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Old 03-17-2010, 06:58 PM   #21
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buy what you want. as said before, everybody is going to have a different opinion. i know plenty of people that started on a 600, you just need to respect the power that the bike has. i myself started on a 1981 yamaha xs 650 special because at 16, it was all i could afford. i still love that bike, and will encourage anybody to start out on an old cruiser because they truely are some of the best beginners bike....but just buy whats going to make you happy.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:05 AM   #22
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You are getting some great advice here and I would recommend visiting this site when you have questions. Here's my two cents. Get a Ninja 250 or 500. They are light, nice looking and easy to handle. You'll likely sell it easily enough when you upgrade. I know an experienced rider who still owns a ninja 250 and still loves it. It's his only transportation. You will drop your first bike! I have heard that the MSF course is now mandatory to get your MC license (but I haven't seen that in writing). And last, if you can.....buy a bike from a member of this community. There are really good people here. You won't get ripped off. I bought my first two bikes from people on this board. Both were great bikes! No issues!

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buy a 600. i started out on one and i cant imagine riding a 250/500. then again im 6'3" so i couldnt fit on one comfortably. whatever you do, make sure your comfortable on the bike whatever kind you decide to get. and if you decide to start small when riding season statrts you can sale your bike pretty much for the same price you got it for. (depending on the damge you do to it.)
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I have heard that the MSF course is now mandatory to get your MC license (but I haven't seen that in writing).
As of Sept. 1, 2009, the MSF Basic RiderCourse is now mandatory in Texas to get an original motorcycle license.

Now you've seen it in writing.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:02 AM   #26
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Well, there isnt going to be a shortage of opinions on what bike/what bike size you should get.

So Ill throw this out there.
When youre looking at bikes you need to consider total cost of ownership.
bike price+tax/registration(new vs. used)+gear+maintenance+insurance=total cost of ownership.

You can budget all of these things out. Budget out your gear with one of our sponsors. They will help you pick out what style you want, and help with the fit.

One other thing to consider is insurance. We dont know about your particulars that go into forming a quote, but you would be amazed at the differences in price quotes you'll get. Full coverage vs. liability, new bike vs. used bike, and engine displacement vs. type of bike. For instance, youll be able to ensure an SV650 for much cheaper than a smaller cc (600) supersport bike.

Take your time, sort out all these other details, and then start the bike hunt in earnest.

Good luck, and welcome to the addiction
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:51 PM   #28
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Dude just be careful thats all I gotta say. I agree 100% with everyones opinions. Dont get all throttle happy..Just because you know the bike is fast. bike= machine its only going to do what you tell it to do..
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:25 PM   #30
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:56 PM   #31
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:11 PM   #32
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First - take the course!
2nd - go look at bikes (MH M&Gs are good places to see them) at events and in dealerships. Take someone who rides like you want to. I'm a cruiser guy, so I would be little help to someone looking to by a sportbike.
3rd - don't buy on the first visit.....

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Old 03-19-2010, 05:29 PM   #33
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The sv is an awesome bike to learn on and is an overall great bike especially for a beginner. Just be careful, wear good gear, and watch the idiots on the road (idoits=everyone else). The msf course is a definite as well.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:27 PM   #34
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Why not look at a Suzuki Katana 600 or 750
Made for many years but not after 2006.
getting low in price too
A bit outdate on technology but should be great for a beginner,

In a semi self preservation act I picked one up last week after parting with a 08 Busa.
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kats are ok for beginners, but have 2 maj. faults

1, they're heavy so their harder to control
2, they have lotsa plastic, so if you drop them the plastics get tore up
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:04 PM   #36
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OK

How about a 4FI CBR 600
Lighter and more up to date on technology and just a few more $$

Unless you go cruiser or naked plastics are a given.
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Buy a used naked sv 650, a whole lot of fun and more forgiving than some other bikes.
SV ftw. I had a Ninja 250 and ended up selling it kind of quick and getting the SV since it would be better on the highway for longer trips, and because I found out the track was a lot of fun and wanted a bike geared towards that as well. With the SV650s you get a half fairing or full fairing depending on year to keep the wind off you a little bit at highway speeds, and clipons are lower than on the regular SV if I remember right so you have a more "sporty" position but not hunched over like on a 600 ss, so still comfortable enough for longer trips too. They are also super reliable and can be found somewhat cheap. If you get a 2004+ you will also get fuel injection on it.

I have liability only on my 04 sv650s and I believe it is right at $23 a month. I priced the exact insurance on a VFR800, which is a sport tourer not even a SS, and the price was right at $45 a month. And if you are under 25 I imagine the insurance is brutal on one, especially if you buy new and finance and have to have full coverage.

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Old 03-20-2010, 02:07 PM   #39
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My first bike was a 1203 Buell with almost 90HP and 90ft/lbs of torque.

I'm about three years in to riding and have never dropped a bike and never taken MSF. Saying that he's without a doubt going to drop his first bike is ridiculous and frightening to a new rider.

Get what you want man. The top three brands for the 600s are all good bikes. Don't buy salvage and if you buy used (always recommended as a first time buyer...what if you don't like riding??) take a buddy who knows what he's doing or get up to Patrick somehow as the others have said. A free once over is a great service for bike buyers.

Get the gear you can afford too. No use in buying a $600 jacket cause it looks like it will offer better protection, ya know? There are plenty of online retailers and some forum sponsors who can get you great deals on gear. $350 jackets regularly will sell for a hundy if they're last year's stock...no problem with that. Same with helms and gloves.

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Ditto on getting what you want.


I suppose you are more likely to drop your first bike, but a little caution and common sense just might prevent it.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:04 PM   #40
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Yes . l agree with matemike...I have a a new14 concours...though I had I just about modified to my liking ...muzzy lower link, put zx 14 exhaust, lowered my footpeg 1-1/2 ...cut my seat down still can bearly flat foot the bike...that said..I when to the grocery store monday evening ..while backing up a truck came from nowhere..no he did not hit me,,but scared me,and don't know how it happen but I got my right tennis shoe caught in the scrape peg on the botton of the foot peg...I have fairly quick reactions for a old man...but could not get my foot unhung and down I went in the parking down at Brookshires bro..seem like everybody in town was watching the bike fell on top of me with my left leg under the bike and my right foot still hung on the drag peg......I have been riding since I was 17. (!972.).I am 56 now...so yes you will fall sooner or later maybe not on one bike but the next horse you mount may throw you... A week before we( me and my cousin) were runing hard in the backroads... I never would believe I would drop my bike on top of my self a week later.....do get use to your bike before you think about doing traffic
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