Looking for first bike

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  1. scent of a wookie

    scent of a wookie OT Supporter

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    Hi,

    I signed up for the MSF course later this month and would like to pick up a starter bike. I'm 6'1" and ~225 lbs.

    I thought about starting with a 250, but I've been told that I'm most likely too big for one and would be better off with a 500.

    Bikes that interest me:
    Honda VTR250
    Ninja 250
    Ninja 500
    GS 500

    Any comments on what would be the best?
     
  2. Toology

    Toology New Member

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    im pretty much the exact same size as you and in the same position looking for my first bike, although im looking at cruisers. Myself, i'm leaning towards the 650cc vstar for my first bike, I don't think you would have a problem on a 500 as long as your not some crazy kid with a deathwish
     
  3. NetChemica

    NetChemica OT Supporter

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    Go get yourself an SV650. You'll never look back. It's torquey down low and handles great. 9 out of 10 people I've talked to about my first bike suggested the SV650.
     
  4. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    Hard to argue with that...
     
  5. scent of a wookie

    scent of a wookie OT Supporter

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    I have heard about the sv650 :wiggle:
     
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    NetChemica OT Supporter

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    Then this thread should have read "Looking for a place to buy an SV650".

    Pickup a naked sv650, they're cheaper and hold their value quite a bit more, and in my opinion, look a LOT better.
     
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    scent of a wookie OT Supporter

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    Because a large part of me is saying pick up a cheap 250 or 500 and ride it until I'm comfortable, but I'm afraid of my size.
     
  8. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    A sv650 will satisfy you for as long as you ride, and is a good beginner bike. The 250 is a great bike too, but if you ride on the highway a lot, it isn't quite as good for that. The Ninja 500 is good too.
     
  9. AVengeance

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    I just bought a Ninja 250 last week, and have been happy with it so far. The rear shock has what they call a preload adjuster, which is a ride-height adjuster. Not exactly a threaded coilover, but it has stepped stops on it. If you're 5' 4" - 5' 6", the bike will fit you perfectly on the lowest setting. If you're taller, there are about 4 other settings, stepped at about 1/2" or so.

    I found the Ninja to be VERY easy to learn to ride, and very forgiving to my initial mistakes (I hadn't ridden in about 10 years). It's pretty buzzy on the highway, but has enough power to get out of the way, at least with my 170lb on it.
     
  10. Junkie

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    that's a preload adjuster which you should set to give you proper preload, NOT to set ride height.
     
  11. AVengeance

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    Functionally, it looks to do exactly the same thing as a threaded coilover. Only instead of being threaded, it just has "steps" and the damper body has a "stop" welded to it. Isn't that like arguing intent? I'm a newbie (to bikes), so help me understand. Is the damper just so horizontal that it would have no (or very little) effect on ride height?

    Not to 'jack the thread, but are there ways to set ride height on the Ninja 250R (OEM or aftermarket)?
     
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    I'm not denying that you CAN adjust ride height with it, just that for a specific weight person there's one proper setting.

    If you want to be able to properly adjust ride height, you want an aftermarket shock with adjustable length.
     
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    i went with an 06 gs500f about a month or so ago. I'm pretty happy with it so far. Its got enough power to keep up with traffic on the highways but not enough to where I might kill myself
     
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    Just get a 600 or bigger.
     
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    liter bike
     
  16. Elfling

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    The 08 Ninja 250s aren't that small, tbh. They weigh a couple of pounds more than my f4i and the seat is about the same height. I'd recommend sitting on one if you haven't yet, you might be surprised.
     
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    Personally I'd go with the SV650 if you can.
    for the 500s, between the two, the ninjer 500 has more power, the gs500 has better brakes.

    fuck the 250.
     
  18. Chau

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    would the sv650s be too big for me, i'm about 5'7 135 lbs :hs: :o
     
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    I ended up picking up a 02 Ninja 500 with 4k miles for $1200, I like it alot so far
     
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    I don't think so- I'm 5'3" and I can tiptoe a gixxer or cbr, and flat-foot a ninja.
     
  21. Snafu

    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Good choice....once you master it, you can sell it for pretty much what you paid for it.
     
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