Is The R6 A Good Beginner/Starter Bike?

funnystoppie1The short answer is no. First, read this common trend amongts new riders. The fact that new riders ask this question reveals their lack of experience and hence the unsuitability of these high performance machines.

1. Newbie asks for advice on a 1st bike (Newbie wants to hear certain answers)

2. Experienced rider’s advise Newbie against a 600cc bike for a first ride (This is not what Newbie wanted to hear).

3. Newbie says and thinks, “Others mess up while learning, but that wont happen to me” (As if Newbie is invincible, holds superpowers, never makes mistakes, has a “level head”, or has a skill set that exceeds the majority of the world, etc).

4. Experienced riders explain why a “level head” isn’t enough. You also need SKILL, which can ONLY be gained via experience. (Newbie thinks he has innate motorcycle skills)

5. Newbie makes up excuses as to why he is “mature” enough to handle a 600cc bike”. (Skill drives motorcycles, not maturity)

6. Newbie, with no knowledge about motorcycles, totally disregards all the advice he asked for in the first place. (Which brings us right back to the VERY FIRST point I made about “knowledge of subject matter”).

7. Newbie goes out and buys a R6, CBR, GSX, 6R, etc. Newbie is scared of the power or is reckless and downs the bike, possiblywinslow_accident hurting or even killing himself.

8. Newbie was actually never really looking for serious advice anyway. What he really wanted was validation and approval of a choice he was about to make or had already consciously made. When he received real advice instead of validation he became defensive about his ability to handle a modern sport bike as first ride.

With That In Mindproject-1

Here is the truth. You can’t handle a 600 Super Sport as a new rider. Thinking you can is dangerous because it reveals YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.

1. Get as much training as you can. READ READ READ. Get as many riding safety books as possible. Your official motorcycle training/skills test gives you just enough skill to be extremely dangerous to everyone, including and especially you.

Here is some great info to start off on.…

2. Buy a bike that is small, cheap, and easy to handle. It will be far more forgiving than a super bike and if/when you go down it won’t cost an arm and a leg to fix. Not to mention you won’t be going 150 MPH.

3. Get with a rider who you respect for their maturity and learn from them. You might have some friend who can ride real fast and do wheelies but chances are they will get you in trouble. Learn to ride your own ride from someone who has been around the block a few times.

4. For the love, don’t buy new. The depreciation is extraordinary in motorcycles. Nothing wrong with buying one a few years old, in great condition, for a few thousand less.

5. Don’t ride with an ego. Egos kill people.

Good “sport” type bikes for a first ride are as follows:
Honda: early 1990’s Honda *** F3, *** 599
Kawasaki: Ninja 250cc, Ninja 500cc, early 1990’s ZX-6E or ZZR600.
Suzuki: GS500E, early 1990’s Katana 600cc, SV650*, SV650s*
Yamaha: early 1990’s Yamaha YZF600R*

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