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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-26-2006, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ninja 500R or not?

I would greatly appreciate the input of all. I received my motorcycle license towards to end of summer 06; at the time I picked up a junky Honda '82 CB900F on which I have logged about 1,200 miles. The Honda is just too much trouble and I am considering picking up a '07 Kawasaki 500R in the spring. I plan to purchase a full extended warranty, so a new bike is crucial. The Ninja 500R will push my cash to the limit and I don't want finance. My only concern is the power (I have been riding a 900cc bike, albeit from the early 80's and weighing more) as others have suggested the 500R might lack. I don't do stupid stuff and the bike will be used to commute to/from school and in a small city. I am just wondering if some jerk ;-) in a, say 2003 Mustang Cobra pulls up to me at 40mph and gives the stare, if my 40 to 80mph will leave him in the dust or me wanting more?
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With limited experience I wouldn't try to leave anyone in the dust. That could give you problems. I'm unfamiliar with the 82 900...but the 500 would be a rock solid bike to start out on. It doesn't have insane power...but it will go plenty fast to kill you. Respect the bike and take the MSF course, if you haven't already.



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I would greatly appreciate the input of all. I received my motorcycle license towards to end of summer 06; at the time I picked up a junky Honda '82 CB900F on which I have logged about 1,200 miles. The Honda is just too much trouble and I am considering picking up a '07 Kawasaki 500R in the spring. I plan to purchase a full extended warranty, so a new bike is crucial. The Ninja 500R will push my cash to the limit and I don't want finance. My only concern is the power (I have been riding a 900cc bike, albeit from the early 80's and weighing more) as others have suggested the 500R might lack. I don't do stupid stuff and the bike will be used to commute to/from school and in a small city. I am just wondering if some jerk ;-) in a, say 2003 Mustang Cobra pulls up to me at 40mph and gives the stare, if my 40 to 80mph will leave him in the dust or me wanting more?
Just so you know, this forum was born from a Corvette board, so any mention of Mustang Cobra performance is going to conjur up images of a weed eater or a Cuisinart among many of us long-term regulars. Anyway, if you are in a small town then you will know who drives the "Rustang", so you will have the opportunity to humiliate his manhood in front of the ladies later on.

To be serious, a 500 would be a perfect second bike. I started out on a 650 single and the only regret I have was selling it. (It was a great commuter in any weather.) Rep to you for getting your endorsement first, and welcome!
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I'm sure the 500 will hold its own against the old 900.

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I would greatly appreciate the input of all. I received my motorcycle license towards to end of summer 06; at the time I picked up a junky Honda '82 CB900F on which I have logged about 1,200 miles. The Honda is just too much trouble and I am considering picking up a '07 Kawasaki 500R in the spring. I plan to purchase a full extended warranty, so a new bike is crucial. The Ninja 500R will push my cash to the limit and I don't want finance. My only concern is the power (I have been riding a 900cc bike, albeit from the early 80's and weighing more) as others have suggested the 500R might lack. I don't do stupid stuff and the bike will be used to commute to/from school and in a small city. I am just wondering if some jerk ;-) in a, say 2003 Mustang Cobra pulls up to me at 40mph and gives the stare, if my 40 to 80mph will leave him in the dust or me wanting more?
Well, I will give you what I have experienced. First, I'm 5'7" and 175lbs. this bike if perfect for me. If your taller and/or heavier - you might find the bike too small. (people who are over 5'9" have mentioned that to me when they sit on it)

It sounds like you have more experience that I do. I have less that 100 miles riding on my own - and this bike feels great for a beginner like me. Plenty of power and very easy to move in traffic or freeway speeds.

It's built like a tank, very solid. I purchased this bike used with 527miles on it and saved a good hunk of cash. Here in Northern CA, 500s usually go for $5500.00 out the door new(2007). I was thinking of taking the route you are - buy something new with cash (no payments) or try to find something used within my budget. Unlike yourself, my experience dictated that I go for something "small" - but it seems with your experience to could go for a late 90's 600 that is within your price range.

Go with what is more comfortable for your stature and is within your budget.

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I would greatly appreciate the input of all. I received my motorcycle license towards to end of summer 06; at the time I picked up a junky Honda '82 CB900F on which I have logged about 1,200 miles. The Honda is just too much trouble and I am considering picking up a '07 Kawasaki 500R in the spring. I plan to purchase a full extended warranty, so a new bike is crucial. The Ninja 500R will push my cash to the limit and I don't want finance. My only concern is the power (I have been riding a 900cc bike, albeit from the early 80's and weighing more) as others have suggested the 500R might lack. I don't do stupid stuff and the bike will be used to commute to/from school and in a small city. I am just wondering if some jerk ;-) in a, say 2003 Mustang Cobra pulls up to me at 40mph and gives the stare, if my 40 to 80mph will leave him in the dust or me wanting more?
I am a firm beleiver that everyone at some point in time should own a 500R.

