Beginner To Motorcycles
January 2, 2011 at 1:30 am #4302FLChrisCParticipant
I just recently began the process of finding my first motorcycle! I’m a college student and I’m on a budget. Just like every other 20 year old male I’ve talked to, I like the style of the Ducati Streetfighter (ridden by Shia Labeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) but I have no where near that much money. I was wondering if anyone could help me find a bike that looks similar to that but on a budget (Max: $2000.00). Thanks in advance for all the help!
ChrisJanuary 2, 2011 at 3:33 am #28982Gary856Participant
Some people think the first generation SV650 looks similar to Ducati Monsters (not the Streetfighters, though). However, you’re better off focusing on finding a bike that’s good to learn on, rather than on the looks. Read the “motorcycle reviews” section of this site and old posts in the forum for ideas.January 2, 2011 at 5:58 am #28983
I would also spend the time to read the “Recommended Reading” articles from the side panel…just so you know the type of advice you will get from here…
I think I will leave it at that for now…
Later.January 2, 2011 at 6:34 am #28984eternal05Participant
Confusing, I know. “Streetfighter” is a type of motorcycle, just like “chopper.” Specifically, it’s a sportbike that’s been stripped of its fairings and made to look more “urban” and aggressive. The Ducati Streetfighter is just that: their 1098 superbike with the fairing stripped away and the engine detuned, the suspension softened, fat handlebars swapped in for the base model’s clip-ons…
If you want the streetfighter look, just get a used Ninja 250R and strip it, get a new headlight, new handlebars, do some body work, and voila. Ninjas run somewhere between $1K-3.5K in the used market, so you should be able to find something that fits your price range.
But all the same, like everybody said, if you’re starting out, you should be concerned with finding a bike you can RIDE not a bike you can look at. Take it from another guy in his 20s. You’ll kill yourself if you give yourself enough rope…errrr, enough bike I mean, when you’re just starting out.January 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm #28985TrialsRiderParticipant
It’s good to see anything that stimulates interest in the sport of motorcycling, even if it is just a movie and as you see we really don’t want to discourage your interest here. You did set your sights pretty high with this one though, considering the reason they feature big Ducati motorcycles, is to portray a bunch of people living an extravagant life style. Eterneal gave excellent advice and if you can find a Ninja 250 or similar, fairing destroyed bike and you are handy with a wrench, you just might bring this thing in close to budget. …example:
It will help to figure out what attracts you to that particular machine, is it the color, lines, riding position, (or just the hot chick on the back;) then exercise some imagination how you can make it work. The thing I see first see when I look at the Ducati Streetfighter is the everything Black, except for those beautiful Gold anodized USD (Up Side Down) front forks. &BTW:( the forks and headlight alone would cost 2G’s) plus the ‘zig-zag girder’ style frame in silver which Gary pointed out as being imitated on the SV650. …The SV would make a better start point, but cost would surely be much higher than a Ninja, sure hope this helps some.
Search zimbio.com for “Wall Street Motorcycle” to find pictures of the actors riding the bike, I like the one where it’s securely bolted to a trailer. Also note where Shia’s actually riding the bike he maintains only 2 fingers on the clutch and brake, me thinks he had some training !January 3, 2011 at 5:08 am #28986FLChrisCParticipant
Thanks for all the advice guys, I really appreciate it! I think I’m just going to start reading up and looking around for some nice bikes without an overload of power for a beginner. The Streetfighter just looks so good, I think it’s going to be hard to find a budget friendly bike with the same awesome look. Lol.January 3, 2011 at 6:22 am #28987
I know guys that have picked up GS500s for $400 running…and with some imagination, time and material…
All of those are from the same model of bike…the “learner” GS500…I think they are pretty cool interpretations of a beginner bike…
Later.January 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm #28988eonParticipant
That third one looks very interesting, though I might need a pillow on that seat!January 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm #28992
You don’t think this seat has hours of touring capability??
I think it would be great, you know, if you want to be crippled ;-P
How do you like the custom guage in the tank…pretty different if you ask me…
Later.January 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm #29123Terry WellsworthParticipant
I like that type of bicycles very much,its styles and capacities are very well for beginner rider. These are so cool …January 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm #29125TrialsRiderParticipant
That seat actually looks more uncomfortable then my fender sticker:
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