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Old 06-16-2009, 02:48 AM   #1
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Need Help Deciding On First Bike...

My budget is within $1800 for a good, used sport bike from the year 2000+... I have been seeing a lot of Buell XB9S / Blast and Kawasaki Ninja 500R around my price range, but which would you consider being better to get for me?

Buell XB9S, Buell Blast, Kawasaki Ninja 500, or something else?
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:54 AM   #2
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:03 AM   #3
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XB9S or Ninja 500
i have been seeing alot of ninja's witting about the carburetor and something about cleaning, is it a big issue?
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:06 AM   #4
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NO.

I know the way i take care of things. When i bought my old ZX7R i completely tore it down and did my own maintenance on it. You might have to clean and synch the carbs, not a big deal though. I say lean more to the 500 ninja. Just my .2

I do like the XB9S too. Both are good bikes
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:26 AM   #6
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Depending on your physical size and style consider a Ninja 250 or a Honda Rebel 250.

As mentioned above other good choices for a first bike include the Suzuki gs500 and the Ninja 500.
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you can buy a good used bike for $1800??????? really?
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My budget is within $1800 for a good, used sport bike from the year 2000+... I have been seeing a lot of Buell XB9S / Blast and Kawasaki Ninja 500R around my price range, but which would you consider being better to get for me?

Buell XB9S, Buell Blast, Kawasaki Ninja 500, or something else?

Best advice is to stay away from the blast. Kinda worthless even as a beginner bike. The XB is kinda snatchy at low rpms..Never messed with the Ninja 500.
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Ninja or Suzuki 500 for sure. The ninja 250s just dont have enough power for my liking.
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Take the MSF course BEFORE you buy the bike. Talk to your Instructor at the end of class about good first bikes. Everyone's learning curve is different. At least that way, your getting advice from someone who's actually seen you on a bike.
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Take the MSF course BEFORE you buy the bike. Talk to your Instructor at the end of class about good first bikes. Everyone's learning curve is different. At least that way, your getting advice from someone who's actually seen you on a bike.
i will be taking a course with awesome cycle, hopefully next week... the only thing stopping me to take it this week is the lack of transportation

so now my choices come down to the ninja 500 or suzuki gs500?!
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glad to see your going to be taking the msf...once all thats said and done and you gear up give me a call, i know you have my number


we have a 07 ninja 500 sitting in the garage that you can try out
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Try the Ninja 250. It's fast enough to learn on for a few months.

EX500 over GS500. Stay away from Buell.

Gear doesn't have to cost $1000. You can buy new and get a jacket 150-250, gloves 75, helmet 150, boots 150. Gear up first, then buy the bike.
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awesome, the decision is made... thanks everyone for there help/input!

- Take MSF Course
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- 2005+ Kawasaki Ninja 500R
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Now that you have made up your mind, can you tell me where you found an xb9s for less than 2g's.
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Now that you have made up your mind, can you tell me where you found an xb9s for less than 2g's.
craigslist, it was a 2003 - asking $2500... lol
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you probably dont remmeber challen, but i took msf with you last summer and talked to you for a while about which first bike i should get... you recommended all the bikes mentioned and also the 650R and sv650.


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