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Old 01-21-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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Kinda new, getting on a bike again

I've been a member for a while but had put my dreams of being on two wheels on hold for years.

Now I'm to the point that I really want to start commuting short trips on a motorcycle and experience the joy that I once had over a decade a go.

Years ago I rode (no license, yes I know...) a CBR 600RR and was fairly proficient with my riding. I gave it up due to pressure from the other half (dangers and what not) and became a cager.

Now fast forward a decade later and I'm in a position where I'd like to commute with a bike. I work remote so I don't really have to drive to work but it would be nice to hit up starbucks, dinner, store, etc without having a gigantic car note or taking uber.

So my thoughts are to buy a used CBR 250R or Ninja 250R as a starter bike so get comfortable. I found a great deal on a CBR 250R with 1900 mi on it and it's never been dropped and all maintenance has been documented. I'm seriously contemplating buying it since it's such a good deal.

My next thought is to find an MSF course local to me (either Sugar Land or Galleria) and then head on over to the DPS to get my class M endorsement. I really think the MSF course is the right thing to do and will get me comfortable again on a smaller bike and probably teach me things that I never learned by riding solo.

Once I do all that and get some practice I'll venture out in the busy Galleria streets. I was wondering if anyone here has some advice for a "new" rider who really wants to commit to two wheels but is a bit (ok, I'm scared shitless) nervous about doing so.

Anyhow, would love to talk to other riders in the Galleria area and maybe if I get my bike do some ride alongs. Safety in numbers

That's all for now.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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CBR250R is a super fun bike. But how big are you? They are quite small, have you ridden one? Just seems going from the 600rr to that is a pretty big step down unless you are tiny. An SV650 would be a better choice I think. Much more potential, and overall just a better bike.
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Welcome back to MH. If you are scared shitless, you may want to purchase the bike first and do a few track days to get your bearings back. I'm only promoting this because you said you've ridden before on a larger bike.
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Welcome back to MH. If you are scared shitless, you may want to purchase the bike first and do a few track days to get your bearings back. I'm only promoting this because you said you've ridden before on a larger bike.
Thanks, scared shitless is because I've not ridden in over 10 year and have no idea what I'm doing. I think my route of attack is to get my MSF done with, then purchase a small bike.

I'm 5'9" and 195lbs so the Ninja/CBR 250 fits me good and doesn't intimidate me too much. Jumping back on a 600 or liter bike would be way too much for me but it's something I can do down the road.
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Thanks, scared shitless is because I've not ridden in over 10 year and have no idea what I'm doing. I think my route of attack is to get my MSF done with, then purchase a small bike.

I'm 5'9" and 195lbs so the Ninja/CBR 250 fits me good and doesn't intimidate me too much. Jumping back on a 600 or liter bike would be way too much for me but it's something I can do down the road.
Don't get me wrong, you will have fun and the CBR250R is a good bike, we have one, but an SV650, while larger displacement than the 600rr you had before is a totally different animal. Many Many people have started on them and they are nearly the perfect starter or second bike. Just FYI, if you are going to buy, get it NOW, don't wait until summer. We just bought a 2011 CBR250R in very good shape for $1400! Most I looked at were sub $2k. In March you won't be able to do that I am thinking.
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Personally I think the CBR is so small it's like a scooter but if it's just a starter bike then I'd say go for it. You can sell it for basically what you bought it for when you're done
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Thanks, scared shitless is because I've not ridden in over 10 year and have no idea what I'm doing. I think my route of attack is to get my MSF done with, then purchase a small bike.

I'm 5'9" and 195lbs so the Ninja/CBR 250 fits me good and doesn't intimidate me too much. Jumping back on a 600 or liter bike would be way too much for me but it's something I can do down the road.
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Don't get me wrong, you will have fun and the CBR250R is a good bike, we have one, but an SV650, while larger displacement than the 600rr you had before is a totally different animal. Many Many people have started on them and they are nearly the perfect starter or second bike. Just FYI, if you are going to buy, get it NOW, don't wait until summer. We just bought a 2011 CBR250R in very good shape for $1400! Most I looked at were sub $2k. In March you won't be able to do that I am thinking.
I started riding a couple of years ago on my friends gs500 which I put about 1000 miles on but after my MSF course I bought the Suzuki Gladius (basically an SV650). I love it. It is easy to control and has plenty of 0-60 power. Top speed is about 125 but that is plenty. The torque more than makes up for the low top speed.
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Welcome back to 2 wheels

Your idea to take an MSF course is sound. It'll boost your confidence, dust off your skills and help you get your M, too. Congrats on starting back the right way!
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Just so happens there is a CBR250r for sale up at Motorcycles Unlimited. You won't fine a cleaner used 250 that than one.
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I like the ninja 300. Just like the 250 but FI
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I'd take the msf to jog your muscle memory and to get your license, then get a CBR1000.
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I had a 2013 cbr 250r. Great little bike for beginners. It was really comfortable and light and I got ~65 mpg. Cost me <$10 to fill up. Easy to do maintenance on the bike. If you want something with more power for the same price, check out used SV650s.
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