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Old 12-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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first time rider advice
For the longest time, I have been wanting a bike. This spring I am planning on taking a motorcycle course and buy my first bike. Which school is the best? What starter bike would you recommend? Any other advice? Thanks Chris
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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any msf basic course. What style of bike appeals to you? What kind of riding to plan on..relaxing? track days? doing wheelies into the back of police cars?
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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All the protective gear.....all the time. Other than that, check out "Twist of the Wrist" by Keith Code....lots of great advice on technique etc.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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any msf basic course. What style of bike appeals to you? What kind of riding to plan on..relaxing? track days? doing wheelies into the back of police cars?
More looking at sport bike. Really like cbr. Just something to cruise on. Not going to race or any stunts.

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All the protective gear.....all the time. Other than that, check out "Twist of the Wrist" by Keith Code....lots of great advice on technique etc.
Cool I will check him out. Yes I will always wear full protective gear. I said that when I first wanted a bike
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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A CBR250 or Ninja 250 would be great starter bikes, but you will likely outgrow one quickly unless you're a small guy. I would advise no bigger than a 600 unless you're a really tall guy.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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ALL THE GEAR. ALL THE TIME.

respect whatever bike you get. the minute you don't, is when you can hurt yourself.

also, as far as gear goes. don't buy cheap gear. you're protecting your body. if you're not spending 300 bucks on a helmet, don't bother buying it.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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if you're not spending 300 bucks on a helmet, don't bother buying it.
X2 $100 helmet for a $100 head.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #8
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Get an older cheaper bike like a katana or older ninja or cbr. You will most likely drop your first bike at least once and you don't want it to cost you thousands and discourage you.
Do you have any experience with dirt bikes at all? Moped? Scooter? Anything with 2 wheels and an engine?
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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ninja 500, ninja 650, sv650 all come to mind as good starter but good to keep riding bikes... also dont discount buell xb9 too. If you are a relaxed kind of rider...shadows, nighthawks, sportsters, bonnevilles all come to mind.

If you are under 200lbs... a slightly modded Ninja 250 can easily hit 100 if you tuck....and it wont spit you off....

You can also sell it for what you bought it for
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #10
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ninja 500, ninja 650, sv650 all come to mind as good starter but good to keep riding bikes... also dont discount buell xb9 too. If you are a relaxed kind of rider...shadows, nighthawks, sportsters, bonnevilles all come to mind.

If you are under 200lbs... a slightly modded Ninja 250 can easily hit 100 if you tuck....and it wont spit you off....

You can also sell it for what you bought it for
Very good suggestions for first bikes. Except for the 250's. I rode a 2008 ninja 500r one time and I felt unstable at higher highway speeds. I can't imagine the 250 would be any better.
I'm 185lbs btw.
And excellent point about them holding their value. I couldn't imagine anyone being content with those slower bikes for very long.

I went from a katana 600 to a cbr600 (big difference) to a cbr1000 (huge difference).
I'm happy where I'm at.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #11
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Very good suggestions for first bikes. Except for the 250's. I rode a 2008 ninja 500r one time and I felt unstable at higher highway speeds. I can't imagine the 250 would be any better.
I'm 185lbs btw.
And excellent point about them holding their value. I couldn't imagine anyone being content with those slower bikes for very long.

I went from a katana 600 to a cbr600 (big difference) to a cbr1000 (huge difference).
I'm happy where I'm at.
Mine was never unstable..affected by cross wond and vehicle buffeting yes..never unstable. I would blame that on suspension setup/tire pressure and similar things. Even cupped tires will cause huge problems.
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Been riding for 3 years now. (2 of those years were on a scooter)

Dont waste your money on cheap gear. and dont underestimate cold conditions. I almost landed myself in the other lane around a turn when my rear wheel decided to quit gripping out of an apex. luckily I saved it as there was an F150 in the oncoming lane.... scary moment for me.
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Been riding for 3 years now. (2 of those years were on a scooter)

Dont waste your money on cheap gear. and dont underestimate cold conditions. I almost landed myself in the other lane around a turn when my rear wheel decided to quit gripping out of an apex. luckily I saved it as there was an F150 in the oncoming lane.... scary moment for me.

Yep..cold tire accidents are scary.

I wrecked the wife's Ninja 650 on a cold Shinkos......

Entered the corner then...sliding across intersection...dumb.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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A CBR250 or Ninja 250 would be great starter bikes, but you will likely outgrow one quickly unless you're a small guy. I would advise no bigger than a 600 unless you're a really tall guy.
I am 5 11" little over 200. See I hear mixed review on 250cc vs 600cc.


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ALL THE GEAR. ALL THE TIME.

respect whatever bike you get. the minute you don't, is when you can hurt yourself.

also, as far as gear goes. don't buy cheap gear. you're protecting your body. if you're not spending 300 bucks on a helmet, don't bother buying it.
Yes I am not going cheap on gear. .

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Get an older cheaper bike like a katana or older ninja or cbr. You will most likely drop your first bike at least once and you don't want it to cost you thousands and discourage you.
Do you have any experience with dirt bikes at all? Moped? Scooter? Anything with 2 wheels and an engine?
Yes I was figuring that the bike will atleast be drop once.. just not planning on being on it when it happens lol (said every biker) I will be buying a good used bike. I have rode many scooter at track. Nothing over like 45 mph

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Been riding for 3 years now. (2 of those years were on a scooter)

Dont waste your money on cheap gear. and dont underestimate cold conditions. I almost landed myself in the other lane around a turn when my rear wheel decided to quit gripping out of an apex. luckily I saved it as there was an F150 in the oncoming lane.... scary moment for me.
Yea I like heated seats in cold weather. . I don't have the balls to ride in cold/wet conditions..
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You are taller. Have you considered dual sports like the KLR650? PRetty comfy with a nice seat and can go ANYWHERE.Get them cheap too
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You are taller. Have you considered dual sports like the KLR650? PRetty comfy with a nice seat and can go ANYWHERE.Get them cheap too
I really don't think I would go out on trails and stuff on a bike.thanks for the input I will look in to those if I change my mind
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #20
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Buy a supermoto. They are fairly cheap, very forgiving, and cheap to drop, unlike modern sportbikes
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