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Old 06-13-2011, 08:54 AM   #21
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Neither. Bikes aren't safe, make sure u understand that.

Car can kill u on a 250 just as easily as on a 1000.

Less power usually will allow more foregivness if u up. Go with less hp
Exactly. Lower horsepower and a less responsive throttle give you a greater margin for the errors new riders make. It is also much harder to ride outside your abilities if speeding requires conscious effort. Finally, if like me you had never used a manual transmission prior to riding, a smaller bike will really teach you how to work the clutch and manage the bike's power effectively.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:13 AM   #22
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I love my GS500F as a starter bike. I also have a FZ6R for a more agressive starter bike as well.
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Exactly. Lower horsepower and a less responsive throttle give you a greater margin for the errors new riders make. It is also much harder to ride outside your abilities if speeding requires conscious effort. Finally, if like me you had never used a manual transmission prior to riding, a smaller bike will really teach you how to work the clutch and manage the bike's power effectively.
I am pretty comfortable with manual transmissions having used them exclusively on big motor cars since I started driving 15 years ago.

Since I do not mind paying for safety features, I was just wondering how much consideration I should give traction control and abs (versus power, torque, weight) when selecting a bike.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Old 06-13-2011, 11:09 AM   #24
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Just get a cheap beginner bike to learn and then move on to a nicer ride. It's your first bike not your last bike... Cliche I know; but true nonetheless.
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If you have money and can afford to drop a bike then get what you want. I didn't drop a bike until I was on my fourth and most expensive so you just never know. Get what you want within reason. The Triumph would be a good bike. The parallel twins are real smooth with little vibration.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:14 AM   #26
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Saw the Kawasaki Versys and was pretty impressed with it (except new version is ugly). It would probably work for me in terms of ergonomics, but no idea if it would be too powerful. The reviews seem solid.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:16 PM   #27
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How did the MSF go? What bike did you ride for it? How did you feel on that bike?
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Hey Rael,

Thanks for asking. So far so good. I'm taking the three day course and so far have ridden just under 17mi and passed the written exam easily. I felt pretty comfortable other than neutral is vague/sloppy on the Shadow 250. The Ninjas are being ridden by guys currently on sport bikes.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:53 PM   #29
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The kawasakis have a neutral finder which is quite handy, and works as advertised. See if you can finagle a bit of seat time on a ninja, that way you can compare the seating position between a cruiser and a standard.

If you are looking at a versys you may want to check out a v-strom 650. It's similar in design and has been around a bit longer so finding a used one may be easier.
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I think the Versys or V-strom is the perfect bike for you. They are both semi-sporty but forgiving enough for a starter. The V-Strom would be easier to find used but I don't have enough praise for the Versys. A friend of mine got his last year and I am very impressed with it. Its a perfect mix of sporty and adventure touring.

You might also consider looking at some dual sports if you want to do any touring. Ask me about the KLR
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650 Versys, it does everything and is confortable and forgiving

it's my first, and I got over 20k miles on her now

great bike

also check out the Vstrom
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:09 PM   #33
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I ended up buying a Ducati Monster 620 and have loved every minute of it. Put 4,000 mi on it during the first year of ownership and haven't looked back. The fact it averages >50 mpg is great, too! A strong recommendation for the new rider.

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:35 PM   #34
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I have 900rr for sale 97 honda . I honestly started off with a 900rr when I first started riding, I didnt have any issues. I actually really like it, especially in corners but i need to sell it because i have a 929rr now

oh its the black one in my pic, i forgot about the pic lol
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Dude get a dual purpose or motard to learn to ride, you will never want to sell it, then upgrade from there.
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Who the is this expert in all matters and where has he been all my life?
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At the time of choosing bike make sure ti select brand which is trust able it make sure that you are getting a quality product. Also there are lots of generic brands are available.
Your engrish is under generic


Will you teach me to engrish?
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I ended up buying a Ducati Monster 620 and have loved every minute of it. Put 4,000 mi on it during the first year of ownership and haven't looked back. The fact it averages >50 mpg is great, too! A strong recommendation for the new rider.

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Dude get a dual purpose or motard to learn to ride, you will never want to sell it, then upgrade from there.
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I'm still on my first bike, lol. 21k miles later and still going strong.

I'm no expert but always recommend:
1. Take msf course
2. Get a good bike
3. Be patient and take it slow
4. Be aware
5. Ride your own ride
6. Ride a lot
7. Have fun
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