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Old 04-07-2014, 12:48 AM   #41
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I would. Check the date inside and make sure it's not old as . Make sure the liner and foam are not deteriorated. If the shell if free of damage and the interior is in good shape, it should be fine.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:04 AM   #42
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The problem is: your knowledge of your limits doesn't mean the first time you panic, lock your elbows, and thus lock the throttle on.
Was not directing towards riding a bike in terms of ability .. was toward his ability to actually buy a bike that goes fast ... and be able to ride it like a tricycle when he gets on it the first time. And the second, so forth while "learning".
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No-one's mentioned it yet, but if you're used to driving a lifted diesel, depending on how big a guy you are, you might consider something like a V-Strom 650 or Tiger 800. More power than a 250, less than a 600. Good condition used these are in your price range. Or even something with a little less power- like a 250 or 400 street-legal motard (Suzuki, Yamaha, everybody makes em). In my opinion these make pretty good beginner/advanced beginner bikes. Big, wide bars, comfy seat, can see and be seen around traffic better, very easy to maneuver at low speeds. Only drawback is the height-sometimes parking can be a , with my big 1200 especially. I'm 5 '11" and wouldn't want one of these bikes if I were any shorter. That and the weird looks you get from the "sportbike" guys when you show up to a meet on one

Just a thought; my best advice is to try out bikes of all kinds, and see what feels right.
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Honestly buy what ever you want and just respected it.

That's what I did. Glad I did it. Although, even after only 4.7k miles I'm looking a 2014 zx10 to upgrade to lol
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I would. Check the date inside and make sure it's not old as . Make sure the liner and foam are not deteriorated. If the shell if free of damage and the interior is in good shape, it should be fine.
+1.

This is what I would be looking at for a first bike.. also make sure the title is in the current owners name. DL the 130U form and read over how to fill it out. Any other way and getting the title in your name is a PITA and not worth it IMO. To many bikes for sale to waste time on one without a clean title.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4367319877.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4406109649.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4379773517.html
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< First bike, only bike. Buy what you want, just ride responsibly and respectfully and you should be fine. Take MSF, practice in parking lots, cornering, emergency braking, accelerating, get to know the bike in a controled invironment. Cruise surrounding neighborhoods until you are ready to hit the bigger streets and highways. Meet up at some of the noob rides for critique and pointers on riding techniques. Good luck be safe, wear gear.
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+1.

This is what I would be looking at for a first bike.. also make sure the title is in the current owners name. DL the 130U form and read over how to fill it out. Any other way and getting the title in your name is a PITA and not worth it IMO. To many bikes for sale to waste time on one without a clean title.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4367319877.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4406109649.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4379773517.html
those two 650s look nice. another thing to do before riding is go to youtube and watch a few hundred crash videos. that way you know what goes wrong in most crashes and at least have a basic idea of what not to do
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I am 6'4" and can ride all day on my FZ6r.
It's super comfortable. It screams above 6k rpm.
It's still a 600cc, inline 4, like supersports.
You won't outgrow it as quickly as you might outgrow a 250.
It won't kill your wrists or back if you are riding around the city.
You can get a brand new 2013 for about $6k.
Just my 2.

BTW, I plan on getting a supersport to add to the stable.
Recently rode a Daytona 675 and just about jizzed in my pants.
Holy , that bike is the bee's knees.
+1 on the fz6r!
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to shoot me some advice. Everything gets taken into consideration and it's a big help.
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although.. +1 on the FZ6r :p
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Was not directing towards riding a bike in terms of ability .. was toward his ability to actually buy a bike that goes fast ... and be able to ride it like a tricycle when he gets on it the first time. And the second, so forth while "learning".
Then you completely missed my point. All the desire to want to ride it like a tricycle, all that respect of the power, goes completely out the window the first time someone tries to kill you (and lesbihonest...that is a daily occurence here in houston), and you panic. There are several panic reactions - like my mentioned locking your elbows thus locking the throttle on - that are more problematic, more damaging with more power. No amount of respect or riding like a tricycle is going to prevent this. It takes seat time during the panic moments.
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I'm sure you aren't worried about the speed because otherwise you wouldn't be looking for a 600 or a liter bike. I have a 09 GSXR 600 that has 3 drive modes. The modes help the engine and it really does help if you are a new biker. I played with it for a while when I had it and it does make a difference. Though you are looking for Kawi I highly recommend a Suzuki just because of the mode. Also it's a very comfortable bike.. Even for me and I'm a big fella.

I had a 250 before this, but I know I would have been fine with this bike if I got it as my first.
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Then you completely missed my point. All the desire to want to ride it like a tricycle, all that respect of the power, goes completely out the window the first time someone tries to kill you (and lesbihonest...that is a daily occurence here in houston), and you panic. There are several panic reactions - like my mentioned locking your elbows thus locking the throttle on - that are more problematic, more damaging with more power. No amount of respect or riding like a tricycle is going to prevent this. It takes seat time during the panic moments.
No I mistook it as something else .. I fully understand the point. Hence my decision to stay away from a bike with power for my first one. I am planning my next purchase ... and I will most likely buy a bike that does not have ABS and have an increase in power. Those items you mentioned are actually slowing my purchase more than putting $$$ out for a new toy. While I dont depend on my ABS I know it is there and sometimes grab a little too much brake know full well I am protected ... but then I think to myself man that was a little much any other bike would have tossed my .

It gives me something else to work on .. and also working on throttle control .. braking... cause I know the next bike will not be so nice if I just twist it and go or grab me a handful of brake. So for now my little bike is just fine because I know its not just seat time and logging miles that means you can move up .. its the little things you start to do without thinking about them that saves your sometimes. For now I am protected against some things ... maybe not so much on the next purchase.
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