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Old 07-03-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hi guys-

Just joined MH yesterday, really glad to see so many like minded people here.

I'm interested in getting a sports bike as my first bike, I'm more into aesthetics than speed/performance.

My budget is $5k max, do y'all have some recommendations?

So far, the bikes I'm looking at are CBR 600, Ninja, R6, etc.

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Welcome to the forum!

I know you're not going to want to hear this, but a supersport is really not a good choice for a first bike. There are plenty of other bikes out there which will be much more forgiving during the learning process. It's kind of like saying "Hey, I'm interested in getting a pilots license. Thinking about an F-22". Or maybe "Never been skiing before, but I should be fine on this double black diamond because I'm planning on taking it easy".

See if you can find something like an SV650 or a Ninja 650R. Doesn't have to be your last bike ever. Find one for a deal, and you can flip it next year and come out even.

The SV and 650R are twins (two-cylinder) motors. Power comes on similar to you're used to with a car, linearly with the revs. Supersports like the R6, GSXR, CBR600RR, and ZX6R are inline 4-cylinder motors. Their power comes on exponentially as revs climb, and they rev to 15,000 rpms in just a second. Riding position is less confidence-inspiring for a new person, and the brakes are one-finger powerful.

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Old 07-03-2015, 05:34 PM   #4
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My Ninja 300 was a fantastic first bike. You're interested in looks more than performance? It's the perfect bike for you. Many people asked me if it was a 636 (though admittedly not when it was running). It's incredibly forgiving and comfortable but still looks cool. Get a nice used one, learn to ride on it, and sell it a year later for only a little less than you bought it for and get a supersport. I only kept my 300 for a year but I'm so glad I started on it instead of a supersport.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:37 PM   #5
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Welcome to the dark side. I've got an immaculate '08 zx6r special edition that I'd let go for a hair over your budget if you can muster up a little more cash.



*hair* is obviously subjective...
Send him pics and info , mileage etc. etc.
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Send him pics and info , mileage etc. etc.
He can PM me if he's interested as I'm not "actively" trying to sell it. Just hanging the carrot, lol.

She looks completely different than the last time you saw it out at MSRH last year with Badger.
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He can PM me if he's interested as I'm not "actively" trying to sell it. Just hanging the carrot, lol.

She looks completely different than the last time you saw it out at MSRH last year with Badger.
Yes I heard you powder coated the wheels and added a few goodies , never you mind where I get my info
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ninja 300 is a great option, and you could get a new one for 5k
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ninja 300 is a great option, and you could get a new one for 5k
Also cheap insurance. May or may not be a factor. Mine was $50/mo for full coverage but a supersport was $800/mo... That's not a typo.
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Hi guys-

Just joined MH yesterday, really glad to see so many like minded people here.

I'm interested in getting a sports bike as my first bike, I'm more into aesthetics than speed/performance.

My budget is $5k max, do y'all have some recommendations?

So far, the bikes I'm looking at are CBR 600, Ninja, R6, etc.

Thanks!
I bought my first bike in April I went with the Fz-07. I was in the same position you are, I wanted a gsxr-600 or an R6, I can say I'm glad that I didn't go with a supersport for my first (I have ridden one, not just saying that because I love my bike), they are very fast and you don't need to be going 140mph being new on the street, and don't tell me that you are going to foot around because that's bullshit and you know it. That speed and acceleration is addicting, when you gun it on a 600 and you start to feel aroused you look down and you're already doing 90.

Other than your budget for $5000, take into account the price of gear, I dropped $700 on jacket, helmet, gloves and boots, and insurance full coverage for my bike costs $6000 per year, no way in I'm going to paying that on a $7000 bike and it was even more for the R6 or gsxr-600 so I went with just liability, theft and uninsured motorists which puts me at $60 per month (23yrs old no claims no tickets). last thing to keep in mind when you make your choice is most people drop their first bike, or worse, crash it so with that in mind I planned on crashing (5k miles in and its never touched the ground....yet) so to me it made no sense having a sexy bike with beautiful fairings all to have a bunch of scratches on it when and if I up.

I would second what the others have said

sv650
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fz-07 if you can find a used one 2015 was their first year

they have more than enough power for you

I'm not going to lie I really do want a supersport, my dream bike is a 2007 R1 and has been since it came out, but I plan on hitting a few track days on my bike before I plan on moving onto something with more than 100 horsepower.
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Look into insurance before you get a super sport. I wanted to get a 600cc super sport after selling my 250. I looked at older bikes, 00-06 R6, 636, and CBRs and the average cost for liability and comprehensive was about $1000+ per year. If you don't plan on getting comprehensive coverage, then disregard this (but your bike might get stolen).

edit: SVs are awesome! you can buy an older one for cheap
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Look into insurance before you get a super sport. I wanted to get a 600cc super sport after selling my 250. I looked at older bikes, 00-06 R6, 636, and CBRs and the average cost for liability and comprehensive was about $1000+ per year. If you don't plan on getting comprehensive coverage, then disregard this (but your bike might get stolen).

edit: SVs are awesome! you can buy an older one for cheap
you can be covered for theft without comprehensive
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I see a trend here. If you're smart you will follow the advice you've been given.

This ain't a game. The that can happen is real. So real that when people ask my advice about buying a bike, I tell them I don't think they should.
The only people that should ride are those who HAVE to. The people who can't NOT ride.
Everybody else should stay away from bikes.

Because if you have to ride, if you can't see yourself not riding, you'll commit to starting slow and develop your skills. Every ride you need to learn something. Otherwise it's just to be cool or show how awesome you are and those folks wear flip flops and shorts while they ride.
They eventually become statistics or they quit before they get hurt too bad.
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