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Old 09-27-2007, 11:37 PM   #41
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:03 AM   #42
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There are lots of good beginner bikes! I would look at the sv650, bandit 600, kawasaki Z-750s, and Kawasaki has a new V-twin that is supposed to compete with the SV. Also might check out the Katana and the Kawasaki ZZR
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:06 AM   #43
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She's going to check out my SV tomorrow when I ride into Houston. There are lots of great beginner bikes out there, for your size the Ninja may be cramped where the SV offers a much nicer riding position but there are still endless options. Atleast tomorrow you'll be able to see an Sv up close and you can go from there
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:44 AM   #44
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If I had it to do over again, I would have gotten the SV as my first bike. Nice look, good ride, and easy to customize!


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Old 09-28-2007, 07:27 AM   #45
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I bought a Ninja 500 as a first. It was okay, I had no real problems with it other than the fact that I outgrew it in 3 weeks. Now that I have the Gixxer, I wish I still had that little Ninja because I miss the banana seat for my daughter. I will have to buy another bike with a banana seat for her so we can cruz around and the wife can ride the Gixxer.
I am looking at the new GSX650F that will come out in '08.


Make sure you buy a used one so you won't feel too bad when you drop it and it is scratched up. You can also pay cash and just put liability ins on it, FTW!!
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:36 AM   #46
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Don't count out a Hyosung GT650R either, if you like the SV650. Plenty of power and good looks.
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:40 AM   #47
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i would say the sv650 due to your height
and that you are wanting something with good looks
those look good
the hyosung 650 does look good , i just am not sure about there reliability
and not a big resale market yet since they are fairly new here
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It was okay, I had no real problems with it other than the fact that I outgrew it in 3 weeks.
so how did you outgrow it?

did your massive skills at 3 weeks overwhelm the bike? doubt it.
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I absolutly dig the new look of the 250. Had it looked like that last year, I'd kept the one I started out on.

Personally, after riding bikes in dirt and scooting around on the little xr100, I think starting on a dirt bike is an excellent way to learn how to ride. If I could do it over again, that is how I'd do it. We rode dirt bikes when I was a teen but that was long time ago.

Seriously though, it takes away the traffic and cars and concrete and they come in all sizes and all powerbands. Plus, they are fun!
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No, the bike was perfect. I want to accelerate faster and wanted something with more style. I am not real impressed with the '90's retro look on the 500.
As it turns out, I am much happier on the Gixxer when I can keep it running. The thrill factor is x5 compared to the lil 500.
Again, I wish I still had it to ride the daughter around. I don't like her on the back of the Gixxer with the seat so high and hanging out there so far.
I see from your avitar that you know what I mean about wanting a better seat fo the kids to ride.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:42 AM   #53
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you coulda hit the same corner at the same speeds as you do your gix now. it;s all in your head.

your ego outgrew the bike, not your skills.
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you coulda hit the same corner at the same speeds as you do your gix now. it;s all in your head.

your ego outgrew the bike, not your skills.

Okay! One reason is as good as another and ego works. I do like the Gixxer and don't doubt that the Ninja could give the same ride with my skills. But I wanted Cardenas' bike and I have the cash flow to drop for it.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:52 AM   #55
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I don't have a bike yet, and I am hoping to get some good advice on bikes and gears from everyone. I am tall, so I don't want a little bike that will make me look huge one it, and I want something that has some power, but not enough to get myself in trouble at a beginner. I also want to get a bike that I won't get sick of real fast, but also won't hurt when I drop it or something.

So what is y'all's opinion? What is a good starter bike for me?
have you seen the new 08 250 ninja's? they are sexy! and only 3500!!! im going to pick one up for a female friend of mine that is starting to ride. 250cc isnt a lot of power *compared to a 600* but if you want to feel safe and no like the bike will get out from under you if you need to get on it, then i would recommend it. esp if your not like 200+ lbs. 250 is enough to learn on
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:55 AM   #56
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i think everyone is going to see a ton of 250s out now in 08 that bike is just
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Okay! One reason is as good as another and ego works. I do like the Gixxer and don't doubt that the Ninja could give the same ride with my skills. But I wanted Cardenas' bike and I have the cash flow to drop for it.
so we;ve now confirmed that you didn't really "outgrow" a 500, your ego just wouldn't let you. to bad becuase the skills the 500 woulda taught are now gonna take much longer to learn becuase the 600 stunts your learning curve.
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so we;ve now confirmed that you didn't really "outgrow" a 500, your ego just wouldn't let you. to bad becuase the skills the 500 woulda taught are now gonna take much longer to learn becuase the 600 stunts your learning curve.
Thanks for the input and I respect your opinoin.
I might agree if I would have bought Spies' liter bike, but my learning curve seems to be doing just fine on the 600.
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you have to learn to go slow before you learn to go fast.

why do you think top pro riders start on 50cc's? and go karts.

take it to the track, it'll add yrs to your riding.
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You're right, he's wrong, and you've pointed it out numerous times now. What do you want him to do? Bow down to you and go sell his bike and pick up another 500?

Leave it alone already, he sees your point.
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