So Im looking to get my first bike. I have rode dirtbikes and Atv's all my life also I have rode a few sportbikes like my cousins Ninja 250r and my uncles Ninja 650r. Im 5'9 and 180 and it since its my first bike I think I want to get a Ninja 250r but Im not sure what year i should get. I like the 08+ but aslo am still open to other ideas. Maybe a Ninja 650r but an older one.
Any advice helps.
Also any place that have good prices on helmets and riding gear and since its winter Im hoping to find a better deal on a bike but not in a rush to get one.
also check out the new ninja 300. it's total badass, especially if you get the abs model. (i think they have an abs model)...
1998 zx9r (sold)
2008 zx6r vivid yellow (gone, but not forgotten)
2009 yami r6 orange
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Safest to start out on the street- a 60cc to 250cc scooter with an automatic transmission. Learn to steer and brake on the street, before adding the clutch and shift lever.
Medium safety- a 250cc Ninja, before 2008 they are uglier and cheaper.
Very little safety- a 600cc 4-cylinder supersport.
You are totally insane- a 1000cc supersport, ZX-14, Hayabusa.
"These people probably don't want to know the truth... They lost their watch at the end of the block, but they're looking under a street lamp, because the light's much better.” by Mike Lyons. "...Some of us just have to pee on the electric fence." -from the book Variable Star by Heinlein and Robinson. "He wondered what difference any of it would make two hundred years from now." -from the book Cyclops by Clive Cussler.
DRZ 400, Ninja 500 (if you can find one), Ninja or SV 650 might be ok. The 650 isn't bred like a super sport but still has plenty to get you in trouble.
DRZ is a supermoto, dirt bike style with street tires basically. I would love a supermoto personally. CBR250, might find a good deal on it. Haven't ridden one but everyone says they are not as good as the Ninja, but shit, if you find a deal from someone scaring themselves off of it take it. There are low displacement cruiser type bikes too
Originally Posted by FightingFalcon
All I'm saying is that our trannys are designed to handle the load (yea, I just said that)
The 250R is a great bike to learn what street riding is all about. If you've ridden dirtbikes you should understand how important it is to use your own body weight to direct the bike. Bigger bikes aren't nearly as flickable as a dirtbike. Everything becomes more important when you step up to heavier, more powerful bikes. Body position, throttle control, braking. The key is to have respect for whatever you're riding. Don't make the mistake of riding friend's / cousin's bigger bikes before or after getting something smaller. You'll lose respect for your own bike and get stupid real fast.
I'd look for a older model 250r off your local craigslist. Great bikes to learn on, if you downshift too soon the kickback won't be as bad as a higher cc and buying a used one will save you a little punishment on yourself if you so happen to introduce pavement and motorcycle together besides rubber. They usually hold their value too so you should get around the same price range as you bought it for if you don't contribute any further damage.
As for helmets, cyclegear always has great prices plus if you're in the military they throw a 10% discount on for ya. Doesn't do much on the lower priced helmets but for a shoei, top end models it shows. Bilt helmets are cheap and reliable for the price. 3 Day Special Sale ! - Jafrum 4th line down a Gmaz for $59.99.
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