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New member, new bike
Not exactly new, i posted here a couple years back but my handle got deleted. At the time I picked up a 93 Katana 600 but it was stolen shortly thereafter.
I just picked up a 2005 Ninja 500R with 2500 miles for $4200. I know a lot of people recomend the Katana as a starter bike, but I'm amazed at the difference between the Ninja and the Katana. The Ninja is much more forgiving and I don't look quite as stupid quite as often. The speed difference is negligible, though I do miss the sound of the inline 4.
I have to say, you guys really nailed it with the advice to start on this bike. And I recomend anyone looking at the katana scrap that thought and go with the Ninja, not that my 2 cents are really worth anything as a new rider. If anything, the weight difference alone makes parking lots much more manuverable. And that seems to be the easiest place to embarrass yourself as a new rider.
The MSF course really helped too. I just spent the last hour in a parking lot practicing my clutch control with the figure 8s.
Thanks for your flames, rants, and advice.