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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!
 

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i've been riding my 05 636 for 2 years and i actually don't plan on going up to a liter. i'd like to buy a new zx6r.
 

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I rode my ninja 650r for one year and then moved up to a 10r
 

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I had a buell blast for about a year, then a gsxr 750 for a year or so, then a honda 900rr for about a year and now i have had the 10r for a little over a year
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I rode the ZX7R for 10 months..crashed, fix it up and crash it, fix it up again and crash it again..Final straw....Got my 10..
 

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95' ZX6 and didn't ride for about 10 years...Then pulled the trigger on the 08
 

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Rode a GSXR 600 (97) for 5 years, took about 3 1/2 years off, bought the 10.
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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Started off with a 250 and outgrew that in about a month then went up to a 650R for about a year and have been with the 10R since Nov 08.
 

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Bought an 02 Ninja 250 in November 06 when I was 17 and sold it March 07....so I had that one 5 months.

Bought a 96 CBR 600 the day after I sold the 250 in March of 07 and sold it in February 2008....so 11 months.

Bought my 10 in June 2008 when I was barely 19 and haven't looked backed.
 

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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:
 

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I started on the R1. I had much respect with the throttle in 1st and 2nd gear. WOT only in 3rd or higher and out on the open road.
 

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Road a 99 zx6 for about 10 months then bought my 10r... wouldn't mind a zx636 or zx6r for the track :mrgreen:
 

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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 :cool:
 
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