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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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New rider looking for advice

Well, ever since i was really young ive been amazed by sportbikes. The look, the speed, everything.

Ive never ridden one before, Closest is a dirtbike (only once, and only for about 10 minutes.) Probably the closest thing to it would be a scooter(a raptor, or something like that. forgot the name) it only went about 40mph max.

Im looking for a starters bike, and im not sure what i should get. I would prefer a used bike. But ide also prefer to be safer then anything. So if i have to buy a brand new one, thatll probably be done.

Kind of young, 16. im about 5"11 135lbs (still growing ) Maybe under the $4,000 range NOT including helmet/clothing.
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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.

- http://www.msf-usa.org/

- http://www.msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm...&state=Florida

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.

Good luck!

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i still vote on the cbr f2 or f3.. Great beginner bikes..
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Thanks, Will do
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At 5'11" and growing at 16 you should probably avoid the Ninja 250. It is pretty small(physically not talking engine) but the others mentioned aren't too bad. A used one of any of the bikes mentioned would be very good(F2 and F3 included). If I were advising you I would push toward the SV650 though.

Definitely take the safety course.
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Well, right now im checking out the ninja 250s and the SV650. Ive been trying to find a dealer, or something in my area. havent had much luck. Do you know of any sites by chance like autotraderonline?

Where you can search by state/zip/miles for a specific brand used/new. I pretty much want to see the them in real life atm aside from pictures. to see the size difference and such.

I was also wondering on year, milage and other things I should check for when buying a used bike.
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Well, right now im checking out the ninja 250s and the SV650. Ive been trying to find a dealer, or something in my area. havent had much luck. Do you know of any sites by chance like autotraderonline?

Where you can search by state/zip/miles for a specific brand used/new. I pretty much want to see the them in real life atm aside from pictures. to see the size difference and such.

I was also wondering on year, milage and other things I should check for when buying a used bike.
www.ebaymotors.com

www.cycletrader.com

As far as what to look for:

http://www.clarity.net/adam/buying-bike.html

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At 5'11" and growing at 16 you should probably avoid the Ninja 250. It is pretty small(physically not talking engine) but the others mentioned aren't too bad. A used one of any of the bikes mentioned would be very good(F2 and F3 included). If I were advising you I would push toward the SV650 though.

Definitely take the safety course.

Sorry John, gotta call *cough* BS on the 250 being pretty small, at 6'2" I rode one for about 8 hrs one day, and had a blast on it.. I didn't feel cramped or anything either..

Having said that, I wouldn't rule out the 250 Ninja, it's a fun bike, and imho, a Great bike for a new Young rider, more so than the bigger bikes..as this bike is Much easier for a younger person to handle, hence it's more uder friendly...Other than that, I also agree with the above re: the courses...

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Yup, Already found a seller in south florida for a ninja 250. waiting for him to reply back with the info now. Im going to post here if you dont mind. the condition, year and other things of the bike. to see what other people think about the suggested price.
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Yup, Already found a seller in south florida for a ninja 250. waiting for him to reply back with the info now. Im going to post here if you dont mind. the condition, year and other things of the bike. to see what other people think about the suggested price.
Feel free to post the info. here...

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