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Old 04-30-2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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I'm Shariq from Katy. I've been getting the urge to buy a sport bike for a few months now. I'm just now starting to look at all my options and joining bike forums. I currently drive an M3 and hope to add a bike to my collection by next summer. I plan on taking a few riding courses this summer and maybe get my M Class license, too.

Do you guys have any suggestions for what bike I should get as a beginner (I'm 17)? I'm probably going to buy a used bike, 4 years old at most. I was thinking a Ninja 300 with ABS.

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Hi. Welcome. Good choice as ur starter bike but keep in mind the ninja 300 didnt come out till a couple years ago. 2012, 2013, something like that.
As 17 being ur age, my best advice to u is Dont ride like ur 17.
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There's always a big debate over what bike is a good starter bike. I recommend a 250cc as a starter. They're lighter and cost less to insure. I hear the super sport bikes have a more sensitive throttle, wouldn't know because I've never ridden one. I've been riding my CBR250R for ~2 months now and I am constantly learning everyday. The best advice I can give you is always wear the proper gear when you are riding: helmet, gloves, jacket, motorcycle riding pants (not regular blue jeans), motorcycle boots, and ear plugs.

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Hi. Welcome. Good choice as ur starter bike but keep in mind the ninja 300 didnt come out till a couple years ago. 2012, 2013, something like that.
As 17 being ur age, my best advice to u is Dont ride like ur 17.


All the gear all the time. Insurance will try to eat you alive. Good luck, MSF is a must.
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Welcome, always ride with full gear and ride as if everyone in a car wants to kill you. In other words, always be aware and cautious when on the roads. There's a lot of idiots in cars who don't pay attention whatsoever.
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Thanks guys.

iDazzle, I just looked again at some ads, and I was accidentally looking at 250's. I definitely won't be buying those because they don't have ABS. I don't want to launch myself off my bike if I get into an emergency braking situation. No, I will not act like an idiot, especially on a bike. I would just be riding around town for the most part anyways. My M3 is still in one piece, so that says a lot about what kind of 17 year old I am. I don't race people btw.

Xsv, I'm not a fan of the rounded nose, but I will definitely put the CBR250 on my list of bikes to consider. Wearing proper gear for every ride sounds like a PITA. I will always wear all the recommended safety gear, just saying it could be annoying. How do you change and store your gear when you go to school or work? I have access to our varsity football locker room, but I'd rather not leave my gear there. Also, what are ear plugs for?

Thanks queenmoka

Lucar, I will always wear all my safety gear. I was told that insurance is pretty cheap for a bike. How much should I expect to pay? MSF this summer.

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welcome, im from Katy as well.. ride safe and wear all gear all the time. send me a PM if you ever wanna ride.
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My dad said I could buy a bike. My moms a little iffy about it.

Thanks Rowdy76, I'll check out that section. Awesome Cycles looks to be pretty far away.

Hostilityy, I'll check out that thread. These guys aren't that far away.

Lildjloop, cool. I don't think I've ever seen you around. I will always wear all my safety gear. Are you sure you'd let me ride your bike? Won't 750cc be too much for me? I'd like to take up your offer, just not sure if I could handle the power. I'll PM you later today when I have more time. Thanks

Omer, so I shouldn't go to the Spring branch course?
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iDazzle, I just looked again at some ads, and I was accidentally looking at 250's. I definitely won't be buying those because they don't have ABS. I don't want to launch myself off my bike if I get into an emergency braking situation. No, I will not act like an idiot, especially on a bike. I would just be riding around town for the most part anyways. My M3 is still in one piece, so that says a lot about what kind of 17 year old I am. I don't race people btw.

Xsv, I'm not a fan of the rounded nose, but I will definitely put the CBR250 on my list of bikes to consider. Wearing proper gear for every ride sounds like a PITA. I will always wear all the recommended safety gear, just saying it could be annoying. How do you change and store your gear when you go to school or work? I have access to our varsity football locker room, but I'd rather not leave my gear there. Also, what are ear plugs for?

Thanks queenmoka

Lucar, I will always wear all my safety gear. I was told that insurance is pretty cheap for a bike. How much should I expect to pay? MSF this summer.

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I wear my gear to school/work like a boss. Don't care if I look like a "Power Ranger." I carry my helmet around with me as well with my gloves in the helmet. However, this may not be an option for you if your school or work requires a uniform, so in that case, plan on arriving to your destination early and bring a change or clothes with you in a backpack. If you don't want/can't wear leather riding pants to school/work, I would recommend a pair of kevlar jeans with padding and CE armor in the knees. Check out Rhok jeans. As for insurance, it will vary depending on the company you go with, the type of motorcycle, your age, your driving record, and what you get covered in your plan (liability only, collision, full coverage, medical, ect). Being 17 and young, I'm going to assume it's going to be stupidly higher than what I am paying. Yes, you can get "cheap" insurance aka liability but that only covers you if you get into an accident and you're at fault. The insurance will pay for the other party's damages, but not your damages. Collision pays for damages if you wreck your bike, and comprehensive covers theft, fire, wind, flooding damage. Also, there is a underinsured/not insured coverage where if someone hits you and they don't have insurance or a hit and run, the insurance will cover the damages.

EDIT: ear plugs are for hearing loss prevention from being exposed to engine and wind noise

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I'd recommend avoiding peak hours at all times. don't commute on the bike, ride outside the cities and on weekend mornings, weekend nights are a fest of drunks and women putting make up on to make it to parties and what have you.
rush hours are crazy as it is for 4 wheelers (4 wheel vehicles), now a bike surrounded by a trap of cars moving from 0-35 mph on the freeway with half asleep peeps and people upset running late or from being stuck in traffic is just not good for the motorcycling business. I encourage you to take the MSF, get whatever bike that you want as long as you are responsible enough. Do a track day ASAP after. Beater bike is your best 1st bike, you will drop it accidentaly, "we all have".
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PS: avoid rain. -Park it and call a cab or friend for a ride home
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