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Old 10-02-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Question What to start out on?

So, I'll be taking a class this month and getting my license shortly afterwards. Then, it's all about finding "the" bike.

I'm being told that I should get a Ninja 250. I love the sports bikes. I want a Katana. However, I've never driven a motorcycle before. I've ridden more than I can count, but never had to handle one myself. That doesn't worry me so much really. I can learn and I know how to be careful. I wouldn't even take it out of the parking lot until I felt safe enough doing so.

The thing is, I *love* power. Powerful horses, powerful cars, etc. A 250 seems about like setting me up with a chihuahua when I want a mastiff. :/:

What thoughts do you more experienced riders have about bikes for complete noobs?
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Look at this.

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You can always upgrade bikes after you gain experience.
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250 ninja, or i would be willing to bet you'd still be ok on a ninja 650... it's not as unforgiving as the 6r. the throttle is much less resonsive than the 6r but still has more power than the 250 and seemed to me like it's be pretty forgiving. it's in the same class as the sv 650, i just think it looked slightly more sporty
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:16 PM   #5
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Look at this.

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=37352

You can always upgrade bikes after you gain experience.
Yeah, I saw that ad. I'm not quite ready to buy *just* yet, but very soon I think.

I'd feel really bad though. If I got that one I'd have to have Pat take me out to get it and let me ride it home. The poor guy would sell his bike to a woman... a woman who wants to ride WITH her guy.

Talk about rubbing salt in the wound, yeah? *chuckle*

Heck.. maybe that would be a good idea anyway then... indulge my random streak of sadism....
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250 ninja, or i would be willing to bet you'd still be ok on a ninja 650... it's not as unforgiving as the 6r. the throttle is much less resonsive than the 6r but still has more power than the 250 and seemed to me like it's be pretty forgiving. it's in the same class as the sv 650, i just think it looked slightly more sporty
*adds a suggestion to the list*

And dude... you totaled a 'busa? *choke*sob* You shouldn't be allowed to have another one. Give it to me! I'll keep it safe!
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The new 250 looks sick!
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And dude... you totaled a 'busa? *choke*sob* You shouldn't be allowed to have another one. Give it to me! I'll keep it safe!
only if you knew the whole story...
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only if you knew the whole story...
Something tells me this is bad.

You gonna tell or leave me hanging?
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:25 PM   #11
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And dude... you totaled a 'busa? *choke*sob* You shouldn't be allowed to have another one. Give it to me! I'll keep it safe!
actually if you want to be technical about it, my gf totaled my busa... while i was on it... she rear ended me with her car at a red light at about 40 mph...

i have 9 years of street riding experience and about 50K miles during that time, so just blow off what i suggested earlier, i don't know t
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The new 250 looks sick!
I'm not sure what I think of it just yet, myself. I'm all in with the powerhouse bikes. The 250's are... well... there's no other way to say it...

They look so SMALL!

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I'm not sure what I think of it just yet, myself. I'm all in with the powerhouse bikes. The 250's are... well... there's no other way to say it...

They look so SMALL!

What exactly are you about the power house bikes? You did say you have never handled a bike on your own.
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actually if you want to be technical about it, my gf totaled my busa... while i was on it... she rear ended me with her car at a red light at about 40 mph...
OMG... I have had one time where I thought I was going to hit Pat when he was up on his bike and I was in the car behind him. I never EVER want to feel that horrified again. That sick feeling had nothing to do with the bike and everything to do with knowing what a car can do to a person. Thankfully, I had more room than I thought, so it wasn't even close, but ugh... don't want that experience again! (Brat even laughed at me when we got home and I told him why I looked like I'd seen a ghost!)

Anyway sorry to hit a sore topic, I was just teasing.

No need to act like I'd throw your suggestions out the window though, is there? sheeesh... 'sall cool.
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OMG... I have had one time where I thought I was going to hit Pat when he was up on his bike and I was in the car behind him. I never EVER want to feel that horrified again. That sick feeling had nothing to do with the bike and everything to do with knowing what a car can do to a person. Thankfully, I had more room than I thought, so it wasn't even close, but ugh... don't want that experience again! (Brat even laughed at me when we got home and I told him why I looked like I'd seen a ghost!)

Anyway sorry to hit a sore topic, I was just teasing.

No need to act like I'd throw your suggestions out the window though, is there? sheeesh... 'sall cool.
not a sore topic, it just seemed you came in blaming me for totaling a busa when i offer my 2 cents... i hate the thought of wrecking a bike. just make sure you know the whole story before you assume about someone's riding skills. i'm not mad though, we're
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What exactly are you about the power house bikes? You did say you have never handled a bike on your own.
Oh, I haven't. I'm not stupid enough to go out and buy a power bike right off either. But for love of ... someone help me find a bike that'll be a step in that direction so I can learn, ya know?

What about them am I ?

Everything? *laugh*
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i would even suggest to spend a couple hundred dollars and get a 50cc bike... it'll teach you more than you realize about motocycle handling. i'm sure many people here would second that
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not a sore topic, it just seemed you came in blaming me for totaling a busa when i offer my 2 cents... i hate the thought of wrecking a bike. just make sure you know the whole story before you assume about someone's riding skills. i'm not mad though, we're
Cool.

Just take me with a grain of salt. I'm a smartass. A cute smartass, but a smartass all the same.
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A cute smartass, .
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i would even suggest to spend a couple hundred of you could and get a 50cc bike... it'll teach you more than you realize about motocycle handling. i'm sure many people here would second that
Really?

*sigh* I hate being a noob. Don't wanna be left home when the big dogs go to play... don't wanna run with the bog dogs either...

*smirk* Wanna leave the big dogs in the dust behind me.
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