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Old 09-26-2016, 01:42 PM
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So I'm looking into buying a new (to me) bike. I've always wanted a supersport style bike since watching Nicky Hayden wreck face in moto gp back in the day. I've ridden clutched off road bikes a lot of my life (I'm 30) and have had some experience on an 1100cc cruiser. So while I'm not incompetent as a complete noob I am new to sport bike world. I'm looking into the f4i's because of the style and everything I've heard about the ergonomics. Are there any bigger dudes on here that can share their experience with these bikes. I'm around 300ish depending on the week and about 5'10ish. I powerlift so its not all gut but still pretty big. anyways sorry for the long post. thanks in advance.
 
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Old 09-26-2016, 03:08 PM
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You should be fine on that bike. If you're not, sell it.

You may want to put some springs in the forks for your weight, if you end up keeping it.
 
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The front end springs are set for a guy almost 1/3 your weight from the factory [130lbs] so new springs would be a must, otherwise its a great choice.
 
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:59 AM
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And the spring issue would be an issue on every sport bike. The size and power of an F4i will be good though. They're pretty comfortable and it'll have a lot of power compared to the 1100 cruiser.

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Old 09-27-2016, 09:51 AM
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Front and rear suspension is the first order of business. Just get the forks done and get an aftermarket shock. You'll thank us later.
 
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Some people believe because "its just a 600" that they're not up to the task. But mid to late 90's 600 are more powerful than the 1100's of the 80's that so many "husky fellas" rode. Definitely get the suspension done/set up for your weight. Also, I'm just speculating here, learn to use the front brakes.
 
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Rear shock will be fine, I could ride 2up [around 300lbs] at a very brisk pace, the rear handled it great. Front end on the other hand, was garbage.
Other bikes, like the 07+ 600RR's, come with 1.0kg/mm springs vs our .68kg/mm springs, so they would handle the weight better. But nothing will be great without re-springing.
 
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:44 PM
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I am such a rider. I have successfully defeated anorexia 6', weight varying in the upper 200's. I have a stock F3. I don't experience any issues at all. This is my 1st sport bike. I come from the v-twin and off road world.
It's a totally different world, but it is a great one.
 
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Originally Posted by coalminer frank View Post
Some people believe because "its just a 600" that they're not up to the task. But mid to late 90's 600 are more powerful than the 1100's of the 80's that so many "husky fellas" rode. Definitely get the suspension done/set up for your weight. Also, I'm just speculating here, learn to use the front brakes.
Haha I'm very aware on front brakes. Learned that lesson when I was 10ish on an 83 xr250r (still have it). Pegged rears going wayyy too fast and got smashed. How much money wise does respringing run?
 
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Originally Posted by PerkSBD View Post
Haha I'm very aware on front brakes. Learned that lesson when I was 10ish on an 83 xr250r (still have it). Pegged rears going wayyy too fast and got smashed. How much money wise does respringing run?
Are you going to do it yourself, or pay a shop?

Either way, purchase the springs on your own. They run about $140, last time i checked. Then all you need is some fork oil and seals.

Where are you located?
 

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