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November 11, 2007

Test drive conclusions

Filed under: Motorbike — Tags: , , , , , — Antony Stubbs @ 12:54 am

I test drove a Yamaha R6 and a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R today – my first time on anything bigger than a 250. And wow, what can I say? They were mostly right. It was __completely__ different from my old 1988′ Honda CBR 250. It was like going from my Toyota Curren (similar to a Celica) to my Subaru Legacy – you could just feel every inch of the vehicle was in a different league – built to a different level of engineering. You could feel the new technology, the new power. It was amazing how different they felt to drive.

And the sound! Oh the sound… No audio recording can really do that justice – you have to *feel* it.

But – they weren’t as fast as I as expecting. They’re little rockets, but not uncontrollable lightning bolts that I’d built up in my head from all the warning stories from other people. After I told the shop guy he suggested I try a 1,000cc as you can get more bang while still keeping it under 60km/h. Might just have to take him up on that 😉

I was really learning towards the R6, but I drove the Ninja, as the insisted, I was terribly confused. I thought I liked the body style of the R6 much more than the Ninja, but that baby ain‘t got no booty and it kinda looks funny. But the Ninja colours are so boring and that green is dam ugly!

Ah well, back to the drawing board. Shall just have to test drive some more 😉

Pictures can be found in my facebook photo album.

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5 Comments »

  1. Nice! What kind of horsepower do the 250cc bikes have compared to the 1000cc?? Is 1000cc the biggest motors for bikes or do they go even higher??

    My friend in Croatia had a “husky” – dunno exactly what kind of bike that is. He said it was a decent-sized bike that he would take on 6 hour road trips from Split to Zagreb in snowy conditions!!

    P.S. How does the graduated licensing system for bikes go? Is it the same as for cars? Is the road code pretty much the same or are there some exceptions/additional rules?

    I always wanted to have a go riding a motorcycle. The freedom, the power, the adrenaline, the parking convenience, the advantages, the “weaving through traffic”. All most excellent (as Bill and Ted would say) aspects of the idea. I hate to be a party-pooper and killjoy, but working in a hospital is enough to know the difference in damage between coming off a bike and being in a car accident.
    And believe me it ain’t pretty.

    Comment by Roko — November 11, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  2. It’s pretty much the same for car licenses. Just look up the http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/licensing/ site for info…

    Well when I get a new bike – I’ll take you for a spin!

    Comment by Antony Stubbs — November 21, 2007 @ 11:05 am

  3. I love kawasaki motorbikes but the yam R6 looks real good!

    Comment by kawasaki motorbike — December 1, 2007 @ 6:22 am

  4. Hi,
    The topic you have chosen Is really amazing and yes! these things should be known to all the people who are interested in the automobiles.I am reading your posts since long …but this is really something exceptional . I like the way you are writing … Its really awesome ..I hope to see some new more and encouraging posts from you .
    Thanks .

    Comment by accident compensation claim — February 5, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  5. Hey Roko,
    Motorcycles go well above 1000cc, even standard road bikes. I have seen drag bikes with V8 engines with a capacity of around 7700cc! I ride a Honda VTR1000F and a Husqvarna (“Husky”) TE450. There are many techniques you can learn to mitigate risk when riding a motorcycle in all conditions, including on public roads.

    I encourage you to not draw the conclusions from what you have seen in the hospital and consider the possibility that there are many skilled motorcyclists out there who are very good at assessing risk that you are significantly less likely to meet in your hospital than a car driver! 🙂

    Comment by dibblego — April 23, 2008 @ 4:10 pm


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