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06-20-2011 04:32 AM
kriscius Hi everyone. I'm new here! I never ever rode a motorcycle before, but I want one badly, so I decided to get one. I don't want to spend a lot of money on my first bike, because I'll probably crash it a lot and stuff. Well, I need help buying my first bike. I have a little cash and I found an affordable suzuki gsx250e, but I don't know if it is worth it buying that exact bike. The man said the accumulator was changed to a brand new one and he said it was in good shape. Here are some pictures:




Is it worth it buying it for ~190 euros?
06-20-2011 04:30 AM
kriscius Hi everyone. I'm new here! I never ever rode a motorcycle before, but I want one badly, so I decided to get one. I don't want to spend a lot of money on my first bike, because I'll probably crash it a lot and stuff. Well, I need help buying my first bike. I have a little cash and I found an affordable 1988 suzuki gsx250e, but I don't know if it is worth it buying that exact bike. The man said the accumulator was changed to a brand new one and he said it was in good shape. Here are some pictures:




Is it worth it buying it for ~190 euros?
09-30-2008 01:16 PM
jeeps84
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Originally Posted by Unstroked View Post
Hello my name is James Aldana and I am looking at buying a bike. I am a complete newb to bikes. Riding bikes runs in my families blood and I am just a late bloomer. I was only looking to get a bike for some daily driving and the occasional PCH run. I know you guys mentioned buying a 250 or 500, but I wanted to get a 600. From what some friends that ride tell me they wished they would have just started with there 600's. The question that I have is how important is a slipper clutch? Looking forward to riding with some of you in the future.
We recommend the lil bikes for you safety. As already stated many time. They have more than enough power to get a newbie in trouble. If you insist on a bigger bike, at least consider a much cheaper older used bike of your liking for a season or three.

The slipper clutch helps a lot for extrema ridding and for newbie's. Its biggest benefit is limiting rear wheel hoop during fast downshifts.
09-22-2008 12:39 AM
Unstroked Hello my name is James Aldana and I am looking at buying a bike. I am a complete newb to bikes. Riding bikes runs in my families blood and I am just a late bloomer. I was only looking to get a bike for some daily driving and the occasional PCH run. I know you guys mentioned buying a 250 or 500, but I wanted to get a 600. From what some friends that ride tell me they wished they would have just started with there 600's. The question that I have is how important is a slipper clutch? Looking forward to riding with some of you in the future.
09-15-2008 09:43 AM
jwab1613 ok hope i get lots of advice on this question here. what are the no nos in buying a used bike? the obvious ones like having bunged up foot pegs or pipe? im definately a newbie on a budget so i can stand some cosmetic flaws. but what is unacceptable or a red flag? i want to get a good reliable bike and has to be pretty low dollar as im paying cash i just dont wanna get screwed. thanks for all the help-chuck
06-20-2008 12:27 PM
specwolf fro the sake of the 08 ninja 250R the insurance price for me is roughly 230 a year, the test rides I have been on are great, but then again I am new to riding. As for looks the new 08 looks mean to me. I am only 2 midgets above 5 feet so the larger bikes dont work cause I sit on them with the tips of my toes BARELY touching the floor so I work with what I can the 08 Ninja 250R but I still love her.
06-03-2008 01:44 AM
NewMotoRider
New 08 250r

Has anyone taken a ride on this bike. I really want something for to and from work...no stunts! Just fun but I would like alot of speed. For the first year or two I want to start off small and then get a 600 or 750...the new ninja looks great! ...but IS it great?
01-14-2008 02:45 AM
BTMendenhall I read almost this entire, 3 page, post. And, I still dont know where i stand. I dont know which bike would be best for me to start out on given my other driving experiences...

I grew up riding other people's dirtbikes when i was a kid. I could just jump on a 450 (without ever having ridden anything else) and pull the front tires in every gear. Call it natural talent or sheer stupidity, i just always felt comfortable on (or in) motored vehicles.

I currently drive a drag race car which is quite faster than most stock street bikes. Of which, i just jumped in and drove. The car goes high 7's in the quarter mile in the 170+mph range. I regularly race at a local dragstrip in San Diego which is an 1/8 mile track where i run consistent 5.30's and 5.20's wheelstanding to half track every pass.

As i said, i live in San Diego so i dont have to worry about weird weather. And, my car's paid off which i would keep for those rainy days or if i needed to transport something. So, im not worried about not sticking with the whole motorcycle thing.

