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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a bike in the city..

I used to visit these forums a lot, but then I saw a few stories that scared me away from bikes. However, with the increase in gas prices, and an increasing chance of commuting to college (Hoboken, NJ - small city-like atmosphere), I am thinking about purchasing a bike.

The advantages of the bike, as you all know, is the fuel efficiency and easy parking. However, I am afraid cage-goers will cause injury to me! I find it hard to drive in a car around the town without a jerk jay-walking or making a turn without looking.

Therefore, I am asking the community whether or not it would be good for me to purchase a used sv650/ ninja250r and ride it through town/city. What are some of your experiences in densely populated areas?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-13-2008, 04:48 AM
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They are the most dangerous areas, IMO. Keep in mind though, just about anywhere is dangerous on two wheels. In towns with lots of side access to roads you just up the chances of someone turning in front of you or cutting you off. The people issue is there as well, as you've noted. Those are usually gone in an interstate/freeway situation.

All of the dangers can be managed by an attentive rider, however they cannot be completely eliminated. I think your plan is fine, though if it is for commuting purposes I would recommend the Ninja 250 or 500 over the SV, as I believe they get better mileage. If you're in it for the long haul you will see a return on your investment, however it'll take a lot of gas savings to make up for the initial couple thousand dollar investment in the bike and gear.

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Let me also add in that bike maintenance costs are higher than you might pay for a car. Tires wear out much faster than on a car and you usually have some engine maintenance that needs to be done (valve clearances, for example) that aren't normally ever done in a car.

It is my personal opinion that the gas mileage savings for a bike are not as great as you might be able to obtain from say a Ford Fiesta or late 90's Civic. Gear for riding costs minimally $400(?) on top of the bike purchase and you'd have to account for taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course if you want to greatly increase your safety margin; costs vary greatly by state. Lastly, check into insurance costs; again variance is large.

Its worth investigating, for certain, whether the costs are offset for your circumstances. From a safety angle spicersh has covered it well.

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