Good beginner bike
October 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm #2236
Hey everyone! I’m new to this site but have read a few posts and have gotten some great info from them, so i thought well hey I’ll become a member. So why am i posting this? Well I have a couple of questions about what bike would be good for me to start. I have experience riding in dirt but absoultely none on the street. I have been talking about a handful of bikes with my dad which include: Kawasaki ninja 500/250, Suzuki GS500F and the Yamaha FZ6R. After talking to my dad he said that i would do just fine on a 500cc or a 600cc and I feel pretty confident he’s right after just sitting on a few. But the purpose of this post is, which would be right for me? I’m 5’6″ and weight around 140-145. I’ve done the research on all three and have kinda leaned away from the Suzuki from other things I’ve read about it and also input from my dad because he’s ridden Suzuki and never really liked them. Sorry this is kinda lengthy and I appreciate those that take the time to read it and respond. ThanksOctober 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm #13727DaggerParticipant
Not much of a sport bike rider myself.. But I came from dirt bikes as well.. From what I hear the Ninja’s are pretty dependable bikes.. But others here know more about them than I do.. Also, what size dirt bikes are you use to riding? Whatever you get.. Take it easy.. Big difference between dirt and streets.. Be safe and have fun..
I just want to make it out of this life alive…October 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm #13728megaspazParticipant
can’t go wrong with either the sv650sf or the 650r. Both these bikes are twin engine bikes, with good low end response and even power distribution. The sv normally getting the nod for better low end response though. This just basically means less shifting. Depending on your skill level riding dirt, you could be fine with an inline 4, since you should have decent throttle control from riding dirt bikes. For street bikes, the yamaha you’re looking at, is known as not a really good street bike from owners who have ridden them; mostly from a comfort stand point. As far as your dislike for suzuki, the sv650 line is known for being reliable, easy to ride, easy to maintain, and has a boat load of aftermarket and spare parts. As far as your height and weight, most sport bikes are already set up for you. Either way, good luck in finding the bike for you.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…October 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm #13731
Thanks for the response, every little bit helps. I actually was looking at the sv650 and most of the opinions about Suzuki are from my dad. When the weather gets nice again I’m gonna hit my dealer up and see what I can test ride, seeing as how thats the only real way, I feel, that you can get a good measurement on a bike. But I’ve been riding a ktm 250 on dirt now for a few years, a lot more when I was younger. Sadly it just pooped out on me and instead of using the money to get it fixed I’ve turned my attention to street. 1. I dont have a car 2. My girlfriend has a car 3. Need a bike to go see my uncle in Cali so we can do a 1000 mile trip in 24 hours so I’ve been lookin at some that could make the trip. But hey thanks guys for responding.October 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm #13757AmorylParticipant
doing the iron butt challenge? nice
if you don’t like suzuki, either of the ninja’s will do you fine. and there are several people who HAVE done the iron butt on a ninja 250October 14, 2008 at 3:47 am #13821
yes the iron butt challange thats what i was goin for!! my uncle and dad have done a few and i just wanted to do a family tradition. but on a 250? damn! i might just go with the 250 then. pretty popular around here anyways.October 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm #13825MattParticipant
Lots of iron butt approved Ninja 250s out there. I think the only thing the last gen one really needed was a Corbin seat and it was pretty much iron-butt ready.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”October 16, 2008 at 7:34 am #13909slipknot61Participant
I was a brand new rider looking to get a sport-bike and I had NO motorcycle experience before my MSF course. I am 5’10” and weigh 150lbs. I know this site recommends and highly encourages getting a small bike to start out and I am all for going that way but after waiting 1 1/2 months for a ’08 ninja 250 (kawi stopped production on the 08’s), I decided to go with a ’08 Yamaha R6s (600cc).
My reasoning for purchasing that bike and brand new was a couple of factors – 1) I needed to break the engine in properly(keeping under 6k rpm) which would not even get close to the bikes potential power band. So it worked out for me b/c I wanted to keep it mellow while learning to ride. 2) I know I will keep the bike for a very long time (10+yrs) and even if I were to buy a bigger bike, my wife would finally have a bike for herself (we both ride the 1 bike). 3) Had a great hook-up on brand-new bikes at a dealership (got 2500 off sticker).
My experience so far…. I would not have changed a thing. I am extremely happy with my R6s. If you respect the bike, you will be fine especially since you have some riding experience. Good luck w/ your bike selection. Let me know if you have any questions.October 18, 2008 at 12:02 am #13976
A friend of mine has one and another friend of mine is going to get one lol. thats awesome that you like it so much i have looked at it but not all that much, but i definitely will now!!!October 19, 2008 at 4:50 am #13992AmorylParticipant
though i hear many refer to doing it on a sport bike as the “Iron Crotch” challenge
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