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Old 06-20-2023, 12:38 PM   #1
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Looking for Beginner bike preferably Ninja or similar

Looking to buy a starter bike. Preferably a Ninja, Gixxer or other sport bike.
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Old 07-07-2023, 07:00 AM   #2
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I dislike the idea of a "starter bike." Often "starter bikes" are just slow with incompetent handling. They are easy to outgrow and can leave you unsatisfied and have less safety features. I would go with a 600+ with ABS and traction control as they will not usually be on "starter bikes," and are great safety features. get something that inspires confidence, I loved my Street Triple because all the torque made it easy to ride, but the handling was world class, took me years to start to appreciate it but that meant I didn't out grow it to fast. just my thoughts anyways.
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Old 07-10-2023, 10:51 AM   #3
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Unless hes buying a bike from the 80s "slow with incompetent handling" is a matter of opinion. All the small displacement bikes handle well and have good enough power to be freeway worthy.

What you need to look at when starting riding is something thats going to be reliable easy to work on and wont matter if it gets dropped a few times. I alway recommend the SV650. Plenty of power, good handling, cheap, reliable, easy to work on, parts are plentiful. You dont need traction control or ABS. Just other things to break and not to mention to get those options your going to be spending alot more money. Spend 2 or 3k on a used bike and make sure you have a few hundred for some good gear. Then start putting the miles on.
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Old 07-10-2023, 12:41 PM   #4
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I agree with Japawhat. Plus, when you’re ready to upgrade to something else, you’ll be surprised at the resale value on something like a SV650, or a CBR 650F.
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Old 07-31-2023, 10:34 AM   #5
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Good advice on the SV650 or similiar. I always liked EX (or Ninja) 500's as a great starter bike (yes, I am old). Cheap, light, and more capable than most people think. Only negative is carburated versus FI.

I'd suggest something without a lot of bodywork, and right around $2000-$3000 because you are likely going to drop it. We all did when we started.

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