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I'm 18 years old...I have wanted a sportbike ever since I was 16. I have suped up car that can fly! but it still doesn't compare to a sporbike! well, I've put my mind to it, and i'm finally going to get one in the next year. What should i get?...i'm a new rider, but i want something FAST! I went by a yamaha and kawasaki store and they said that i should get one of the slower ones...but i don't want to get it and then feel that it is too slow after i get used to it...what are ya'lls suggestions?...I'll probably get a used bike too...
 

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Get a used CBR600. There perfect bikes for beginners and guys with experience. Actually for the price, if you can find an old Honda Hurricane, they'll still hold there own, but you can find them significantly cheaper. Don't forget you will wreck/drop your first bike. It's just a matter of when and where.
 

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Ninjastud said:
I'm 18 years old...I have wanted a sportbike ever since I was 16. I went by a yamaha and kawasaki store and they said that i should get one of the slower ones...but i don't want to get it and then feel that it is too slow after i get used to it...what are ya'lls suggestions?...I'll probably get a used bike too...
Here we go again (a 9R for a first bike)? :eek:
Listen to your dealer-sounds like he wants you to be around for your future business!
You seem to have distilled motorycling down to 2 things: slow and fast! You do realize there is a lot more to it than that? There have been numerous threads in here for newbies, so check out a few of 'em, and use your head!
Try these threads:
http://www.sportbikeworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13962
http://www.sportbikeworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9210
http://www.sportbikeworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14334
http://www.sportbikeworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14549
http://www.sportbikeworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14069
 

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Not ANOTHER one?!?

Ninjastud, please take to heart what you read in the threads basicblurr posted. There's a few centuries worth of experience in these threads, and despite what you think, you're not "that one" who is the exception. :(
 

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I hear the busa is a good beginner bike.;)

Seriously though, don't get anything bigger than a 600, and even those go like a raped ape! Just think of it this way a new 600 can probably get to 90 before your tricked out whatever can even hit 60. Use your head and listen to what people have said in those other threads!

Dave:cool:
 
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Whatever you do get, don't forget the additional cost for sensible riding gear, which at a mininimum should be a full-face helmet and purpose-built jacket, gloves, and boots.

With a name like "Ninjastud," you should also consider some of those "Porn Star" decals for your bike.
 

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sportbike stickers

I tried those Porn Star stickers. I found a better one though: stickers with a bent over naked girl in chains with FREE SPANKINGS in big sparkly letters. Get some easy-off velcro gloves, you'll thank me later!
 

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The slowest sportbike, even a 500, will most likely outrun your FAST sportscar. Think about that.

ANY of the 600's will beat most sportscars in acceleration, I guarantee it.

So when you say you want something "FAST", any sportbike is fast, from the 500 to the 1300. Their only limiting factors are their riders--YOU! So don't go around thinking something like a ZX9R is THE bike for you 'cause it's fast. Chances are good you'll crash that thing. I think even a 600 is too fast for someone who's just starting out.

I highly suggest you get a Bandit 600 or an SV650 first. Although even those might be too much for you even if you think you're a "fast learner". It takes at least a year and many thousands of miles to really get good on a bike. When you've only been riding a few months and few thousand miles, and you think you know it all already, that's when something comes back to bite you. Put your ego aside and listen to the veterans that have ridden thousands of miles and have seen many puppies like you crash their expensive sportbikes!
 

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after getting your bike...

get your self a set of good riding gear... tank tops and flips-flops are a no-no... unless you wear Oakley's too...

also take the MSF class... it will be a lot of help...
 

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You can get what you want. Buy the bike you want to learn on but be mature and remember you are just learning. You can't be Nicky Hayden just yet. The most common misconception is to buy a small bike then go big. But take the MSF class and buy what you want and take a slow learning curve. If you feel like you wont be able to control your wrist then the most you should get is a 600. Remember you will lay down your first bike. I do not know someone who hasn't. I have been riding for quite awhile and I ride 1000's but I love the 600's .
 

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Get an older CBR600 (97 or earlier). People will suggest the Bandit 600 or SV650. I've got the bandit. Although it is a very good beginner bike, and has enough speed to get you into trouble, you are probably going to want the extras that come with a sport bike (suspension, weight, etc.) After you have ridden for a while, if you decide to get into racing, you can keep the old CBR around just for that. I'm probably going to get hammered by saying this, but I wouldn't get the SV either. A lot of people love them. They handle great and are very light. I don't know what the terrain in Jacksonville is like, but if you are going to be on long straight roads often, the people that I know who have the SV, seem to want a little more power.
 

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First bikes are like virginity.....you have a notion of what you're doin until afterward....then you're vision is 20/20. You know what would have worked and how you could have done things differently. All opinions are great, but often disregarded. Each of us has to do things for themselves, their own way.

All I can say is read lots of magazines (just as I did as a virgin), watch educational videos (yup, did that), sit on as many different bikes as possible (uh, yeah), and then make a choice. Once you make your choice, take it slow (she may not be a virgin, but she's not used to you either), as you two get more accustomed to each other, try a few new things that you've heard about, maybe even seen, never tried, but wanted to....

If you're still together after several months, that's probably when you take her for granted and she dumps your ass.....then you have to make up to her with some jewelry so she knows she's special.

Welcome to the party!!


P<-----realizes that this might have been the best information he has every imparted here.....hmmmmm:hurl:
 

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I'm blushing over here....Did you ever consider writing for Playboy? :)
 

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The problem with motorcycles is that within a month or two, a rider will have the confidence to pin the throttle all the way to the stop but have no ability to get him/herself out of trouble should anything go wrong. The learning curve for problem management is WAY longer than the one for comfort riding the bike.
Also, most 600cc bikes will go over 140mph. How many places are you going to have a need to go 150mph?
 

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1988 Honda Hurricane CBR600...that's what I started out on. Paid $1800 bucks for it. And you know what?...I trashed it because I thought I was Miguel Duhamel (still do sometimes, but now it's Ben Bostrom :D )

Oh yea, don't go cheap on the gear. It's easier and less painful to fix plastic on a cheap bike than it is to repair roadrash and a smashed skull. Just a thought.
 

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Just in case, it's not a troll alert...I've seen 2 SV 650's wadded up in the last 2 weeks, by NEW riders who thought they could handle them...anything larger will just get ya into trouble, EVEN if your mature....the uncontrolable variables..lurk all the time...
 
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