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April 22nd, 2017, 08:07 PM   #31
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Cute. I wish I started out young too with a good riding teacher. But considering my personality, I probably would have been dead by now if I did.
Its never too late if you really want to give it a go. Its pretty safe with all the right gear.
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I'm planning to buy a bigger bike for sure. Probably FZ07 or 09. I rode on ZX-6r and loved how it turns but I wanna ride more comfortably. Z900 is on my maybe list also as well as Afrika Twin. And someday I'll take a class at Superbike school. lol

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Cute. I wish I started out young too with a good riding teacher. But considering my personality, I probably would have been dead by now if I did.
Troy Bayliss didn't ride competitively til he was 26. Just sayin'.
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Ha! I took the MSF course in "80. There was one guy there who'd ridden across country and back twice without ever using the front brake. He was afraid of going over the bars - on a Goldwing! I still remember the instructor face-palming when he heard that.

Being an experienced rider doesn't necessarily preclude stupid. 6 years ago - I was trying to make a red light I always got stuck at in Chinatown; gunned the motor on my R6 and hit a huge bump where the asphalt had got wavy from August heat; got airborne and didn't touch down til almost the other side of Delancey Street (four lanes of traffic). I just about kissed the steering damper. That's when I decided to get rid of the R6.
Cross country without ever using the front brakes? That's incredible lol. I've heard a lot of great stories from guys who were riding rigid frame choppers back in the sixties about what it was like to ride without a front brake. They said you couldn't even stay still on hill with how shitty the rear drum brake was. Another one mentioned to me he not only had no front brake, but he was running a suicide clutch. I have no issue forgoing a front brake personally, but the suicide clutch is something I'm not even crazy enough to go with.

That's crazy to get that much air on a R6 lol. Don't blame you for selling it in that case! I won't go over to the city on a bike because the streets are shit to begin with, without even getting into the traffic situation. Plus after that whole biker/Range Rover incident a couple of years ago, people have been telling me the NYPD started cracking down big time on motorcycles over there where its more outright harassment...tickets/impounding, the whole 9 yards.
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I'm planning to buy a bigger bike for sure. Probably FZ07 or 09. I rode on ZX-6r and loved how it turns but I wanna ride more comfortably. Z900 is on my maybe list also as well as Akrika Twin. And someday I'll take a class at Superbike school. lol
I would go Z900 until Yamaha fixes front suspension on the FZ09 if you don't want to have to upgrade anything out of the gate. Too much squishiness and nose-diving for a naked sport bike. Shouldn't need to upgrade it right out of the gate IMO. I think the Z900 is a nice option for those who don't want to have to go with the Z1000. It's tough because every time I think, "R6 for sure" then I start thinking about the Z1000 or the GSX-S1000. But at any rate, you can find a decent price on a closeout FZ-09, and then use the savings to take care of the suspension and to flash the ECU to improve the engine power. It'll give you a fast
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I would go Z900 until Yamaha fixes front suspension on the FZ09 if you don't want to have to upgrade anything out of the gate. Too much squishiness and nose-diving for a naked sport bike. Shouldn't need to upgrade it right out of the gate IMO. I think the Z900 is a nice option for those who don't want to have to go with the Z1000. It's tough because every time I think, "R6 for sure" then I start thinking about the Z1000 or the GSX-S1000. But at any rate, you can find a decent price on a closeout FZ-09, and then use the savings to take care of the suspension and to flash the ECU to improve the engine power. It'll give you a fast
2017 FZ09 has addressed front end and is getting rave reviews.
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It's tough because every time I think, "R6 for sure" then I start thinking about the Z1000 or the GSX-S1000.
That's exactly my thought process too. Then I started to think "oh fairing is nice to have..." then think about maintenance and "No fairing for sure"...

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2017 FZ09 has addressed front end and is getting rave reviews.
When I rode my friend's 2015 FZ 09, I had no issue with suspension. My friend complained how bad it was but he was a humongous body builder. At my weight, buckling was more of my concern.
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That's exactly my thought process too. Then I started to think "oh fairing is nice to have..." then think about maintenance and "No fairing for sure"...



When I rode my friend's 2015 FZ 09, I had no issue with suspension. My friend complained how bad it was but he was a humongous body builder. At my weight, buckling was more of my concern.
The new front suspension has fully adjustable front forks whereas in the past, there was only pre load adjustment. It was fine for the huge majority of riders, but the ones who really wanted to push found it a bit soft. Now you can fine tune rebound and dampening as well as pre load.
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A fairing is nice if you do a lot of high way riding, but most people riding sport bikes are not riding full tucked. if you are looking for a nice all around touring bike, check out a multistrada, comfortable, really good in the corners and on the brakes, plenty of engine options, and they can be had used at very cheap prices.
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That's exactly my thought process too. Then I started to think "oh fairing is nice to have..." then think about maintenance and "No fairing for sure"...



When I rode my friend's 2015 FZ 09, I had no issue with suspension. My friend complained how bad it was but he was a humongous body builder. At my weight, buckling was more of my concern.
Always preferred having a fairing - but got to say... removal of the fairing on the current bikes (if my R6 was any indicator) are ridiculously time consuming. Maybe it's the geezer in me - but I remember when I could remove the fairing sections on an FZ 600 in under ten minutes. On the R6 it'd be like an hour.
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