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M796 first motorcycle purchase?

Hey guys before I even continue I am aware that this post has been made quite a few times.....that being said after reading most of the post(I'm pretty sure all of them) I do not feel that any of them fit my particular situation. I joined this forum roughly 6 months ago with the intent on buying a 796 after my MSF course here in Florida. Due to changes in location and schooling, job, etc i had to postpone the purchase. I will not be racing it; I have no intent on racing ever. My purpose for deciding to get my cert in the first place is for commute around my college town (law school) and occassionally weekend rides. My riding experience is on a 2009 yzf-r6 which my girlfriend owned that I rode on the weekends in the outlying neighborhoods of Loxahatchee (near Moroso in West Palm). This was after i passed my MSF class. I have also ridden an 2004 R6s which a friend of mine owned for a while. I have purchased all my gear: Dainese (jacket--avro textile, back protector--honestly don't know the exact one its compatible with the avro) helmet(Shoei RF-1100) gloves(Dainese). Gear was purchased with the idea that the bike was going to be purchased shortly after.

My situation is this with a 6 month gap, is the 796 still an ideal bike? Thank you in advance for the assistance.

Also I did not see this section until just now sorry for the post in the 796 forums :eek:
 

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With a 6 month gap of not riding a bike with this type of background is it still a good bike to Purchase ? This would be the first motorcycle I myself have ever owned. Thank you in advance for the assistance.
 

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IMO, no. Not ideal as a first bike. Other will say differently. IMO, if you want to become proficient at motorcycling, then starting on smaller bikes and progressing to larger bikes is ideal. Again, others will say differently.
 

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Go for it. I started on a 696. 796 is enough to start, lots of low end grunt so you dont' have to open her up just be careful, she can bite you if you're not nice to her. however, you'll find you won't outgrow her either like say a 250.

Good luck
 

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It depends on how much you rode those other bikes. The 6-month gap itself isn't that big a deal; once you have developed the proper skills, it's not too hard to get them back again. But if the rides you describe were limited in scope, then you haven't developed those skills in the first place. If you have a few thousand miles on those bikes, then go ahead. If it's more like a few hundred, I'd say you're still a new rider and should get a new-rider sort of bike, like an EX250, EX300, EX500, CBR250, or GS500.

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"I will not be recing it, ever."

Yes you will. Maybe not soon but you will. It is in the beasts very nature. Otherwise you would be going Goldwing.

Just joking. My first EVER streetbike was the infamous Kawasaki GPz 750 turbo. You don't HAVE to use all the throttle. Never did wreck it although I did drop it twice and have it knocked over in a parking lot by someone, who was kind enough to pick it up, rotten enough to take my (snapped off) mirror.

Remember, it is in the beasts nature.

My signature line on the FJR forum is: A bike will keep you young, the wrong bike will stop you from getting older... there is a difference.

But that was thought up while counseling a friend that he did NOT need the VMAX with the BLOWER bolted on it. (he ain't quite right.)
 

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"I will not be recing it, ever."

Yes you will. Maybe not soon but you will. It is in the beasts very nature. Otherwise you would be going Goldwing.

Remember, it is in the beasts nature.
He's right. The race track is the best place to improve your riding and open your bike up safely.

Here's a vid of my 796 on the track.



It's an amazing handling bike with great power for a beginner to not get into trouble. It'll run with 600cc jap bikes.
 
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