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Old 08-16-2012, 10:20 AM   #21
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I've never heard the Triumph Daytona being called newbie friendly?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #22
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Motorcycling is like math (or any other technical hobby) you dont learn to how take the square root of a number before you learn how to add/subtract/multiply.

You have to understand that if your are just starting out in the hobby it would be very careless to over-estimate your skill and pick out a super-sport when you have not mastered the primary skills involved with riding a lesser abled bike.
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Like everyone else, you should really start thinking about how much you'll be able to spend especially after buying your gear and getting your M endorsement.
You're going to get into a lot of mistakes on your first bike especially of how different the power is compared to the bikes at the class.
If you don't really want a 250 then I'd recommend you the SV650 or the Ninja 650r, they're cheap and very forgiving if you were to ever drop them, maybe after a couple of a thousand miles then you can sell it and get your super sport.
If it's because of the looks, try getting the sv650 with full fairings. I think they're the best looking 650 in my opinion.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:21 PM   #24
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Motorcycling is like math (or any other technical hobby) you dont learn to how take the square root of a number before you learn how to add/subtract/multiply.

You have to understand that if your are just starting out in the hobby it would be very careless to over-estimate your skill and pick out a super-sport when you have not mastered the primary skills involved with riding a lesser abled bike.
That is an interesting comparison. very true , just never heard anyone compare motorcycling to math before.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #25
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... if you are really new to riding, then the bikes you listed would be fine for your second or third bike....
for now, if you want a sporty bike, go with the honda cbr250, good little bike, nimble, can flick it easy... once you get to where you do not have to think what you are doing while riding, it would be fun on the tight twisties...you will NEVER out grow it... you might want to move up in size, but anyone who tells me they out grew the bike in their skills, is lieing to themselves and to me...
if just developing basic riding skills and you are not into sport styling, go with the honda rebel... good dependable bike and there are lots of them around...
I own 7 bikes at the moment and still near bought a 250 last month... the wife talked me out of it, no room left to park one and no time to add another track event...so just gonna get another TMGP bike so I will not have to add anything to my schedule...
oh and if you get the cbr250 or ninja, when you do move up, if you move up, both of those bikes make great track bikes and would be fun as at GSS.
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Too tired to really go into it right now but you are going to get a lot of responses that will tell you that a gsxr is too much for a beginner (which is generally true) and then a bunch of superbadasses saying that their first bike was a supersport and they are alive so therefore its not bad.

Just understand that these machines can and will kill you with the slightest mistake. (Yours or someone else's)
My suggestion would be to start on something slightly more forgiving like an 650R or something to that effect. After all it is your first bike... not your last.
Good luck.
Well said, I agree. It never hurts to learn and polish your skills on bike that won't tempt you into hyperspeeds.

Besides, small lower power bikes are fun!
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don't get scared off by all these people, buy whatever you want, be responsible and wear your gear all the time
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I've never heard the Triumph Daytona being called newbie friendly?
And you didn't hear it from me. I said the triple is more user-friendly (than peaky inline4 600cc). The Daytona chassis is not much different than other SS. But if the guy is -bent on getting and SS, the 675 engine would be better.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:22 PM   #31
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Get a Harley dude, I hear those are the best.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:38 PM   #32
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Get a Harley dude, I hear those are the best.
in truth, as funny as you meant it to be, a harley sportster would be a better first bike than any of the bikes he listed... he would have a better chance at survival and in having to learn to RIDE.
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Get a Harley dude, I hear those are the best.
Or a Harley chick - whatever floats your boat. Who are we to judge? That still leaves the Issue of what bike to get though...

Some decent advice prior, so I won't restate it all. White GT seemed to be pretty spot-on though. Just be smart and don't turn into another stat. The world needs organ donors, but your friends and family need you more. Good luck.
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Like everyone else, you should really start thinking about how much you'll be able to spend especially after buying your gear and getting your M endorsement.
You're going to get into a lot of mistakes on your first bike especially of how different the power is compared to the bikes at the class.
If you don't really want a 250 then I'd recommend you the SV650 or the Ninja 650r, they're cheap and very forgiving if you were to ever drop them, maybe after a couple of a thousand miles then you can sell it and get your super sport.
If it's because of the looks, try getting the sv650 with full fairings. I think they're the best looking 650 in my opinion.
Honestly what he says about being forgiving if you drop them... SV650s the parts are cheap if you do crash. In fact I crashed at GSS on mine about.. 2.5 weeks ago. I went down doing pretty decent speed with frame and swingarm sliders. I broke the clutch lever and shift lever and with 50 bucks I was back on the road. It has survived two lowsides by me alone and its beat up but the plastics are still holding together. Mine is a POS salvage title that has an indetermined amount of miles and knows how abused by the several previous owners and it still runs well mechanically.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:32 PM   #37
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Get a ZX-14. I heard your grows an extra inch just for owning one.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #38
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Listen to the advice my friend: do not buy a high HP sport bike to start. Save money, be safe and consider my old 2007 Ninja EX 500 now available at MPH Cycles. I can absolutely vouch this is a well cared for, reliable, fun and plenty fast, but easy to ride bike. I am not a sales guy, but the best advice I got on a first bike: get an EX 500 or equivalent.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #40
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I bought a GSXR600 as my first bike and it took some getting used to. You have to be extremely careful with the throttle, wear your gear and you should be fine. BUT in all honesty most 600SS are terrible first bikes. It took me 5mins to realize I may have bit off more than i can chew. If i had a choice between the new Ninja 250 and my GSXR i probably would just go for the ninja.

Get the bike you want because no one else can make the decision for you. Be careful and enjoy riding.
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