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View Poll Results: Which is more recommended?
Kawasaki Ninja 250R 13 17.57%
Suzuki GS500 12 16.22%
Buell Blast 8 10.81%
Kawasaki Ninja 500R 20 27.03%
Hayabusa :P 21 28.38%
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:01 PM   #1
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Starter Sport Bikes....which....

Looking at a few different ones, want to hear from you so-called experts on your thoughts/pros/cons of each one. I'm on the prowl for one, 6'1", 260ish, large build, first time rider.
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:06 PM   #4
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ex500..........will keep you happy for more miles than the 250r.

buying the 500 saved my life in at least 2 occasions both having to do with u turning....if i had been on a SS bike...i woulda spun out and spilled my bike.....

start there...learn how to ride a couple thousand miles..then buy the SS
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With your size, you may be ok to start on a 600 but i wouldnt push to hard for the first little while you have it. I rode dirtbikes all my lif but i have never owned any size bike other than a 600 or bigger. My first bike was a 05 GSXR 600 and now an 06 ZX6R 636. I just knew that i had to remember my limits and take it easy for a little while. Once i felt comfortable which didnt take long, i started riding a little more aggressive gradually until i am where i am today.

I think you should get a 600 but thats just me. If i have to chose from the ones on the list, i say the ex500.
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:25 PM   #7
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I've got a buddy who's rode for a while, currently on a busa. He said he started out on a 600, took it slow, learned fine. He also told me of another friend who is now dearly departed that also got a 600 at the same time as him and things didn't go so well w/ him.
Being that I'm about to be 30, w/ wife and 3 yr old son, I am not getting a bike to scream around traffic and such at triple digit speeds. That part of my life is past me. I've always wanted a bike and now I've got the chance to get that "feel"....I will be doing the speed limit all the time, unless a damned trucker comes near me or I gotta get it to avoid a wreck. Not gonna be doing any stunting on it, closed course or otherwise (I'm too fat lol)
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:26 PM   #8
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Not on list, but '05 zzr600 is good starter and still looks good.
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:38 PM   #9
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Not on list, but '05 zzr600 is good starter and still looks good.
in '99-02 that was their top line race bike, now it's a good starter bike :eh:

any of the 500 class would be fine, i prefer the 500's over the HD (buell) 500
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i started on the buell and liked it but im like 5'6 and 115 lbs lol
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you listed sport bikes and no cruisers....why? just curious.. I started dirtbike, moved to a ninja600 and now got a ninja ZX9R.. still want to get a cruiser and/or a smaller 250 ninja to take to the track. But I looked at cruisers before I chose the current ninja.
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:28 AM   #12
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Reason I didn't list any cruisers is basically just preference. There is no real valid reason, I just don't like em :icon_smil
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:02 AM   #13
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take the MSF, ride safe, be responsible, and you should be fine on whatever you choose. Good luck
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:33 AM   #14
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I would go with the ninja 500. it's got plenty of power for someone thats learning how to ride.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:11 AM   #15
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Surely this all depends on who the rider is, how long they been riding and what they want to do with the bike.
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of course 250 will be the easiest and safest, but 500 might be a little better of an investment since you won't get tired of it as fast?
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:50 PM   #17
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If you have dirtbike experience, a mild 600 would probably be okay.

If you have no motorcycle experience at all, stick with the 500cc bikes. The GS500 and EX500 will accelerate faster than most street cars.

I have a GS500 that I use for commuting, and highly recommend it. It is very durable and parts are cheap. It is also very easy to maintain.

If you are going to ride as mildly as you say, you can change the sprockets to give you better acceleration, but less top speed.
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:57 PM   #18
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See the problem with a ss bike as your 1rst bike is that it does everything so well that its a bit to much for a bigginer the brakes will bite you fast and so will the power they love to shake there head they are evil biikes....there is alot of reasons why you shouldnt start on a 600 but hey its all good to me...

Perosnaly if i had to do it all over agian i would start on a 500 w/o a dought i dont think i would of taken msf becouase i dont really think it would of helped me much but i would have gotten a 500 and it would of been a ninga it would of also been older like 99 or soemthing!

or i would of went with a dual sport bike like the drz actually im still thinking about one but only time will tell..
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ex500..........will keep you happy for more miles than the 250r.

buying the 500 saved my life in at least 2 occasions both having to do with u turning....if i had been on a SS bike...i woulda spun out and spilled my bike.....

start there...learn how to ride a couple thousand miles..then buy the SS
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And don't let size be a factor, I'm six foot two and 200 pounds and had no problem at all with the smaller bikes ('92 Katana 600 no less)
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