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Old 06-04-2008, 06:07 AM   #41
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I started on a stretched R1 as my first bike....lowsided it 3 months later after I got it..............I don't regret starting on a 1 either....

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ask how many crashed?

can you ask the dead guys?

what do you think most pro riders start on?

how do you measure skill of these riders?
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:18 AM   #42
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don't regret it one bit. , I'm still riding the bike I started on

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Old 06-04-2008, 07:05 AM   #43
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I regret it cause it stopped me from getting on the street sooner.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:04 AM   #44
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The answer to this question lies inside yourself, Grasshopper.

Many will say that a 600 is too much to start on, while others have successfully started out on more.
Your self discipline, your riding abilities and your luck will make a difference.
Whatever you decide, remember that the bike is a tool and will create only fun but can destroy much more. Your wrist is in charge, use it wisely.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:11 AM   #45
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:15 AM   #46
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see how the ego works.




ask how many crashed?

can you ask the dead guys?

what do you think most pro riders start on?

how do you measure skill of these riders?
It's not ego, it was a stretched R1 that couldn't corner for and I messed up by hitting a dip in the road while taking a corner. If there wasn't a dip there, I wouldn't have crashed. Hitting dips while leaned pretty far over (nearly dragging knee on a stretched and lowered bike isn't very fun) Don't try it at home.

Only reason I didn't get another R1 is because the insurance claim didn't give me enough for one to pay cash for it & have money left for new gear, so I got a R6.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:37 AM   #48
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My first bike was a 00 R6 track bike so it had some mods I dont regret going with the 600 over a 250 the 600 is still forgiving its not like your riding a 1k.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:39 AM   #49
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:12 AM   #50
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I think if you are talking about a TD or racebike, the Ninja250, NSR50, SV650, Ninja500 is where to start. It will make you faster on a big bike. It also depends on how old you are and if you have ridden at all.

For the street, I would start on a 600 or SV, but the most important thing is that it is cheap. So it won't cost so much if you drop it. IMHO.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:18 AM   #51
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not everything you post is fact.....theyre mainly opinions actually....and not alot of people on this board (or others) share yours...yes youre all about safety, but that doesnt mean youre always 100% correct. im not either, but i dont claim to be the gospel on motorcycle safety....
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:19 AM   #52
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Just putting my $.02 but I started on a 2fiddy and I don't regret it. Sure I'm going to step up to a larger bike, but I bought the 2fiddy knowing it wasn't going to be my 1 & only. I think many people get a bike and for some reason think they have to get a bike that will last them forever the first time. I went the other w/my 1st purchase. I got a bike that I can keep for as long as I want but more importantly I got a bike that will allow me to learn to ride rather easily.
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with your logic, why dont we discuss how many 250 riders ON THIS BOARD have posted regularly about dropping their bikes at lights, doing something stupid and crashing, stopping on a painted line and lowsiding, slipping in some oil and going off the road, and or wanting to sell their bike to get bigger ones...

notice how ALL the 250's for sale around town HAVE BEEN DOWN, and the majority of the larger bikes HAVE NOT?

Hmmmmm.... Take a look at our own list of "wrecks this yr"... How many of those were beginner bikes??
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:40 AM   #54
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The 08 Ninja 250's are really good looking little bikes.
I started riding motorcycles before a lot of you were born.
Started YZ80 Yama on dirt ( I was a 10th grader out near Aldine in 1981) - up to an RM250 Suk dirt but that thing was a monster!
1st street bike was a brand new 93 Ninja 600R that I crashed after about a year( still the baddest bike I ever owned) now that is done I picked up a ZX9R Kawa a few years ago and have been watching the young guns up and coming ( and a lot crashing their bikes ) Thats over 25 years of riding and dont ask me how many miles...
I see guys & gals learning on all different sizes of bikes - it doesnt make a difference - what makes a difference is the mentality & maturity of the rider.
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ohh. forgot to mention---I have wrecked on all of the bikes I have owned.
Mostly dirt bikes but you gotta expect that.
One street lowside and two at the track
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Its also a matter of what you're riding.

I've seen noobs, like people whom never sat on a bike take off on a friends cruiser for a short trip around the block.

I use to ride alot of long trips w church groups and all of them would say someday they wanna ride my bike to see how it feels. Well, my katana kept up with their harleys and when one of them tried riding it and couldn't turn it at the end of the road, all the others backed off. Glad it wasn't the busa they were wanting to ride.

I started on a friend's cbr1000 early 2000 or 99 I don't remember. Just remember it was yellow and had the wide tank design. Mind you, I didn't take any corners on it but the F3 was a fun bike to learn cornering with. Still every bike, especially as you go up with weight, will act differently and take alot more effort to peel around a corner.

All in all, its about the reaction and experience of the rider to avoid the situations on the road that WILL come up. The more experience and the less the power of a bike, the more forgiving the reaction would be in a panic situation.

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i started out on my 636 and didnt regret one min. of it, because this bike has allowed me to have respect for the bike because at first, i was really nervous about what would happen if i cracked the throttle wide open. so that kept me slow for a little bit. then i built my way up to were i am now and I think i can ride well enough for my seat time i do have.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:01 PM   #60
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I started on my 600, and still dont regret it! I love my bike! Glad i never got a 250, i would be highly disappointed...
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