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BruceBogtrotter

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369 posts

97 months

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I have just done my DAS test on a XJ6 and loved it.
Looking at first bikes.
Is a CBR600f too much for a starter bike?

Looked at the usual Hornet/Fazer/Bandit but don't fancy them.

Should I follow my head and get one of the above or follow my heart and go for a CBR?


GTIR

24,056 posts

149 months

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CBR600.

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The others are fine bikes but you'll see a CBR600 one day and wish you'd bought one!

Fred Leicester

391 posts

46 months

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Go for the CBR if that's what you really want. I had an XJ6 as my first bike and quickly got bored of it and bought my CBR. Could've easily handled the CBR as my first bike so I'm sure you'll be just fine smile

tvrjoy

278 posts

53 months

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Congratulations on passing your DAS thumbup

I was in the same situation as you about 8 months ago. I couldn't decide between a cbr600f and a hornet. I decided to go for a hornet in the end as I found a really nice example for a good price. I did get a chance to test ride both and performance wise they are pretty similar with the cbr600f having a little more power top end. Another deciding factor was the insurance which was considerably cheaper with the hornet. I've decided to keep the hornet for at least a year before upgrading to a sports bike as a years NCB will help.

Obviously the riding positions are slightly different and you get more wind protection with the fairing on the cbr600f. I'd recommend test riding both and see which one you feel comfortable on.

Good luck!

BruceBogtrotter

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369 posts

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Thanks for the advice so far. The insane thing is, the insurance is only about £90 a year for the CBR for me!

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fomb

1,098 posts

94 months

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I went from DAS straight onto a Thundercat which is going to be pretty similar to a CBR600 of the same age. It was a doddle.

Mike600F

991 posts

39 months

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Bought the exact same bike after passing my das 9months ago. Love it.

VinceFox

18,796 posts

55 months

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Cbr6 is a bike you can buy as a recent pass rider, or someone who's been riding all their life. Excellent choice and a strong all rounder.

BlackPrince

839 posts

52 months

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BruceBogtrotter said:
insurance is only about £90 a year for the CBR for me!
?????? confused How is this possible? Do you work for an insurance company or something? Or is that a typo and do you mean £900?

graphene

2,587 posts

38 months

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Is this the new or old CBR600F that you are talking about? I'm hoping to try the new one soon, but there are lots of other tempting options, especially for second-hand 600 sports/supersports.

I found the opposite with insurance qoutes - even cheap, pre-2003 CBR600Fs were quite high.

Have you considered the Street Triple?

squeezebm

2,303 posts

88 months

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VinceFox said:
Cbr6 is a bike you can buy as a recent pass rider, or someone who's been riding all their life. Excellent choice and a strong all rounder.
+1 cracking bikes

squeezebm

2,303 posts

88 months

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VinceFox said:
Cbr6 is a bike you can buy as a recent pass rider, or someone who's been riding all their life. Excellent choice and a strong all rounder.
+1 fine bikes

BruceBogtrotter

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369 posts

97 months

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The old CBR 600f (2000 spec). I don't know why insurance is so cheap. TPFT, standard excess, 28 yo 11 yrs in a car with full no claims, no convictions or accidents, cambridge postcode, bike in locked garage and social use only and as I said no bike experience and passed test last month.

Sounds like an ideal choice then..what should I look out for when buying? Any common faults?

Hooli

27,218 posts

83 months

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BruceBogtrotter said:
The old CBR 600f (2000 spec). I don't know why insurance is so cheap. TPFT, standard excess, 28 yo 11 yrs in a car with full no claims, no convictions or accidents, cambridge postcode, bike in locked garage and social use only and as I said no bike experience and passed test last month.

Sounds like an ideal choice then..what should I look out for when buying? Any common faults?
Sounds a result to me, at that price you might as well just get a litre bike hehe

k15tox

1,680 posts

64 months

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BruceBogtrotter said:
The old CBR 600f (2000 spec). I don't know why insurance is so cheap. TPFT, standard excess, 28 yo 11 yrs in a car with full no claims, no convictions or accidents, cambridge postcode, bike in locked garage and social use only and as I said no bike experience and passed test last month.

Sounds like an ideal choice then..what should I look out for when buying? Any common faults?
I got one after passing my DAS last year, cracking bikes. easy to ride. Mines a FX (ally frame last of the carbs)

Common faults

Standard downpipes like to corrode, do check the collector box.
Cam chain tensioner can get noisy.
Reg/rec can go.

Also if its over 16k make sure the valve clearances have been done, got mine checked and nearly all of them were really tight.

Apart from that solid bikes.




Adam_W

953 posts

83 months

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Since I passed my DAS I have only ever ridden cbr600f's

Bought a cheap nasty 1996 one first as thought I might drop it..

Then quickly (3 months) changed to the injected 2003 one I have now. FI is the way to go, who wants a manual choke.

Couple of years since I passed and its still plenty for me, although would like to change just for something different at this point.

Venom

1,480 posts

142 months

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Firstly, congrats on passing your DAS! Whereabouts are you in the Cambs area?

As for the bike, CBR is a good choice, but my advice would be to try a few different bikes and see what you get on with before you purchase. I changed bike 4 times in the first few years of riding, until I found one that suited me. I probably lost a fair few quid chopping around in the process.

Having said that, I'm fancying getting a Triple, to chuck about when I'm in the mood - just not brave enough to tell the missus the garage is going to get fuller at the minute!

BruceBogtrotter

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369 posts

97 months

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Venom said:
Firstly, congrats on passing your DAS! Whereabouts are you in the Cambs area?

As for the bike, CBR is a good choice, but my advice would be to try a few different bikes and see what you get on with before you purchase. I changed bike 4 times in the first few years of riding, until I found one that suited me. I probably lost a fair few quid chopping around in the process.

Having said that, I'm fancying getting a Triple, to chuck about when I'm in the mood - just not brave enough to tell the missus the garage is going to get fuller at the minute!
Thanks for the advice. Im in Trumpington. Did my training with CamRider (who were excellent). Are you local?

Karan

Venom

1,480 posts

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Yep, I'm in Cambourne now, although lived in Cherry Hinton when I took my DAS.

Also did my training with Camrider - very good bunch of guys. Is Luke still taking the DAS riders?

Rawwr

14,255 posts

117 months

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I'm in St. Neots.

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