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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 04-05-2006, 12:23 AM   #21
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I would like to have a buell i like that xb12 or what ever looks liek a wheelie machine..
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:37 AM   #22
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When i had my ninja 600 I was about 195 lbs and 6'2 and i fit perfect. now I am 6"2 and 230 and the 900 fits pretty well..
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:38 AM   #23
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:24 AM   #24
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Agree'ing with most here. If you have dirt experience and know how to operate a motorcycle tranny and clutch and aren't a dipshit, the 600cc bike should serve well. I ridden ATV's for two years before I got my F4i 600cc, dirt helps out a LOT. Now if your hand/eye coordination sucks or if your an irresponsible the 600cc+ bikes can get you in trouble in a hurry. For comfort a standard bike would be appreciated for longer cruises and still be able to give positive feedback in turns, ideally the FZ6/SV650 is less aggressive than a F4i then you have the rest of the SS600's... So the real question is are you mature and responsible?

Hmm, you can get some seat time on a Ninja 250 through an MSF course but truthfully it reminds me more of riding a moped. (Triumph 675 looks good as does the new 650cc Kawasaki)
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:41 AM   #25
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The poll is serving its purpose. Wanted to get feedback from you all as experienced riders.

I do have about a 3 years of dirt bike experience. Everything from a 125 to a 250. Just mild trail riding though, I don't do jumps.

I will be taking MSF here within a month, just have to save up the rest of the money for it. Can someone remind me again which class is was that will let you get some time in on a Ninja 250? That will help me decide greatly whether that bike is even in the running anymore. I've sat on one in a showroom floor, but sitting on one still and actually riding are different.

As far as the 600 goes, yes, I am mature and am definately not an assclown. I think I would do fine on one, however, I've seen too many people here and other friends that ride that say I should go with a 500 max for the time being.

Thanks for your input once again.
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:59 AM   #26
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:25 AM   #27
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If you need to save up for the MSF, motorcycling may not be for you. Motorcycles are difficult to finance, besides that, you will need money for the propper riding gear. Which in itself can be expensive for the good stuff. Also think about your head when you do get gear. Remember that it is your head that you are protecting. People always asked me why I bought a $600.00 helmet and I told them cause my head was in it. Well, it worked good for me cause I hit my head pretty good in my paralyzing getoff and I am just fine from a mental standpoint, ask my brain surgeon! Lol. Seriously, get good, quality gear. You will thank me if/when you crash at speed. Then there is insurance. Which is big bucks. Full coverage rates have been seen at over $6500.00 for a year. Yep, that's right and not a typo. Some lien holders will allow only liability if your credit standing is good but don't count on it. As for the bike, the GS500 or Ninja500 will do just fine, plus you can sell it for almost as much as you paid for it if you buy a used one.

Also, do your wife and child a favor and get some quality life insurance and some accidental death and dismemberment policy. Another policy to get would be disability insurance. Thank I had all of my insurance!!!!!
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:07 PM   #28
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:16 PM   #29
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It's not so much that I have to save up money. I've just got most of my money alloted right now to paying off debts so that my credit gets cleared up cuz I'm getting ready to buy a house as well. It's not that I can't afford it all, it's that I'm taking it slowly to do it all.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:28 PM   #30
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some did, some didnt
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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 04-05-2006, 08:43 PM   #32
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Can someone remind me again which class is was that will let you get some time in on a Ninja 250?
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:54 PM   #33
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Thanks Challen...Sounds like I will be signing up for a weekend 2 day course here soon. I like the fact that you have various bikes to learn on, especially the 250.
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