LEARN" how the hell to ride properly. And mind you this was in the day when there were no snowflake helmet laws, gloves, boots etc....although in the training course we were indeed required to where a helmet, boots and gloves......liability and all. But even then...it was a "125cc" Honda. Not an FZ......do yourself a favor kid and learn how to ride a small bike fast, then you can ride a fast bike slow.....and you'll be better off for it.
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post #10 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 11:58 AM
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the suggested KTM390 is an "excellent" choice for a beginner rider. Quick, nimble, easy to manuever and given that "sports" look....it's a kick-butt beginner bike.

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post #11 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 12:00 PM
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Now if this aint one sweet little bike....I don't know what is.
I'm 54 and I've often considered buying one of these to, well...just have. for kicks and chasin squirrels round me hood.

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post #12 of 42 Old 06-25-2017, 04:28 PM
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I have serious doubts most people could "out-grow" a Ninja 300 or the like on the street. The mentality of "outgrowing" a bike needs to stop.

I agree with Vintage, Sniper, and others. Do NOT get an FZ6 for your first bike. Let alone a brand new bike. Buy something used. If you insist on 600cc+, then get the Ninja 650r. Great bike to learn on in the 600 cc range.

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post #13 of 42 Old 06-26-2017, 08:32 AM
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Agreed w/ Pvster on the "out growing" concept.
These small rockets are made to be pushed to a certain edge we as normal daily street riders may never come close to.
Even something like the KTM390 or the Ninja300.......you can learn that little bike in and out and may just never get to using its full potential.

I think the "outgrowing" term is misleading. it's more of a "I'm bored with my current bike so let me try something else" mentality that we as riders tend to share.
Your aren't really outgrowing the bike, your are merely outgrowing your own patience with your skill level and therefore projecting onto that the bike I have now is too small, or too slow, or doesn't respond fast enough, or (fill-in-the-blank) excuse....thats all.

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or get a cb-1 if you can find a good condition one 399cc very good first bike and sounds like a beast.

Also looks like a mini cb919
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funny you should say that Ewmin3m.....
that's exactly my second bike and I too have noticed it does indeed look like a mini 919. Even has the same 3 spoke bladed rims.

just got done installing a 900rr rear shock with the CB1 spring transplant and it's very well planted now.
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this was before she got the "Nubian" remake.....she does indeed fit the older brother...the CB1 that is.

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and yer right.....a CB1 would make an excellent choice for a "1st bike"......tame yet when she hits 9K rpm...she wakes up like a pissed off "Hornet" on steroids...
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Yeah. Only Downside I found with that bike is the fact that it's fat....its very fat and It's also quite the pig when it comes to gas, but... still a very good choice.

I wish we got the newer super fours here in canada, that they used to get in australia and asia :-/
Though I see they stopped making those too in 2016, but i guess it didn't make sense to have that and the new 650 engine.

The Super four looks like a mini cb1100 and the new cb650f looks like a mini cb1000r:


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and yer right.....a CB1 would make an excellent choice for a "1st bike"......tame yet when she hits 9K rpm...she wakes up like a pissed off "Hornet" on steroids...

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that super four is a looker. I'm not into "fat" bikes. I actually sold one because it was too "fat" for me but that FOUR is gorgeous.
I had a VFR800 2002 before I bought the 919. I thought it was "the" bike...but I came to find out it was too heavy, large, just all round HUSKY for my taste.
If any of you have ever danced with a very "light on her feet FAT CHIC" that's what the VFR800 feels like. She's light on her feet when you get her goin' but hell if aint a chore to move her around in a tight corners at slow speeds.......
so I sold it...and the very next day that 919 showed up at my door step.
Haven't looked back ever since on that choice. I too wish the US would allow more 400s into this country. It'd be a hoot if Honda and Yamaha would get on the 400-band wagon again and start making them.

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And welcome to the forum Bullittmustang, I hope when you get a bike you will continue to visit us.

Please remember that you have only one chance to start small and progress from there. If you go big right out of the gate- you might not live to see tomorrow. My first street bike was a 72' CB-360, and then a 92' CB-750 Nighthawk. Anyone can "ride" a bike up and down the street and go through the motions (and because your 21 you probably think we don't know what we are talking about) but learn within your limits. You may even do a drz-400sm for your first- its very similar to what you already know in the dirt, but you now can learn to ride it for the streets.

Please don't add to the majority of kids who go with what their friends recommend, and buy a "big, fast, rocket bike" and end up dying or seriously injured within the first year.

The fz6r is alot of bike for a new rider...

Be the minority and be responsible- Choose wisely...

