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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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HeY....i was just wondering if anyone could help me. i am in the process of buying a new bike.....yet i really don't know i should get...i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what type of bike a first~time first~owner bike that a girl like myself should try to get....money is not really an issue just as long as the price is not outrageous for a new comer like me. thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 06:09 PM
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Depends on what kind of bike you like. Sport, cruisers, sport/touring, dual dirt/sport, or dirt. So, just to summarize the talking just go to this website.


If you are going for sport get either the Kawasaki Nija 250R or 500R. Furthermore, take the MSF course. Good luck.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 09:12 PM
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Just think carefully how you are going to use the bike, you know? What kind of riding are you interested in? If you are going to just run to the store, drive back and forth to work, and cruise a little on weekends, then you might consider a standard, like a Honda Nighthawk, Suzuki Bandit600, Suzuki SV650, etc. They are WAY more comfortable and easy to ride than most sportbikes. If you might be doing some sportriding and the above stuff, then something like a Katana 600 might be the ticket, sort of a compromise. If you are going to be doing mostly sportriding, then the options are almost limitless. You just need to figure out which sportbike fits you best, and you like the looks of. In general, the Ninjas, and CBRs tend to be more comfortable to ride than the Suzuki GSXR's and Yamaha Rx's (although the Yammies really aren't al that uncomfortable once you get used to it.) I ride a GSXR and I can tell you that it takes a little time to get used to being in that riding position for more than a couple of hours at a time. But, they make great track bikes with very little modification and they are hard to beat in the twisties.
It won't do you any good to buy a bike with ergonomics that you can't tolerate because it will just sit in your garage after the first month.
Just don't make the mistake of buying too much bike for a first bike. A 600 class sportbike is probably about all most beginners can safely handle.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-23-2001, 07:17 AM
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2001, 03:16 PM
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I just got my first bike three months ago, I REALLY did some shopping, I went to the Cycle Shops and "tried on" a few bikes, just to see the differance of weight and balance points. The Yamaha'a were AWSOME!!! I felt like I could toss it up over my shoulder and walk out... it was so light, but they come pretty tweaked off the assymbly line, so it's NOT for me... I wound up finding my bike online and found a GREAT deal, it was a 96 Katana 600, it had 1200 miles on it and had been stored in a basement for the last several years. It didnt run because it had been sitting so long with half a tank of gas in it, it was all gummed up, but a new battery, and a little skills of my own ( I grew up in a garage) its running perfectly, best thing is I only paid $2,400 for it...
I do have to admit that it is a little big... but Im learning. It has more then enough power to ride it the way that I do, but I can still keep up when I have too.... Im 5'9 pretty tall for a female, and I have a 34 inch inseam, so I have no probs touching flat footed, but a friend sat on it (shes alot shorter) and could barely touch. I really had my sights set on a older 600 Ninja, very light and narrow... Good luck searching, Just dont spend too much, and think about it before you buy, If its not there when you call back, maybe it wasnt ment to be???
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I will go ahead and suggest the SV-650. Try to find one that is used. Go ahead and take an MSF riding course as well.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2001, 12:11 PM
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Dont go to riders choice what ever you do since the prices there ar out of sight.....
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