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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cool zx6r or zx10r?

Hello everyone new guy to the forum here!

So I guess this question has been asked thounsands of times but may be that for my situation will be a little different so here it goes...

I'm in love with the looks of the new zx10r, I currently ride an Er6n. I've been riding or should I said practicing for 15 years now but mostly dirt bikes. I'm an all season rider, mostly commuting but also weekend rides and try to to weekend or week long trips. I know either of those bikes are well suited for touring but my question is, what do you guys think? wich one can do an all around job better? will the 10r handle long rides better because of the bigger engine? the riding position would not bother me very much, I was lucky to test ride it on Kawi ticket to ride program and I can see getting used to that, plus I always take breaks every 2 hours or so...

Also well all the different variables that come with commuting with it...

ohh also, the third option would be to go crazy modding my current 09 er6n!!!

well that's all thank you all for your time answering these silly questions!

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The zx6r is probably the better answer but it boils down to what you want. I went from an er6 to a ZX-10 and it is a HUGE jump but it's what I wanted.

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heres my recommendation:

zx6r is my paintbrush if you will. its the tool i ride most for work. a fantastic bike with ample power and is so light i can throw it around like a toy.

traditionally the zx10r is a much more demanding beast, traditionally its a much heavier bike, traditionally its a more speed oriented large track bike. and traditionally i would NEVER recommend this bike to a newer rider in ANY capacity...
that being said the 2011 is completely different. its only 5 lbs heaver than the zx6r, and with the power control/ABS brakes.. i would daringly say it is actually overall a safer more potent bike than the current zx6r even for a newer rider. i would have my inexperienced GF ride on of my 2011 zx10rs over any of 07-current zx6rs... i really believe the new advancements on the bike allow for the zx10 to be much more leinient to mistakes by the rider. that being said.. it is still a 200hp 200mph capable machine.. regardless of what bike you ride anything that fast is inheirently dangerous.

that being said.. id recommend to you neither of those..
you mentioned wanting to ride distances.. the idea of riding either zx6r or zx10r for any length of times over a few short hours is scary! you literelly couldnt pay me to ride one from las vegas to san diego. and at 15K+ for the new zx10r that a serious investment.

id recommend to you the new ninja 1000, or my honest to god absolutely favorite bike i own the 2011 Z1000. it kicks BUT.. if you already have the ER6N (which im proud to say is the bike i personally got to launch to the american public at the dealermeeting 3 years ago. first person to ride one in the US ) if you have a er6n than the new Z1000 is its badass older brother that is slaying through girls everyweekend and basically better at everything you can do.. period... and at 5K cheaper.. both Z1 and ninja 1 are same price as a zx6r, and with exception of tight tight canyons... a zx6r would never stand up to the others in a light to light race.. Z1 is fairingless however so anything about say 90mph and a zx6 will dominate it..

but enough.. i ramble...

my point.. take a serious look at the Z1 Ninja1 and ZX10r...

all are great great bikes.. and between zx10 and zx6 for the street.. id always go zx10r...
600s are just too damn whinny for streets for me.. i like the grunt of a literbike

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BTW there is irony of the "post Quick reply" button at the bottom, as my last long winded post had nothing quick about it..

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that being said.. id recommend to you neither of those..
you mentioned wanting to ride distances.. the idea of riding either zx6r or zx10r for any length of times over a few short hours is scary! you literelly couldnt pay me to ride one from las vegas to san diego. and at 15K+ for the new zx10r that a serious investment.

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I've also ridden dirt for 15 years plus. I bought a zx6r because it was cheap and had never rode street before. I now wish I would have just bought a 1000.
To me it's like riding a 250 4 stroke vs a 450. Sure, very few people can ride a 250 to it's ability but I would never trade my 450 for a 250. I don't care if Im not the fastest man alive on a 250 dirtbike or a 600 street bike. The extra power it there when you want or need it, period.
I would not recommend a liter for a beginner nor any street bike. I think anyone should learn off road. But for you, having plenty of experience, buy the liter and never be disappointed with it performance. Sure a 6 is fast. Faster than most have the abilities for but a 10 has more grunt where you use it, down low. If you have that much experience and are looking for good manners when you need it and hell on wheels when you want it, there is no substitute for the big dog.

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the fact that your currently riding an ER6-N kinda tells me that you're a sensible person so if you want to do some touring as well I would say go for the zx10, just because it can go 200mph doesn't mean you HAVE to do it
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I cant wait to trade up to a 10r next spring
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