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The ninja 650 was my second choice. The only reason I looked into the fz6r was the 4cyl sound. I also was reading about the enigine. The forum and specs I was reading said it was a detuned old r6 motor with a more linear torque curve and more predictable throttle since there is no sudden increase in power. I'll probably lean towards the ninja 650 now. Also about the frame sliders what are the best to get? I've seen two styles one with on each large bolt that goes through the center and another with four smaller bolts on a bracket

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The sliders will depend on what bike you choose. I would get extended sliders so you have more meat to grind down in the case of a fall. They also provide a nice foot rest when on the long trips. Sidenote: the 919 is the "detuned" version of the cbr-900, and it is still way to much for any beginner to use properly. If I had to choose between the fz-6 and the cb-599- iI would go honda.

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you should not get the ninja 650....or fz....get a smaller, tammer displacement bike as your FIRST bike. Please.
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The ninja 650 was my second choice. The only reason I looked into the fz6r was the 4cyl sound. I also was reading about the enigine. The forum and specs I was reading said it was a detuned old r6 motor with a more linear torque curve and more predictable throttle since there is no sudden increase in power. I'll probably lean towards the ninja 650 now. Also about the frame sliders what are the best to get? I've seen two styles one with on each large bolt that goes through the center and another with four smaller bolts on a bracket

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and you are an exception to the "rule". starting on a 919 as your first bike is just ludacris......
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I started on a 919. Sv650 or ninja 650 are considered the best beginner bikes as they are inexpensive, comfortable and docile.

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you can pick up a pretty decent CB1 for about $2500 to $3000. "That" should be this kids FIRST bike to learn on.

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FWIW I just started riding (I'm 35), and started with the 919. Insurance is dirt cheap for me but I'm 35 and married with a perfect driving record and everything bundled with Progressive. If I could start over, I'd choose something lighter and I'm certain that I'd be OK with the drop in power. The weight of this bike (something like 470lbs wet?) is intimidating (to me) and maneuvering it around the driveway/garage takes a lot of effort. The FZ6R and 650R both seem to have similar weights. The few times I've really need to cane it have been highway on-ramps, where I'm certain the 40'ish HP you get from any of the 300/500cc options on the market are more than enough.

In hindsight, I should have held out for a Duke/RC 390, or a CBR500R. Its funny because I find myself typing the same advice that I read hundreds of times on forums before going with the 919.

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As I stated to the fellow who started this post..............GET....YOURSELF...a lighter, smaller bike other than the one you are pining for....trust "US". Please....for yer own sake.
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FWIW I just started riding (I'm 35), and started with the 919. Insurance is dirt cheap for me but I'm 35 and married with a perfect driving record and everything bundled with Progressive. If I could start over, I'd choose something lighter and I'm certain that I'd be OK with the drop in power. The weight of this bike (something like 470lbs wet?) is intimidating (to me) and maneuvering it around the driveway/garage takes a lot of effort. The FZ6R and 650R both seem to have similar weights. The few times I've really need to cane it have been highway on-ramps, where I'm certain the 40'ish HP you get from any of the 300/500cc options on the market are more than enough.

In hindsight, I should have held out for a Duke/RC 390, or a CBR500R. Its funny because I find myself typing the same advice that I read hundreds of times on forums before going with the 919.

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We get the entire range of CB's in Australia. Also before you get your motorcycle learners licence here you have to do a several day motorcycle riders safety course. After which you get a licence with horsepower constrictions on it for a year. The bike pictured is a CB400 2015 model. Perfect for a learner. I'd even like one. Super reliable, looks like a standard jap bike and goes like a shower of s..t.
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I'll probably lean towards the ninja 650 now.
Good choice, far better than any 600 for a beginner rider. And please do not buy brand new.

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you should not get the ninja 650....or fz....get a smaller, tammer displacement bike as your FIRST bike. Please.
While I advocate for a smaller first bike, don't let the ninja 650r fool you, its a very tame inline twin until you really start to wrangle its neck. What makes it a good beginner bike similar to an sv650 is weight, placement of power output, handling, and usability (different roles/types of riding).

The 650r is my go to if I can't convince someone to go below 600cc.

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Don't know if this helps but I'm pretty sure you can restrict the honda cb600 hornet so that it produces less hp. When more confident de-restrict. Still a heavy bike though.

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I mean...unless you weigh in 300lb and 400cc or 390KTM is indeed just unmanagable for you.....then I guess a 650 would be the next best thing.
Though....if you indeed weigh that much....I'd advise you to stay off motorcycles in general.

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I mean...unless you weigh in 300lb and 400cc or 390KTM is indeed just unmanagable for you.....then I guess a 650 would be the next best thing.
Though....if you indeed weigh that much....I'd advise you to stay off motorcycles in general.
What is that supposed to mean?... I weighed 315 when this picture was taken... should I stay off motorcycles too?
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Let me clarify then.
1st....if you did indeed weighed in at 315lbs IN that photo....then there's been some photochoppin done.
In a normal scenario.....a heavier fellow would have a harder time manuevering a motorcycle and would be more prone to wrecking the FK outta his machine weighing in that much.

