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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-14-2000, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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I agree. I would go with the F3, but with you being a college student, I would price out the insurance first. In my case, I am paying less for my TL1000 than I did for my GSXR-600. Go figure.

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Without throwing other choices into the mix, I concur with HySyde's vote - the F3.

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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-15-2000, 07:44 AM
 
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I tried to post this question earlier but I do not see it so forgive me if this question appears twice.

I'm a 23 yr old college student. 5'10 180lbs and looking to get a first bike. I'm getting conflicting views about the kind of bike I need to get . Some say get a used cbrF3 and others say get a EX500. I'm leaning towards the CBR F3 because it feels a bit more sturdy and less likely for me to get bored with quick. I would like to hear any input on the subject especially from those who have had a similiar expirence (with their first bike). I don't want to grow out of a bike too quickly as I don't have the funds or time to be selling and buying bikes. I want something to last me for at least two to three years. I'll be taking the MSF course just as soon as a class is open here in Atlanta. And will be getting a bike just as soon as I get that taken care of. Any input would be helpful.

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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-15-2000, 07:55 AM
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F3 all the way!!!

a SV650 would be great as well unless u just want the full fairings look...

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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-15-2000, 09:02 AM
 
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Hello. You didn't specify whether or not this is your first street bike. Dirt bikes don't count, as dirt riding techniques are very different from the techniques you will need on the street. Assuming both bikes are in the same shape and mileage, the F3 is the better bike. The EX500 is a great bike, but the F3 is better. If this is your first streetbike though, take the EX. It is not a fully faired bike and your wallet will appreciate this fact when you drop the bike in the parking lot at 10mph. And you will drop the bike. Also, half-faired, or non-faired bike are far cheaper to insure than fully-faired bikes. All things need to be taken into consideration. Either bike is an excellent choice though. It's up to your skill level and wallet ultimately though. Good luck.

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Between the 2, the Honda is a much better bike. I wouldn't worry too much about getting bored.

P.S. Hysyde, is Lime Creek road still littered with the plastic pieces of bikes whose owners managed to find a spark of very intense excitement in an otherwise boring ride??

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hey there leon,

when was the last time u been out on lime creek??? if it's been a while, the road has been re-paved in the last few years and is actually a got some stretches on it...

of course ppl still go there to race or get carried away and end up in the trees!

some of friends like to hit it out there, but i don't frequent it cuz it is just too easy to slip up and get hurt.



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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Leon90zx11:
is Lime Creek road still littered with the plastic pieces of bikes whose owners managed to find a spark of very intense excitement in an otherwise boring ride??

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Leon, I was just telling Todd about that road. It's short but very sweet. Not exactly a Dragon but surely a bad ass firefly. O yeah, Honda F3 all the way. If your in college you don't have enough spare drinking money to be fixin' a Kaw

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neither.

the ex isn't as good as the sv.

the f3 isn't as good for a newbie as the f2 (though it is a better sportbike). either honda needs a manual cam chain tensioner (saves head aches).

you and arif, should pay attention to this and compare to an f3 (in md or va, i forget).

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR> posted by kOOk elsewhere:

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as for the question at hand. for the newbie, the sv650 is best, then f2.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cosmo:
Dirt bikes don't count, as dirt riding techniques are very different from the techniques you will need on the street.
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Not entirely true. Many of the skills required to ride a dirtbike transfer over to street riding as well.

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cosmo:
If this is your first streetbike though, take the EX.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

A good point. If you have experience with dirtbikes, you might want to lean towards the F3 (it's a very good bike). But if this is your first bike straight out, I'd consider the EX. You're likely to learn more on it becuase it doesn't go quite as fast and it handles a bit more easily for a beginner. It's also cheaper - straight out AND when you drop it.

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