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    Default all the bikers out there?

    me and the misses are going to go for our bike test's in the new year and we both love the suzuki gsx-r600's and where wondering what there like for newbie rider's? what are they like to maintain? any problems we should look out for when veiwing? any othere things i can't think of....?

    (i'm not new to bikes having owned a few motox bikes in my time)

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    the gsx-r is a good alround bike. But make sure you have a test ride renownd for second gear problems. And check fork seals as thay need replacing regular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skip View Post
    renownd for second gear problems.


    As a previous GSX-R600 owner and member/poster on Gixerjunkies (for 3+ years and several other bike websites for about twice that), I've never heard of GSX-R gearboxes being any less reliable than those of other marques.

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    Mind you, any bike that has been ham-fistedly and repeatedly wheelied and crash-landed will have gear-box wear and knackered fork seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle View Post
    what are they like to maintain?


    Like any similar sportsbike, they've got service intervals around the 4,000 miles-mark; the biggest let-down with mine was the quality of the fasteners used to secure the fairing - they might as well have been made of cheese. TBH, if I hadn't have written mine off in a crash, then I'd have still had it now - it was 100% reliable, unlike the CBR which replaced it

    I uses to get mine serviced by a local dealer who was pretty cheap, though I did oil, brakes, suspension etc myself. Mine was a K3 and benefited greatly in feel from having braided brake hoses fitted.

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    Never ridden the 600 but a few mates have owned several and loved them! My local servicing garage races and LOVES GSXR's, reckon they are very easy to work on.

    I believe Suzuki use a lot of stainless steel for exhaust headers, nuts & bolts etc so corrosion is non existent compared to say Yamaha. I've got a Thunderace that I've had to change the headers on cos they use mild steel, my Bandit of the same age didn't have any issues like that...

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    cheers for the info i think to start off we will be riding the likes of a K1 or 2 then maybe upgrade at a later date

    there's just somthing about a gixxer that screams out to me :O asbolutly love them in the standard colours but the wife wants black or yellow but we are limiting ourselfs to a 600 as i dont want to be 12ft shorter before am 25 lol

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    The GSX-R is still a very focussed bike to start out on. Yes they are great bikes and yes lots of people think a 600 is sensible choice for a first timer but i'm sure they kick out about 110BHP and weigh about 180 KG's. So they are ****** quick and could easily overwhelm a newbie. There are plenty of other bikes out there that would suit a new rider. suzuki make a 650 V twin SV which is good then theres the old faithful Bandit. Both very run of the mill but both very capable. End of the day its your money. These are just my own opinions. There are lots of different bikes out there to try. You may find one will suit you better than the GSX-R.

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    180kg's mean nothing when a near on 18st of me is on top of it lol having sat on a mates one it felt very rider friendly for me as i'm quite a large guy and the bars and pedals seem to be in just the right place. saying thatthe misses has'nt sat on one so might not be the bike of choice for her....

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    the Gixxer is one of the better 'sized' supersports bike for comfort. The pegs seemed to be positioned well and theres not to much weight thrown on to your wrists. The Gixxer will be fine for a blast on a sunday type thing but commuting on would be a no no for me. I had a go on my mates ZX 6-R ninja and it was the most painful experience i've had on a bike without falling off!!! He commutes 50 miles on it daily!!! When he got off my CB1000r he said it was like sitting in front of the telly incomparison.
    Good luck with your test etc and take it easy out there.

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