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And I see some of their good used/beginner bikes on that site include a 90’s Katana thats a pretty big(heavy) and powerful bike for a “beginners” bike even a early 90’s model. 86 HP and over 450 dry weight..seems much for a beginner.
I think we would be talking performance/specs on the engine not “looks” its the performance/weight that will have a deciding factor on if its a good beginner bike not what it looks like.
yes IMO its too short.
I agree on the 400’s its almost a prefect compromise between the 250 and getting into a 500/600/650. And thats the exact bike(the Bandit 400) that id like to see them “copy” off as a baseline for a new 400. actually I looked pretty hard at trying to find a 400 near me and the only thing I could find was a DRZ SM . Not a bad bike but just too expensive for me right now. But in a year or 2 when im the market for a “new” bike id love to be able to have the 400 as a option.
hey BTW how much larger is the Honda Shadow than the Rebel(im talking the smallest Shadow)
I saw that happen once it knocked the guy off his Harley to the ground guy in the car got out to see if the guy on the bike was ok Harley guy(no idea who he was) proceeded to whoop the **** out of car driving guy(dont know who he was either). I almost wanted to go hold car driving guy for Harley guy but I was laughing too hard…screwed up the guys saddle bags and scratched the bike all up but after the demolition of car driving guy and kicking his front fender once he got back on his bike and drove away. Must have had some serious adrenalin going cause he picked that heavy bike up like it was nothing when leaving .
i cant wait for some more 250’s, Im one of those people that actually thinks even after ive been riding and got experience I will probably stay with a 250..I just dont see a need(for me) for a larger bike. plus since i got into this for getting better MPG for commuting a better selection would be great..I could see owning a 500 someday but thats about it..something small and light..realtively speaking..in other words i will probably never own a Harley..not because I dont like them but they dont make a “light” bike. it would have to be something under 500 pounds and preferably closet to 450 or less. I love the weight of my Ninja
adjustable levers may be something for me to look into also. Didnt even cross my mind. And yes, as long as the Bike can get around and rides nicely im not concerned on its “quickness” I wont do over the speed limit(or over 65-70) anyways. And im not interested in “pushing” it in the twisties..I just dont seek those kinds of thrills..just a nice ride and good MPG.
no, test is next Sunday and to be honest I dont think I will EVER own a high HP bike. to be honest I think a 500-650 will be my limits and about 75 HP max..I was thinking of something like a SV 650 or a Honda Shadow (the smaller one 600?) or something like that or I may just stick with the 250 ninja dont know for sure yet. I like the more upright position of the Ninja VS a pure SS sports bike like the Gixxer I could NEVER ride one of those . You should have seen me trying to get used to the foot placement on a cruiser though as the pegs are in front instead of straight below me. first time they did the ride across the parking lot to the other side with foot on the pegs i missed the pegs(i was trying to look straight ahead) and actually put my feet where the pegs were on the ninja and missed the pegs completely lol. What ever it is that I get it better get 60 MPG
I do but when i grab(well now i dont grab it quite so hard after that front brake lock up lol) the brake sometimes my thumb just rolls the throttle back a bit and revs the engine..they said it may just be my gloves. Im gonna try to work on it..only thing that sux is next week is the test so not a lot of time to work on it..I almost wish the range time was longer to be honest to give you time tto work on stuff like that.
lol I got 3 of those in my car tire 3 times in a row..I STILL have no idea where they came from as there is no new construction lol…that poor tire has 3 patches in it now..they said if i got another one Id need a new tire they wont put more than 3 patches in it
Lol I rode the Ninja around 1 time then put it away till I got the first MSF first day on the range out of the way..now I feel “safer” better about going for a ride and not dumping it . may go out for a short spin today sometime maybe..unless I go fishing
Just dont lock the FRONT brake like I did in class today . I only did it once but that was enough to scare the ***** out of me lol. And that was just on a little 125 Kawasaki..I bet the Ninja has better brakes also .
Lol I kept my knees in ok and did well till we cane to the quick stop part…ummh locked up the front brake luckily it was just at 10-12 MPH lol oh well I wont be doing that again . Other than that I had a great first day today. I have a slight problem with when im stopping sometimes my thumb will roll a bit and make the engine/throttle rev a bit but none of the instructors were real concerned snice it was just under breaking and the clutch was in anyways. They just said to work on it. But fun first day except for locking that front brake(which i did not do again on the other 5 quick stops).
I think id do it actually if its in good shape for a good price!