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Old 12-07-2010, 03:26 AM   #1
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Red face What is the best bike for a beginner?

So I'm a baby beginner and I'm looking to get a bike soon but I'm not sure exactly what will be the best for me. I've heard that the 250r or the 500r are the best but then I've also heard that GSX650F is okay too just has a little more power. And does it matter about your size like height and weight wise? I'm 5'8 and 120 lbs. So idk if that will make any difference on what kind of bike to get.


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Old 12-07-2010, 03:30 AM   #2
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I'm big on beginners getting a 250, because it's a very friendly bike and resale value is usually very good.
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:59 AM   #3
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ninja 250, tu 250, tw 200 are a few good starter bikes. tw's and ninja 250s can be found for cheap usually. go with an older style ninja, not the new 2008 to current style. the old style sells for very little and there's a good chance you will scuff it up a bit.
if you have some experience on a bike, consider the sv650. it was what i started on and was a very easy bike to learn on and rewarding to really get the hang of.
dual purpose bikes are pretty easy as well. you sit higher and the bike weighs less than a standard street bike. the tw i rode for my msf class was like a 2 wheeled go cart. i had a great time putting around in it. david and debbie at awesome cycles had to tell me several times to slow it down and quit slinging gravel.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:05 AM   #4
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if this is legit, hop on it
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2035804799.html

here's a tw
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2031248171.html
i have found the tw's for as low as 700 for a partially disassembled bike. IIRC it was taken apart for painting, but the owner lost interest and wanted to get rid of it. the bike was only a few years old. this was in the summer though, so its gone by now.

good luck. be sure and take the brc course. the school i mentioned above is a really fun place to take it at. awesome cycles. they have ninjas and a tw and some small cruisers. wait until after you take the class to get your bike. drop one of theirs before you drop yours
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:08 AM   #5
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I agree with 250. Learn on a 250 and work your way up. 250s are also great on the track
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:17 AM   #6
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ya 250 are the best starter bike out there to just get the whole riding thing down. i have a 650 that is vary easy to start with but a little bigger of a bike for the highway ride. its up for sale too just pm me if u want more info. but get the bike that is comfy to ride like you want too.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:17 AM   #7
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And does it matter about your size like height and weight wise? I'm 5'8 and 120 lbs. So idk if that will make any difference on what kind of bike to get.


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Turbo Busa with the wet NOS shot....

(or a older EX250 is perfectly acceptable if you want to live long enough to enjoy riding...)
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i got my wife a 250 and i ride it more than my 1000
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Get a used 250. Your chance of dropping your bike is much higher as a new rider (I know because I'm living it). 250's are cheap, hard to break, and parts are abundant. That is in addition to being light and easy to handle. You really cannot go wrong with a 250.
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Get a used 250. Your chance of dropping your bike is much higher as a new rider (I know because I'm living it). 250's are cheap, hard to break, and parts are abundant. That is in addition to being light and easy to handle. You really cannot go wrong with a 250.


I started on a 250, now I have an SV650. Start small and buy used. That's the best advice I can give you. You don't have anything to prove to anybody, so don't let pride override good judgement. And don't let the boys talk you into something you're not ready for.

MSF at Awesome Cycles! Take MSF first - THEN decide what you want to buy. They have Ninja 250's in the class that you can ride.

If $$ is a factor, then make sure you have enough after purchasing the bike to buy gear - in fact, you should buy all your gear first - you'll need it for MSF, anyway.
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So I'm a baby beginner and I'm looking to get a bike soon but I'm not sure exactly what will be the best for me. I've heard that the 250r or the 500r are the best but then I've also heard that GSX650F is okay too just has a little more power. And does it matter about your size like height and weight wise? I'm 5'8 and 120 lbs. So idk if that will make any difference on what kind of bike to get.

Thanks,

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I am 6' and 175 lbs and I ride a 2008 GSX650F. I enjoy riding it and find it very nice for commuting and yet is still very fun to ride. It is tame at only 85hp (stated) but weighs almost as much as a Busa at 475lbs dry. It has a very smooth almost linear acceleration curve and was a easy bike to re-learn on. The weight is good and bad. It takes up some of the bumps in the road and makes it more stable when it is very windy. But of course it interferes with the peppiness of the bike.

For all the praise I have for the bike, I would still suggest what everyone else has - get an used 250. You will likely drop it. Frankly, if you don't drop it a few times while practicing in the parking lot you are not practicing enough and not learning the limits of the bike and yourself.

So get a used 250, learn and enjoy it.

Take MSF too.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:55 AM   #14
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The good thinkg about getting a 250 is that when/if you're ready to move on to a bigger bike they almost always sell quick and if you've taken care of it, for decent money.
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If $$ is a factor, then make sure you have enough after purchasing the bike to buy gear - in fact, you should buy all your gear first - you'll need it for MSF, anyway.
+1 on the gear and +1000 on Awesome cycles. At the MSF class you'll get a 1 time coupon for Cycle Gear which is handy in getting set up with gear. Also Cycle Gear usually has a big sale on January 1, but I haven't heard anything about this year.
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Ive been riding 10yrs and Im now on a 250...(see avi/sig)

Great bikes and have just about all you'd ever need out of a bike. I always said I'd never be able to outride one and I hadnt yet.

Im 5'11'' 236lbs and my top indicated speed since w 30lbs of full gear is 107mph
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:38 AM   #17
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Wild West Honda up on I-10 have a "scratch and Dent" 2010 ninja 250 special edition for $2,999

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I took the MSF first and then decided what I would feel comfortable on. If you respect the power of the bike and practice good throttle control you will be okay. Keep in mind that on a bigger bike it is much less forgiving if you downshift instead of upshifting.
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Get a used 250. Your chance of dropping your bike is much higher as a new rider (I know because I'm living it). 250's are cheap, hard to break, and parts are abundant. That is in addition to being light and easy to handle. You really cannot go wrong with a 250.
+1 - good advice here..
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