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Old 03-14-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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After the MSF bike course, would it be wise to get on a 600? or would you recommend I ride something smaller for a starter bike like the ninja 250? about me: I am 5'7" and about 185-190 lbs. I am not too fat, mostly just husky. Just wanting to get your bike input considering you all have had experience

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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lol are you a big fella? something smaller would look funny. i think a 600 would be ok, but it depends on you and ur understanding of the bike and what it can do...
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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lol are you a big fella? something smaller would look funny. i think a 600 would be ok, but it depends on you and ur understanding of the bike and what it can do...
c'mon 1/2 you should know better than to give out info like that.
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I've got a 500 for sale at a pretty good price. It's definitely a great starter bike.

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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I've got a 500 for sale at a pretty good price. It's definitely a great starter bike.

LOL yea that would be a great bike... i just could not see a guy getting a 250. i think it would look funny. sorry. i guess i give bad advice.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:46 AM   #6
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LOL yea that would be a great bike... i just could not see a guy getting a 250. i think it would look funny. sorry. i guess i give bad advice.
hahaha well this is the reason i am trying to get input from you all. all input is greatly appreciated
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:31 PM   #7
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imo its not bad advice.

if your an adult, and act like an adult, and have taken the MSF you can safely start on a 600.
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I've seen many big guys, easily 6'2- 240lbs, start out on 250s or using them as commuter bikes (they do get 65mpg!).

I just think you would outgrow the 250 very quickly. That is the only reason I'd recommend maybe starting on a 500. The GS500 offered sounds perfect!

A 600 would also be okay, maybe not an RR or anything like that. In the end, it depend on how mature you handle it but starting out brandnew, a mistake is a lot easier forgiven on a smaller cc bike than a bigger and more powerful one.
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:00 PM   #10
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Ok people don't laugh but i think this is the route, well the safest route to go with for me, will be the ninja 250r. I tell you what, next time you all have a group ride, I will be the leader. Think of it as "The little engine that could"

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Ok people don't laugh but i think this is the route, well the safest route to go with for me, will be the ninja 250r. I tell you what, next time you all have a group ride, I will be the leader.
Think of it as "The little engine that could"
Nothing to laugh about. People only laugh if you start on a 1000cc bike because you think you can handle it and land in a ditch the first week.

I started on a 250 and had no problems on group rides once I was able to ride better. They are excellent for the twisties and you will love the gas mileage they give you in the city.

A lot of riders resell the bike after 3 - 6 months, depending on how much you'll ride, but their resell value holds well as they are always wanted by beginners.
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:19 PM   #13
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everyone is different.

My personal experience:
I am 6'3'' 205 lbs, and started on a SV650S. If I had to do it all over again, Id still choose the SV. Good starter bike, nice even thorottle response, wide power band, track potential (if I ever learn how to go fast), and IMO, its not ooglie like a ninja 250.
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that gs500 is prefect IMO. alot of people like myself started on a 600. I did ride dirtbikes before that,guess it help a little bit.:eh:
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i know someone with a gs500.... he said its a great beginner bike (he comes from riding dirt bikes though) and... not sure that I should tell you this......but he wheelies down long roads all day! So I guess I'm saying, it's tame enough to learn on, but still has enough to keep you interested in it a little longer than the 250 would.
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I know someone with a gs500 as well..
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No one is gonna read all that! Just get a 600 dude!
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600 would be fine for you
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