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07-10-2000 02:34 PM
Hurricane "You should really consider getting the ZX-12"



Seriously- welcome. Those suggesstions for starter bikes are all spot-on. Take the course, and have fun! Just look out for the other guy- cagers are one unpredictable bunch to say the least.

And if I can be so bold to suggest reading this:


07-10-2000 09:39 AM
Squid Vicious Newbie-keep in mind, dropping (off side stand, etc.)a bike with a fairing can easily cost $700 to fix-more if you crash. All that plastic and paint costs a lot. I believe an SV650(naked sportbike-no plastic) is the way to go for you, being a larger guy. If you dump it it won't cost as much to fix. Dumping a bike can happen to anyone but IMO newbies are especially vulnerable.

SFV ~~~~ >=(:>
'99 Hayabusa
'99 ZX-11D
'98 Bandit streetfighter
07-06-2000 03:01 PM
VYPIR I wanted to add something else. Not to make purchasing a bike seem like a downer but it it wise to consider the risk involved. We have an addage in motorcycling <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>"there are two kinds of riders; those that have gone down and those that will"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Be sure to get good riding apparrel along with your scoot. I have been saved several times just by the gear.

You get the best thrills on two wheels!
07-06-2000 05:14 AM
Rug Burn I'll put in a vote for a CBR F2 or F3. I think you would be bored with the 500 in no time. The MSF course is an absolute must. Also, with all the new riders, you can see what everyone else is getting for some good ideas as well. I started off on a Honda Magna---don't go there . It was fun for awhile, and a great beginner bike IMO but damn that thing sucked in the twisties. Good luck in your decision, I know it took me forever to figure out which sportbike I wanted--too many good choices (how many time as a consumer can you say that?)

07-06-2000 05:02 AM
Sportbike newbie Hey guys n' gals,

Thanks so much for all the GREAT replies, what a great forum. I think I have even talked my friend into the MSF too. (We have both wanted to ride since we were 17) Of course everyone is telling me how dangerous it is, but I think as long as you are in tune with the road and your bike, you should be fine, right? lol. I was looking at the SECA II as well, and I do have a friend that sportbikes (He has a CBR) so I will call on his expertise. I will let everyone know my progress....and I will continue to post more questions, i'm sure!

07-06-2000 01:36 AM
tigerblade I would just like to add the Yamaha Seca II as a good beginner bike IMO. I had a 96 Seca II and it had enough handling and power to get me hooked. I did outgrow it and wanted something sportier (F2) after grinding the pegs (I know, didn't think it could be done, did you?) but it was a good, confidence inspiring bike. I think it made me a better rider by not having the cutting edge to begin with. My $.02...

"It's better to be dead and cool than to be alive and uncool." -Harley from Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man
07-06-2000 01:27 AM
FZR400Tony i'd still go for the ex500. spend a year with it and you won't get hurt real bad when you sell it. buy a yzf600 and it may be hard to sell. generally bikes that didn't sell well new will be hard to sell used. at least the ex has a strong new rider market.

if you buy an sv, you'll have it until it's paid for (which isn't a bad thing, but most street guys don't really show it much love). if you buy a yzf, you'll probably lose a grand or so when you sell. buy the ex, and keep it a year sell it for almost what you paid and buy a new gsxr600.

as for the hawk, i'd guess that the ex actually is more powerful, it's just that the ex has a frame that harley would be proud of.

just my .02


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07-06-2000 01:26 AM
Tungue The MSF course is great. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn how to ride.

As for a starter bike, I would vote for getting a 600 size. As for which make, my vote would be for the CBR's. I haven't ridden that many different bikes in my time, but the CBR's do feel a bit more confortable than some of the others makes because of the less agressive riding position. Granted, I'm only 5'7", which probably lends to why I like the CBR's riding position.

07-05-2000 07:24 PM
VYPIR Welcome to the show!

I would normally suggest the 500 as a first bike but at 195 you may feel a bit sluggish as you advance your riding skill. My suggestion would be to check out an SV-650, YZF 600R (not R6), or maybe a Honda Hawk. You want to be able to have power available when you become more experienced. The mid-size bikes should deliver plenty of power at a reasonable rate. It's up to you how much of that available power you want to apply. Oh yeah, take the MSF course. It will be one of the best investments you will ever make as a motorcyclist. Good Luck

You get the best thrills on two wheels!
07-05-2000 04:27 PM
Scooter Hey, Newbie, and welcome to the World of Sportbikes. Guess that's why they call this website what they do.......

I was where you are a few years ago and faced with some of the same decisions you are now facing. I finally settled on a Yamaha YZF 600.....mild mannered enough if you lay off the "loud pedal (handle?)" but always willing to move on down the road at high velocities. It was something that I knew I could grow into. Sit on every bike you can, and find a model that is comfortable for you. Everybody is different.

As others have pointed out, don't go too small or underpowered, because the only thing you will learn how to ride is small, underpowered Sportbikes. Having said that, I can't reccommend anything much bigger than a 750 for a "first bike", since you may very well get easily frustrated just trying to hold the thing up at stop lights.

DEFINITELY take somebody knowledgeable with you to check out any used bikes you want to look at. Unless you know the complete history of sportbikes, or even a particular model, you could get easily burned on a purchase you are stuck with and won't be able to get your money back out of, if you don't like it. I'm sure others have horror stories they can tell.

I can't speak from experience on the MSF course, but everyone I ride with raves about it as a great confidence builder.

Lastly, we are all interested in your progress, so please let us know how you're doing.

"After all, we ARE professionals, here."
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