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Old 09-14-2012, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, to make a long story short, I guess because I'm a girl maybe people think I can't handle the power of a bigger bike, but I've been riding a Ninja 250 for 3 years now and want to upgrade to a 600. How big is the power difference and will I be able to handle it honestly? All opinions welcome!
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Power difference is huge, but yes you should be able to handle it. People who ride 600's are not special they just know how to ride a 600.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There is still the middle ground with a 650 which would definitely be within your ability.

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Power difference is huge, but yes you should be able to handle it. People who ride 600's are not special they just know how to ride a 600.
I like to think I'm special!

OP: I'd have to say its really up to you. If you feel comfortably moving to a 599 go for it. But if you're not ready your only going to do more harm than good.
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i would agree with this.

the power difference is massive. a modern 600 will have almost 4x as much power as the 250.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i would agree with this.

the power difference is massive. a modern 600 will have almost 4x as much power as the 250.
That's not really how I meant it.

If you're not confident enough in your skills to try it yourself, and have to ask someone on the internet if you're ready (note we have NO WAY WHATSOEVER of accurately assessing your skill set OP) then you need to go an sit in a coffee house for a while and ask yourself if you think you can do everything right every time. A modern 600 will punish your mistakes, where the 250 will usually let them slide. If you feel confident enough in your riding of the 250 that you think you won't make any mistakes from now on it's time to move up. If however, you often or even occasionally say inside your helmet,
"why did I do that"
"that could have been bad"
"dumped the clutch, fuck"
"whoops"
"oh man"
or any iteration or similar idea...

Well you get the idea. The 250 that you have is the place to perfect your muscle memory. If YOU fell you're there then move up IF you want too. Not because people give you a hard time about what bike you ride. Not because you think you need more power to keep up. Not because it's what everyone else does. But because it's what you want.

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I have also been looking at a 600, def. find something that your comfortable on and you should be fine.
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OP: I'd have to say its really up to you. If you feel comfortably moving to a 599 go for it. But if you're not ready your only going to do more harm than good.
No he's right. 600 riders aren't special.

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