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Posted: 3/28/2009 11:07:04 AM EDT
I've been riding a drz 400 that was wrecked several times and converted to more of a dirt bike before given to me. I enjoyed riding it around the property and local back gravel roads but im really interested in street riding now. I went to two of the local dealers and finger fucked everything in their inventory which narrowed it down to these 3. I don't like the overall feel of the GSXR and the Daytona 675 is too tall and parts/maintenance will be more expensive to the point it's not really worth considering for a first street bike.

Honda 600RR


Kawasaki ZX6R


Yamaha R6


I understand the Honda wins the shootouts but is the difference that noticeable? Also if I were to go used what should I look for as far as wear/tear?
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:08:57 AM EDT
My first bike was a zx6r. Then I got a zx9. I am a Kawasaki fan.

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Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:09:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 11:12:25 AM EDT by distributor_of_pain]
Kawi.

but I wouldn't get a 600.

If you absolutely have to get a sub liter bike:



Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:19:08 AM EDT
Pretty much any of the 3 you picked is going to be great.

All the big 4 jap makers are as good as the other.

Sit on them all and see what feels and fits you.

I personally like honda and Kaw.
Never liked yamaha because the handle bars droop on the ends and it would hurt my wrists.
I have owned in the past a 00-Zx6r, 2 ZX9r A Zrx1100,A 77 kz1000ltd, and an 06 Hayabusa.

I'm 6ft3 and need a big roomy bike and now it seems the 600 are too small for me.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:21:21 AM EDT
Sit on them and see what you like. You really can't go wrong with any of them, as long as you like the feel of the bike.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:21:58 AM EDT
Just go sit on all of them and see which one feels best to you, buy it and go ride
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:22:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:23:51 AM EDT
Buy the Honda. I owned a CBR600F4i once. Greatest bike I've ever owned, I miss it.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:24:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 11:28:39 AM EDT by adalon]
Triumph daytona 675 FTW.

It may be a bit more spendy than your cookie cutter bikes but it is sexy and fast.

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:28:05 AM EDT
Whichever one fits you the best. Go sit on some. They're all pretty much the same otherwise.

If you want a fast 600 that won't kill you on insurance, look at the Kawasaki ZZR600. I had one and insurance is cheap. It's just a rebadged 2002 ZX-6R and kept up with all of the other latest and greatest 600cc bikes that my friends had.

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Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:28:30 AM EDT
Pick one that feels most comfortable to you.

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:36:29 AM EDT
r6. race bike with lights.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:37:03 AM EDT
It's not possible for the exhaust on that R6 to look any more retarded.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:38:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Gator:
Sit on them and see what you like. You really can't go wrong with any of them, as long as you like the feel of the bike.


+1

When I shopped around back in 2003 to replace my 1200 Sportster I went by comfort and price and ended up with a 2001 929RR Erion.

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:56:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tpsh:
Originally Posted By Gator:
Sit on them and see what you like. You really can't go wrong with any of them, as long as you like the feel of the bike.


+1

When I shopped around back in 2003 to replace my 1200 Sportster I went by comfort and price and ended up with a 2001 929RR Erion.



Got mine in 2004 , it has been a great bike ,I`ve always had luck with Hondas
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:06:23 PM EDT
I'd stay away from a new Yamaha. A R6 is almost as expensive as an R1.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:09:04 PM EDT
Ride red baby...Honda

Actually you can't go wrong with any of the three picks. My friends own the ninja, r6 and the gixxer 750. I'd get the Honda.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:13:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bacardi4576:
I'd stay away from a new Yamaha. A R6 is almost as expensive as an R1.


Yea the yen to dollar conversion has fucked that all up.

in 2000 I bought a new zx6r out the door for 6800 and in 06 bought a Busa for 9300 out the door.

Now a 600 is 9k and a busa is 12k
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:19:40 PM EDT
either one should should serve you, I trying to go back into the dirt/street direction,I been trying to trade my gixxer for a dr or xrl,klr for a while now...
street got to boring and I`m getting too old to be messing with jailbait chicks that hang all over sportbikers
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:24:07 PM EDT
600 = dissapointment go 750 or up ecpecially if your buying new..........
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:37:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 12:45:09 PM EDT by ride365]
Dont count out the 675 too fast, The parts are not that much more expensive than the jap bikes. And the insurance will be cheaper than a 600. Most triumph dealerships will let you take it on a test ride, you will fall in love with the triple engine. It pulls from 3000 to red line hard unlike the jap inline 4 in which you have to get it up to 8-9000 to start feeling it. The egros are a little more race oriented but you will get used to it fast. Plus your bike won't get lost in the crowd. Here is mine. Before any one says anything, Yes i know i am missing a fairing bolt in this pic. http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb48/msd21hood/100_0015-1.jpg
Also with the triple engine is very forgiving in gear selection and speed coming out of turns. I have owned a CBR 600 and a GSXR 750 and this is by far my favorite bike.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:57:34 PM EDT
Don't go with the Kawasaki.

Personally I'd go with the R6 but the CBR isn't a bad choice either. It all depends on which one you feel most comfortable sitting on. Go to the dealership and sit on them and see if they'll let you take them for a quick test ride.

I'd go with the R6 if I were you though although the 08 CBR's in Graffiti are really really sick looking.

http://www.raptorsandrockets.com/images/Honda/08_CBR600RR_Graffiti.jpg
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:10:59 PM EDT


That Triumph was also pretty tits. I'm a Honda guy myself, but I love these uncommon type bikes. Every where you go you see GSXR/Ninja/CBR's
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:19:56 PM EDT
KTM super dukes are nice but i would love to take the RC8 out for a spin
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:22:24 PM EDT


Since we're on the KTM theme, Duke III:

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:24:42 PM EDT
How about a toned down version of the R6 for a great price (and still around 98 hp)? If you don't like the ergos of laying on a gas tank and want a bit more upright position, I vote for the below.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:33:29 PM EDT
Go with the Honda. I had a ZX636R and it was a love hate relationship. The bikes look sweet with the high tail rake but the angle really kills you. With the high tail it forces all of your weight onto your palms on the steering bars. The only way to fix it is to be under massive acceleration, thats fine but you cant always be twisting the throttle. The Honda has a flatter seat so it rides easier and it still has a reputation for speed. There was actually times were I wouldn't ride the bike because my hands were hurting, hell a hour long ride was almost torture.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:50:56 PM EDT
You should consider a used bike. There are a ton of well maintained, low mileage late model bikes for sale due to the economy. You can probably pick one up much cheaper than a new one.

If you are new to street bikes and want something with full bodywork - take a look at the price of plastics in the event of laying it down. It may keep you from buying new right off the bat.

Also, consider a Kawi Ninja 650. Not quite as sexy as a race replica, but less money and loads of fun.


My .02 (been riding for 25 years)...
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:52:02 PM EDT
R6 for sure.
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