Hello, just wanted to introduce myself. I have an 06' ZX6R and really looking forward to learning more about riding. I have all my gear except for boots. I'm also planning to take the safety course at the beginning of next year. I have some experience riding, but not enough to really count. I really enjoy my bike so far!
The safety course is essential, but is very minimal and doesn't give you more than a fraction of what you need to know for street riding, so don't think you'll come away from it knowing how to ride.
Agreed, Don't really know your experience level but from what you wrote above, I'd store the zx6 and buy a 250 from your local craigslist or what have you. A 600 is a lot of power for a newbie, I've been riding for about 4 years now and the new zx-6r still surprises me with the power it has stored up. The course will help but nothing can compare you to the assholes you'll meet on the road expect for experience. Stay aware, no one cares for bikes anymore these days unless you see the "watch for motorcycles" sticker in the back window. Stay safe.
All this is just ADVICE because at the end of the day, you can do whatever the FUCK you wanna do.
The zx6r will do just fine for me. I'm not about speed, riding in groups, or riding in the city. I also don't feel the need to explain any further on that. Thanks for the advice!
you and that bike are a recipe for disaster. i also recommend what the other posters have said; get a smaller bike to learn on.
it's not that you don't have self control or are not mature. the bottom line is that, one day, you'll give your bike an input that you didn't intend to give. the bike will do exactly what your actions told it to do and it will do it RIGHT DAMN NOW. generally speaking, a new rider will tend to tense up on the controls at this point, which is exactly the opposite of what should be done.
when you do that on a newbie-friendly bike, you end up with an "oh-shit!" moment and an interesting conversation for your friends. do it on a super sport and you may end up never walking again. or worse.
please heed the advice of the members of this forum. they know what they're talking about...
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2008 zx6r vivid yellow (gone, but not forgotten)
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There isn't anything I can say to defend myself on that topic. Thanks for your concern guys, but none of you know me personally and if you did, you wouldn't be so worried. It's an endless argument and nothing I can say will be right. See you on the forums.