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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-18-2003, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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I have some newbie questions

Hi... I just wanted to ask for some opinions. I am about 5ft 6in and 130 lbs and I am interested in getting into sport bikes. After learning safety through MSF and getting used to it etc, I would like to be able to have enough speed to go onto the highway comfortably and also maybe be able to carry 1 passenger around town or for fun rides. Would a 250cc bike have enough power for all that or would it be better to go for around 500cc? I want to be able to keep a first bike for a while and not outgrow it too fast. The acceleration, speed and nimbleness of sportbikes appeals to me. Also, another thing that is on my mind is size. Are there sportbikes that are comfortable enough for people of my size? I think it would feel a little weird on a big bike.

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wow. your tiny.

go with a 500cc and take a MSF course.

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wow. your tiny.

go with a 500cc and take a MSF course.
haha, I guess you could say that. I'm only 17 though

btw, thanks for your input.

so you dont think 500cc is too much for a beginner?
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The MSF is a MUST, then look around for a more standard riing position 500cc twin.
Like any sport it is learned in steps & the sportbike is around a year plus away from you.
Carrying some pillion passenger when you are new to riding is a NO-NO for they will not know how to ride with you, you will not be able to explain what they must do, & you will not be prepared for that extra wt of a pillion passenger, possble r/tyre inflation will be to low, etc.
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250 or 500

For your requirements, I think the Kawasaki Ninja 500R is the perfect bike for you. The bike has a fairly low seat height, relatively light, user friendly, comfortable, and makes plenty of power so that you won't tire of it too easily. Plus, it can easily carry a passenger, although I would NOT recommend doing so until you've put some experience under your belt.
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MSF is a must...no denying it.

As far as beginning size...go with a 500cc...

The MSF place provided some popular 250's (Nighthawks, Rebels, and GZ250's), and I learned right away that, while it was fun by default just for being a bike, 250cc's is just not enough power for a long-lasting excitement. After just two days on the Nighthawk I could feel its limitations...namely in its acceleration because it seemed to be geared very low.

Key thing is to just ride safely. Take the MSF, and then practice what you've learned on a bigger bike in a parking lot....do the slow-speed figure 8's ALOT....they really teach you how to maneuver in tight places. And practice stopping quickly without locking either wheel (remembering to use BOTH brakes at the same time to get into that habit).

So, in closing....take the MSF class...buy your safety equip (helmet, jacket, reinforced OR leather pants, boots, and gloves)...then buy yourself a 500cc. Most importantly, HAVE FUN.
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I can only imagine the fun to be had on the 500 and being your size

I`m with the others, get the 500. I`m 6'0" and around 170, and its plenty of bike for a beginer. I will be moving up shortly, though, but only because I`d like a bike with adjustable suspension all around. Other than that little fact, this is a GREAT little bike. If you can, get a 94+ model, they have 17" wheels and will give you alot more selction for tires when the time comes to replace the old ones.

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I can only imagine the fun to be had on the 500 and being your size

I`m with the others, get the 500. I`m 6'0" and around 170, and its plenty of bike for a beginer. I will be moving up shortly, though, but only because I`d like a bike with adjustable suspension all around. Other than that little fact, this is a GREAT little bike. If you can, get a 94+ model, they have 17" wheels and will give you alot more selction for tires when the time comes to replace the old ones.

Good luck and don`t forget gear
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