Good First Bike?

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  1. Altair

    Altair Guest

    Any recomendations on a first sport bike. Budget is 6K. Im still a semi-inexpirienced (sp?) rider so a Busa, R1, or Gixxer 1K is kind of out of the question at the time. Any suggestions? I think most 600cc bikes are a little out of my handle range at the moment also. I saw an add for a 500cc Kawasaki something-or-another. Think 500 is to much power?
     
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  2. bawlinmo

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    the first bike I rode was a 600cbr F4. Its not too much power, if your not stupid. Dont try to be a badass and a 600 will be fine. Buy a 500 and in 2 months you will want something faster. Trust me with 6k you could get a 1 to 2 year old ZX6R or GSX-R 600. Dont waste your money on a 500, when 600s look better, handle better, and can take a beating better. Youll be happy you bought the 600, trust me!

    Good Luck, and happy riding!
     
  3. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    How old are you, and since you say semi-inexperienced, what riding experience do you have?
    If you've never ridden a motorcycle, then a 250 or 500 would be good to start with (Kawasaki EX250 or EX500, or Suzuki GS500 are popular).

    If you've had some dirt experience (you've ridden a bike with clutch and shifter and can work them smoothly), you could try an older (early 90s) 600 or a less aggressive newer 600 (Yamaha YZF600R, Suzuki Katana or Bandit 600, Suzuki SV650, Kawasaki ZX6 (ZZR600)).
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    That doesn't mean you will be READY for something better. You won't be outriding a 500 in a month or two or six. If you want to be faster, practice more, don't think buying a faster bike is going to make you a better rider; it'll have the opposite effect.
    Improve the rider, not the bike.
     
  5. Altair

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    The EX500 is what I was looking at. Sorry I couldnt remember the name. As far as riding expirience, I used to ride dirt bikes as a kid, but havent in years. Think the 500 is a decent choice?
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    EX500 is a perfect choice. Resale value on the 250 and 500s is pretty good too, since there will always be new riders waiting to buy them.
     
  7. Altair

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    Is the Ninja 500R faster than the EX500, or is it the same thing?
     
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    Nope they are the same thing an inline 2 cylinder. Same with 250R its an EX250
     
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  10. Altair

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    Which do you think would be better? The Ninja250 or Ninja500?
     
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    w/ Turbo
     
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    hip hippo Eric Berry, son.

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    I'm getting a 250 around Christmas. I hear they do better in the twisties and that's what I want to get into. The 500 is (obviously) faster, a bit bigger, and the seating position is kind of weird. You're sitting in a non-sport upright position. Comfortable, but not practical if you want the "sport bike" feel.
     
  13. Dhan

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    Are u refering the 500 not having a non-sport seating position? I was thinking of getting the 500 as my first and maybe only bike..?
     
  14. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Age/height/weight?
     
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    ooo do me, do me. 20/ 5-7/ 155lbs

    im debating between the same 2 bikess
     
  16. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Eh. Either one would probably work. If you've ridden a motorcycle before, go for the 500.
     
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    pepsi Cut my life into pieces

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    My first bike is a Yamaha fj1200. its got some decent power and handles alright. i've been riding it for about three weeks now. started in the Cabot Trail but finished work so i'm not around there anymore.
     
  18. Hatt

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    SV-650 or any used 600 (r6, gsx-r 600, f3-f4).

    If you get any sort of real riding time, you'll out grow a 500 in a couple months.
     

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