Thought i ought to pop in and say hello. Have always wanted to ride - always stared and though “What If …”! Took the plunge and passed my DAS last year (July). Have only just been able to sort the funds out for a bike, so just as soon as i sell my car, the bike will arrive.
Looking at getting a GSXR 750 K1 (2001). Any advice guys ??? what should i look for when buying, test riding etc.
Finally bought my helmet at ExCel this weekend. Got jacket and gloves. So nearly ready to go!
Don’t buy a bike you think you like or have been told is the best bike on the planet.
Go to a dealers, wave some cash about and take a few different bikes for a test ride to see what is right for you.
You will most likely drop or crash the bugger within the first year, so be prepared spend large amounts of cash to sit on ebay waiting for the right parts to appear.
Many newbies opt for naked bikes for this reason.
Get yourself some further training as DAS doesn’t teach you much in how to deal with real world riding situations (like cornering). Bikesafe is very good. Don’t be put off by the coppers, they’ll be faster than you and show you too.
Erm, that’s about it for now but others will be able to advise.
Oh yeah, spend more money on protective clothing and security (Almax chain) than on the performance parts that look all nice and shiny but will be useless for next 5 - 10 years
Hello and welcome… Glad you have found a bike you like, just be very careful on that sort of bike as they are incredibly fast and you need some experience to know how to handle something like that, maybe go for a 600 rather than opt straight for a speed demon…
What ever you decide have fun and keep it rubber side down…
Love the look of the bike, thats one BIG point. Due to the size of me, (Being 6ft 3, and 18 Stone), i was told by many people that a 750 would suit me better than a 600. Someone else also mentioned the 750 shares the bigger frame with the 1000 as opposed to the smaller 600 frame (2001). Feel a lot more happy sitting on a larger bike that suits me and my size, as opposed to a smaller frame, and feeling more vunerable (Like i am clinging on to something too small for me!!)
And I really hope I don’t sound like yo mum cos when you were young she must have beat you bad man
Like Wolfie says…You gotta get a bike that you like…I’m not saying sports are bad…Completely opposite.
They do everything well…Brake…Go round corners (I still have some difficulty here :laugh, go fast…I like the fact that the bike is better than me and it is so capable…BUT
Some people can get intimidated by this and scare themselves so all I’m saying is try before you buy and keep get some extra training because when you start to get ****y and take things for granted…Bad things can happen.
Oh yeah mate…I know a guy that has been riding 35 years and has had 30 accidents