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Hello everyone,

I've been considering getting myself a smaller bike to develop better skills on how to handle two-wheels. My first bike was a Suzuki GS500, but I totaled it after owning it for three months! I then immediately jumped on a Ninja 636 and doing so I feel as I never really fully developed my skill as a rider. Since then I've been considering a Ninja 250R, but I wasn't quite sure about spending $2,500+ on another bike. Then my cousin revealed to me he has a 1990 Honda NS50 that he wants to sell. He says it's in great shape and he is only asking $500 for it. Should I go for it instead of the 250?

The reason I was opting for the Ninja 250 was because not only would I be able to further develop my skill, but I can double it as a commuter tool because of the outstanding fuel efficiency. The Honda NS50 cannot be used for commuting because it isn't even capable of getting to freeway speeds.

So what do you folks think... is the Honda NS50 worth it? Or should I just save up for the Ninja 250?

Thank you for your time.
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I say get the 250, that way you can use that for a daily commuter. Save gas while developing more skills, sounds like a winner.
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you can develop your skills on any bike, it's never the bike but the rider...you should just get a vespa
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Hello everyone,

I've been considering getting myself a smaller bike to develop better skills on how to handle two-wheels. My first bike was a Suzuki GS500, but I totaled it after owning it for three months! I then immediately jumped on a Ninja 636 and doing so I feel as I never really fully developed my skill as a rider. Since then I've been considering a Ninja 250R, but I wasn't quite sure about spending $2,500+ on another bike. Then my cousin revealed to me he has a 1990 Honda NS50 that he wants to sell. He says it's in great shape and he is only asking $500 for it. Should I go for it instead of the 250?

The reason I was opting for the Ninja 250 was because not only would I be able to further develop my skill, but I can double it as a commuter tool because of the outstanding fuel efficiency. The Honda NS50 cannot be used for commuting because it isn't even capable of getting to freeway speeds.

So what do you folks think... is the Honda NS50 worth it? Or should I just save up for the Ninja 250?

Thank you for your time.
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I would vote NO on the NS. It makes a good pit bike and that's about it.

Get a 250, take some riding courses and work on your skills that way. The great thing about the 250 is that it's resale value is fantastic, so you won't take the hit you would on a bigger bike.
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I've seen a lot of NS50s in Japan and they always strike me as not being very streetable. This is the land of small bikes, little scooters are all over the road and they even ride those little bikes we used to ride as mini bikes back in the 70s, I think they are called "Gorillas" or "Monkies" or something, but NS50s are just weird.

Whenever I see an NS50 they are stuggling to get up to speed or getting in the way of cars (and other bikes). I couldn't imagine having one in the USA where cars don't really share the road with bikes. You've got to have a bike that is able to get out of its own way - NS50s can't and I think you would get run down.

If you live at the end of some quiet lane in some little tiny town then maybe, but for the real world I'll tell you to go with the 250.
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