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#1 31-12-05 17:58:15

buz2
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big bike

any advise on my first big bike please

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#2 31-12-05 18:06:25

estate.
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Re: big bike

B.M.X.

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#3 31-12-05 18:19:44

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Re: big bike

With stabilisers  lol

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#4 31-12-05 18:24:13

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Re: big bike

VandADI wrote:

With stabilisers  lol

big_smile  big_smile

and then you could join the red hand gang. 8)

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#5 31-12-05 19:46:40

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Re: big bike

lol  lol  lol  lol  lol

Andi


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#6 01-01-06 00:38:09

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Re: big bike

24" or 26" wheels?

18 or 21 gears?

Happy New Year

Oz

#7 01-01-06 01:22:41

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Re: big bike

Don't forget the reflectors  lol
Happy New Year.

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#8 01-01-06 12:18:58

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Re: big bike

Passed my DAS in July and got a ZX6R JI in the August. Superb bit of kit but go careful as they can have a mind of there own  :shock:

If you like Sportsbikes this is the one to get you going.

Plus if you decide to do a trackday they go like the wind, got 150mph on mine.

Mine is all tucked up now waiting for the spring.

All the best and keep it rubber side down big_smile

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#9 01-01-06 19:48:17

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Re: big bike

nice to know your question was taken so seriously hey lol   roll
I suppose alot depends on what sort of style you would prefer - and what size engine you call big!
Have you done the direct access or are you on a 2 year restriction - you can still get bigger bikes but with restrictors on them. What sort of bike did you do your cbt on?
If you can put a few of the answers forward - or even a few ideas you may already have, some of us wink  on the forum may be able to give you a have reasonable answer lol

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#10 01-01-06 20:02:22

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Re: big bike

Bartman1960uk wrote:

If you like Sportsbikes this is the one to get you going.

Plus if you decide to do a trackday they go like the wind, got 150mph on mine.

big_smile

!!!!!!!! hell, the old knees must be going some for 150 mph, mind you the sports drop handlebars would help a bit  wink

Sorry still got some New Year spirit left in the bottle.

Oz

#11 01-01-06 22:32:47

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Re: big bike

Seriously.

If you did your DAS on a 500 cc then my advice would be to stick with that for a year riding regularly before you go any higher.

Also watch the power surge on many sportsbikes  -  like a supercharger kicking in.  DAS trainer bikes tend not to have this feature.

A 350 cc sports bike will suddenly kick you up the backside at certain revs and you need to be ready for it.

Imagine the effect on a bigger engined machine  :shock:

B


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#12 02-01-06 18:24:50

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Re: big bike

This was my question , when i passed my bike test. big_smile

Everyone was saying, depends what you want it for, when you use it etc etc.. In the end i went for a Yamaha Fazer, its a good all rounder, ideal for me...
Here is a link to a pic http://www.ukbike.com/h/bike_detail.php … el=FZS1000

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#13 02-01-06 18:37:32

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Re: big bike

Yep 6000 rpm and the power surge kicks in.

If you are not ready for it you jerk backwards opening the throttle even further and possibly doing your first wheelie involuntarily.

If you are ready for it , duck down hug the bike and dont blow the rings with an over rev.  Lot of power there - 1000cc.

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#14 07-01-06 21:41:49

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Re: big bike

buz2 wrote:

any advise on my first big bike please


I've never looked at this section of the site until now and don't even know why I did. You'll find out why at the end.
I've never been on a motor bike in my life, parents wouldn't let me have one. So you can imagine I was a little apprehensive when my son bought a 100cc scooter. He soon tired of it and went onto a 650cc Suzuki. He bought it against my wishes but at 21 he was his own boss i suppose. I found out from his friends that he was a little scared of its capabilities so I knew he was cautious. He took it for a service andwas talked into exchanging it for a 1000cc Honda. For the little experience he had the bike was to powerful but he always enjoyed it and made sure he was well kitted out with the best of protection.
He bought the bike in April last year and in June he died on it. Aged 25.
Hope you don't think this post is macabre but there was so many un serious posts on this topic that I felt that by relating my thoughts it might just make make the original poster sit up and think first.
So to Buz2 if you don't want your family to go through what we are still going through then please make sure you gain as much experience on a smaller bike first. Join a club and listen to other bikers. Don't listen to the salesman.
Leave big bikes to the experts. They're for the race track.
Hope you will all understand this post.

