Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
As a brand spanking new rider, there are probably two things that just about everyone will agree on.
1.) Sign up for and take the MSF course.
2.) Do not
buy a brand new bike as a beginner. Almost every new rider will drop their bike while learning. There are exceptions, but I wouldn't want to count on being one of them. Starting with a used bike takes away the fear of dropping your shiny new one and damaging it. With this fear gone, you can really get down to learning.
As far as good learning bikes, I also think most would agree that starting small is the best option. There are varying opinions on what is small and what isn't, but in your case I would say look into the following:
- Kawasaki Ninja 250
- Kawasaki Ninja 500
- Suzuki GS500
- Suzuki SV650
Give those a look and see what you think.
I would say the most important part would be taking the MSF course. It will introduce you to riding via instruction and actual riding.
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