NEWBIE ADVICE PLEASE...a bit long though

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Steve B, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B Guest

    Greetings all - new convert here looking for some bike buying advice.

    OK, so I really fancy an R1, but then I also really don't want to throw it
    down the road an look like a tw*t. I've recently passed test and am looking
    to buy the *perfect* novice bike. What I want is comfort, ease of riding
    and definate reliability. The bike will be used for the typical weekend
    trips to escape the noise of the kids, and definately not when it's wet (I
    don't like walking to the car in the rain, so why would I want to get soaked
    on a bike ?)
    What I want are opinions on the following bikes....(this is my shortlist).
    I'll probably buy a used bike, but might be tempted for a new one if our
    local dealer is prepared to do the deal - he's making silly offers for new
    ZX6R if I order now but don't take delivery until Feb.

    Suzuki GSXR600
    Suzuki GSX600F
    Yamaha FZ600
    Honda CBR600F
    Kawasaki ZZ600R
    Kawasaki ZX6R

    Cheers all

    Steve
     
    Steve B, Oct 28, 2003
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    WavyDavy Guest

    Well assuming you mean *FZS*600 (ie Fazer) then that's the one from the list
    that I'd recommend. If you mean FZ then I wouldn't bother - they're all
    very old by now and the ex-XJ6 engine's a bit weedy in the FZ due to the
    smaller carbs.... And the seat's crap.

    Of course what you *really* want is a nice NS400 or Gamma 5... :)

    Dave
     
    WavyDavy, Oct 28, 2003
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    Slider Guest

    As a quick guide, the panels damaged on my R6 after a relatively minor
    lowside will cost about £900 to replace.

    Front fairing = £300
    Top/Mid/Bottom RHS Fairing = £226 + £201 + £149

    ....not that I'm going to replace them of course...
     
    Slider, Oct 28, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    The damage to my gixxer after being knocked over onto its side in a
    car park comes to about £1300 plus labour...
     
    Ace, Oct 28, 2003
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    Slider Guest

    [snip]
    Yeah, it's not cheap this fairing malarkey. Add to the cost of my fairing
    bits a new oil pump cover (RHS crank case), new foot peg hangar, new
    indicator, new bar end + mirror and we're well into the £1k territory (plus
    labour). Thank god the accident didn't damage the frame.
     
    Slider, Oct 28, 2003
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    Alan.T.Gower Guest


    Buy a second hand Bandit 600, they're insurance friendly and fairly
    cheap to do up after you've dropped it.
     
    Alan.T.Gower, Oct 28, 2003
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    Champ Guest

    c'mon, c'mon, let's have the mantra...
     
    Champ, Oct 28, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    "twice the fun at half the speed".

    There, happy now?
     
    Ace, Oct 28, 2003
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    Timo @ work Guest

    What is it with you and the tendency of your bikes to end up
    horizontal in a car park?
     
    Timo @ work, Oct 28, 2003
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    Pip Guest

    It's all to do with how bikes grow to be like their owners ...
     
    Pip, Oct 28, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    Heh.

    Anyway, AFAIAA this is the first time it's ever happened. Sure, the ST
    had been dropped in my garage at home one time, and in the street once
    as well (I had a crushed finger), but cara parks? Never before.
     
    Ace, Oct 28, 2003
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    Ginge Guest

    Ouch.

    Those clumsy french drivers, schoal of cunts.
     
    Ginge, Oct 28, 2003
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