arib

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#15 07-01-06 22:25:53

estate.
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Registered: 08-03-05
Posts: 26

Re: big bike

buz2 wrote:

any advise on my first big bike please

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#16 07-01-06 22:33:10

asimpsonlowe
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Registered: 21-10-05
Posts: 1,382

Re: big bike

Arib...what a very very sad thing to happen, I too hope that in your posting someone takes your experience and learns from it.

But i would in light of aribs post like to add my own experience, i rode motorcycles from the age of 16, you name it i had it, mopeds, scooters, 100cc,125cc,250cc,450cc 650cc and a 1000cc i shared with my husband. I lived, ate and slept motorbikes from the minute i got my licence. I never had an accident on any of my bikes, (i fell off when stationary once lol) I did however meet the tarmac on close terms once or twice whilst riding pillion!

I actually learnt how to drive a car 6 years ago, because i pulled out infront of a moving car....my fault....he stopped i was lucky! But that was it for me, sold the bike and ive not looked back. *EDIT* i rode motorcycles for 16 years.....

I still to this day cannot get the same thrill/excitment from driving a car and believe me i tried.....the closest i have come is an MGF, roof off, 110mph (on a private road ofcoarse).....Bikes are in your blood, its the thrill.....that feeling i cant describe, but would i go back? NO...I had my warning and took notice of it!

If anyone is getting a large motorcycle or even planning....PLEASE make sure you get the training and the experience first.......

I will just add, im 5ft1 and a woman!! for those who dont know, and i always managed to reach the floor..... wink


Andi


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#17 08-01-06 18:33:08

Badger
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Re: big bike

Hi Arib

Thank you for posting that message.

People reading it will learn from it and hopefully pause for thought.

Badger

#18 17-01-06 20:39:27

steveo
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From: newcastle(ish)
Registered: 06-08-04
Posts: 105

Re: big bike

depends what you mean by big.

if youv'e just done das, then i personally wouldn't recommend anything bigger than a 600 (hornet, fazer, bandit, sv650 etc), plenty fast enough to keep you interested for a year or 2.

if you really fancy a sportsbike and your'e not too big/tall, try going for a 400 s/sport, cbr4, vfr/rvf4, zxr4 etc, again fast enough and you'll learn how to corner etc (coz they lose out on straight line speed, you have to carry more thru' the corners), & the likes of the vfr/rvf, cbr4 are some of the best handling (4 stroke), bikes around. or go for a s/sport 6 and TAKE IT EASY till you get some experience. s/sport 6 & hornet etc are COMPLETLY different animals.

if your'e moving up from the above, then unless you race for a living there's not a lot in it between the 4 cylinders, ie, blade, r1, gixxer, ninja. twins are a bit different, much more low down power. i prefere 4's, like the top end power, hence my blade.

already been said here but make your own mind up, don't be pressured into buying something your'e not happy/confident with. it took me 4 years of road riding (with my licience, a few years off-road, dirt bikes etc before), until i got my blade, wanted one asap but knew deep down i wasn't ready for it until i bought it.

whatever you do, get somemore/advanced training (you can never do enough or stop learning), get it on the track and use the instructors there, you'll learn LOADS, and you can't use any of the performance on the road anyway.

keep it shiny side up & ride safe.

ps, let's know what you end up with.

cheers.


steveo.

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#19 18-01-06 00:20:34

jonks
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Re: big bike

Just read through this thread for the first time.

Arib, I really am very sorry to hear that and I thank you for posting it. I really hope people will read that and think before they buy a motorcycle.

#20 18-01-06 02:31:56

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From: Blackburn, Preston, Lancashire
Registered: 16-03-04
Posts: 884
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Re: big bike

Hi, arib

Yes i do understand your post,
Good advice, bikes are a great thing for some, however they can be the worst. You have no protection on a bike, look for what is best for you, and what you feel 'right with'

Heart goes out to you arib.

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