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Hey, I am in glendale near arrow head mall. What do you guys think of a ninja 250 as a first bike for me. Im soon to be 17 and in 11th grade with some experience on dirtbikes and will be taking the msf corse. Any info or opinions would help.

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It's a great first bike. You will outgrow it on the street quickly - it will spin at over 11,000 RPM on the highway, too.

But, if you have the $$ for trackdays - AZ Motorsports park is kinda near you, should run you $150-$220 plus leather rental - you will be really well off learning to ride hard on the track instead of the street. That bike will corner faster (if you have it set up right) than 'most any other bike on the track.

You will not like riding that bike a long way from Glendale to get to twisties (curvy roads), though.

My advice is, especially if your parents are savvy, to buy it for $1500 or less, save up, get your Dad to take you to the track once in a while, and buy another bike when you get hooked on racing. Stick with the two-fiddy until you can really ride - about 8 trackdays should do, or take a class at a track.

If that's not the way you want to go, then get a Kawi 500 EX (Ninja), or a GS500, or something slightly larger. AZ roads require horespower - Bell Road is 0 to 60 to 0 every mile, and the 101 loop is 80 MPH - and the two-fiddy is challenged for acceleration at those speeds. You could get an older Ninja 500 (EX) for somewhat south of 2 grand.

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I agree with the EX500 path. A 250 is only going to be good for inner city street travel. If you have traffic lights you will be alright. If you do plan on riding out of town, the 250 will not have the :eek: to take you there.

Other bikes to consider would be GS500 or the SV650 (first gen).

Good luck on your search. Stay away from AZ Motorsports Group locations! (Metro, Town & Country, YSA, ...)
 

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I commute over 80 miles a day on my 250 with no real concerns except the high idle at over 105mph. I have ridden on trips of all sorts and the daily commute to work (all highway) consists of US60 and 101. It sucks because those highways suck, not cuz of the bike. I think the value of the 250 is way better than the EX500. The 500 is way heavier and isn't that much better spec-wise. Especially top speed wise. They look to be almost the same.

Anyway, just my two cents. For the price of the 250, the value is just great. You can get a brand new bike for 3K. That's phenomenal.
 

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I’ve been riding my girlfirends 250 since my katana self destructed and she decided that she didn’t want to learn... I’ve been riding for years and feel that the 250 is an excellent bike. I commute with it EVERYDAY in all kinds of traffic and speeds.

I don’t know what cdma2000 is talking about with the engine spinning at 11,000 on the highway... If I’m doing 110mph maybe.... 70mph to 80mph is in the 8,000 to 8,500 range... I took mine on a 500 mile trip with some friends and had no problems except with the HD guys trying to keep up...

It also depends on your size... I’m 5'11'’, 195lbs and I feel seat height is a low for me but is comfortable. The power is reasonable

The 250 is VERY forgiving and not gonna let you get into too much trouble that the MSF course will teach you to get out of...

I agree with AZDaisy... 3K out the door for this new bike... you can’t beat it!!
 

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And lets not forget that the Ninja 250 is cute to boot.

Mmmm, little ninja bike.... Sexy...

Good things DO come in small packages. Unless of course you're planning to make it big in the porn industry. Heh!
 

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Daisy's Porn Talk is great! Along wit the two fitty! I started out on a 600 which is really not recommended by most experienced bikers but i hadle it fine...than again..a 6'3 inch tall guy on a two fitty will look kinda funky........My advice,Go with Comfort 1st than size of bike,than style.
 
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