I would be mostly riding for transportation on wide, open roads where the speed limit is 40. Its like that all the way from my house or my work.

Of course the first thing i want to do is go buy a 1000... for room to grow of course... but, after reading all these posts, I think that i want to think this through and talk to some experienced riders (such as yourselves) a little more...

I am very curious to hear your thoughts with my prior background.

Thanks for the advice in advance, Brian Mendenhall
<-- i just like starwars!
06-25-2007 12:06 PM
Kawi!
Newbie

I rode dirt bike as a kid. I'm 31 now and finally decided to get a sport bike. I bought the 500 Ninja, and think it does good for a little bike. And I'm 6 foot and 230 pounds. When I'm ready I will move up 2 the 600
06-24-2007 03:04 AM
dalejr_802 for those people who rides a ninja 250r how much do you guys pay for your insurance by the way i dont have my m1 license yet but have a clean c class record since i got it 2 years ago
06-20-2007 05:28 AM
dalejr_802 so whats the best bike for a newbie that owns a 125cc scooter which i ride everyday

should i get 250 or 599cc

im looking for a good looking newbie bike anything that looks better than a ninja 250 is good i would also consider good looking used bike
04-06-2007 11:51 AM
UhhOhh yeah thats the reason behind the name. LOL I bought a 2002 honda 954 in tip top condition. Man im here to tell anyone thats just starting or hasnt rode in years do not go out and buy the deal of a life, all tricked out liter bike.. it makes it hard to learn on. im saying this from my experiences im having now. research everything before you buy a bike as i did not till i already paid for mine.
-UhhOhh
04-06-2007 11:01 AM
ebbs15
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Originally Posted by UhhOhh View Post
to bad i didnt read this 2 days ago
-uhhohh
is that the reason for the name?


so what did you buy?
04-06-2007 04:44 AM
UhhOhh to bad i didnt read this 2 days ago
-uhhohh
12-13-2006 11:35 AM
Carolina
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post
good point i put a lot of miles on my bike and ride with friends and family alot and am feeling real slow compared to them at takeoff not midrange i can keep up fairly well i will have to see
12-13-2006 11:34 AM
Carolina
Thanks

good point i put a lot of miles on my bike and ride with friends and family alot and am feeling real slow compared to them at takeoff not midrange i can keep up fairly well i will have to see
12-10-2006 01:09 PM
jeeps84
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post
I have been riding my gsf500 for about a year and want to move up but is the 600 that much of a difference most people I talk to say get the 750 but everywhere I have read about the gsxr 750 2006 they say it's a beast I am only sport riding and commuting to work but would like to hit the track in the future what do you guys think.
Time isn't a factor. Mileage is. Only you truly know if your ready for the jump and a big jump it will be. IMO the 750 is a liter bike minus the top speed. So, don't ask yourself if your ready. You'll know. Just be honest with yourself.
12-10-2006 10:16 AM
Carolina I have been riding my gsf500 for about a year and want to move up but is the 600 that much of a difference most people I talk to say get the 750 but everywhere I have read about the gsxr 750 2006 they say it's a beast I am only sport riding and commuting to work but would like to hit the track in the future what do you guys think.
12-07-2006 10:56 PM
Ben_Huge
amen brother

your right brother, though i do have 15 years dirt experience it was still surprised by my 06 gixxer 6 thanks for the advice and keep it shiny side up.
HUGE-
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Originally Posted by oldetymebiker View Post
Well, the weather is warming up, and the main posts in the beginner's section all sound pretty much the same:

"I've ridden (dirt bikes, a little, none at all, twenty years ago; you pick which applies) and I want to know which bike to buy".

First off, there is no "best" bike to have....almost any bike is better than no bike, in my opinion.

With one exception:

If you stick around here long enough, you'll read threads from people who ask:" I've never ridden, but I REALLY want that 180 hp Suyamawakida 1400cc 220mph Ninjabusa R12ZX. I know you people are all pansies who think I should start on some little 120 hp, 165mph 600 pansie SuperSport bike, but, even though I've never thrown a leg over one, I KNOW I'm a better rider than most of you, and I'm confident I can handle it. What do you think?"

I think you'll either trash the bike or yourself in the first two days, or you'll scare the bujesus out of yourself and end up letting it sit in the garage for two years 'till the carbs are munged up and the tires are flat-spotted and the fork seals start to weep. And I'll end up buying it from you for real cheap and fixing it, like I do 3-4 times a year.

