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Hi, Im 18 years old and my first car that i had just recently broke down. Now ive been looking at getting a bike but never really had the extra cash. Now that i need a daily vehicle, i was really considering on getting a bike. I will be financing because i dont have the lump sum of cash. Im 6'3 and 200lbs and i dont know what bike to get. This will be my first bike ever and will be taught and also learn on my own. I would like to know what sportbike would suite me best. Thanks
 

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Hi, Im 18 years old and my first car that i had just recently broke down. Now ive been looking at getting a bike but never really had the extra cash. Now that i need a daily vehicle, i was really considering on getting a bike. I will be financing because i dont have the lump sum of cash. Im 6'3 and 200lbs and i dont know what bike to get. This will be my first bike ever and will be taught and also learn on my own. I would like to know what sportbike would suite me best. Thanks

This will be your first bike, is this right?


Well you would want a GSXR1000 for sure but you would be better off buying a beater because you will wreck it and if you have a new bike when you wreck you will be left with a wrecked bike and a loan for a new bike that you wrecked.

Here is a bike but it is a bit pricey to wreck.
http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=164495

Here is a bike more like it. A SV 650, if you wreck it no big deal and not a bad price either. Easy bike to learn on. You should look for bikes in this price range and cc size.
http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=165345

Here is another SV a bit more pricey but a bike that is easy to ride.

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=163732

I would look for bikes like the ones I posted but then again you are the one with the money. Be sure to sign the organ donor on your license after you pass a motorcycle license test. It's just a nice thing to do. Happy motoring.
 

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This will be your first bike, is this right?


Well you would want a GSXR1000 for sure but you would be better off buying a beater because you will wreck it and if you have a new bike when you wreck you will be left with a wrecked bike and a loan for a new bike that you wrecked.

Here is a bike but it is a bit pricey to wreck.
http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=164495

Here is a bike more like it. A SV 650, if you wreck it no big deal and not a bad price either. Easy bike to learn on. You should look for bikes in this price range and cc size.
http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=165345

Here is another SV a bit more pricey but a bike that is easy to ride.

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=163732

I would look for bikes like the ones I posted but then again you are the one with the money. Be sure to sign the organ donor on your license after you pass a motorcycle license test. It's just a nice thing to do. Happy motoring.
You're joking right? Are you trying to him killed?

Man, dont buy anything over 500cc. You'll regret it.

As a matter of fact, dont buy a bike just yet. With your situation, a motorcycle is not a good idea at the moment. If you get a loan on a bike, it is so easy to total it. I have a friend who dropped his bike, cause a dent on the gas tank, scratches on the steering bar, left fairing, the rear cowl, and put a small cosmetic dent on the swing arm. With all of these just cosmetic damages, the bike was still considered totaled.

Just get you a dependable car first. A motorcycle can be a very good commute vehicle, but not ideal for a "primary vehicle only". What if it storms, snows, or any kind of bad weather where its not ideal to ride, then what? What if you have to carry some boxes of stuff, what do you do? What if youre on a date and she doesnt want to put a helmet on cause it'll ruin her hair, so much for getting lucky :twofinger.

Besides, if youre having financial troubles already, a sportbike will only burden you more. Just think about it, If you buy a sportbike, you will have to buy safety gear (helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, & boots) which can run you around $500-1000. Plus insurance. At your age, insurances are skyhigh, especially if you buy a bike bigger than 500cc. Then you definitely need to take a MSF course if you've never ridden before. Then you'll have to save some money for repairs to the bike because it is highly likely that you will drop the bike, almost everyone does when they start out riding.

I'm not trying to scare you out of riding, its just imo its not a good time for you to buy your first bike yet.:eek:
 

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I bet you sound alot like his mother. If you think a Sv 650 is to much bike for a first bike, I have to ask what did you start with as a first bike?

My first bike experience was before you were born. I didn't take lessons on how to ride or have my mother hold my hand. I bought a NEW bike and I road it! I didn't go on a computer motorcycle forum and ask for help. I have given him quite different advice than what I had done learning to ride.

