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Old 01-03-2011, 01:19 PM   #21
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tell him to go for it lol and when he rides it up to work to show it off,,, yell "wheelllie!!!" real loud then look mad when he doesnt try to clutch it up
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:21 PM   #22
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #23
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Tell him to go price a gas tank on that thing.
There's a reason the words "sold" are next to the 848 on my bike list.
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IMO its not a terrible choice power-wise for a first bike, but the torque will really surpize you. They will pull the front wheel with little effort if you happen to let the clutch out too fast with too much throttle. The dude will regret it if he drops it. Like mentioned. Parts = big $$$
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:25 PM   #24
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I would also highly recommend him taking the MSF course BEFORE he buys a bike.
Awesome Cycles has Ninja 250s in their course, that may give him some concept of what a bike over 3 times larger in displacement will do.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:34 PM   #27
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I would like a reserve liver for later. tell him it's just fine, just fine. dibs on his liver. and his gf, if she's asian.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:07 PM   #28
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Let Darwinism take its course, If he can handle it, let him or let him try.
This has been covered hundreds of times and people have their own opinions.
Displacement isn't as big of a factor as respect, patience, self-control IMO.

Cost would be a deciding factor for sure though.

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Not everyone is doomed to up their first bike. If that's what he wants then tell him to go for it. It's his money.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:05 PM   #30
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Aside from the cost of repair aspect it's really not much different from starting out on a 600. A lot depends on how level headed he is as it pertains the his learning curve and lack of skills. It would be no different than starting on a 600.
If he is aware of the higher costs of repair/maintenance and is willing/able to pay for it than I say go for it.
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I know a chic that her very first bike was a Hayabusa. She's still living SEVERAL years later. Now she has had he whoas.. but everyone said she'd kill herself.. But she also knew what she was getting in to.. (i.e. cost to keep it, cost of replacing her custom job, etc.) So if you r friend knows how much it cost to maintain it, to fix in case he wrecks, and insurance, etc.. if he's ready... wish him luck.. and move on.
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Not everyone is doomed to up their first bike. If that's what he wants then tell him to go for it. It's his money.
all bullshitting aside, i agree with this 100%. most of us started out on a SS bike. if hes got a good level head on his shoulders he'll be fine.
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Not everyone is doomed to up their first bike. If that's what he wants then tell him to go for it. It's his money.
Maybe not everyone but I'd say that a majority of us had our share of screwups when we began. Not all of them the result of too much power.
Too much front brake and a little gravel in a parking lot.
Forgetting to put the kickstand down.
Having your foot slip as you stopped at an intersection.
Too much clutch, not enough throttle, stall, then fall over.

Any of these kind of mistakes can cost a big wad of cash when the word Ducati is involved. , it's bad enough on a bike.
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Repair costs are relative. Maybe he has the money.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:32 PM   #35
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Repair costs are relative. Maybe he has the money.
Very true, if he does and he's aware of the costs in exotic Italian bike ownership, he should go for it.
Then he just needs to keep his right hand under control until he learns what he is doing. It won't be easy but it can be done.
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he needs to watch that POV video with the guy on the cruiser that goes out at night.
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While we still live in America he has a choice and it is his own choice. Let him do what he wants. We may not agree on his choice but we should at least agree that it is his choice to make.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:30 PM   #38
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he needs to watch that POV video with the guy on the cruiser that goes out at night.
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My first bike which I still ride is a Ducati Streetfighter S. Respect the machine and it will not hurt you. Also, don't be ham handed.

If I had to do it again I'd probably get something smaller... Like a BMW F800R.
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