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Old 11-04-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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Looking for my first bike!

Hey y'all, Im looking for my first bike I was wondering if yall had any suggestions? I want fuel efficiency but a bike that looks good too (I know that sounds bad). I really like the sport bikes such as the ninja's and the vsports. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-04-2014, 05:49 PM   #2
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Take msf and get your class m first, if you already did find a used ninja 250 to start on. Great gas mileage, enough power to get you around, and cheap to buy and maintain.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:52 PM   #4
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I picked up a new '14 Ninja 300 ABS from Mainland Cycle Center for $5,000 OTD (though with some manufacturer incentives that are no longer available). It put me at ease that my starter bike would have ABS and that it would not have been crashed, modified, or improperly maintained by any previous owners. I can do pretty much any maintenance known to man on cars but bikes were totally new to me and I didn't want to have to around with learning to ride it AND work on it at the same time. So that's an option for you if you are interested.

Edit: that SV650 would be a great choice
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #5
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+1 for a gently used ninja250. You can ride it for 6 months, get skills and experience, sell it for what you paid and THEN move on to a "pretty" bike.

The ninja500/650 and sv650 are also great choices, just slightly more expensive. You may also find (as I did) that the 500cc+ twins have plenty of power and for the money are great bikes for riders of any skill. My 1st was an 07 ninja500 (ugly ol goat) that I rode for 3 years. The skills I learned on it have translated to a long (eh 9 years) career free of accidents.


As far as reliability/maintenance- ALL bikes require slight maintenance, but in general, a well cared for bike is easy to work on and shouldn't give you any troubles whatsoever.


HOWEVER- buying a new bike requires expensive (overpriced) maintenance "checks" that add up quickly. In addition WARRANTY work is almost always at the BOTTOM of a shop's to-do list, so just because you buy a new bike doesn't mean you wont be waiting weeks on end if anything does happen to go wrong.

Find a bike with <10k miles that has a knowledgeable/non-shady owner, and learn to do minor things yourself- its all part of the fun

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Old 11-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #6
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Sweet, thank yall! I'm on a broke college kid budget so i'm spending money to save it. I can't wait to start riding.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:10 PM   #7
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Sweet, thank yall! I'm on a broke college kid budget so i'm spending money to save it. I can't wait to start riding.
Make sure you get good gear.
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If you are broke you want to pay cash so you dont have to pay for full coverage
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:07 PM   #10
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Sweet, thank yall! I'm on a broke college kid budget so i'm spending money to save it. I can't wait to start riding.
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Sweet, thank yall! I'm on a broke college kid budget so i'm spending money to save it. I can't wait to start riding.
Your logic is flawed.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:22 PM   #12
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Your logic is flawed.
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You might be better served with a beater Honda Civic until you get your feet under you financially.
As mentioned before if you get a bike, get good gear and ALWAYS wear it. The stories on just this forum, about how gear saved somebody from a trip to the hospital, are many.
Not a single one of them left the house thinking, "This is the day I'm gonna have a problem".
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I second the idea of a used 250. U can very much get ur money back once u sell it in 6mos-1yr.
I did.
2-3k is enough to get u on a bike..also about another 500 for gear and thats on the super low side.

I hope u find something fitting to ur taste n budget
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$500 for gear? That buys a helmet and a wife beater? Seriously though that's barely enough for a helmet and gloves, let alone jacket pants and boots.
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$500 for gear? That buys a helmet and a wife beater? Seriously though that's barely enough for a helmet and gloves, let alone jacket pants and boots.
No kidding. I got middle of the road gear and it cost me $1,200 after shopping around, price-matching, etc.
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$500 for gear? That buys a helmet and a wife beater? Seriously though that's barely enough for a helmet and gloves, let alone jacket pants and boots.
REALLY? My full 2 pc suit barely used was $160. My Sidi boots were $60. My HJC CL-16 was like $100 on closeout. And my Ballistik gauntlets were $40. So yes, someone who is budget minded can easily find quality used and closeout gear for less than $500. Go rain on someone elses parade. I do agree with having health insurance....but, if the kid is young with 0 dependants, why in the would he need life insurance? Geez.
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Who's going to pay to bury "you"?
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