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Some say a suziki is the best a gs500, some say honda rocks, i like yamaha for some reason , have been thinking of getting a fzr500 or 600, but thought i would get some advice first. what would you recommend i get for a first bike being 21 190 pounds and experience on dirt bikes b4. also i want to spend around 2500-3500 thanks
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All three is very diffrent from each other.

Suzuki has got a very strong engin and it has got the looks.
But if you are going for racing I would recommend a Honda if it is a 500, but if you want a 600 - go for Suzuki. It is truely the best.

Last but not least, Yamaha has got the looks, but not recommended for racing. And your weight has got nothing to do with it, as soon as the wheels start turning,
where is your feet???:confused:

Suzuki all the way!!!
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Go with something basic, that you do not mind dropping and that will not cost you a ton in plastics. ex500 gs500, sv-650, maybe an early 90's late 80's 600. You do not want to get something that is way over your head. Usually you can get back what you put into a starter bike. GET ALL THE GEAR!!
 

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psst, it's an fzr400.... actually there were fzr250's, 400's, 600's 750's and 1000's. but only the 400, 600 and 1000 were ever streetbikes in the u.s. the 750 was a race-special and the 250 was a japanese market bike.

my advice is start on something without plastics, or plastics that you don't care if they get destroyed.

the gs500 is a solid motorcycle and a much better teacher than the flashier sv650. the sv650 is far from the worst beginner bike, but it's a lot of bike nevertheless. they are truly impressive machines. but at your budget, the 650 would make a better second bike.

there are a million awesome bikes in your price range. it all depends on what you're into motorcycles for.

to pick up chicks--an fzr600 is within your price range and a nice choice. you'll eventually learn to ride and not kill yourself, but you're doin' it the hard way. but you should be able to get to the girls without hurting yourself.

if to impress the squids at the local hang out until you destroy it 3 months later--old fzr1000's, cbr900rr's, gsxr's maybe even an 89 zx7. like i said, it'll probably take 3 months before you destroy it. but you most likely will destroy it.

if you want to learn how to ride, learn to go fast, and not kill yourself doing both--ex/ninja 500, ninja 250, gs500, bandit 400, cb400, any old 2 valve standard below 650cc, preferably below 450cc (no 2 strokes). they'll teach you a lot about the way a motorcycle runs, turns, the basics. you can get them to move around if you push them. they'll teach you about rookie mistakes without dropping you on your head (like a gsx-r will).

make the wise choice. don't forget the msf course....
 

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Good tips by Tony. Above all take the MSF course. I would highly suggest one of the vertical twins such as the 500 to 550 bikes WITHOUT all the plastic that shatter & cost so much when the bike is accidently dropped. These bike have faster take-off from stop lights then most cars & will still clock up to 100mph. A season on one of the above THEN you are in position to look at one of the peaky 600s.
Above all remember the 600s are guttless at low revs of 1,500 to 2000 while the mentioned 500 to 550s pull smoothly with very little demand for clutch slipping which is a MUST for a newbie. They are ALSO easy to fiddle around with like checking spark plugs & such compared to a maze of plastic & parts one must remove to be into the motor itself let alone special deep spark plug tools. The way to start is with something simpler to work on & handle.
Many a rider has avoided our suggestions & are trying to ride a sportbike, often dropping them, complaining about jerky engines at slow speeds & in many cases complaining because we have NOT suggested they start with something more sensible not to mention the sportbike in the hands of a newbie spends a lot of time not running due to mechanical failures from improer use & often is in a m/c shop for costly work & replacements WHICH would not have been if the rider had started off on something more sensible & basic.
Check on an MSF course & you will find that the bikes being used are 125 to 250cc & not even to 500cc as we suggest.
Of interest in the late 40s right up to the early 80s MOST new riders started out on small bikes of 90cc, 125cc & slowly working their way up.
 
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