Hey guys, I was just curious to know how long it took you guys to move up to a litre bike since you started riding. Also what bike did you move up from to a litre bike. I know time doesn't mean anything but I was just curious. Thanks!
I started on a '84 Ninja 900, so it's fair to say I (almost) had a liter bike to begin with. Actually went 'down' to a ZX-7R, but obviously it had more power than my old girl. I then bought a 10R which would my first true literbike I guess.
Yamaha FZ600 (1988) [1.5 years]: First bike....great bike to start on as I fell twice due to my own inexperience....was able to fix it up myself on the cheap.
2 year gap when I moved to the UK
Suzuki SV650S (2004) [1 year]: First UK bike...cheap, wicked V-twin fun, and insurance over there is strict so they wouldn't even entertain an offer for an R bike of any capacity
Kawasaki ZX6R (2005) [2 years]: Huge step up from previous bikes...dreamed of the 1L...finally I proved myself to the insurance companies with the 6R and no accident record in the UK
Kawasaki ZX10R (2006) [1.5 years]: Not as huge a leap from the 6R as the 6R was from the non-R 600s. Also noticed lack of agility and some loss of urban fun factor...but I still fell in love with the L big boy!
Left UK to Toronto
Kawasaki ZX10R (2009): Insurance was kind to me on my return after 7 years away. Considered to have no no claims record, and brand new licence. Even still much kinder on me that the UK insurers ever were. After seeing all the squids and teens jumping on 1L straight out of the licencing office I am in agreement with UK insurers making you earn your 1L!!!!
For me earning my 1L was appropriate and I enjoyed the process. These can be seriously dangerous and expensive machines, and there is no rush! In the UK the average 1L rider is well into their 30s. I also had never ever ever met anyone under 28 with any R bike (600, 750, 1000). The insurers really make having a 1L a serious badge of honour!
In North America any douche bag squid can be posing on a 1L in their teens completely oblivious to the responsibility and power they have on tap.
2 1/2 months....bought a Katana 750 brand new (after not riding for 40 years), after 2 months, went out and rented a ZX-6 and R-6, ran them up and down Ortega Highway, then decided to buy a liter bike....shortlly thereafter bought a ZX-10R and never looked back...
Lessee - 14 years on standards, 4 years on a 600, then up to a 1000. I don't know if I'd buy another one. It's great for the street, but I'd like something smaller for the track. I need to force myself to learn better/smoother shifting and corner speed. I get lazy with the 10 and point and squirt.
1988 started on a rebel 450 (got rear-ended by a car and stopped ridding). 2007 bought a brand new 2006 Katana 750 (Rode it for < 2 years). 2009 Traded in the "Kan-of-Tuna" for a New 08 ZX-10R. FASTEST BUG KILLER I HAVE EVER RODE.:badteeth:
I rode my 06 ZZR600 (old school ZX-6R) for about 12k miles. Sold it, bought an 05 636 rode it about 9k miles. My first 1000 to ever ride was my 04 ZX-10R when I was test riding it :thumbsup: I've ridden it about 15k miles and I couldn't be happier. You won't catch my ass on a 600 on the street ever again