Trying to figure out my radiator problems guys. I have a 2003 Honda cbr600rr, and if I'm not mistaken...the only thing holding my radiator in place is its hoses.
And in the pictures below you can see that I have the side fairings taken off on the right side of the bike. Am I missing the point of attachments for the radiator?
I took pictures of both side views of the radiator area. Let me know what you guys think! I'm in the process of getting new fairings because mine are trashed, I wanna get the mechanical stuff done before the new ones come in. You can even see in one picture that I have some fluid on my fingers from the bottom corner of my radiator. I may have a leak? Probably needs a new radiator because this bike has been laid down from previous owner, and I don't know of every thing that was damaged or possibly rigged. But for the most part, my bike is running great with no issues!
Good post. I don't necessarily agree with everything you've said, but it's good to see a well constructed argument.Here's the deal, I'm going to speak the truth and many will not like it.
There are some people that can start on a 600cc sportbike, and develop their skills not just in handling the bike, but negotiating traffic, road conditions, weather, etc. It all depends on the individuals mindset/approach, athletic abilities, common sense, good judgement, and quite frankly instinct. That said, we are all human, and people do make mistakes, and starting on a 600 will increase that possibility if you fail in any one of the "criteria" I mentioned previously.
The advantages of starting out on a smaller displacement motorcycle is that you can fail in one or more criteria, and still remain relatively in control of the situation. If you do get into an accident, you have a better chance to escape major injury or damage to your bike, but the possibility of something serious is still very real. Furthermore, because the speeds are lower, it lessons the desire to go fast which results in the individual paying more attention to mastering the basics.
The disadvantage of starting out on a smaller displacement motorcycle is you will likely lose some money when you upgrade to a 600, and .... when you do get on the 600, it will be almost like learning how to ride all over again - it truly is a different beast. This is similar when going from a 600 to a 1000.
Now for the haters of my post - I completely understand, and quite frankly even agree, I just lean on the side of depending on who you are, you might be able to do it and do it well.
One last thing - 1000's are definitely off the table
Well, your key word here is young. In the USA, I personally believe a reasonable age for access to legally ride a 600cc sportbike should be within the range of 18 to 21 years old, i.e. legally considered an adult. I further believe that to legally ride a 1000cc supersport should be at least 21 years old, with a good driving record (not perfect, but good). Beyond that, for those that I consider "adults", if they meet my personal criteria, I have no problems recommending starting on a 600.Nah man, a Ninja 300 doesn't come with the attitude that you are gonna do wheelies and full throttle pulls on the streetz.
Our goal as motorcyclists is to reduce our risk. Issue is that many young and dumb new riders think they can go out and get that sweet, sweet R6.
Would you let your 16 y/o kid drive a Dodge Viper pre-dynamics control? That thing would be a suicide machine!
Here's the deal, I'm going to speak the truth and many will not like it.
The advantages of starting out on a smaller displacement motorcycle is that you can fail in one or more criteria, and still remain relatively in control of the situation. If you do get into an accident, you have a better chance to escape major injury or damage to your bike, but the possibility of something serious is still very real. Furthermore, because the acceleration is slower, it lessons the desire to go fast which results in the individual paying more attention to mastering the basics.
That is some funny **** right there.I contribute a lot of the posts where veterans are scolding other new riders to not get a 600cc because of their own fevered egos. They think that they are so masterful and that no one can possibly achieve their Rossiness unless they get a 250 or 300 to start on. It's a forum people...you don't know who most of these newbies are in real life...
I appreciate that, but if we are to be honest, if you are young, and young is to be defined as 18 to 24, and you want to get a 600cc sportbike for your first bike, your "good judgement" is already called into question. I'm not saying it's bad judgement, but it does raise an eyebrow. I believe the general consensus is that the human brain doesn't finalize it's wiring until age 25.I edited the only part of your argument that I feel is better properly defined. Speed is speed, but the fact that acceleration is slower makes the difference. But I agree 1000% with what you are saying as I have believed/thought the exact same thing.
Now...I can seriously out ride a lot of guys that have been riding their entire lives. I'm touting my ego like I'm the next MotoGP champ, but I can ride. I'm not trying to grandstand at all, but just like you mentioned and I hold high belief, not all of us are created equal. Some are better than others at certain things and have the talent to jump on a 600cc for a first bike and be perfectly fine.
Well said RothmansRR. The key to riding fast is being smooth on your inputs, finding the right lines, and knowing when to exceed your limits, and by how much.\You are probably out-riding a lot of guys who have been riding their entire lives because they have probably been in a similar situation/mindset as yours and then did something to re-evaluate how they ride. You are not more talented than anyone else over here. No one is impressed that you jumped on a 600cc as a first bike and rode around the parking lot. "but I can ride" - OK? So can about 500 million other people the world over.