I've recently passed my test and I have been looking and getting a 600 or 750 sports bike. But as I was looking around ( my girlfriend found it) we noticed a '96 fireblade 900 and I thought she was trying to get me killed, until I looked at the facts and figures and noticed that the blade was slower and less powerful than nearly all these bikes and cheaper to buy would it be sensible to get the blade instead of the powerful small bikes
Cbr900rr v all new 600 750s etc
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Blade vs 600
The engine in the CBR900 will be less stressed than the 600/750 and it will be easier to access the power that is on offer. To get greater BHP out of a smaller capacity usually means that it will be in a higher state of tune. Make no mistake, the Fireblade is still a very fast road bike - even compared to more recent tackle.
To be honest though, I would not recommend any of these machines to the new rider. Desireable they may be but it takes a level of skill and experience to get the best from them. There are far better bikes out there for developing your skills. Look for something less extreme that you can get more out of - that way you will learn more. Think along the lines of 600 Bandit/Hornet/Fazer or similar. All have enough performance and handling for someone of your experience but in a package that will allow you to use and enjoy it.
thought about the insurance on these bikes? As a newbie, it may prove a sticking point.
It's not just numerical "on paper" power that counts on bikes, but how it's delivered; sportsbikes can be highly strung bloody things.
The other points to consider are a) sporty machines are almost inevitably a thieves jackpot prize, and
as a newbie, you need to factor the cost of a drop; a fully faired sportsbike can be an eye-watering bloody thing with all the plastic bodywork when your picking it up off its side - its something we've all done. I'd advocate not spending too much on a first bike for this reason.
As well as the Hornet / Bandit / Fazer already mentioned, Kawasaki's ER5 or ER6 and Suzuki's SV650 are competent bikes too - much depends however, on your budget.
I shall take this onboard and seeing as winter is here I might just get a boat instead