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new rider needs advice
March 26, 2008 at 5:54 pm #1249bigfellaParticipant
I have always wanted to ride, and i am finally going to take the MSF class and get my license. From everything i have read here, it is recommended that new riders start with a 250. My question is this – I’m a big guy – only 5’10”, but 275lbs dry weight – will a 250 be enough bike to haul me around? I don’t want to get passed by a 9 year old on a big wheel…
Thanks in advance for your replies…March 26, 2008 at 7:48 pm #5329MattParticipant
A ninja 250 has a maximum rider weight of over 300 pounds.
It can do 100mph.
If a kid on a big wheel passes you, get his name and pass it to the olympic cycling team, they’re gonna want to meet himMarch 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm #5376jseah88Participant
I have to admit I skipped the part of starting on a 250 and went to an 800 cruiser for the first bike, Im 5″4′ 200 lbs, the 250 cruisers will have issues on the highway, forget I think the Honda Nighthawk will top out around 50 to 60 mph. a 250 sportbike is nice, best to sit on it and see how you would feel after 20 or 30 mins in the saddle though (my back cant take the hunch over position).
Is there a particular type of bike you are looking at? just remember power isnt everything if you cant stop in timeMarch 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm #5378BenParticipant
I just had the opportunity to ride Garys 2008 Ninja 250 and I don’t think that thing would have a problem carrying you around, it has a lot of balls for a 250, plus it pulls all the way up the tach.
If you are really worried about it though maybe consider a 500 like the Ninja 500 or the Vulcan 500?
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminApril 6, 2008 at 2:23 am #5478AnonymousGuest
A strong-running Honda Nighthawk 250 tops out at around 80 mph (I’m ~180 lbs). Going up hills and/or strong headwinds slow it down and will necessitate a down-shift to get back up to 65 mph).
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