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Old 04-21-2012, 04:41 AM   #176
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Would you guys recommend spending money on a good pair of boots or would anything that covers up the ankles pretty much suffice?
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #177
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My personal recommendation:

Get the best boots you can afford. I've learned throughout the years, you get what you pay for, and this holds true when it comes to motorcycling. If you have $100 to spend, buy the best boots your $100 can get you. If you've got $1000, buy the best boots your $1000 can get you (I'm exaggerating on this one to drive the point home.) The bottom line is that motorcycling is an expensive hobby. Spend only what your piggy bank allows.

For the long term, I would personally get a pair of boots as opposed to something that covers up the ankle. (Ask CharlieH. He can tell you all about it. ) If and when you are ready to get something nicer (i.e. Sidis or Dainese etc.) sell your old pair to a student at PRS or here on RS. Worst case scenario - you have a pair of backup boots.
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i just picked up a pair of almost brand new A* tech2's for 100 off CL last week =D
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #179
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For the long term, I would personally get a pair of boots as opposed to something that covers up the ankle. (Ask CharlieH. He can tell you all about it. )

LOL... yeah dude i can't stress enough how important boots (with ankle protection) are. had some fob suddenly cut into my lane one time and my foot got squished between my bike and his bumper. the foot was swollen as shit for the next week but nothing was broken. if it wasn't for the ankle support and hard parts around the boot i'm 100% sure that i'd never walk the same again. your foot is one of the only parts in your body that's not meant to be surgically operated on. once they open it up, it's never the same again.


edit: and on another note, i may not wear my 1 piece suit everywhere i go, but i try to always have as much protection on as possible. spine protector under the leather jacket, gloves, helmet, and even thin rollerblading knee pads under my jeans sometimes LOL. you never know when shit might hit the fan.


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Old 04-21-2012, 01:48 PM   #180
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I m wearing shorties right now for boots... the pegs on my left side when backing up the bike has bruised me to a point where there is a big lump there where on the right side i got cut by one of the pegs on the bike...

I am too short for my bike and backing up the bike hits my shins everytime.

I need to go buy some long boots this week...
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:38 PM   #181
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I'm thinking of getting these to wear under my jeans
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #182
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dude you just found me exactly what i need for the summer. gonna order a pair of the pants asap. thanks hahaha
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #183
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dude you just found me exactly what i need for the summer. gonna order a pair of the pants asap. thanks hahaha
No prob haha, I was searching BCSB for threads on pants and found a couple posts recommending them. I'm going to order a pair for myself and my dad too, you save $33 buying two. I thinks pants are the hardest things to decide on... I want the practicality and comfort of jeans, and the complete protection of armoured pants. This seems to be the perfect solution
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Ended up being about $85 a month for just basic. I paid closer to $100 though as I added a little more liability coverage. Depends on your discount (transfers over from your car).

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I'm thinking of a zx6r...or a 250r just to ride around for a season or two. See how I feel after finishing PRS.
I'd say just get the ZX6R. I went from the PRS sherpa straight to my 600R and it wasn't a difficult transition at all. The bike does feel heavier and less agile at super low speeds but it's not that big a deal. Bike's way more stable at highway speeds I found, and as long as you don't let the revs build, power delivery feels as tame as the sherpa.

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I bought a pair of A* SMX-5. It wasn't cheap but I figured I was gonna use it for the long run anyway, I might as well just go for it.
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Ended up being about $85 a month for just basic. I paid closer to $100 though as I added a little more liability coverage. Depends on your discount (transfers over from your car).



I'd say just get the ZX6R. I went from the PRS sherpa straight to my 600R and it wasn't a difficult transition at all. The bike does feel heavier and less agile at super low speeds but it's not that big a deal. Bike's way more stable at highway speeds I found, and as long as you don't let the revs build, power delivery feels as tame as the sherpa.



I bought a pair of A* SMX-5. It wasn't cheap but I figured I was gonna use it for the long run anyway, I might as well just go for it.



I went from a Sherpa for street ride with PRS to GSX-R 750

Its so fking high and I'm short so it doesnt help that its a heavy bike... and I almost dropped it a few times =P
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i started with a 93 gixer 750 haha so i know what you mean about it being tall
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I bought the Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots for PRS but sold them afterwards and bought these:
TCX X-Square Boots from SportbikeTrackGear.com

The A* just felt too bulky and uncomfortable for me; they also squeaked like hell just walking around, so annoying...I wanted boots that were comfortable, had a lot of feel, not restrictive, and could be worn off the bike as well. The TCX boots fit the bill; I'll sacrifice some protection for more feel and comfort.


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I went from a Sherpa for street ride with PRS to GSX-R 750

Its so fking high and I'm short so it doesnt help that its a heavy bike... and I almost dropped it a few times =P
I went from PRS to a CBR F4i and I did drop it...twice, on the way home after buying the bike

Us short guys have to carefully consider the bike we're buying....my inseam is 30" and the seat height on modern sportbikes are at least 32" or 33". I had the seat shaved recently, and it has helped a bit but I still can't flat-foot it.
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^thats why i like 400\600. all the 400's i've ridden i can easily flat-foot. most 600's i can as well probably. 750 and the 900, not so much... lol
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Actually.. am I crazy or do all japanese supersports seem like they're about the same size regardless of displacement?

I sat on an GSXR 1000 then a GSXR 600 at Holeshot the other day and they felt about the same. Their CBR1000RR looked about the same as their CBR600RR as well. I also sat on an R6 then an R1 at Daytona last week couldn't tell too much of a difference.
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Yes, I think the Japanese supersports are quite similiar in regard to seat height...with the exception of the R6 and R1 which are a bit higher.
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i found the 98 cbr900 felt a little shorter than the 93 gsxr750 i had
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I sat on the gsxr600 and 750 but the height is quiet difference between the two
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same year? because models up til 05' and after 06' have a pretty big difference in seat height
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Just read the entire thread, and I am very excited and nervous to learn how to ride a bike. At the moment I am reading my L book, and hopefully will get the L this friday. Not going to look into buying a bike until I finished with the school. Only time I tried to ride a bike was my buddy's dirt bike and I couldn't get a hang of clutching and changing gears =(. Going to start saving for riding school now.
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don't sweat it, clutching and shifting is even easier than on a manual car. once you start the school you'll pick it up in no time.
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09 gsx-r 600 and 750

I'm literally on the tip of my foot like a ballerina when I'm on the 750!
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really? i had the same gen and my 750 had the lowest ride height out of any of the other japanese sport bikes. felt the exact same as my friends 08 gix600 as well. if you're tip toeing on the gixxer then you'll have a bitch of a time on my s1k LOL
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this is why you always look where you want to go. lack of skills and brains means shit like this will happen. the guy literally went straight when the corner came because he got scared and just stared at the gravel/grass


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really? i had the same gen and my 750 had the lowest ride height out of any of the other japanese sport bikes. felt the exact same as my friends 08 gix600 as well. if you're tip toeing on the gixxer then you'll have a bitch of a time on my s1k LOL
Yours could have been set at a lower setting? I read gixxer forum I can get it a little lower and I'm short so it will help!

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