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Old 10-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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which new bike to get?

This is going to be for a first time rider. I was set on the honda cbr 250 cause of the fuel injection, and the quality of a Honda. Then Kawasaki has to come out with a fuel injected ninja 300. This is a tough decision for me as there are no head to head articles on the bikes yet. Maybe someone can help me? I'm on both websites looking at specs but those don't mean anything to me. Just wanted everyone's opinions. yes they have taken the MSF course from ridesmart and passed with a 100% score. This is going to be their her first bike and may keep it for a year, and get something bigger a year later. I don't want her to get bored after a month.

http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb...fications.aspx

http://kawasaki.com/Products/product...?id=717&scid=6
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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This is going to be for a first time rider. I was set on the honda cbr 250 cause of the fuel injection, and the quality of a Honda. Then Kawasaki has to come out with a fuel injected ninja 300. This is a tough decision for me as there are no head to head articles on the bikes yet. Maybe someone can help me? I'm on both websites looking at specs but those don't mean anything to me. Just wanted everyone's opinions. yes they have taken the MSF course from ridesmart and passed with a 100% score. This is going to be their her first bike and may keep it for a year, and get something bigger a year later. I don't want her to get bored after a month.

http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb...fications.aspx

http://kawasaki.com/Products/product...?id=717&scid=6
Tough choice, but may I offer a suggestion?

If its going to be her first, look for used, and don't worry about whether it has carbs or FI. If she's intent upon a starter ride as her first choice (smart idea BTW), she's only gonna have it a year or less anyway and you don't want to spend too much on it.

The Ninja 300 is a great choice, but, for the price, there are options out there that are more versatile and will not become boring so quickly.

Going with a used 250 is what a lot of ppl do. If she doesn't totally it up, after 9 months to a year you can usually get maybe $200 less than you paid for it when you sell it. There's probably one or two for sale on the forum right now.
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Honda crf250l or Yamaha xt250.

when she gets a good handle of riding, either you or her can have a pretty good back up bike, motard conversion, dirt bike.

If she ever drops it then you won't be too dissapointed cause thats what they do.
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Honda crf250l or Yamaha xt250.

when she gets a good handle of riding, either you or her can have a pretty good back up bike, motard conversion, dirt bike.

If she ever drops it then you won't be too dissapointed cause thats what they do.
First i've seen someone recommend a motard as a first bike. Isn't a 250 a bit on the big side for a dirt bike?

Not disagreeing with you- just never ridden dirt bikes at all. Only thing I know about them is they have two wheels and look like they might be street legal...


(and they're a lot less ghey than a scooter)
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First i've seen someone recommend a motard as a first bike. Isn't a 250 a bit on the big side for a dirt bike?

Not disagreeing with you- just never ridden dirt bikes at all. Only thing I know about them is they have two wheels and look like they might be street legal...


(and they're a lot less ghey than a scooter)
by the way they are both street legal.

And yes my scooter will dust your road glide on 3090 and the like.

and how many miles a year? noob.

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Thank you honors daddy. I just like the peace of mind of new. I've seen totally wrecked (totaled) bikes put back together in less than an hr. with parts off eBay. Looks brand new. Hey Sunday rider, why the ninja 300?
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Thanks for your suggestion tmax but she really wants a sports bike.
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Thank you honors daddy. I just like the peace of mind of new. I've seen totally wrecked (totaled) bikes put back together in less than an hr. with parts off eBay. Looks brand new. Hey Sunday rider, why the ninja 300?
Almost 50 hp in stock form, slipper clutch, abs and it looks a lot better than any 250 out there
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cbr250 for the same reasons sunday rider gave...
it handles well, has enough power for a new rider and unless she just like straight line riding, she will not out grow it or get bored in a year... when i hear folks tell me that they got bored on a 250, what they are really telling me is that they never learned to ride it...and even new it is not a killer purchase... it might even be a bike she would want to keep when she moves up, if she moves up...if i had the time to ride one, i would add one to my stable....
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Im with Tmax! U guys are talking about handling, slipper clutches and FI/Carb its a first bike for sakes. Im 100% positive thats the first timer aint gonna know the difference. What they will know is when they drop it in the parking lot or street its gonna cost a load of money because of the fairings.

Get a small motard or dual purpose like Tmax suggested. If they drop it it wont really do ! A 250 dual sport is nothing like a 250 MX bike like some one thought.....my .02 which will be worth more that -$1000 for new fairings for a dropped ninja 250/300 or cbr250
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....ooooor they can be like me and just dont bother fixing them..... lol
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....ooooor they can be like me and just dont bother fixing them..... lol
I am the same way


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No way in I would buy new. I vote 250 for cost and parts.
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i would go with a dual purpose or tard too, but he already said she wants a sport bike, that is why i said the cbr, he had already narrowed the field to two bikes.
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What are her measurements? Before some of you Pervs get yer mind in the gutter, I mean her height and inseam. Some females can be rather vertically challenged, to a point where even a starter sport bike like cbr and ninja can be too tall. Last thing a beginner needs is a tall bike she can't flatfoot on both sides.

Who's talking sport bike? You the advisor, or she the rider? You really gotta be honest here and give proper advice on what's best for her to gain confidence and learn the basics - not what you think she would look great riding next to your sport bike.

A Suzuki GZ250 or even a V Star 250 can be ridden very spiritedly and lots of fun in the hands of a beginner rider. The low seat height can be much more user friendly for some ladies and far less intimidating.

Key is to make her fall in love with RIDING, not with her first bike.

I plan on buying my wife a cruiser as a first bike, FWIW.

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