need some advice (first bike question)

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  1. spoofy

    spoofy Chemically Enhanced

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    I've been looking for a good deal on a bike that would meet the following conditions

    1.) Look reasonably decent
    2.) Be cheap enough (less then 3k) that i don't care about dropping it because i probably will (its my first bike)
    3.) Be fast enough to take on the highway and get around town .. so something in the 500cc - 650cc range.

    Now I've found a bike for a REALLY good price ($1700) and that I like...however it is a kawi zx7 which is a lot of power for a first bike.

    So I guess my question is.. is it really that bad of an idea to have a 700cc+ bike for a first bike if you are not the type to stunt it etc..? I have no plans to do anything then to learn on this bike and then get something I really like.
     
  2. BMH

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    well have u ridden bikes in the past(any type?)
    teh yamaha seca 750 is good but maybe too heavy,i also hear the kawi Ninjas250's are really good,or the kawasaki Katana,Let us know on ur past experience and if your strong
     
  3. grizzy

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    How big of a guy are you? I'm 6'2" 220lbs and a Suzuki Katana 600 was my first bike. It's big and heavy, got some power, but it's not too outrageous. If you are a smaller guy, i'd get a 250 or a 500. I definately wouldn't get a supersport 600 as your first bike, look for a ninja 500 or GS500 or something to beat around on and learn on, then move up in 6 months or so.

    Something like this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-S...yZ133177QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  4. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    If you are thinking you will drop your bike, you really shouldn't be riding. Nowhere is it written that you must wreck your bike or that you will....take the MSF Beginning Rider COurse and practice what you learn there.

    You should not expect to crash.

    Regarding the bike, check cycletrader.com....some good deals there.
     
  5. crunchy_black

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    most people i've known who ride bikes have crashed, or at least dropped it
     
  6. spoofy

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    I'm 6'3 240lbs
     
  7. spoofy

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    Everyone i know has dropped a bike at least once in their lifetime. Most of them did it within the first year or so of owning a bike. I think assuming that I will make mistakes is a good approach. Its far better then thinking i'm invisible .
     
  8. cellphone

    cellphone Must not sleep.....

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    news flash, one day you will crash.
     
  9. spoofy

    spoofy Chemically Enhanced

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    stronger then the average guy. I deadlift and squat over 400lbs.. bench in the 300's.
     
  10. Phat_J

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    by most you mean everyone? It is not a question of if, it is a question of when.

    IRT #1
    If you are going to sell it after you become a competent rider anyways why does it have to look good and be fast at all?
     
  11. BMH

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    then you can pretty much handle a 660,start slow/small unless u have more experience.
    My friend has a 17,000$TrX450R,and a bunch of years of riding experience with quads.but when it came to street he said he wasnt ready for a sportbike so he got a Suzuki DR-z 650.
     
  12. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Won't stop you from crashing, or getting thrown.:o
    A 500 or 600 is what you want to start with
     

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