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May 8, 2010 at 3:20 am #3937
Hello!! My name is Jose, from Puerto Rico, I have no experience riding a bike just when I was like 11 I ride a mini bike those with 1hp maybe? lol dont think it will help hehehe.
Im 6’2 weight 220 aiming to weight 230 since I like to train at the gym. Well Im searching for a bike that suites me and that Im able to handle hehehe. I dont know if a 250 its ok or to small. You guys can help me here because I”ve seen alot of yeah you can ride and also that 250 is too small.
And for bikes well ,What do you thinkg of the Hyosung brand is it good? or a Ninja is better or there is just any better starter than does too. hehehe
Im looking for a satisfying reliable bike that I can keep for a decent time and dont need to change like in 2 month. Im saying this because I know some people that well I aske them whats the best bike to start and they told me get a Spree(scooter) and if you dont fall you can get a bike I was like yeah I”ll take my chance and fall on a bike rather than a scooter.
I mean money dont grow on trees to buy scooter just to see I fall or dont and then get a bike. heheheMay 8, 2010 at 4:56 am #26279WeaponZeroParticipant
The Ninja 250R will be adequate for you but at your height and weight I would more likely recommend the Ninja 500R. It’s not a matter of engine power as a 250 has enough power to move you at a very brisk highway pace. Rather, I would be weary of the size cramping you up. Avoid Hyosung like the plague. Can’t get parts for them when they break.
Welcome to the riding community.May 8, 2010 at 6:45 am #26282madjak30Participant
They will fit the taller guys better than the ninjas. Suzuki DR400SM, is probably a good place to look. You could also check out the Kawasaki and Yamaha, they are 250cc bikes and would be good for a beginner. Honda also makes the CR230SM. There may also be some better selection on the smaller displacement bikes where you live, compared to North America…here it seems that bigger is better, or atleast that is what sells here.
I would go to a dealership and sit on all the bikes…your first concerne should be fitting the bike. If you are not comfortable on the bike, it will make learning harder.
Good Luck.May 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm #26287
I would have to say here in Puerto Rico is the same with the bigger bikes. Its all about speed. Thats why I mention the hyosung 250 and the ninja because has been the only small displacement bikes I”ve seen around neverless I havent go to dealers which I will today to check what they have available. Because on clasified you see 600+ I mean on sporty look. If you see a 250 by the looks you know has been abused hehe.
Thanks for the adviceMay 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #26288
So my concern was powerwise. But if its got the grunt to move smooth its an ideal option . So the prob with Hyosung are parts hmmmm maybe I need to check availability here as well because a first bike its almost a given that will fall hehehe. Thanks for inputMay 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm #26292Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
A 200cc or 250cc standard motorcycle has enough power for 55 mph speed limit roads, and a 250cc Kawasaki Ninja or a 400cc Suzuki Supermoto is enough for 70 mph roads, but they will not have a lot of comfort at this speed, and they will get blown around some by big trucks going by. With these you will be ahead of most cars for the first quarter mile, but almost all cars have a higher top speed. (The vehicle with the lowest top speed for the last 20 years is a diesel Hummer- 80 mph).
An 1,800cc Honda Goldwing is the most comfortable for a long trip, and a 50cc scooter is the most fun at 30 mph. For what is most stylish, opinions vary greatly. Some prefer a less comfortable racing style, some an antique Royal Enfield or Harley style, and some the easier no shifting scooter with floorboards that keep your clothes cleaner.May 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm #26303SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Buying lesser brands is likely going to cost you more money over time, including possibly higher repair costs and lower resale. If you can get one for half the price of the Kawi, you’re willing to wrench on it yourself and you don’t mind being bikeless while you source parts, then it might be worthwhile. Otherwise, stick with what’s known to work and spend your time riding.May 10, 2010 at 4:27 am #26310owlieParticipant
In response to your comment about buying a scooter to find out if you’ll fall before you buy a bike…
Your better option would be to take an MSF class (rider education) and get some experience riding a motorcycle to see if it is for you.
As for the 250 vs 500 argument- What kind of riding do you plan to be doing? How long and at what speed? If you aren’t going 70mph or spending 2-3 hours at a time on the bike, it really is a moot point.May 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm #26324
Hey!! well Puerto Rico is pretty small my ride will be home to work, work to gym and then home. in total 30 miles. 15 mile to go and 15 to return. Time is like 30 min. Higher speed going to reach like 60 Tops due to traffic. But on weekend maybe lil road trip sometimes were speed is 70.
As for MSF class here in PR I dont think they have that. Never heard of it and I enter the website of MFS and didnt find nothing of Puerto Rico in it .May 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm #26329Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
Check at the bigger motorcycle dealerships, they should know what motorcycle training classes are available for your area.May 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm #26355CBBaronParticipant
I’m the same size as you (though more over weight and less muscular ) and ride an older Ninja 250r (`06 model). With both the newer Ninja 250r and the Ninja 500r I found the fairing to be uncomfortable where it hit the inside of my knee. It wouldn’t be a deal killer and there are aftermarket pegs that can solve the problem but it is something to consider.
The Ninja 250r is plenty of bike for anything you will encounter. I’ve had mine on the freeway at 80+mph without any problems. I havn’t really noticed any issue with the trucks yet either, though high winds were a little tricky the first time, nothing you can’t handle with experience.
The supermotos and dual sports like the WR250x, KLX250sf and DRZ400sm are also good choices. Probably more fun on tight roads, easy to handle and have more leg room for tall guys. Only downside is they are usually more expensive than the bikes like the Ninja 250r and GS500F. All should be capable of highway speeds but lack of fairing and single cylinder designs will make them less comfortable for long hauls. Given your island location I doubt that would be a problem.
CraigMay 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm #26358
WUJUUU man you hit the spot I was looking for some one my size that actually have riden the bike and his input on the bike. If only issue is maybe the knee I’ll have to mount one and see or the aftermarket parts you just mentioned.
So Ninja’s here we come hehehe thanks man.
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