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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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What is a good bike for a beginner?

I've never technically ridden a motorcycle but i would really love to own one. I would like one because of the mileage and the fun. But i don't know what would be a good bike to buy for my first. Note, at this point in time a am broke as a joke but planning on saving money. Also i weigh around 190 at this point. I've been told that 600 would be good for my weight and 250 would be much too small.
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I've never technically ridden a motorcycle but i would really love to own one. I would like one because of the mileage and the fun. But i don't know what would be a good bike to buy for my first. Note, at this point in time a am broke as a joke but planning on saving money. Thanks.
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I've been told a 250 is too small for my size. i weigh 190 or so. Are you sure?
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I've been told a 250 is too small for my size. i weigh 190 or so. Are you sure?
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Yes. People over 6'5, 250 lbs ride them.
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why is it considered to small for you? do you expect to make the bike crumble with your weight? it's got more than enough power to learn on. i'm 210 and those lil 250's are plenty.

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Yes. People over 6'5, 250 lbs ride them.
6'4" 240lbs here, and I've owned two of them.

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I've been told a 250 is too small for my size. i weigh 190 or so. Are you sure?
Yep. I'm 185. It's got plenty of getup and go, even with a passenger on the back. I can attest to that. Best beginner bike, bar none. Unless you weigh 250+lbs, get the 250.

The Pre-'08's are cheap as hell too. I paid $1100 for mine, and sold it for $1000
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Might already be too late guys... looks like he got a CBR600 Maybe he just needs validation for his poor choice?
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Check out the 0-60 for a Ninja 250R, its around 5.75 seconds. Then look at some cars that are around that range:

2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster 0-60 mph 5.6sec
2011 Ford Mustang 0-60 mph 5.3sec
2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan 0-60 mph 6.0sec
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 0-60 mph 11.3sec


Now riddle me this, batman: When was the last time you heard somebody accuse those of being dangerous because they'll be too slow to keep up with traffic?

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I've been told that 600 would be good for my weight and 250 would be much too small.
Whoever told you that didn't have much experience with modern motorcycles or was a shady salesman.

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Motorcycle salesman can be misleading. One tried to sell me a hayabusa as a first bike.
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did it have NOS? a turbo? bad salesman.... trying to sell you an inferior bike.

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why is it considered to small for you? do you expect to make the bike crumble with your weight? it's got more than enough power to learn on. i'm 210 and those lil 250's are plenty.
Well I've been told that it can make the bike top heavy which would be dangerous during turning.
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