My advice; unless you're made out of money, buy something in the 250-500 area that runs well, but won't break your bank or your heart if you dump it; 'cause the odds are, as a new rider, that you WILL dump it. The specific bike DOESN"T MATTER....it's your LEARNING bike. You're going to LEARN how to ride; you're going to LEARN if you even LIKE this sport or not. Many don't.

Many crash once and get hurt, a little or a lot, and decide that they'd rather hangglide or freeclimb. They maybe don't crash, but they barely avoid being some clown's hood ornament on I95, and decide that an M1 Abrams is more suited to commuting. Even more find out that the freedom of being out in the elements also means being out in the wind, the pouring rain, the sleet, the unexpected 40 degree temperature drop, and want none of it.

So why bite off more than you need to, both money wise, and size wise, until you're certain that this IS for you. Because believe you me, buying the biggest and the baddest right off is going to handicap your riding. How's That, you say?

Modern day high performance steetbikes are like NOTHING you've ever experienced, save driving a Formula One race car, or maybe a 20 year old funny car. I'm NOT kidding; the power to weight ratios are about the same, the sensitivity to rider intputs is about the same, and the ability to create mayhem in the hands of a novice is about the same. Some of the top-of-the-line sportbikes will turn 9's in the quarter mile,with top speeds pushing 200 mph right out of the crate. They are also heavy, top heavy, touchy and handle akwardly at low speeds, like in parking lots, city streets and in the driveway, where you are most likely to dump it.

So, you say, "what should I buy?"

Stick with a 600cc upper limit, and remember that todays cutting edge 600's are almost as fast, but even twitchier and less forgiving than the open class bikes. A better choice is in the 250-500 range- 250 for smaller, lighter riders, 500's and older 600's for larger riders, or those with a little or dirt experience. So how do you pick?

Go to the local dealerships, and sit on a bunch of bikes (leave your money and "signing pen" at home, and tell the saleman you're just looking). Your object is not to pick out your bike today; it's to find out what feels right and fits you. Sit on as many bikes as they'll let you; sit on sportbikes, cruisers, naked bikes and tourers. Find out if you can touch the ground with the bike straight up and down....if you can't, move on to something else. Get a feel for what works for you and what doesn't. If you have to stretch to reach the bars, or lean the bike 10 degrees as each stop, you'll end up working harder at the basics of control, when you should be working on refining your riding.

Now go read the Sunday want ads for used bikes, and pick out a couple of the bikes you think you might be interested in. Call the seller and MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. When the time comes, LEAVE YOUR MONEY AT HOME. Your object is not to buy the bike today, it's to gather more intel. You need to sit on a few more bikes, and get a feel for the market and prices. If you're like me, you'll be tempted to make an offer (I hardly ever met a bike I didn't like). Resist it! Make some notes to yourself after each visit, noting the bike, the price, condition, and the cost of any work that needs to be done.

When you get home, check out the NADA website, and also KBB.com for relative prices on the year, make and model of the bikes you're interested in. These are not written in stone; bikes very GREATLY as to milage, condition, and local market forces, but these will give you some guide. Don't forget to budget money for gear (Helmet, jacket, gloves and boots, minimum) and training.

When you've made your decision to buy, take along a knowledgable rider, if you have such a luxury. They can point out problems with the bike you may have missed.

Good luck, and have fun and we'll see 'ya out there.
11-29-2006 05:58 AM
marko138
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Originally Posted by LnyBrd View Post
Yes, I will post my experience as "case in point". When I first started I bought a used Katana 600 but never had a chance to ride it before I got my license and traded it in on a new one, now granted it was only a Ninja 650r but it was plenty of bike once I got it out of the dealership. Ok so I drive for several months no drops no nothing, I must say at thsi point Im feeling pretty good. Then one day Im going to work, coming out of my driveway and I dropped it right in front of my house. I stood there pi$$ed, shaking, sick to my stomach and confused. Not because I felt somewhat ashamed but because I just scratched up my $6,000 toy....Later that very same week I kissed a curb with my tire and dropped it on the other side.. ..Since then I've not had a relapse but my point is this....Man am I glad I only spent 6k on that bike...the ZX-11 I really wanted was twice that.
And imagine what shape you and your bike would be in if you bought that zx11.



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