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Old 01-31-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
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New Rider - Thoughts for me on new bikes

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So, I've been reading the threads and advice and also some stuff that has scared me to death (in a good way) on starting bikes and the like..

As far as new, I've been looking at the CBR250R.. Its low center of gravity and smaller displacement might be just what I need.. I'm only like 150 lbs. so I'm sure it will be enough??

In the used column, I've been recommended the SV650 as a good starter as well.. seems like a great bike from what people say.

Also, i'm seriously considering the CBR600RR due to its steering dampers already there not to mention the ABS system.. I think that would be beneficial even though I know dang well 599cc is more than I should have as a beginner. I will probably just be putting around for a good while so I think I'd be ok..


My background is years of ATV experience and some motorcross. street bikes are def. a different breed but I'm not a newby to changing gears, clutch, or brakes.. On the pavement, i know its different..

hmm... decisions decisions.
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If I had to do it all over again, this is what I would get.
Sexiest 250 out there.

I think if you've done motocross AND you're going to take MSF (and do well) AND you take your time, you should be fine on a CBR600.

I think ABS came out in 08-09 so you're gonna be looking at a not-so-cheap first bike. Sounds like you're doing your homework and have a level head though, get what you really want.
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If I had to do it all over again, this is what I would get.
Sexiest 250 out there.

I think if you've done motocross AND you're going to take MSF (and do well) AND you take your time, you should be fine on a CBR600.

I think ABS came out in 08-09 so you're gonna be looking at a not-so-cheap first bike. Sounds like you're doing your homework and have a level head though, get what you really want.
Yes, def. MSF and I'm smart and know safety and experience is all you have and you still have no guarantee on the roads.. my brothers dad died on a harley back in the day and I respectfully salute to being careful.. I'm no pansy though, def. love everything-motor

Your right, not so cheap and for a first bike its on me if I drop it or have just a random stupid stupid tip over in the garage.. i'll be ok though, I'll get stands and the works to keep things monster garage enabled..

How does everybody like the ABS functionality? Anybody tested it on purpose to see how efficient it works? LOL
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Well, hey, I was going to get a Duc 848 for looks but I know better bro.. Gotta start somewhere "reasonable"
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Well, hey, I was going to get a Duc 848 for looks but I know better bro.. Gotta start somewhere "reasonable"
I would get the 848, since I'm selling on, lol. Just kidding, but if you've had experience with atv and other , then a 250 will get pretty boring after a while. But you also don't want to drop a 9k machine on your leg
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I would get the 848, since I'm selling on, lol. Just kidding, but if you've had experience with atv and other , then a 250 will get pretty boring after a while. But you also don't want to drop a 9k machine on your leg
Totally agree.. You are selling your 848? I know, you are probably right and as much as people do, I'm really not the type that is going to buy a new bike every 2 seasons.. so while the , well, this is your first of many bikes arguement might be true, i highly doubt I'll be the type to have so much turnover.. Therefore, while I'm super respectful of the dangers of newb, i'm capable so def. thinking 600 style.
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I'm definitely digging this... Also, all black looks awesome..

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I say go ahead and find a Honda around the 3k-4k price range (you can find a nice bike in that range). Don't be hesistant to go back to the late 90's... My first bike was a 96 Honda f3 600, not crazy powerfull, but enough power to have fun and not get boring. Rode the out of the bike and it helped me get ready for my f4i. As far as dropping the bike, well like you said, that's on you. Though it will hurt less when the bike is not as expensive.


I know a lot of people say 250's is the bike to start on, but it mostly depends on the rider and how much self control they have. You seem like a pretty level headed guy. So, take the class like you have planned, though it's all low speeds it will at least give you really good things to consider once you're out there on your own.

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That black CBR250r looks killer! I think it or the Ninja 250 would both be excellent choices to learn street skills on. You also mentioned a Suzuki SV-650. I cant say enough about that bike....I bought a new one in 2000, put 30,000 miles on it and like it more everytime I ride it, cant say that about any other bike that I have ever owned! Very easy bike to ride, not at all intimidating but not a bike You will ever outgrow, I highly reccommend them and the older models can be picked up, used for under $3000....what a bargain!
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i would agree, i have raced motocross all my life and when it came to my first sportbike, i went ahead a bought a r1 , and never had any type of problems, i just can imagine someone who hasnt ever ridden a motorcycle.
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I say go ahead and find a Honda around the 3k-4k price range (you can find a nice bike in that range). Don't be hesistant to go back to the late 90's... My first bike was a 96 Honda f3 600, not crazy powerfull, but enough power to have fun and not get boring. Rode the out of the bike and it helped me get ready for my f4i. As far as dropping the bike, well like you said, that's on you. Though it will hurt less when the bike is not as expensive.


I know a lot of people say 250's is the bike to start on, but it mostly depends on the rider and how much self control they have. You seem like a pretty level headed guy. So, take the class like you have planned, though it's all low speeds it will at least give you really good things to consider once you're out there on your own.

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Haha.. hilarious.. Don't worry man, I respect your girl 100%... Yeah, I think I will come out for sure.. I'll hang out while you guys smoke

yeah, my rides.. Corvette Z06, GT3 and the like, while cars, speed is one of those things I've been there and done that, so I'm really past the stupid displays of supreme shannanigans and know better.. You really have to get stuff out of your system so you approach stuff real world and not so much adrenaline pumping.. I def. will enjoy checking the bikes and talking with whoever wants to give their .02c's
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i would agree, i have raced motocross all my life and when it came to my first sportbike, i went ahead a bought a r1 , and never had any type of problems, i just can imagine someone who hasnt ever ridden a motorcycle.
Yeah, with your motorcross experience, you def. had a leg up on the competition.. Throttle control and while dirt is a whole different dynamic, a lot of the principals ported over so you did well.. we all know that there are some % of the population, no matter how much training, just don't have what it takes to handle 2 wheels..
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if money isnt an issue go with the cbr600 w/ abs. i have heard that its basically idiot proof.
the sv is a good bike for the money. my old sv is being sold on cl for $2k right now. he's given it a nicer rear suspension and better seat. its a decent deal and comes w/ a truck bed full of extra stuff

the 250 looks a bit fat, but idk. i cant imagine a single being a pleasant sound on the street
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