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Mar 11

Posts: 6

kyliewantsme says:

What bike to get.....

Hello: first post ever.
Sorry if it's in the wrong forum...

Well, I think it's etiquette here to introduce myself.
I am a 49 year old male living in Chester, 6'4" and 15 1/2stone.
I have just finished my DAS course (on an ER5)  passing the Mod2 last Thursday. :smile

I used to ride a 125CC Yamaha when i was a student but I have waited 30 more years to get back in the saddle.

Now that I have realised my ambition, thoughts turn to bikes. I have about £2k to spend and a few machines in mind, but would appreciate your advice considering my inexperience and height / weight.

  • Kawa' ZZR600: I really like the looks and the size. It has good reviews? I sat on one at the weekend and felt comfortable.
  • Honda CBR600: It looks similar the the ZZR but I've never sat on one so not sure, but I hear it's a reliable bike as well.
  • Yama' YZF T/C, R6: I really like the looks of these but thinking the R6 is a bit too meaty for my first bike and may cost more than I'm willing to pay.
  • Suzu' GSX600: These look neat and tidy but I get the impression that these are used by track enthusiasts and may have been raced in previous lives, but I like the styling on these.

So, you get the idea. I prefer a 'sports' bike. Did I miss any?

Would really appreciate any help and advice before I make my choice. Thanks in advance. 

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Apr 07

Posts: 1554

shuggie1 says:

sloppy seconds

sorry mate she's already spoken for:lol:

Just a thought, at 6'4" you may find R6 and most other sports bikes a bit snug, suggest you ride one for an hour to check, as otherwise Kylie won't want you as you'll be all hunched up


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Feb 11

Posts: 17

Decto says:


I recently picked up a ZZR600, happy with it so far but with any older bike you need to budget for a little TLC.

Now it's  taxed, tested, new tires, fluids, filters and shock it stands me at about £1400 and has just turned 20k for a 97 E5 model.

Spending on the parts made a big difference and will having a bike the feels 'right' will help your confidence.

I'm 5'10 and can easily get both feet flat down with bent knees so you may want to consider something a little bigger. For a £1500 bike I found little difference in insurance for a sports 600 upwards.

I got the ZZR as my main requirements were a fuel gauge, more power than a CB500 and some wind protection.  Looked at the CBR and the Suzuki but the Honda's were more expensive or much higher mileage the GSX / YZF were a little too track focused and I'd rather have a little space to stretch out.

Have you considered an SV1000 or a VTR1000 Firestorm? These make similar power but will have more torque so should be similar to ride. There's the triumph 955i etc.

Plenty of options. I wouldn't limit yourself too much on the engine size, a sports 600 can get you into just as much trouble as any other bigger bike. Something around 100bhp and up to 220kg should be fine.

Enjoy shopping

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Sep 07

Posts: 2751

James600zx says:

Did I miss any?

Yes, you missed this one:
Kawasaki ZX6R

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Jun 10

Posts: 130

oddjob183882 says:

Kawasaki ZZR600

Very many congratulations on passing your test and for having such good taste in liking the Kawasaki ZZR600. It's a brillant do it all bike, so much so, I've actually got two; an E7 reg' 2001 on a Y plate and a E6F 2006.

However, although the little ZZR is a great bike (especially for shorties like me), you may find that it's a little cramped, especially on longer journeys. 

Would suggest that you try a Kawasaki 750S; you could pick up a nice 2006 model year for £3K at a dealer or £2.5K private. The old Suzuki 1200 Bandit S would also be worthy of consideration.

Have fun and ride safe :biggrin: 

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Feb 09

Posts: 657

wacca1 says:


I'm 6ft 2 (&3/4's) and a lot heavier than you. After passing my test I went straight for a CBR600F and absolutely loved it. Comfy & quick enough - especially when you are used to an ER5.

Also have a look at a Triumph Daytona 650 - a little quicker and a roomy bike for a 600.

In the end follow your heart otherwise you'll end up disappointed.

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Dec 10

Posts: 90

ajroberts says:


Well done for passing.

I am quite short 5'10 on a good day and weigh too much (podgy belly) I passed my test a couple of months ago and got a Honda cbr600FX ('99) for about £2,000 it had done 25k. I learnt on a 500cc Bandit and you can definitely feel the power difference but it brings a huge smile to my face every time I sit on her. It has enough power in those sticky situations when you need to get out the way of a lorry or there is a tw*t in a sup'd up car and you quite easily wipe the smile off their face. Back to the bike I would suggest a CBR600 as I find it easy to handle looks gorgeous adequate power. 

Best thing to do is go to a decent dealer and sit on the bikes and test them out for a good long time; at least 30 mins and if possible at a highish speed and vary the riding seeing the handling in town too.

But I love my CBR600 and would reccommend it to most people, bear in mind though I am short and have had to get mine lowered (yes I am that short:upset:)


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Mar 11

Posts: 6

kyliewantsme says:


Thanks for the feedback peeps :smile

That was exactly the feedback that I was hoping for.

Come the week end I will research a little more and try out a couple of machines. My brother has a Ninja so I didnt forget that. Now if they did one in blue......


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Mar 11

Posts: 6

kyliewantsme says:

KPH speedo

Guys / Gals, what's the deal with imported bikes, you know the ones with KPH dials?
I notice they are much chepaer any particualr reason? Should i avoid?

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Nov 10

Posts: 183

Ovski says:

Blue ninja

Im sure they do a ZX9r in blue? dunno about the 6 though

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Sep 09

Posts: 42

phowarth18 says:

Another choice

Have you thought about Sports Tourers? I love sports bikes, but unfortunately due to old injuries I find them uncomfertable to ride. I'm currently riding a VFR800, quick enough to be fun, but comfortable. I'm covering 160 mile a day.

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