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Old 10-22-11, 04:12 PM   #1
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new to streetbikes

About to get a 1991 Honda cbr 1000, been riding dirtbikes since i was young, had a 100, 125, 250 and my last bike was a 300. rode a street bike a couple times but it was only a 600. so pretty much im new to ridin streetbikes. yeah i know a cbr1000 has alot of power, but im sure i can handle it as long as im responsible and not stupid. dont get me wrong, iv always loved fast bikes and i want to enjoy this bike a bit, but im not ready to die just yet. but like i said id like to enjoy the power of this bike, i mean you have to appreciate a bike like this. so pretty much just need some tips from someone who knows what theyre talkin about. id really appreciate it, because i dont want to get caught off guard. and i mean, im new to street bikes, so i gotta learn the basics.
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You are referring to a motorized bike(Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson). This forum addresses advocacy and safety issues surrounding the riding of a non-motorized bikes'(Specialized, Giant, Felt, Cannondale, Trek) on the road/sidewalk/bike trail.

Also, The jump in CCs' that you are mentioning, is not for the faint of heart. The Honda CBR 1000 is a powerful motorbike. Go to your motorcycle dealer and get advice from them. Because there is a tremendous difference between the 100/125/250 n' 300cc bikes, and the 1000cc bike.

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You are are probably gonna die. Get a moped. Liter bikes are for grown ups.
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Old 10-22-11, 07:49 PM   #4
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You do know this is a cycling forum, right. This is where you throw away the nasty gas engine and use pedals . . .
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but im sure i can handle it as long as im responsible and not stupid
I hope you're very responsible, from what I can see you're not doing so well on the stupid part.
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You belong here:

http://www.1000rr.net/

For what it's worth the Honda CBR 1000 is a fabulous bike. And you're right to express concern about transitioning from the smaller cc bikes and to riding on the streets. They really are two different animals, particularly from a standstill these bikes can literally take off without you if you're not ready for it. Good luck with your motorbike and if you ever do have questions about bicycles do come back again.
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You know what, I can't even be a dick...buddy, on old liter bikes the brakes are a weak link, steel braided lines are a must. Check the pads too. Tires gotta be new(ish). You don't wanna be rolling on 10 year old rubber, even if it has tread left. Take a trackday class, and a msf new rider class. Your dirt background is gonna give you good bike control, but 1000cc is 1000cc, and traffic is a whole new ballgame.
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I know this is obviously on the wrong site, but as a long time motorcyclist here's my best piece of advice: TAKE THE SAFETY CLASS. It's not too expensive, it makes your insurance cheaper, and it teaches you the basics of being on the road. Do it.
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It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow.
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This made me laugh, because it is so true...lol
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Apart from this being the wrong forum, but what is wrong with a 125 or a 250 street bike? Why do you need 1000? The power to weight ratio of bikes v cars means that most 125's can get off the line before a family saloon.

Unless you are racing I would go with a smaller cc, take a class, and get some experience on the roads - ESPECIALLY wet or icy tarmac - this is a whole new ball game to dirt. get a couple of years under your belt with something smaller, and then you can still move to the 1000 if you wish. Personally I don't see the need.
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Apart from this being the wrong forum, but what is wrong with a 125 or a 250 street bike? Why do you need 1000? The power to weight ratio of bikes v cars means that most 125's can get off the line before a family saloon.
In the US it is nearly impossible to get a 125cc streetbike, and 250cc bikes are few and far between. It's probably because of our "bigger is better" mentality. Most people start on a bike that's about 600cc, if you're into Japanese bikes. People who like American bikes start at around 800. I don't agree with it, I think it's stupid, but that's the way it is. I advise people to start with a 250 if they can find one.
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D00d:

This not that kind of bikes...

Real bikers pedal.
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Here in the UK (I forget the actual figures) you are limited to a 125 (I think) on passing your M/C test, for 2 years. There is a "Direct Access" course to allow you to go straight to the big machines, but that is age restricted (21 I think).
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I'm confused -- isn't my bike a "street bike"?

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