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Old 12-17-2012, 01:21 AM   #21
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First off...Gig'em!

Your have the right idea as to what you are looking for. I would recommend the Ninja 500. Great bike. Easy to ride fast as you progress. Buy used. You will crash. It's OK, we all have and will again. The SV650 is a no brainer as well. GREAT bike.

If you are still in College Station, PM Desmorider. You will have to get lots of ATGATT speeches, but it's OK. You need it.

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:36 AM   #24
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Welcome.

First off...Gig'em!

Your have the right idea as to what you are looking for. I would recommend the Ninja 500. Great bike. Easy to ride fast as you progress. Buy used. You will crash. It's OK, we all have and will again. The SV650 is a no brainer as well. GREAT bike.

If you are still in College Station, PM Desmorider. You will have to get lots of ATGATT speeches, but it's OK. You need it.

Once you get comfortable on the street, get your gear and go for a track day.

Life will be good.
Thanks for the advice. Yeah I'll try to get in contact with him. I'll be in college station for the foreseeable future.... Hopefully not too long though...
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #25
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I recommend the SV650... like several others have... but that goes without saying...
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #26
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Thanks for the links. The 06 500R looks good. I may take a look at it if it is still available late January. I'm not sure I would buy a pre-2000 bike though (especially a learner bike like a ninja 250) purely for mechanical reliability reasons.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:03 PM   #27
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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
get a 600 u will get bored with a 300 in 2 weeks trust me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #28
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suzuki katana 600 would be perfect ...a 600 with not a lot of power but enuf. Its relatively inexpensive especially the 99-2000 model. would be a good used starter bike and u wont be mad when u lay it down.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #29
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Thanks for the links. The 06 500R looks good. I may take a look at it if it is still available late January. I'm not sure I would buy a pre-2000 bike though (especially a learner bike like a ninja 250) purely for mechanical reliability reasons.
For motorcycles the mechanical issues are not what you're thinking. It's nothing like owning a car. If the bike runs and has been well-maintained, then there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with an older bike.

Patrick, at Motorcycles Unlimited in Houston, will look over any bike you're thinking of buying and tell you exactly what's wrong (if anything) with it and if it's a good deal. There are probably others here who would do the same thing. Don't go alone and don't buy the first one you see. Sit on some bikes and be patient - the perfect bike will come along.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:47 PM   #30
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For motorcycles the mechanical issues are not what you're thinking. It's nothing like owning a car. If the bike runs and has been well-maintained, then there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with an older bike.

Patrick, at Motorcycles Unlimited in Houston, will look over any bike you're thinking of buying and tell you exactly what's wrong (if anything) with it and if it's a good deal. There are probably others here who would do the same thing. Don't go alone and don't buy the first one you see. Sit on some bikes and be patient - the perfect bike will come along.
Hmmm I will have to keep that in mind. But do you know if there are any notable used motorcycle dealerships in Houston? I take it Motorcycles Unlimited is a quality store since I hear it being mentioned on several threads (or at least thats what I assume Motorcycles Unlimited stands for). I know it is probably cheaper to buy from an individual seller but I wouldn't mind spending a couple hundred more to buy from a dealer that can offer some type of warranty.
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Honda has some amazing deals on the CBR250 right now. I've seen them for as little as $3195 in some other states. No doubt because of the Ninja 300. I'd say pick one up new if you have reservations about buying used. Even if you sell it less than a yr later, you are not going to be out much. There are always other noobs looking to buy one. 250s hold their resale extremely well.

Buying used is fine, but I would shy away from older carburetted bikes. FI is just much more user-firendly.

Don't worry about outgrowing your first bike. It should be a learning tool - nothing else - not something to fall in love with and keep and treasure for all enternity. Realistically, the noob prolly haven't figured out exactly what he wants, and likely won't know till he's ridden some miles. Why push him towards a SS if he might end up liking cruiser, or adv tourer, or naked, etc? Contrary to popular opinion here at MH, not everybody gravitates towards a crotch rocket.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #32
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:07 PM   #33
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Another option as mentioned (sort of) is an older 600. Like this, for $1200 I just saw.

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:02 AM   #34
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Update: Thanks again for all the advice everyone. I ended up picking up a 2007 SV650 today from a nice fellow in Austin. ~6k miles, clean title, record of maintenance work, and all the mods that I would have wanted to do on the bike already included. Can't wait to get riding.

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wo0t! great bike, I like that color. watch out for cops on TX 6 where the speed limit changes.
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Looks good bro! Great choice!
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