Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
psst, it's an fzr400.... actually there were fzr250's, 400's, 600's 750's and 1000's. but only the 400, 600 and 1000 were ever streetbikes in the u.s. the 750 was a race-special and the 250 was a japanese market bike.
my advice is start on something without plastics, or plastics that you don't care if they get destroyed.
the gs500 is a solid motorcycle and a much better teacher than the flashier sv650. the sv650 is far from the worst beginner bike, but it's a lot of bike nevertheless. they are truly impressive machines. but at your budget, the 650 would make a better second bike.
there are a million awesome bikes in your price range. it all depends on what you're into motorcycles for.
to pick up chicks--an fzr600 is within your price range and a nice choice. you'll eventually learn to ride and not kill yourself, but you're doin' it the hard way. but you should be able to get to the girls without hurting yourself.
if to impress the squids at the local hang out until you destroy it 3 months later--old fzr1000's, cbr900rr's, gsxr's maybe even an 89 zx7. like i said, it'll probably take 3 months before you destroy it. but you most likely will destroy it.
if you want to learn how to ride, learn to go fast, and not kill yourself doing both--ex/ninja 500, ninja 250, gs500, bandit 400, cb400, any old 2 valve standard below 650cc, preferably below 450cc (no 2 strokes). they'll teach you a lot about the way a motorcycle runs, turns, the basics. you can get them to move around if you push them. they'll teach you about rookie mistakes without dropping you on your head (like a gsx-r will).
make the wise choice. don't forget the msf course....
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