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02-11-2006 05:21 PM
Smitty That I cannot answer since I live in Cdn where prices of m/cs & products are so much more the the USA.
02-11-2006 02:22 PM
"T" Do you think $3200 is too much for a 2001 500R with 9800 miles on it?
02-11-2006 01:55 PM
Smitty First of all sign up for the MSF Course & in taking that you will know a bit more about m/cs & riding. You might even have your mind changed in what you can possible handle for a FIRST bike. So think of the two 500s & remember at first you are going to be making a lot of mistakes, possibly into the wrong gears, possibly lugging the engine like accidently in 2nd or 3rd gear when trying to take off from a STOP sign, problem in tight turns, shock of what 40mph is like when on a bike, to actually dropping the bike at next to nil speeds at the start. So the less plastic on it & the with more pull from lower revs is by far the best. Just remember either of those 500cc bike will be faster off the line when the green light comes on then most cages & the bike can take you up to 90 or 100mph & where can you cruise at that speed & be legal or not asking for speeding tickets or possibly an error in judgment & coming to a terrible crash with the driver of the cage being in the wrong!!!!!!!!

Like any sport be it hockey, baseball, football you have to start from the bottom & work your way up. Reason the bikes at the MSF course will be dinged in 125 to 250cc bikes. Also you are just learning the very thin basics & then you must practice a lot so doing the practice & learning on a peaky engine bike with dramatic stopping power beyond 20% you might neeed, is really sensless.
02-11-2006 11:38 AM
"T" I went around to look at some bikes today and it seems they all try to shy away from the Ninja 500R. Some of the others that were mentioned for novice riders were the SV650S, CBR 600 f4i, YZF 600, FZ6, and the Ninja 650R. What should I be looking for in these bikes, like scheduled maintenances, accessories, etc.?
02-10-2006 08:33 PM

Yes, the Ninja 500R is an EXCELLENT beginner bike. Relatively light, comfortable, plenty quick, and very reliable. I highly recommend it.

You could also consider a Suzuki SV 650. Another great choice.
02-10-2006 08:18 PM
Smitty This is one of the two 500cc vertical twins we suggest as a first bike. The other is the Suzy SV-650. Both are within a few dollars of each other.
02-10-2006 08:08 PM
New rider here


I am looking into buying my first bike and have been searching both new and used. Upon searching I found a couple of Ninja 500Rs that cought my eye. I was wondering if these are good bikes for beginners to start on. Thanks.

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