If you read my post which you quoted I told him to get a beater bike to learn on, did you miss that?

A suzuki SV 650 is a great first bike so is a suzuki gs500 or a kawasaki ex250, a ex500 would be a great starter bike. Any enduro would also be a great first bike.

So your question of my trying to get him killed is outrageous. Maybe you needed more help learning to ride than BeLess will.

BeLess you are old enough to kill yourself if you want to but if you are like most of us who made it past 21 and lived you will do fine with a motorcycle. Remember to wear a helmet, gloves, a good leather jacket and boots that cover your ankles when you ride.

In Florida you don't have to have insurance on a motorcycle that doesn't have a lean (a loan) from a bank. You also don't need to wear a helmet while riding.

BeLess go to a parking lot and ride around to get the hang of the bike. Start approved motorcycle road coarse and get your license endorsed for a motorcycle and be an organ donor. Enjoy your new (to you) motorcycle.
 

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Honestly, having a motorcycle as your primary (or only) source of transportation is kind of inconvenient.

However, if you are going to do it my recommendations are: Kawasaki Ninja 500R (aka EX-500), Kawasaki Ninja 650R, or a Suzuki SV-650. Either new or used.

Also, budget a minimum of $800 for riding gear. (helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, pants) Be sure to take the MSF course- best way to get your license.
 

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Here's the problem: A bike is not going to be an economical mode of transportation for you, particularly a sportbike, especially if you have to finance it. In addition to the gear you need, maintenance costs on motorcycles are high. Tires aren't cheap and you go through them fast. Oil and filter are more expensive than for a car. But the killer - insurance. Get some quotes, you will probably find that at your age and riding experience, particularly with no MSF cert, you will probably pay several hundred dollars a month in liability alone, and you'll need full coverage if you finance.

And bikes are limiting. You aren't riding if it's snowing or thunder storming outside, and few of us actually like to ride in the rain, for no other reason than it's a big mess. And you can't haul much crap around.

Honestly, you're better off buying a cheap, used economical car as a daily driver, and saving up some cash for a bike. I'm not trying to be your mom or your dad talking here, but research those costs and the consequences before you dive in.
 

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I bet you sound alot like his mother. If you think a Sv 650 is to much bike for a first bike, I have to ask what did you start with as a first bike?

My first bike experience was before you were born. I didn't take lessons on how to ride or have my mother hold my hand. I bought a NEW bike and I road it! I didn't go on a computer motorcycle forum and ask for help. I have given him quite different advice than what I had done learning to ride.

If you read my post which you quoted I told him to get a beater bike to learn on, did you miss that?

A suzuki SV 650 is a great first bike so is a suzuki gs500 or a kawasaki ex250, a ex500 would be a great starter bike. Any enduro would also be a great first bike.

So your question of my trying to get him killed is outrageous. Maybe you needed more help learning to ride than BeLess will.
whoa... didnt mean to rub you the wrong way. And yes I did read about you saying get a beater, but I also read about a gsxr1000 and looked at the RR you recommended. I didnt know if you were serious about those 2 suggestion or just being sarcastic. I'm not trying to be his mom or anything, he asked "What to do.... Need Advice"

and to answer your question, I learned on a 250 nighthawk. I put enough miles to learn basic controls then bought an f4. I'm looking at a second bike right now which just so happens to be a 06 sv650. As far as me needing help to learn how to ride, I'm always open to it. I've only clocked in a little over 8k on my bike so I still consider myself a beginner. Now that I think about it, I want to keep learning and learning and learning how to ride even though I've put in 1xx,xxx miles. But thats just me.

BeLess you are old enough to kill yourself if you want to but if you are like most of us who made it past 21 and lived you will do fine with a motorcycle. Remember to wear a helmet, gloves, a good leather jacket and boots that cover your ankles when you ride.
And youre right he is old enough to kill himself if he wants to, but just barely. He's 18 if you missed that part.

but again to BeLess, in my opinion, its probbly not a good idea for you to buy a bike just yet. Like zxrider said, its pretty inconvenient as a primary vehicle.
 

