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Hi guys, i'm thinking of buying my first sports bike. I am familiar to the speed so i'm not looking for a 125cc. I'm thinking of either a 2002 Honda CBR F4I or a 2003 Suzuki GSXR. Do you suspect having high insurance on either of these bikes because its my first sport? If the insurance is too high I may buy a 2012 250cc Ninja if I have to.

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I was actually going to recommend a CBR 600 of some sort, but before doing that...why don't you give us some idea as to what your budget is, and intended riding is going to be like?

Do you live near twisty roads, or are you commuting in Florida? It makes a huge difference.

You might want a sport bike, however, you might want something a little more "universal." Not talking Harley's here, but if you're using the bike as a commuter, you might be better served by something like a Yamaha FJ600, or FZ6, or similar.

The new Ninja 300 is a HUGE improvement over the 250 (which is still a good bike).

Another bike to consider is a Ducati Monster 620. Super fun little bike, with surprisingly decent power, great sound, awesome brakes AND a slipper clutch! Cost of ownership is a little higher, but it's a unique little bike that is no longer depreciating. I've spent some time on one, and would often pick that bike over much faster and more macho bikes. The thing is a ball of fun.

Otherwise, I would go more towards the CBR vs the GSXR mostly for comfort and quality. You're talking about ten year old bikes, which means that long term quality is going to be an issue...and Honda is the best. Make no mistake, GSXR's are great bikes, and an older GSXR will outperform an older CBR on the racetrack...but that's not where you're riding, is it?

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F4i's a great bikes. So are the F2 and F3 bikes. THey are bullet proof, unlike anything after 2000, which is good for a starter. You will drop it, you might even crash it. parts are a lot cheaper with much older bikes. So is insurance since you won't bother with collision.

Power is easier to handle, too, so all those are better starter bikes. Tons of threads on this subject in this forum, start perusing them.
 
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