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what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by chewy » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:57 am

Hello, I am a 32yo 130# woman. I haven't been on a street bike yet... my husband started me on a 100 dirtbike, then I moved up to a 4 stroke 125 kawi race dirt bike. He is now looking for a 80 two stroke for me to move up to next. with my height and weight, I was wondering what others would suggest (sport bike, no cruzers and I'm not a fan of the naked look). My husband rides a gsxr600, and I don't really have much to spend on a bike. the obvious is the ninja 250 but ... I just don't want to jump on it and be bored in a month. all suggestions are appreciated also give reasons for your suggestions so I can compare. Trying to do my research.

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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by Johnj » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:54 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum. I too would suggest a Ninja 250 or even a 500. You may want to look at Hyosung 250 or 650.
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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by mogster » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:44 pm

Hi :welcome:

No specific suggestions but the 250 Ninja would be good. Go to all your local dealers & try as big a variety as you can. You can then look at the secondhand private market to actually purchase a bike.

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Unread post by gsJack » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:57 pm

Here's a good read about a Busa rider taking a trip on a Ninja 250:

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1145

If your considering a bike the price of a new Ninja 250 also consider the new CBR250R which I'd prefer to the Baby Ninja for myself:

http://www.cycleworld.com/2011/02/24/ka ... 50r-video/

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Unread post by chewy » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:37 pm

I would prefer the cbr definitely, the problem with it is the lack of top speed. and lack of current mods to increase the top speed. It's unfortunate that the states don't have the variety that the rest of the world has. there's a slew of bike out there that would be fantastic, but they aren't available in the states. :(

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Unread post by sapaul » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:23 am

If you have the right attitude and respect, look at an SV 650
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Unread post by chewy » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:16 am

can someone help me out and tell me which years/models of the sv has the fairing? pulled up a utube and found the 2008 sv650s has a fairing... like it MUCH better than without.

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Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:22 am

sapaul wrote:If you have the right attitude and respect, look at an SV 650
This, or a Ninja 650R, though I'm a fan boy.
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Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:32 pm

chewy wrote:can someone help me out and tell me which years/models of the sv has the fairing? pulled up a utube and found the 2008 sv650s has a fairing... like it MUCH better than without.
I think the SV650 in 2003 gained a bikini faring in front of the instruments...the SV650S has always had the 1/2 faring or 1/4 faring, however you view it...but you may really like the SV650SA...full faring...

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Very sporty looking and goes pretty good to boot...too tight for my liking, but my flexibility isn't great...I'm working on that though...

Other sporty bikes to consider...

Yamaha FZ6R

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Hyosung GT650

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Honda CBF600

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Suzuki DL650 V Strom "Wee Strom"

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You can get lower farings for the 'Strom...and I think it looks pretty sharp...

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I'm sure there are more bikes that would fit into the powerful but not scary category...

You could also look at the GSX650F...it's a little higher performance at 85hp, but the power comes on smooth...no peaks...

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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:53 pm

I missed the part about you being from the States, the Honda CBF wasn't available down there and I don't know if you got the SV650SA...the 'Strom may be a little tall for you...and I forgot to mention the Kawasaki Ninja 400R...it's a really nice bike to start on for the street...but again, not an American model...of the ones I listed above, the Yamaha might be the best bike for you...the Ninja 250 will get upto 100mph, so top speed shouldn't be too much of an issue...just don't expect to have lots of roll on power...

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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:43 pm

Have you taken a motorcycle safety course, or are you assuming your husband knows everything you need to be safe on the streets?

Not to badmouth your husband's capability or skills, but he can only teach you what he knows. And in reality, he may not even be aware of how much he doesn't know. As an instructor, I can't count the number of experienced riders I've taught, who were surprised at how much they learned in the BRC or ERC - courses taught via the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In many states, completing the BRC gets you your "M" automatically. Without having to take your state's riding test.

As for first motorcycle, watch craigslist for what we call a "Universal Japanese Motorcycle" (UJM). Something in the 250 to 500 cc range. Around 300 lbs or so, with 50 hp or less. USED. So long as it will pass a safety inspection, don't worry about "someone elses problems". Consider it sort of a long term rental. The cost of it being the insurance and gasoline while you own and ride it. If you keep it in good shape, you can count on selling it for what you paid.

Fill in your state/city and you'll get some more geographically appropriate help.
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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by jimbeemer » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:02 pm

Do they have the CBR250 in the States? It's nice. The Ninja 250's good too. Both have a lot of plastic to break when you fall off. Don't get a SV unless you're tall - they''re relatively top-heavy compared to the littl'uns (although they DO have ABS. How about a Suzuki GS500 - fairly low and slim, an old design (like the Ninja250) but a reasonable performer you won't get tired of right away.

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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by chewy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:05 am

in florida they require the safety course prior to the endorsement for the license, my husband also gave me all the books from when he took his course. I would just prefer to have the bike I am going to ride prior to taking the course so I can use it during the course. My husband feels that is the way to go. No sense in training on a cruiser when in reality I would never ride one. Thanks for all the suggestions I will be looking up the ones I wasn't aware of. :wink: Oh and by the way I ended up moving up to a 2 stroke 100 cc highly modified dirt bike quite a while ago... WOW that was a fun upgrade. but I really look forward to not having to watch for trees, wild dogs, stupid kids on 4 wheelers, and sugar sand... An entire world of other concerns and challenges to face. :D

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Unread post by MmeMagpie » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:29 am

The basic MSF course I took made us use their bikes. I think they want to limit the amount of power in the hands of beginners and work with machines that they know :) They had a couple of standards in the mix, too (think Honda Nighthawk).

The skills acquired in the beginner class are very basic. The little Kawasaki cruiser I had in class was a far cry from the nimble CB650 I had at the time - everything about my riding position was different. But, I went home, hopped on my bike and I did everything from class with no trouble at all. The only difference I really noticed was a shocking improvement in my riding skills. Relax, learn, and enjoy.
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Re: what would you recommend for a first bike for me.

Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:52 pm

I wouldn't worry about learning on something other than what you'll be riding. The course is hardly even long enough to get used to the bike. I rode a dirt bike for a summerbefore taking the course on a nighthawk 250. I've since ridden a ninja 650, cbr929rr, cbr1000rr, dr650, kx250, ttr125l, and a road king. The skills I learned at the course worked for each of those bikes. Though props to you for learning in the dirt. My "O Ring" has been saved countless times in situations where I could have lost it on the road, because I HAD lost it in the dirt, and knew what the wiggles, slides, and skids felt like. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best way to learn. Than you take the msf course to show you what you missed, and what skills need to be fixed and refined.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:08 am

I would also recomend a 650 variant or a ex500 I would say the new Ninja 300 but that looks a little more like a race replica and may not be so beginer friendly but I am not sure. And please take the course as dirt bike and street riding are literally worlds apart.
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