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Old 09-28-2007, 10:37 AM   #61
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The 250's are the perfect learner bike, but a 500 or 650 for a larger or taller person "can" work just as well. Plus you won't tire of it so fast, especially if you hang out with stunters or go on the SMR with Jimmy.....
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i suggest an ex500 ninja 100%! they're durable as and will take you anywhere, plus parts are relatively cheap.
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:33 PM   #63
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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
I checked out DvlRacer's Sv660 today and it was really nice. Really liked the flat black when I saw it in person. It was a good size bike. Sounded awesome too with the new exhaust.

I know the ninja 250's are really popular for starter bikes, but I just don't think it is a big enough bike or has the power. They are pretty small bikes, and though I am not a big person I am tall. When I sat on the sv660 I could flat foot it on both sides. I think I will try to get at least a 500 to 750 for the first bike. But I do have to admit that the new ninjas look nice depending on the color, while other colors make it look like a big toy...well, I guess it kind of is a toy. :o)
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I know the ninja 250's are really popular for starter bikes, but I just don't think it is a big enough bike or has the power. They are pretty small bikes, and though I am not a big person I am tall. ...well, I guess it kind of is a toy. :o)


Have you ever ridden a 250?
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:22 PM   #66
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600RR or GSXR600 but its just a personal preference. It just depends on what all you want. 600 was my starter bike and i absolutely love it.
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:49 PM   #68
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did someone already suggest a chromed out busa?
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That is quite a video. I hope I have enough age on me to not be a totally idiot about having a bike. Also, considering that I know two people who have wrecked in the last couple weeks and one ended up in the hospital, I would say I have a good sense of responsiblity and understanding the power and risk involved. But thanks for the tip.

I have ridden a 250, but it was quite a while ago.
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I know everyone does it for the good of the noobs but I hate how everyone tries to use all the scare tactics on people. I wanted a busa for my first bike (and almost got one) either way. I started on a liter bike and Im just fine. Although most would probably say that I have good self control. So I say take into consideration what everyone says but get what u want.
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I know everyone does it for the good of the noobs but I hate how everyone tries to use all the scare tactics on people. I wanted a busa for my first bike (and almost got one) either way. I started on a liter bike and Im just fine. Although most would probably say that I have good self control. So I say take into consideration what everyone says but get what u want.
Well, she asked for a good beginner bike, not just any bike. While some folks begin on an SS 600 bike, a 1K or a Busa, it is not a 'good beginner bike'. A good beginner bike is something that is forgiving, takes drops well and doesn't throw you off its seat if you twist the throttle too hard. .. and trust me, I even managed two wheelies in the first week I had the 250 because I kept forgetting to shift down at lights and stop signs and in panic kept revving it until I had the right gear again. On an SS bike, it probably would've landed me in the ER instead of 'just' wheeling through an intersection.

Most folks who ask this question already have their mind up though and this is not the first where I read that they do want a powerful bike.

You ask and you get advice and comments. When I started, I got ears full myself, so I am just returning the favor.

Personally, I think the typical GS500, Ninja 500 or SV650 would be great for her. They resell easily and as I was told when I started "Your first bike is never your last bike."
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I know everyone does it for the good of the noobs but I hate how everyone tries to use all the scare tactics on people. I wanted a busa for my first bike (and almost got one) either way. I started on a liter bike and Im just fine. Although most would probably say that I have good self control. So I say take into consideration what everyone says but get what u want.
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Get a 250. You can ride it a month or two, decide if you really want a bike, then sell it and get what you really want.

If you have to be cool then just get an SV650. It will keep you happy. But know that it is a capable machine that can get you in trouble just as quickly as a 1000 in the wrong situation.
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I'm 5'11" and weight 280lbs and guess what I'm buying when the cash becomes available a ninja 250. why lets see 110 is fast enough for me while learning to ride heck the speed limit of 70 is enough for me. and i don't really care how "quick" my bike gets me from point a to b just so long as it gets me there and in one piece. and yes i have ridden a 250 heck i've even looped one and crushed my right arm, right big toe and caused some nice joint damage on my left wrist. I've also ridden an R6 and a Honda 929 and i felt more comfortable on the 250. but hey this is just one fat guys opinion you more then likely wont take it so don't be surprised when i don't really react to your rider down thread since you don't seem to have the patience to start slow and work your way up. and all you want is the bike that looks cool and the excuse I'm too big is a crock of s***.
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I'm 5'11" and weight 280lbs and guess what I'm buying when the cash becomes available a ninja 250. why lets see 110 is fast enough for me while learning to ride heck the speed limit of 70 is enough for me. and i don't really care how "quick" my bike gets me from point a to b just so long as it gets me there and in one piece. and yes i have ridden a 250 heck i've even looped one and crushed my right arm, right big toe and caused some nice joint damage on my left wrist. I've also ridden an R6 and a Honda 929 and i felt more comfortable on the 250. but hey this is just one fat guys opinion you more then likely wont take it so don't be surprised when i don't really react to your rider down thread since you don't seem to have the patience to start slow and work your way up. and all you want is the bike that looks cool and the excuse I'm too big is a crock of s***.
Well, I will be the first person to say that I suck at patience, but I don't feel like I am going about looking for a bike unwisely..and I haven't said that I won't look into a ninja 250. I rode one a while ago, and after as many comments as I have gotten on them it would be stupid to not check them out again, but I can garentee you that when I buy my bike, no matter what it ends up being, it will be what I am looking for, with the righte size, the right power, right price and right look....for me.
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You're missing the whole point of a starter bike to learn the ropes on.

As far as right size, right power, right look...blah blah blah.....it'll look like the first time you drop it. Best learn on a POS that won't kill you and then upgrade to exactly the accessory you desire.

No one thinks a Ninja 250 is really cool, just smart and practical. If you decide on one hopefully it won't be for the cool factor. Take the advice above, ride a dirt bike or borrow a beater. Worst case, buy a 250. get some skills, then upgrade.

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I started on my Magna 750. Own an old cb900 now also. Love both, and had np learning on either.

You seem to be more into sport bikes, though. shame shame

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I'm sure whatever you get you'll love it. Just make sure to be careful and MSF.

Oh, and I've never dropped either. I'm sure I will one day, but 6 months and 6k miles later, no drops so eh. Just because you're new doesn't auto mean you will drop her.

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Not once have I ever used the word "cool". When i say right look and right price...I am well aware I will drop this bike, and I don't want it to hurt when it does drop. I have no intention of spending a lot of money on a first bike..not while I am learning. I am open to advice..and I already said I will look at the ninja 250. Caligonetx has a katana 650, which I am going to ride before I buy a bike and then I can decide whether that is too much power for starting or a good amount of power.

As for ordiment...I can thank Caligonetx for that. I originally had "Biker Wanna-be" but Cali and I started a forum about me trying to get a ride with him and so he told me I should call myself a biker ordinment (look good on the back seat). It was a joke and I just haven't changed it. Still makes me laugh.
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I started on my Magna 750. Own an old cb900 now also. Love both, and had np learning on either.

You seem to be more into sport bikes, though. shame shame

hehe.

I'm sure whatever you get you'll love it. Just make sure to be careful and MSF.

Oh, and I've never dropped either. I'm sure I will one day, but 6 months and 6k miles later, no drops so eh. Just because you're new doesn't auto mean you will drop her.

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I actually have MSF and have riden on cruisers a couple times..actually only ever driven a cruiser..never driven a sportbike. They are nice. Very comfortable riding. I took my lisence test on a cruiser. I think all bikes have a little "somethin, somethin" to give.
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