And what I meant to state was that if the OP of this thread wants to get a 650 or larger bike cause, well, a 390Ktm or a CB1 for example, couldn't handle his weight.then that's his choice. When I refer to heavier riders, 300 and above seems to be a bit more prone to NOT being able to move enough around the bike but in your case...............badmoon.........it appears you are the exception to the rule. Have you ever seen a 300lb motogp rider? let me answer that for you......NO....they usually weigh in at about a buck twenty or a buck forty. Allz I'm stating is that a smaller bike (390KTM for example) may not be well suited for a 1st time rider if that rider is indeed at 300+lbs......was I clear?
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I mean...unless you weigh in 300lb and 400cc or 390KTM is indeed just unmanagable for you.....then I guess a 650 would be the next best thing.
Though....if you indeed weigh that much....I'd advise you to stay off motorcycles in general.

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You really need to chill a little. Your statement that MotoGP riders are often smaller has absolutely no relation or relevancy to a larger persons ability to ride a motorcycle. Yes, most MotoGP riders are under 150 because weight maters in extreme racing scenarios and if riding skill was completely equal, a lighter rider will be able to go faster than a heavier rider. This is not nearly as profound as you think it is. As is always the case, correlation does not imply causation.



Furthermore, thinking that a 300cc bike is the only thing someone should get and that anything else is not only the wrong choice, but also moronic, is an equally dense point of view. There's nothing wrong with recommending a smaller bike and providing reasoning, but when you start criticizing people for the choices they've made simply because they don't agree with you, you've lost all credibility. I bought a 919 as my first motorcycle for a number of reasons. Am I an idiot because I'm 6'6" and physically can't fit on a smaller bike? Does it also fascinate you that I weigh more than 200 pounds and can somehow break the rules of physics and not only manage to mount a motorcycle, but ride it down the road without triggering a series of tears in the very fabric of space and time?

Allz I'm stating is that, in your case, better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.



To the OP - Buy whatever you want, take a safety course, be careful, and ride the hell out of it. Sorry for getting salty but this was just getting out of hand here.


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Let me clarify then.
1st....if you did indeed weighed in at 315lbs IN that photo....then there's been some photochoppin done.
In a normal scenario.....a heavier fellow would have a harder time manuevering a motorcycle and would be more prone to wrecking the FK outta his machine weighing in that much.

And what I meant to state was that if the OP of this thread wants to get a 650 or larger bike cause, well, a 390Ktm or a CB1 for example, couldn't handle his weight.then that's his choice. When I refer to heavier riders, 300 and above seems to be a bit more prone to NOT being able to move enough around the bike but in your case...............badmoon.........it appears you are the exception to the rule. Have you ever seen a 300lb motogp rider? let me answer that for you......NO....they usually weigh in at about a buck twenty or a buck forty. Allz I'm stating is that a smaller bike (390KTM for example) may not be well suited for a 1st time rider if that rider is indeed at 300+lbs......was I clear?

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Manwhile, back at the motorcycle discussion.....

Thre's a big difference between the average 35 year old, and a 21 year old.

You're going to drop your first bike a couple of times. Thats just an undeniable fact of life. Riding a motorcycle is a lot more difficult than
driving a car. Evrybody makes mistakes. I know l did.

I'd be looking for a nice, slightly used 390 Duke. I had one.

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How about the cb500f? Naked, twin cylinder honda. Been around for a few years, bet you could pick one up second hand. Pretty sure they made it to the states.
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Let me clarify then.
1st....if you did indeed weighed in at 315lbs IN that photo....then there's been some photochoppin done.
In a normal scenario.....a heavier fellow would have a harder time manuevering a motorcycle and would be more prone to wrecking the FK outta his machine weighing in that much.
And the close mindedness comes out again... Do yourself a favor and don't go to any track day. That way you can hold onto your mistaken belief listed above. Seen plenty of "heavier" guys hustle it faster on the track than I could dream of.
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Other are suggesting a used bike in the "few years old" range.

I started on an 84 CB700S. That would make it about a 20 year old bike at that time. Maybe a late 90's early 00's naked standard would be a great choice.

As for the size, I picked the 700 because it was free. I didn't have a problem because I was able to control things. The same with the 919, I don't wring it out, it has much more power that I need, but I didn't get a smaller bike because of that.

IMO, getting a bike that's only powerful enough for your current needs is OK, but that means in a few years you'll be looking for another bike. I'd rather buy a bike that I want and then invest in that. Either way, as long as you keep your head on straight, you'll be ok.

A 10~15 year old bike should be a bargain.

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