The 250 vs 500 vs 600 debate...

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  1. The Acclude

    The Acclude Makin' love is cool, but sometimes she needs her h

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    ...New Riders...

    I myself have been looking for a cheap(<$1500 250(ninja) to get as a first bike, take the msf course, hopefully not get killed on. Is it just common bike knowledge that the older 600s & 500s are tottally to be ruled out for someone who is trying to be smart as possible about this decision?

    Reason I ask is that ebay, my local cycle trader, everywhere Im tempted with older uglier 500 & 600 cc bikes (read: I cant find a cheap 250 anywhere) that really seem like they might be ok to start on. Ive read all the reviews regarding the newer SS bikes and there is no way I want one, espescially when the numbers show rookies = prone to crashing. The ninja 250 is where its at for starters I read., then again they say so is the sv650 which I saw in a blue color that matches my car :o Definately want it to be used, but there are so many opinions Im lost for what to actually look for now :-/
     
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  2. BlackCord96

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    You can start on a 600. You just have to take it slow. Just because you have a 600 doesn't mean you have to use all that power. I took the MSF and got my M1 about 2 weeks ago. Since then I've practiced on my friends 600 size bikes. I almost got a Ninja 500R the other day, but I found a 97 Honda F3 for a good price. You can get a Honda F2 for less than 2k.
     
  3. Boudreaux

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    if you can find them. I have an extremely hard time finding used bikes that are worth a damn. (this is because no one wants to let their fav. toys go.)
     
  4. BlackCord96

    BlackCord96 The Humble Magnificent.

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    Yup, i've beem searching for almost 2 weeks. I got lucky with this bike. '97 for $3400, 12k miles.
     
  5. Pro Street

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    the older 600s aren't bad. You could get a mid 90's ZX-6 cheap and it'd be a decent starter bike.

    it's not about using the power, it's about how the bike acts to imput. a new rider will wristlock when they panick, and on a fast SS bike, that = trouble

    the older bikes will hesitate before taking off, giving more of a chance for the rider to recover.
     
  6. The Acclude

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    The older 6's look better I think, but Im all about cost effectiveness since this is my first. I really like the sound of the 250s not being as throttle and brake responsive though. (Just incase of the panic situation)
     

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