04-12-2002, 01:27 PM
uhm...recently ive been very interested in motorcycles, especially the r1...damn it looks good in blue. neways i want to learn to ride a motorcycle and get one later...possibly this summer. how do i learn if i do not own my own bike? do classes provide you with a bike to use? i want to take the beginning classes and then the intermediate and advanced classes afterwards...and all those safety courses so my insurance rates will go down.
04-12-2002, 01:36 PM
There are both types of courses out there, but you should have no trouble finding a course that will provide you with a bike.
You should think about not getting the R1 right off the bat. Even after taking the courses it is not a good idea to go straight to the R1. You will develope into a better rider faster if you start out on something a little less extreme. Also when you drop your bike the first time, which you will do( usually in the first 6 months of bike ownership), you don't want it to be a new R1, or a new anything for that matter. Get a FZR600, or a CBR600. Those are both great bikes to learn on and even will provide you with years worth of riding pleasure. Neither of them are by any means "beginner" bikes. I have seen sguys at the track on a 89 FZR600 blow by R1s, and other "faster" bikes.
You are starting out with the right idea, now listen to what everyone on this forum will tell you and don't start with the R1.
Also there are many threads on this so do a search and read a little. Maybe you also can learn from R1Stunta's mistake.
04-12-2002, 01:41 PM
If your in the USA there are schools out there that offer bikes to use. The division of highway saftey has a class for beginners that use Buell Blasts. I believe it a single day course. There are also various race schools that provide bikes to use. It a bit more expensive but a track weekend will teach you alot about how to ride a bike. Just make sure you already know the basics before you go to a race school.
Last but not least, if I were in your shoes I would buy the cheapest ugliest bike I could find and ride it this summer. Thats the best way to go. good luck:hellobye
Also there are a few good books on the subject. Both Kieth Codes "twist of the wrist" I and II are great.
Get a crapper bike. Buy a helmet with a dark shield. Ride.
04-12-2002, 03:59 PM
hmm...thats a good idea. i think ill get a old sport bike...early or mid 90s...i dont want a totally ugly bike =P well my question now is how much would a older bike cost? i dont really care what size engine...it can be less than 600cc but i dont want to spend that much on it at all. i can ride this one until next year after winter...and get a new 2003 model bike. so what year bike and model would be good and cheap? i dont want it to break down and have to pay for repairs since ill probably only ride it for a year and get rid of it. so nothing total crap...but doesnt really matter if it has a lot of miles...and i want one that looks like a sport bike, nothing too pitter.
04-12-2002, 05:14 PM
I know you want a good looking bike but the EX500 by kawasaki is as good a "learner" bike as they come.
If you cant stomach the thought of having a practical bike to learn the basics on for a few months then get an older ninja. they are cheap decently reliable and performace is good for an older bike.
Really though I would rather spend 1000-1500 on a EX500 and get a new bike in august or something.
04-12-2002, 05:16 PM
CBR F2 has got to be hands down the best beginer bike, I learned on it and I reccomend it to everyone. Its comfortable, fast, forgiving, and if you gear it right 100+mph wheelies are possible.:rock
04-12-2002, 05:49 PM
Just a thought or two....
Honda definitely makes an incredibly forgiving bike in all of the 600 F-series f2,f3,f4 f4i. Great starter bikes and also incredibly easy to sell if maintained properly.
Before deciding on ANY motorcycle, it is advisable to complete the motorcycle safety training courses to see if you even like riding. I know, I know, why would you NOT LOVE IT?? Anyways the safety courses give a solid foundation that you can base all other riding around.
As far as the R1 for a first bike, I would have to say negative. Rookies need not apply.
Those are my thoughts, I could be wrong
04-15-2002, 06:28 AM
Evor another thing you might think about is insurance. Might be smart to call around and get quotes for some bikes your interested in and go from there.
I started out (and still own) a 93 fzr 600. I think it's a nice to bike to start out on. Handles good and with a few mods, can still get up. I have 13,000 miles on it and only have replaced the battery and a few tires.
I'm sure anybody in here will agree that a 600 is plenty fast for a beginner. You can always upgrade later. And remember,It's hard to look cool in a hospital.
04-21-2002, 09:31 AM
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only beginner in love with the R1. I got a guy who's going to sell me his '84 Suzuki 500 for a couple of bucks and that's what I'm going to ride this summer. In October I'm going to put my down payment on an R1, since I live in Alaska:mad: that will give me a chance for some free winter storage while I put out 10 g's. But yeah man I feel ya 110%.