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Well, I will give you what I have experienced. First, I'm 5'7" and 175lbs. this bike if perfect for me. If your taller and/or heavier - you might find the bike too small. (people who are over 5'9" have mentioned that to me when they sit on it)

It sounds like you have more experience that I do. I have less that 100 miles riding on my own - and this bike feels great for a beginner like me. Plenty of power and very easy to move in traffic or freeway speeds.

It's built like a tank, very solid. I purchased this bike used with 527miles on it and saved a good hunk of cash. Here in Northern CA, 500s usually go for $5500.00 out the door new(2007). I was thinking of taking the route you are - buy something new with cash (no payments) or try to find something used within my budget. Unlike yourself, my experience dictated that I go for something "small" - but it seems with your experience to could go for a late 90's 600 that is within your price range.

Go with what is more comfortable for your stature and is within your budget.

Peace,
Man_Ray

I am 5'11" and at 235lbs this summer (220lbs now ) the bike was fine for me. It is a tad cramped for long rides, but nothing that hitting some twisties can't make you forget about...

In closing... Buy a low mileage 500R and love it.
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I am 5'11" and at 235lbs this summer (220lbs now ) the bike was fine for me. It is a tad cramped for long rides, but nothing that hitting some twisties can't make you forget about...

In closing... Buy a low mileage 500R and love it.
Well, you can't get a better "hands on" experience than that.

Damn, this bike sounds better to me every day........

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-06-2007, 08:58 PM
 
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buy a busa and wear no gear!






kidding man inside joke... never rode a 500 but my slowest bike was a 96fzr600 and i could smoke most cars with it....


remember read l38sharks sig about water and pavement before riding beyond your limits...
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with most here on this. The 500 is a great bike and will hold its own against the old 900. It might be a tad slower on top and you will find yourself shifting through the gears a bit more. Enjoy and be safe.

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I am a firm beleiver that everyone at some point in time should own a 500R.




I am 5'11" and at 235lbs this summer (220lbs now ) the bike was fine for me. It is a tad cramped for long rides, but nothing that hitting some twisties can't make you forget about...

In closing... Buy a low mileage 500R and love it.
fast enough for me I don't usally race cars but my 500 is faster than any car I have ever driven good bike for the novice I have almost 10,000 miles on mine and couldn't be happier...
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Think about a Ninja 650R also, it's just as easy to ride as the 500 but has a little bit more performance "headroom" when you're ready to explore it. You should be able to pick up a lightly used 2006 for around $5k.


Or maybe a Ducati Monster 695!!
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Just get a used '03+ 600. You can get a good one for the price of a new 500R.
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Just get a used '03+ 600. You can get a good one for the price of a new 500R.
..... I started with a 600 yamaha...dude you can't go wrong....
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..... I started with a 600 yamaha...dude you can't go wrong....
I started on a brand new '04 R6. No experience riding dirt bikes or anything either. Looking back, it was proly dumb.
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..... I started with a 600 yamaha...dude you can't go wrong....
You can go wrong. Like dying. 600s aren't for everyone.



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You can go wrong. Like dying. 600s aren't for everyone.
Pretty potent bikes, especially for noobs. Not saying all noobs can't handle it. I did.
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Pretty potent bikes, especially for noobs. Not saying all noobs can't handle it. I did.
Of course it can be done. You gotta have a level head on your shoulders and not be out to impress your buddies. Those are the guys who F**K themselves.



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Of course it can be done. You gotta have a level head on your shoulders and not be out to impress your buddies. Those are the guys who F**K themselves.
Exactly. It was proly a good thing I was 24 years old when I bought mine. If I was like 20 or something, I proly woulda done some dumb squidly sh*t...although I did rock the shorts and t-shirt a few times, but I didn't know any better.
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Exactly. It was proly a good thing I was 24 years old when I bought mine. If I was like 20 or something, I proly woulda done some dumb squidly sh*t...although I did rock the shorts and t-shirt a few times, but I didn't know any better.
Same here...althought I was 22. But I did the no gear deal a few times...never wore shorts..but I banged the tee quite often at first. And I always wanted to come home so I refrained from acting like a douchnozzle.



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This guy's a damn post-n-goer. He posted this on Christmas.
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