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View Poll Results: Which bike do you recommend for a n00b
ninja 250/300 29 80.56%
Ninja 650 1 2.78%
honda cbr 500 4 11.11%
ducati monster 696 1 2.78%
street triple 0 0%
BMW gs 650 1 2.78%
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok im starting to look for a first bike. I looked a year ago and something came up so I waited. now I need some opinions on what would be best suited for me. I have a few choices in mind. I want a bike I can keep for a few years before Ill want to upgrade. I have a lot of choices but I just wanna pick what is best.
By the way all bikes will be new.
Ninja 250/300
Ninja 650
Honda cbr 500 R/F/X doesn't matter
ducati monster
street triple (I feel like that might cause some backlash but I really like how it looks)
BMW GS650.
The only bike i have rode on the street is a 650 ninja in a group demo ride.
I have my license now I need help picking a bike, any and all advice is appreciated.
also if there are any other bikes I should look at let me know

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Going to use the bike to travel to and from college 70-80% city/suburb riding.
Insurance is a factor
I have sat on all of the bikes except the honda CBR 500 (it isnt out yet) and I fit on them all well.
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180 lbs (trying to lose some)

When i looked last year and was ready to buy I was gonna get the street triple hands down but now I'm having second thoughts, thats why I came here.

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Used Ninja 250, keep it a year or two, ride the hell out of it, sell it and get most of your money back out of it
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Unless you are pissing rich and money is no object. If you are paying everything yourself, your financial situation most likely will dictate what you will be riding.

You are 18 right? Have you even attempt to find out how much you will be paying for insurance on those bikes you mentioned? In addition to the cost of the bike itself, tax, fuel and all the riding gear you may need.
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What F4 said.

And stay away from the triple. It's just a nekkid Daytona 675 SS.
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The 250 class bikes are gona be your cheapest in insurance, matiance, and repair costs. Yea you my be thinking "but it's a 250" and Yea it my not be the fastest bikes on the market, but if your into the 100mpg stand up wheelie crowd you in the wrong place.

A 250 will not only teach you to ride better and faster but because your 18 it will probably save your life in the future.
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How do I fianace a used bike. I've never looked into it.
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You are young and new, if I were you I'd buy a 250R Ninja used, invest in some proper full gear and some riding lessons, and go have lots of fun.

Low costs, lots of parts available, low insurance and maintenance. And you are new, man, you need to ride a bike that will forgive your mistakes to some extent. Even so, a 250R is nothing to look down upon; I rode a 12hp bike for 3 years, and had a blast.

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don't finance a used bike, just buy off craiglist. get one cheep enough so that you can just buy it.
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Ok so I guess that means everyone agrees ninja 250\300 would be best. Actually I was looking around at some of the stickys and there is a aprillia 125 I really like how that looks any where I can get Thoses. And also I'd rather buy from the dealer because I've had and heard about alot of bad experiences on Craigslist.
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Ok so I guess that means everyone agrees ninja 250\300 would be best. Actually I was looking around at some of the stickys and there is a aprillia 125 I really like how that looks any where I can get Thoses. And also I'd rather buy from the dealer because I've had and heard about alot of bad experiences on Craigslist.
New Aprilia RS 125 (two stroke) aren't available at dealerships anymore. I think 2010 was the last year they imported them and even those were track only use (not DOT & EPA legal). Used street plated RS 125s rarely come on market in the US and when they do they command premium prices. The newer RS4 125 is overpriced and anemic (4 stroke) and not worth the hefty price tag. I'd strongly recommend sticking with a used Ninja 250 for many reasons.

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I'd like to finance to build my credit as well
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Sounded to me you have zero research on how you are going to pay for the bike and how much insurance will cost you.

Did your research, then come back and make a "OMG! My insurance quote!" thread, then we will talk about bikes.
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i want to irresponsibly go into debt so that i can build a reputation for being responsible is not a well thought out plan.

unless you can afford to buy a 2000 dollar 250 +500 dollars in gear outright you can't afford a motorcycle.

buy the bike out right, then pay your own insurance.

go to school and rent a place, pay your rent on time.
put the utilities in your name, pay them on time.
have a job.
these will do a lot more for your credit than a 2000 dollar loan on a motorcycle you crash, then stop paying the loan on.
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i want to irresponsibly go into debt so that i can build a reputation for being responsible is not a well thought out plan.

unless you can afford to buy a 2000 dollar 250 +500 dollars in gear outright you can't afford a motorcycle.

buy the bike out right, then pay your own insurance.

go to school and rent a place, pay your rent on time.
put the utilities in your name, pay them on time.
have a job.
these will do a lot more for your credit than a 2000 dollar loan on a motorcycle you crash, then stop paying the loan on.
I can afford it. I didn't come for financial advice lol. I just want a bike that would be BEST suited for me to go back and forth to college on and just enjoy riding motorcycles. Forget I said about credit and financing and money. I might just get it in my fathers name so insurance would be underneath him and I'd be a secondary rider. It was like 100 a Month when I was gonna go through with it last year on the street triple so a 300/250 ninja will be a lot less. So I guess I'm set on a ninja 300/250
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