August 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm #1842
I am completly new to bikes, and this website & I am 20 yrs old. I am looking to get a bike soon but i have not been able to get my hands on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I figured that would be the safest bike to start on. Every dealer i went to kept wanting to put me on a Honda CBR600 but i am not sure to get that as a beginners bike.
If anyone can help me out and kinda show me the ropes, recommend certain gear things of that nature i would gladly appreciate it!
Miami, FLAugust 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm #9868megaspazParticipant
The cbr600 is most definately not a beginner’s bike. Stick to your guns for the ninja250.
As far as gear, leather, leather, and more leather from neck to toe. Perforated leather for hot weather riding with moisture wicking undersuit (high tech running clothes). As far as helmets go, get something that fits your noggin. Try on a variety of helmets. If you feel pain, hotspots, or dizzy after wearing a helmet for a period of time, don’t hesitate to return it and try on other helmets.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…August 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm #9874
I am going to look into Perforated leather because i do live here in miami FL and well ITS HOT! For helmet wise is there anything really you can recomend that is not to pocket heavy..for now?August 4, 2008 at 6:20 pm #9876megaspazParticipant
oh shiznet… florida… i don’t know of moisture wicking’s gonna help you with florida being like 10000000% humid all the time… >.< for helmets, i’m using a shoei rf-1000… but that’s kind of pricey… iirc, agv makes good inexpensive helmets. and most full faced helmets nowadays are both dot and snell approved. —
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…August 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm #9884ShannonGParticipant
There is a company that makes a knockoff HJC helmet; they have three letters for a name too and for the life of me I can’t remember what they are!
I’ll get back to you on that but they are cheaper than an HJC.
I have an armored mesh jacket with a zip out liner that I love for hot weather riding. It’s Joe Rocket.August 4, 2008 at 7:34 pm #9885BuddParticipant
Try Hawk helmets, you can get those real cheap and they are DOT.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm #9887MattParticipant
Icon Alliance SSR if it fits your head is a nice cheap helmet. NewEnough.com has them for a very fair price.
The Gmax crusader is also really good for the money if it fits your head.
Key is to make sure hte helmet fits you (visit lots of motorcycle shops trying on every helmet you can).
A salesman putting a 20 year old on a CBR600? Wow… He must be doubly stupid. He isn’t expecting your return business (unless he’s a paramedic by night) AND he might as well be expecting you to forfit your bike loan because your insurance would probably be what the bike costs…
The ninja is a truely great bike.
Be Safe, and have fun!
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm #9888
I guess joining this Thread was a good i dea its kinda like a mini- family here huh? .. yeah i told the sales man but he insisted that i was going to grow out of it in a month. I just want something to get me started ya know? kinda like waking up on sunday morning and taking it for a ride down the beach and stuff. I have lost a couple of friends on 600’s because it was the first time ever own and rode a bike.
So yeah i apperciate the help guys i will post up pictures as soon as i get mine!
b.t.w. is that helmet brand called AFX? because the dealer told me not to go less then an Icon Helmet
D-HavocAugust 5, 2008 at 1:52 am #9899BuddParticipant
The dealer is just trying to make money and what he/she says should be taken with a grain of salt. A DOT helmet is going to offer adequate protection. The Shoei helmets may be better but I can’t justify $500 on a helmet. I got an HJC for $90 and it is both DOT and Snell. That Hawk company has cheap helmets but I can not vouch for their quality.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 5, 2008 at 5:00 am #9920knighthawk77Participant
Dealer’s will always up sell. If you say you want a bike to start on, they’ll show you the 600cc inline beginner death machine. If you’re a big guy like me, they’ll try to sell you a liter bike or a 900 lb 1300cc cruiser. It happened to me a few weeks ago. Keep your eye on that 250R.
Just a hint…..dealers train their salesmen to push the products that they make a higher profit margin on. For example, a Volkswagen dealer has to sell 4 new entry level cars like City Jettas in Canada to get the same profit as one new Rabbit. They’ll show you the Rabbit first. I bet that dealer has a nice markup on ICON helmets! Stick to your guns and shop around, there’s plenty of DOT/Snell approved helmets to choose from.August 5, 2008 at 5:33 am #9923123missjParticipant
Yes, I fell for it hook line and sinker. I went in looking at a Suzuki s40 and ended with the S50 after he tried to sell me on the C60 Boulevard. It was way too heavy so I “settled” for the smaller bike. The engine is 800 and was a lot for me to handle at first. I am very happy with the bike now that we’ve spent some time getting to know one another, but I just wish I’d read everyone’s advice BEFORE buying. Thanks for the posts.August 5, 2008 at 6:01 am #9925knighthawk77Participant
The S50 is a nice bike, even though it is a bit big to start on. I wanted to leave the showroom on a black/yellow M50 the other day! Maybe next year. I’ll start making room beside the nighthawk just in case.August 5, 2008 at 8:01 am #9928BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
Ask the dealer if he can wheelie and stoppie the cbr, then you’ll take it..anyways if you are not finding some ninjas well this must be for some reason. go explore and find as many gears as you can and try them on and see. go ebay to find some good stuffs and try searching for a company named mxsouthstreet something like that. dnt listen to ppl/dealers saying this or that..follow your instincts.luckluck and ride safe
Solomolo RiderAugust 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm #9946
Thanks alot for the head’s-Up guys i really appreciate it. What i will do is just start buying my gear little by little until the bike comes back in stock. So i was wondering how was everyone’s First ride experience? anything i should know… the do’s , the dont’s?August 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm #9951ShannonGParticipant
Find a quiet place to practice starting and stopping. Don’t just head out onto the street and expect everything to be OK.
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