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I recommend reading the stickie threads at the top of the New Riders forum.

And welcome :cheers:
 

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This topic has been covered a zillion times in the forums. My two cents are this... I started on a 600 and haven't had any problems but I recommend a GS500, SV650 or the new Ninja 250R which is a really nice bike; I've seen one at a motorcycle show in Cleveland recently. Might get one myself as a daily runabout.

If you need some sort of main transportation don't get a bike. They're great for fun on nice days but you can't carry stuff and you can't ride it when the weather is bad like the others said. Plus it could get stolen fairly easily if someone wants it enough. You could get a car for a few thousand... I gave my 11 year old car back to my dad when I got a newer one recently and he'll probably sell it for $2000 and it still works just fine. Point is, do something that's realistic now. Maybe a car and a Nina 250! Bikes will only get faster and sexier the more you wait.
 

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This topic has been covered a zillion times in the forums. My two cents are this... I started on a 600 and haven't had any problems but I recommend a GS500, SV650 or the new Ninja 250R which is a really nice bike; I've seen one at a motorcycle show in Cleveland recently. Might get one myself as a daily runabout.

If you need some sort of main transportation don't get a bike. They're great for fun on nice days but you can't carry stuff and you can't ride it when the weather is bad like the others said. Plus it could get stolen fairly easily if someone wants it enough. You could get a car for a few thousand... Point is, do something that's realistic now. Maybe a car and a Nina 250! Bikes will only get faster and sexier the more you wait.
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And bikes are a much bigger investment than you think
 

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In Florida you don't have to have insurance on a motorcycle that doesn't have a lean (a loan) from a bank. You also don't need to wear a helmet while riding.
Im moving to Florida bitches :twofinger
 

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Kawasaki EX500R , also called Ninja 500R is your best bet for a economically sound starters bike.

Check the classifieds, I'm sure you can find something reasonable.
 

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whoa... didnt mean to rub you the wrong way. And yes I did read about you saying get a beater, but I also read about a gsxr1000 and looked at the RR you recommended. I didnt know if you were serious about those 2 suggestion or just being sarcastic. I'm not trying to be his mom or anything, he asked "What to do.... Need Advice"

and to answer your question, I learned on a 250 nighthawk. I put enough miles to learn basic controls then bought an f4. I'm looking at a second bike right now which just so happens to be a 06 sv650. As far as me needing help to learn how to ride, I'm always open to it. I've only clocked in a little over 8k on my bike so I still consider myself a beginner. Now that I think about it, I want to keep learning and learning and learning how to ride even though I've put in 1xx,xxx miles. But thats just me.



And youre right he is old enough to kill himself if he wants to, but just barely. He's 18 if you missed that part.

but again to BeLess, in my opinion, its probbly not a good idea for you to buy a bike just yet. Like zxrider said, its pretty inconvenient as a primary vehicle.

You've been riding a motorcycle for two or three months? Why not let those with a bit more experience give the advice.
 

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First of all I go along with kanwisch for there is a LOT of info up there for a beginner & especially for one new to this m/c world.

Remember anyone not 25 yrs of age or over, pays big money for insurance & even more so if they have a sportbike. Also the bike will have a short life to someone new, in not handeling it properly, or not servicing it. Parts are ghastly price on m/cs VS a cage & any servicing by a shop its just as costly as a cage (in hours only while parts are always more), if you can book time. Also more cotly & damaging to your bike then having a cage towed.

Tires are shocking in price especially a sportbike while cages are so much less in price, but then tyres for a cruiser are a bit more sensible, but then the 500cc Parallel twins by Suzuki & Kawasaki are less then sportbikes----also less in insurance & not covered with ABS plastic about the price of gold.

Said 500cc bikes have 50 hp so a faster take-off then most cages & will scoot you up to around 90mph without any sweat. IDEAL bikes to learn on. If you take care of the bike you can sell it at close to your original cost, but if you do NOT take care of the bike then down goes the price & even more so with a sportbike.

