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Old 04-01-2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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Asian import bike vs American made bike for beginners

I am about to get my first bike, however, since im fairly new to riding, I have no idea which bike to get. I will be taking the MSF course in May after school gets out. My experience in riding a bike, has been primarily over seas in Asia (Every summer since 2005), even before I took the MSF course. I have found that over in asia, the bikes are considerably smaller, and thus have less power (making it very simple to learn to ride).

Starting next fall however, I will be attending school over in San Antonio, and will need transportation. I plan on getting a bike (ONLY 250cc), that is reliable and can get me from school, home, and work, and the occasional joy ride. I will be attending school there for the next 4 yrs (so hopefully the bike will last me that WHOLE time). From school to the place I will be staying at is about 25 miles.

I have been shopping (going to the stealership and sitting on the bikes = getting a feel for the bikes) and scoping out my tastes in bikes, I have found that sportsbikes are the ones for me (nothing over 250cc). Obviously I will be getting this bike used so it will be cheaper for me, and I wont have to worry about dropping a brand new bike.

I have a couple of questions though:
1)Which bike will I recieve the most "bang for the buck," an Asian import bike(ie kawasaki, honda, etc) or an American made bike (ie, buell blast, etc) and be able to last me all 4 years of schooling?
2) How much will this recommended bike cost me? what features does this bike have that the others do not?
2) Has anyone ridden in San Antonio? is it safer then houston, and what can I expect (ie. more hills, traffic, etc)?

(yes and my budget not quite that high since im a college student)
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:19 AM   #2
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:43 AM   #3
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San Antonio has more hills than Houston so consider where your feet are going to go when you stop. Make sure the bike is leaning in a safe direction on the kickstand. If it's leaning too far left on the kickstand it will dig right into soft, hot asphalt. Too far right and it could blow over in strong winds. Safety is really no different than Houston, there are bad areas to avoid so ask around before signing a lease. I moved away 10 years ago so i have no current information.

Some people like the Blast & they are priced right second hand but I would avoid them just because you would have to have them serviced at a HD dealer. Their priority is going to be the couple that just spent $45,000 on matching his & hers Road Kings. Not a college student with a used Buell.

If the bike is going to be your only transportation I'd consider getting a car. Hauling books, lab material, groceries & household items in your backpack would get old real quick. Or get a girlfriend with a car.

Here's a great site with lots of advice. These are one persons opinions so don't take then as gospel

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Old 04-01-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, for the information. It is making me seriously think of what im doing (since this is the biggest purchase I have EVER made in my life )

I do, have friends and family that I can rely on over there in San Antonio for rides (incase it rains and I cant ride the bike, so I do have alternate modes of transportation if I wanted).

I have done some massive searches and im guessing the most reliable type of bike for a college student's budget, would have to be an Asian import (most likely a 2000-2007 kawasaki ninja 250).
1)About how long is the life on this bike? (again I will be using it to move me from school, work, home, and occasional joy rides)

2)Is there any problems specifically with that type of bike I need to look out for?

I will be attending the University of the Incarnate word. So those of you that know the area around there, are the places on campus and around campus safe for me to park my bike at night or during school? (say if i was to live in a dorm on campus, or off campus in a closer apartment)
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i have 06 ninja 250, no problem so far
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:11 PM   #6
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i got a 06 ninja 636 (bigger then what you looking for) but ive put well over 23,000 miles on it and it still is running like a champ, just make sure to keep the oil changed and filter cleaned and chain lubed and it will last ya!
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