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Old 12-15-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Hi all,

New member here. Second year PhD student at Texas A&M. Taking an MSF course in College Station late-January and looking to gather as much information as possible on motorcycle safety/maintenance before then.

Also looking to buy a nice starter bike next month so I will be keeping my eyes on the classified section. Leaning towards a post-2008 ninja 250, 2013 ninja 300 or a larger standard bike like an SV650. If anyone has a better suggestion let me know. I am looking to do local and highway riding.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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Which program are you in at TAMU? I met with Drs. Ford and Akabani for a PhD in Nuclear Engineering. I really liked them, and was told they would customize a program for me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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I'm home now (Chicago) and went to a local bike shop here to browse/pick up some gear. They had a white ninja 300. It was.....beautiful
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SV650 is a great bike! I have had mine for more than four years already! Welcome!

Which program are you in at TAM? I met with Drs. Ford and Akabani for a PhD in Nuclear Engineering. I really liked them, and was told they would customize a program for me.
I am in nuclear engineering. I do research in the computational methods group (Adams/Morel) with our in-house deterministic transport code. The PhD program here, as you probably already know, is one of the leading programs in the nation so coming here would be a great decision

Are you interested in rad health? I believe that is what Ford/Akabani specialize in. But yeah, I can (try to) answer any questions you may have about the PhD program here. I can probably also answer any questions you may have about the nuclear engineering programs at Illinois or Penn State since I went there for BS/MS.

In regards to the SV650, did you find the (relatively larger) bike easy to maneuver and do you think the torque may be a bit too much for a beginner?
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I am in nuclear engineering. I do research in the computational methods group (Adams/Morel) with our in-house deterministic transport code. The PhD program here, as you probably already know, is one of the leading programs in the nation so coming here would be a great decision

Are you interested in rad health? I believe that is what Ford/Akabani specialize in. But yeah, I can (try to) answer any questions you may have about the PhD program here. I can probably also answer any questions you may have about the nuclear engineering programs at Illinois or Penn State since I went there for BS/MS.

In regards to the SV650, did you find the (relatively larger) bike easy to maneuver and do you think the torque may be a bit too much for a beginner?
The SV is much more forgiving than an in-line four. It does have a lot of torque, but low top end. Plus, it tops out in each gear quickly, so you won't hit 100 in second gear. My SV is naked, which makes it extremely uncomfortable to ride over 90 most of the time. As far as power vs experience, though, you'll find that you tire of the 250 or 300 within months, but with the 650 you'll have years of enjoyment. Once you're comfortable, you can always track the SV. Mine is all custom, so I will never let it go.

I don't know that I'll go to TAMU - even though I had a great meeting with them, I have been sick and had some memory loss. Going back to school at this point is not going to happen.

I can still ride, though!
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Are you interested in rad health? I believe that is what Ford/Akabani specialize in. But yeah, I can (try to) answer any questions you may have about the PhD program here. I can probably also answer any questions you may have about the nuclear engineering programs at Illinois or Penn State since I went there for BS/MS.
Actually, my PhD would have been in applied radiochemistry. I have an environmental chem degree and a geology degree and wanted to do multi-disciplinary from Nuc. Eng. for obvious reasons. I'm not giving up - just can't do it until I get my head on right.
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Actually, my PhD would have been in applied radiochemistry. I have an environmental chem degree and a geology degree and wanted to do multi-disciplinary from Nuc. Eng. for obvious reasons. I'm not giving up - just can't do it until I get my head on right.
Oh okay cool. Radiochemistry sounds fun! It is a lot more hands-on (experimental) than what I do. I just sit behind a computer all day and code usually banging my head against a wall But anyway, good luck with your recovery and pursuing your career goals.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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welcome

got a cousin selling a mint 2009 ninja 6R with some goodies on it..
great starter bike.
have you taken MSF ?
My MSF course isn't until January. I wasn't planning on buying a bike until afterwards.

I am also looking for a smaller 250/300cc sportsbike. I don't think I would feel too comfortable on a 600cc+ sportsbike. I have zero riding experience unless you count my 46cc Goped though I did hit 50mph on it haha.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:22 PM   #13
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Oh okay cool. Radiochemistry sounds fun! It is a lot more hands-on (experimental) than what I do. I just sit behind a computer all day and code usually banging my head against a wall But anyway, good luck with your recovery and pursuing your career goals.
Thanks. Either way, I know TAMU is one of the best Nuc Eng programs, so good for you!

I started on a 250. In College Station a 250 will be more than enough, actually. Here in Houston, if you're going to be on the highways, then you absolutely need a little more power to get out of trouble occasionally.

Buy USED. That's my $0.02. You will drop it. You may wreck it. You won't feel nearly as bad if it's a used 250 or 300 than if it's brand new. Also, don't finance it- it's a toy. Save up and pay cash (another good reason to buy used). There are always small cc bikes for sale with low miles.
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I recommend a 250cc, 500cc or 650cc to start on. Also do not buy brand new unless you have the full cash amount, buy used .I also reccomend recommend no more then 3500 for a used first bike because it you were to drop it it wont be as bad as dropping a 5+ thousand dollar bike. Also welcome to the forum
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Hi all,

New member here. Second year PhD student at Texas A&M. Taking an MSF course in College Station late-January and looking to gather as much information as possible on motorcycle safety/maintenance before then.

Also looking to buy a nice starter bike next month so I will be keeping my eyes on the classified section. Leaning towards a post-2008 ninja 250, 2013 ninja 300 or a larger standard bike like an SV650. If anyone has a better suggestion let me know. I am looking to do local and highway riding.

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You are on the right track. My first bike was an 02 ninja 500...and people suggested the sv650. However, I now have an 05 r6 and am enjoying it at the race track and twis ties!
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My MSF course isn't until January. I wasn't planning on buying a bike until afterwards.

I am also looking for a smaller 250/300cc sportsbike. I don't think I would feel too comfortable on a 600cc+ sportsbike. I have zero riding experience unless you count my 46cc Goped though I did hit 50mph on it haha.
If you plan on riding much, you will advance quickly and will outgrow the bike before you know it. So, unless you get an amazing deal on a used bike, I would hold out for a bigger engine, no more than 600 though.
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You are on the right track. My first bike was an 02 ninja 500...and people suggested the sv650. However, I now have an 05 r6 and am enjoying it at the race track and twis ties!
The ninja 500 seems like a nice alternative to the 250. I may look into it if I find a 250 sportsbike easy to handle during the MSF course. I don't see too many ninja 500s on sale though. I think they're discontinued(?)
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