Why not correct the errors on your car or buy another clunker for it is self balanced, no need for costly protective riding gear, & if you have a fender-bender with anothe cage it is the matter of who was in the wrong & what insurance will pay for it. IF you had the same with the m/c then good chance you will end up in the hospital & you will have trouble of locating your downed bike & not know what it is going to cost to put it back on the road again.

I speak with some experience like 61 yrs of riding that includes 24 yrs of competition along with being part owner of several m/c shops & trouble shooter for another sportshop to get it back on its feet. So yes I have seen a LOT of people start up & in only a few months time they are aiming for a cage & trying to pan off the m/c they had---if damaged then they are trying to sell it to shops I use to be part owner of. Sometimes we would not even buy them for parts.
 

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Like always Smitty has sound advice. As I said earlier... I started on a 600 and was fine however I don't recommend it since I think starting on a smaller bike would be funner and less expensive and a better learning experience overall.

It also depends what you want out of it. Are you riding to show off and be cool or are you actually authentic and want to enjoy it? For me, opening up my bike and getting aggressive with it is by far the greatest thing on this planet. Who cares that my bike is 7 years old and not the most athletic 600 out there; I love being on it.
 

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You've been riding a motorcycle for two or three months? Why not let those with a bit more experience give the advice.
If SWB were to cutoff opinion of those who have some arbitrary level of experience I believe only one person would be allowed to post their thoughts: Smitty. Any and all members are expected to post their opinions where they see fit and its entirely up to the reader to evaluate the poster's experience and wisdom and weigh that post appropriately.
 

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You've been riding a motorcycle for two or three months? Why not let those with a bit more experience give the advice.
wow...someones cranky:confused:

he asked a question, you answered and so did I. Last I check this was an open forum.

And for the record I started riding the nighthawk Nov. of 2006. Got rid of it pretty quick and didnt get a chance to buy another one because I was graduating that semester. The 4 months I've been talking about in this forum was with my f4.

For the op, buying a motorcycle can wait. Try to get yourself much more stable. Earn some money, get a stable job, and all those other crap. You'll get to enjoy riding more after you do those things. :D
 

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Beginner bike experience

I started on the Ninja 650R... bored to tears within 40 days. I learned to ride in August 2007 and rode a brand new Hayabusa in September. Bike and I are more than fine!
(I recently acquired the new Honda CBR 600RR, looking forward to it)

Bikes, like guns, are not dangerous....be responsible and enjoy !

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Honestly, having a motorcycle as your primary (or only) source of transportation is kind of inconvenient.

However, if you are going to do it my recommendations are: Kawasaki Ninja 500R (aka EX-500), Kawasaki Ninja 650R, or a Suzuki SV-650. Either new or used.

Also, budget a minimum of $800 for riding gear. (helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, pants) Be sure to take the MSF course- best way to get your license.
 

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Just a bit of thought on what some of us older riders grew up learning on & riding. Note the year & CC size of the power-plant & its HP. Right after WWII some started out on a mix of small British bikes to Indian & HD basically 45SV V-twins. The smaller British beginner bikes were around 125cc two-stroke with around 6HP, some progressed to 350cc of around 15-16hp, while some stepped up to 500cc OHV being basically the same as the 45SV-twins or a bit more so we are looking at around 25hp. NOW the dream of many was the mazing power from the Vincent HRD 1000cc V-twin Rapid B series. Yes costly & not light, but all of 49hp, but if you were willing to wait 4 to 8 months it could be a Vincent Black Shadow with 54hp.

The Suzy & Kwacker regular riding position 500cc parallel twin bikes have around 50hp SO in fact a beginner is buying a more powerful bike then we did right after WWII & sort of the same when the Jpn bikes came in with 50,55, 75, 90hp to 125 not being with amazing hp. Mind you around '66 or close we saw the Honda 305cc all feeling it was amazing in power, to in the late 60s Honda came out with the CB-750 four.

So above is something when it comes to someone new to riding & possibly their uncle or other relative rode a HD back in the 50s & it was not like the present day HD bikes or Jpn bikes of similiar size------for remember a modern 600cc has around 100 to 110hp or even a bit more.
 
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