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Old 04-29-2007, 09:08 AM   #1
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Good First Motorcycle

Current Concensus is for a Ninja 500.

Any other suggestions, and backing for such a bike?
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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I don't know jack about bikes, but from what I hear if you're young and want a sportbike, you should get an older one. Insurance for a newer crotch-rocket is a lot, but I'm not sure how much cheaper it would be to get the bare minimum insurance compared to full coverage. I would get some quotes before you buy anything.
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:52 PM   #3
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I don't know jack about bikes, but from what I hear if you're young and want a sportbike, you should get an older one. Insurance for a newer crotch-rocket is a lot, but I'm not sure how much cheaper it would be to get the bare minimum insurance compared to full coverage. I would get some quotes before you buy anything.


This much I figured. And insurance is going to be nothing compared to what it was I would be paying for a car.

Plus, I have yet to confirm it, but supposedly you don't have to have insurance in my state.
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where i work, 6 (out of the workforce of 50) have Suzuki GSX's all of different ages but one has a GSX-R and apparently are one of the best bikes to ride in terms of handling, speed and acceleration
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:25 PM   #5
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where i work, 6 (out of the workforce of 50) have Suzuki GSX's all of different ages but one has a GSX-R and apparently are one of the best bikes to ride in terms of handling, speed and acceleration

Maybe. But I'm going to buy a CBR600. The 07 CBR is the best 600 out there, period. Besides, any motorcycle is going to perform outlandishly. It's looks and price that I care about, so I'm looking at an 06/07 black CBR600. That's MY preference.

I'm not asking about what sports bike I should get, I'm asking what people think a good trainer bike is, other than the Ninja 500.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:52 PM   #6
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Definitely go with the CBR600.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:08 PM   #7
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This much I figured. And insurance is going to be nothing compared to what it was I would be paying for a car.
I've heard of full coverage being 5-6K a year for kids on sportbikes. I'm assuming their records weren't exactly clean and that they are on the higher end of the spectrum, but it could possibly be more to insure a bike than a car in certain circumstances.
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:07 AM   #8
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a Ninja 500 if a perfect starter bike. Any more power and you will kill yourself; any less and you'll get board with it.
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:12 AM   #9
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a Ninja 500 if a perfect starter bike. Any more power and you will kill yourself; any less and you'll get board with it.
Speaking from experience?
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:31 PM   #10
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I was going to suggest a CBR600 also. Still has enough juice to kill yourself, but it's no liter bike at least.


But if it's just a trainer bike, are you sure you need an '07, since you may be getting rid of it soon?


Just my thoughts.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:09 PM   #11
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Ninja 250 if you want to take it REAL easy and want a cheap ass new bike
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:17 PM   #12
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May I?

By now you've already found out that 8 out of 10 non-riders think the CBR600 is the bike to have, even if they don't quite know why. They are excellent bikes (I own two, an F1 and an F4), but that's not the info you're looking for.

The Ninja 500 (which meathead was it that decided you were talking about an '07?) is a fine starter bike for many people. Big enough to be considered a real motorcycle and to ride a fair distance but small and light enough to be less intimidating. However, I highly recommend a bike more along the lines of a used Honda XL or XR/L, Yamaha XT or TW, Kawasaki KL or Suzuki DR, sized to suit the intended rider. They're relatively inexpensive to buy, cheap to insure, easy on gas, cheap (relatively speaking) to maintain/repair, extremely dependable and rugged (for the inevitable get-offs), light and the riding position makes it easy to concentrate on just riding and learning. The fact that you can use it on road and off is just icing on the cake.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:44 PM   #13
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May I?

By now you've already found out that 8 out of 10 non-riders think the CBR600 is the bike to have, even if they don't quite know why. They are excellent bikes (I own two, an F1 and an F4), but that's not the info you're looking for.

The Ninja 500 (which meathead was it that decided you were talking about an '07?) is a fine starter bike for many people. Big enough to be considered a real motorcycle and to ride a fair distance but small and light enough to be less intimidating. However, I highly recommend a bike more along the lines of a used Honda XL or XR/L, Yamaha XT or TW, Kawasaki KL or Suzuki DR, sized to suit the intended rider. They're relatively inexpensive to buy, cheap to insure, easy on gas, cheap (relatively speaking) to maintain/repair, extremely dependable and rugged (for the inevitable get-offs), light and the riding position makes it easy to concentrate on just riding and learning. The fact that you can use it on road and off is just icing on the cake.


I agree, dual purpose bikes are great investments
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:17 PM   #14
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May I?

By now you've already found out that 8 out of 10 non-riders think the CBR600 is the bike to have, even if they don't quite know why. They are excellent bikes (I own two, an F1 and an F4), but that's not the info you're looking for.

The Ninja 500 (which meathead was it that decided you were talking about an '07?) is a fine starter bike for many people. Big enough to be considered a real motorcycle and to ride a fair distance but small and light enough to be less intimidating. However, I highly recommend a bike more along the lines of a used Honda XL or XR/L, Yamaha XT or TW, Kawasaki KL or Suzuki DR, sized to suit the intended rider. They're relatively inexpensive to buy, cheap to insure, easy on gas, cheap (relatively speaking) to maintain/repair, extremely dependable and rugged (for the inevitable get-offs), light and the riding position makes it easy to concentrate on just riding and learning. The fact that you can use it on road and off is just icing on the cake.


I was talking about an '07 CBR600...




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Maybe. But I'm going to buy a CBR600. The 07 CBR is the best 600 out there, period.




Was in response to that.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:47 PM   #15
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May I?

By now you've already found out that 8 out of 10 non-riders think the CBR600 is the bike to have, even if they don't quite know why. They are excellent bikes (I own two, an F1 and an F4), but that's not the info you're looking for.

The Ninja 500 (which meathead was it that decided you were talking about an '07?) is a fine starter bike for many people. Big enough to be considered a real motorcycle and to ride a fair distance but small and light enough to be less intimidating. However, I highly recommend a bike more along the lines of a used Honda XL or XR/L, Yamaha XT or TW, Kawasaki KL or Suzuki DR, sized to suit the intended rider. They're relatively inexpensive to buy, cheap to insure, easy on gas, cheap (relatively speaking) to maintain/repair, extremely dependable and rugged (for the inevitable get-offs), light and the riding position makes it easy to concentrate on just riding and learning. The fact that you can use it on road and off is just icing on the cake.

Exactly the info that I was looking for. Thank you.
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