Hi guys, I've been reading many threads on this forum and its proved to be tremendously useful. The experienced folks are quick to reply with sound advice sans the nonsense.
Without further a due I'm currently in the market for a new or used sports bike, I've read up on what a "good" beginner sports bike is and I've narrowed my choices down to four first is the KAwa ninja 250R, ninja 500r, the suzuki gs500f, and the Ducati Desmosedici D16RR. Any suggestions will of course be appreciated, new or used.
Before I even start looking for a bike I will complete the MSF course first, if there is any recommendations for schools in the bay area or LA that would be great.
After that is finished and if I feel confident I will begin shopping, I have considered a used 250R but the 2008 model looks absolutely delicious and for the price its not out of my realm of possibility.
Shopping for cars I have a lot of experience but bikes, I got jack squat. I was going to start by checking the dealer inventories at cycle trader (already have, cant help it im excited!) then visit the actual dealers and ride the bikes to see how comfortable I am with the bikes. That is actually my main goal for my first purchase, whether or not I feel comfortable on the bike. I beleive, and feel free to correct my if I'm wrong, comfort leads to stability and stability leads to safety. However it does not mean I will purchase a R6 despite how comfortable I may feel on it. (I hardly doubt I will feel comfortable on a machine of that caliber).
After that though, I'm out of ideas, does this sound like a reasonable way to go about it? I have a couple of friends who ride but I doubt that my schedule and their schedule will match every time so there may be times where I would have to look at the bikes by myself.
I have read the guide on the motorcycle links page on the impulsive or compulsive shopping article but there are still many parts I am not familiar with. If someone could reiterate on what the parts to check for are, and what they should look like I would really appreciate it.
As far as experience goes I have none. I rode BMX for a while but I'm sure its drastically different. With that said, I aim to set aside about a grand for gear, I've read that this is a reasonable amount for protective gear. Again I do not know where to begin looking for quality gear at a resonable price. I've read that I should goto a local shop and try on the gear, write down the specs, then go online and order it. One stipulation I had in mind was about local shops having bundled sales, as in whole suit plus helmet. I fathom that may save me a few bucks plus I get to purchase what I just tried out. However this of course is TBD
. So if there is a reputable online vendor that some of you guys use frequently to purchase goods I love to hear about it.
Thats about all I can think of right now Im going to continue reading up on the threads and perhaps add to my (hopefully not so) annoying rant. I know its a bit much but I'm very serious about this purchase because a bike is not a toy and I could seriously get fu*cked up if I think otherwise. So I could use all the help I can get in choose the right setup.
-Thanks in advance.