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Old 01-19-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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New Rider Question

Ok guys...
Here's the deal.
I just got my permit, gonna learn to ride via the MSF Beginners Course and then on a few friend's bikes here and there--anyways, I'm gonna be buying a bike near the summer but am not sure exactly what to look for. Originally I thought about a used Ninja 250 but now I'm worried about trying to keep up with hwy speeds on that bike. Is it gonna strain to keep up? I would most likely ride back and forth to work quite often since I work way off hours where there is little traffic and it's like 30 minutes to and fro. Also, almost everywhere in Houston you go--freeway riding is mandatory. (my friend's 250...says it's comfortable only up to about 65mph and then it starts to strain-I'm sorry but in Houston if you were only able to go 60-65, you'd get your ran over).
I also don't want to outgrow my bike too quickly.
The bike I buy first I want to be able to keep for at least a year.
I don't want to invest 3-4k and then have to turn around and buy something else cuz it's not enough bike for me.
Anyways, so now I'm thinking perhaps I should look into an early 90s 600 or 500...something like that. I've found a few for about the same price as a late model 250 (00-03). I wouldn't mind having an older bike that has a color scheme noted "out of style"--I've always been hip to the bikes of my younger years when I first got interested. Basically, I wouldn't mind a purple and green ninja, haha...anyways, give me some input guys. Thanks.

PS: I'm a girl...about 5'5" 130lbs, 32 inch inseam
Brown hair, green eyes, haha j/j :laughing6
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:09 PM   #2
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get ready for those flammers....personally I wouldn't be concerned w/ high speeds. It's not often you find yourself "racing" in traffic anyway
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I'm not saying I want to race...but on the freeway, going to work...it's rare to see anyone going under 65 (imo).
Plus...I'm looking in the long term here...
I'm FAR from a "racer" and my first concern is being able to handle the bike...and to be safe. But I also don't want to outgrow it in 3 months.

This is why my first choice was a 250 but now I'm thinking that it might not be enough in a few months, so maybe I'll want to bump it up. Obviously I'm not gonna go buy a new bike for my first bike...so I was thinking early to mid 90s 500 or 600...even something with some damage is ok...something that's been mildly dropped--whatever. I just want to have a bike I can enjoy past the learning stages.
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:13 PM   #4
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A Ninja 250 will run highway speeds ok. It tops out at about 105mph.

Be sure and take the MSF course BEFORE you buy. That way you can chat with your Instructor at the end of class about which bike would be better for you. Since everyone's learning curve is different, your Instructor will be in a better position to make suggestions after watching you ride for a couple of days.

If you take the course with us (www.awesomecycles.com) you can request a Ninja 250 for a training bike at the beginning of class. That way you can actually ride one and see how you like it. We are the only school with the Ninjas, however any good Instructor will gladly help you with a bike choice.

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I'm not saying I want to race...but on the freeway, going to work...it's rare to see anyone going under 65 (imo).
Plus...I'm looking in the long term here...
I'm FAR from a "racer" and my first concern is being able to handle the bike...and to be safe. But I also don't want to outgrow it in 3 months.

This is why my first choice was a 250 but now I'm thinking that it might not be enough in a few months, so maybe I'll want to bump it up. Obviously I'm not gonna go buy a new bike for my first bike...so I was thinking early to mid 90s 500 or 600...even something with some damage is ok...something that's been mildly dropped--whatever. I just want to have a bike I can enjoy past the learning stages.
hmm...250 has enough power for freeway riding. Haven't you seen them everywhere? but, to each his own. Last year I bought an '05 636 and dropped it twice, now I think I should've gotten something else but since I've taken it to the track I feel much better on it and more paranoid on the street
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:15 PM   #6
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A Ninja 250 will run highway speeds ok. It tops out at about 105mph.
Thanks for your input.
I think a 250 might be ok for me afterall
I'm not trying to be the fastest around, but instead learn to ride the right way, the safe way and feel comfortable before I move on to a bigger and better bike.

I am going to take the class before I buy and I am going to take it with you guys
Thanks you very much for taking the time to write out that response.
I'm just trying to get as much info as possible before I get going with the whole thing.
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Haven't you seen them everywhere?

Actually I have yet to see a 250 on the road.
Seen 2 parked, but they were both in small towns.
My friends GZ250 struggles above 65 so this is the basis of my original concern. She however doesn't have to worry because she lives in a smaller town where there is no highway riding.
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Actually I have yet to see a 250 on the road.
Seen 2 parked, but they were both in small towns.
My friends GZ250 struggles above 65 so this is the basis of my original concern. She however doesn't have to worry because she lives in a smaller town where there is no highway riding.

maybe she's forgetting her final gear?
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maybe she's forgetting her final gear?
lol....My friends (Arturo3rd) has a small 100cc bike and it gets up to 40 mph
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maybe she's forgetting her final gear?

Haha...nah, I just think maybe it's the gearing of the GZ...it's more of a cruising bike anyways. Anyways, thanks guys...I think a used 250 will be good enough for me. I'm gonna try to ride the 250 during the class.
Now I just gotta save up enough money to take it.
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want the R1? haha jj... ill ride with you once you get the 250.. clays dad owns a 250 ninja and hes what like 6'6" and 280.. or so.. and its black and purple lol... he rode my r1 and was you need to stop being this over here or im going to go buy one of these lol..
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You think he'd want to sell it? Ask him if he may be interested in a few months.
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250's have a great re-sell value. get that and when you "grow out of it" re-sell it and buy you a bigger bike. a motorcycle sounds real cool but when you ride a powerful 600, it becomes scary.

dont make a bad choice based on vanity or keeping up. when i ride in groups now i dont like to ride in the front cuz everyone usually ruides wrecklesly to be first on the freeway.
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one of my fellow instructors, who happens to be about ~300lbs, just got a ninja250 to compliment his 1200 bandit and valkerie(sp?)........been riding 40+yrs, just bought a 250.

ride your own ride.........don't try and keep up w/ people.......you'll be fine.
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I understand what you guys are saying, and yeah a 250 will probably be great for me now that I know more about it ...but just for my own sanity, let me reassure all you guys this bike is not for "showing off" or "trying to be fast"...I plan on making new friends and such in the "bike scene" yes, but I'm certainly not trying to be leader of the pack, or anything like that--I'm mostly gonna be riding to and fro from work on occassion (not everyday), g/f's house and on beautiful sunday mornings just for fun.
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Good luck w/ finding a bike and taking the course!
I had fun taking the course.

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just to add, the inst. just wrote that he's avg. 75mpg ............thats w/ a 300lb rider.......
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just to add, the inst. just wrote that he's avg. 75mpg ............thats w/ a 300lb rider.......
Thanks...you've been a great help, really! :notworthy

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well, you can take the MSF from me, 713-365-5660 (SBISD) in the spring branch area, close to you

i'm scheduled to teach weekends of 2/4, 2/25, 3/11, 4/1

and i pick up various weekends in between those dates. $155 till the end of feb.
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The 250 should wheelie just fine with you on it. No really, hook up with Ed and take the coarse. Then find some of us older riders to go put around with on some low traffic roads. You will be tearing it up on the 250 in no time.
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