Questions about getting a new motorcycle.
October 17, 2008 at 9:51 pm #2268xXKevinXxParticipant
So right now im 15 and im around 5″6 or 7 and I might get a ninja 250r. I am wondering if i should get it or not
due to the fact im only 15 and kinda short but still its really awesome and its hard to get one.October 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm #13973AnonymousGuest
If your parents will buy one for you (which is dubious), I’d go with a 125 c.c. or 250 c.c. dual-sport if you can find one that’ll fit you (the seat is often quite high-up on dual-sport bikes). A dual-sport would give you twice the fun as you can take it off-road too. Although you might fall-off more, practising off-road is safer than practising on the street.
If that doesn’t work for you, a 250 standard or cruiser might, although I wouldn’t advise taking a cruiser off-road
You’d need to insure the bike, buy a helmet and protective gear and go on an MSF dirt bike school and/or Basic Rider Course (which your parents would have to endorse as you’re under 18).
It starts getting expensive when you add it all up.
I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but if I were you, I’d learn to ride a motorcycle off-road (if your parents’ll let you), then learn to drive a car and *then* learn to ride a bike on the street.
I don’t know if it’s still the case, but in the movie “Faster” (I think it was), John Hopkins the famous motorcycle racer, said he doesn’t ride a motorcycle on the street. It’s too dangerousOctober 18, 2008 at 12:34 am #13978fotobitsParticipant
Buy a Honda XR100 and practice in the dirt for a year before thinking of getting on the street. You don’t want to hear this, but you are much too young to ride a Ninja 250 on the street. Your brain is not fully developed and you have no appreciation of the dangers you will face.
Good thing you can’t buy a bike without your parents approval.October 18, 2008 at 1:00 am #13980AmorylParticipant
ahh I see it was a double thread, and as it seems more have posted here, I’ll repeat what I said in the other, and let that die a natural death.
it’s been mentioned before on the various issues with jumping right onto a bike as a first vehicle. chances are nothing we say will make much of a difference as the insurance risk of person without even a driver’s license is so great that they will either A, not cover you or B charge so much that its essentially out of the question anyway.
most of us seemed to agree in another thread that you should start out in a car, develop your driving skills for at LEAST a year (after you get your license) before even thinking of taking a bike on the street, and then taking the MSF course (and passing) and then maybe think about getting a motorcycle.
honestly I can’t imagine anyone at 15 in today’s traffic being even remotely safe on the road. I realize that this is considered by many to be a dangerous passion, but we mitigate as many of the risks as we can. and thats not really something someone who isn’t even a legal car driver yet can really do, IMO. lord knows I’ve been wrong before but…in this case, I don’t think I am.
maybe pick up a dirt bike, get some offroad experience well away from the brainless soccer mom’s in their SUV’s who’re out to kill you. you’ll get driving exp in a car, and bike experience on the dirtbike, and in a year or two you’ll be better equiped to take that ninja 250 onto the mean streets.
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