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Old 08-17-2011, 03:36 PM   #21
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you sure opened up a can of worms... everybody has their peronal opinions and likes and dislikes.. I have no opinion on this issue as I could not even possibly think in terms of one bike.. I have different bikes for different types of riding...so good luck with your choice...my only suggestion would be go with the 250 cc size bike to decide if you really like riding... it will be easier to control, it will get better gas mileage, it will cost less to maintain and it will cost less to buy... then if you ride awhile and you decide it is something you would like to continue you can always sell it and move up in size...
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woa, a bike for every situation! lol...maybe someday for me...
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:12 PM   #23
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:36 PM   #24
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I'm really liking the new Ninja 250s. What year is yours?

I should probably also add that I am 5'10" 215lbs.
Mine is a 2010 special edition red/ebony. Very Sexy bike lol

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Old 08-17-2011, 04:42 PM   #25
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How old are ya? It's a "frame of mind" type question.
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I'd start used and on a 250-500. Insurance is cheap, repairs are easy, and the bikes are forgiving. You'll be able to form opinions on what you want in future bikes without having to lay down a lot of cash to find out. Don't be blinded by huge power numbers or trick suspensions. If you are just getting into riding you will have a blast on a smaller used bike.

Edit: I'd give this advice to anyone looking to ride, no matter their age or wealth. When you first start out you only know that you want a motorcycle, and nothing else. I had read plenty on 250s, 650s, 600s, sportbikes, cruisers, and standards before I bought my 250. I didn't know a thing about actually living with a motorcycle. Clutch pull, seating position, brake feel, etc. were all academic. After riding for a bit, the concepts had real meaning.

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Don't get a toy bike if you entend on doing man riding. Your right hand belongs to you. It's a DNA thing I think. You either have self control or you don't.
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Don't get a toy bike if you entend on doing man riding. Your right hand belongs to you. It's a DNA thing I think. You either have self control or you don't.
I guess people have evolved in the last 40 years. Or racers from the 60's and 70's weren't doing "man riding."

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32-35 bhp. Might as well ride a scooter, right?
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:02 PM   #31
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I realllllly wanted a 599. I couldn't find one in good shape at a price I liked. Awesome bike.
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The 599 is nice. The insurance difference between a sportbike and a standard is huge. Make sure to get quotes from different companies too.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:25 AM   #34
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Yeah, I know about the different names. Figures, when I'm not in the market for one there are nice ones out there. My next bike is going to be a 98-up VFR. would love an 02-up but if I find a clean older one for the right price.....basicly I'll get the nicest one I can afford, regardless of year.
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FZ6 and FZ6R are similar but different. The FZ6 is lighter, has SS tire size, a lot more power, adjustable suspension, better brakes, and cooler exhaust. The FZ6R is fully faired, heavier(steel frame), both have the same riding position. Honestly I was going to buy a used FZ6, but it was harder to get financing, so we bought a brand new FZ6R. It is primarily her bike, so I didn't mind the lesser performance. I daily ride with a friend who rides an R6. I have no problem keeping up with him. Again, the FZ6R is an awesome bike.
+1. I ride a 2009 FZ6 and my buddy a 2009 FZ6R. Great comparison. As first bikes go they are both great. I like the "naked" look of the FZ6 and the undertail exhaust, my buddy likes the plastic projectile look !!
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The cb 599 aka the hornet is another fun bike, as mentioned hard to find a cleaner used 1... in the states. Goodluck
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:25 AM   #37
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XD45 I will be looking to sell my FZ1 in a couple months ( I have the sweats for a Ducati Streetfighter).
If you are still in the market PM me. I bet we could come to an agreement.
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I hear the busas and zx14's are comfy, speed is all up to you.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:34 AM   #40
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Best all round bike for me is the SV 650. Good riding position, plenty of power and great handling and lower cost of maintenance.
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