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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner bike special!

Suzuki is now offering the GS500F for only $4399 NEW. That's only $300 more than the Ninja 250.

This is an excellent beginner's bike, for anyone looking to buy.

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unless you plan on staying on it for a while i dont find buying a new 250 or 500 very smart... only starter bike id maybe buy new is the 650s as id just stay on them for a long time till i got enough spare cash for a 600 up front
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They're great little bikes. A dealer around here has '09s for 3,999.

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That's a pretty good deal. I like the 500 size, I have one in my stable (albeit a Ninja 500 that I'm restoring) and that size is just a blast to ride.

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I still don't understand why you'd want to buy your first bike off the showroom.

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I still don't understand why you'd want to buy your first bike off the showroom.
To some that are already intimidated upon entering the sport, buying new eliminates the "what was done to it before I got it" problem, and has a warranty for some piece of mind. All of my bikes have been used. Maybe one day I can get a new one. Or 3 like you Brandon!


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Because if everyone bought used bikes, there wouldn't be anyone making new ones anymore.
I bought my first bike new, and it was tagged only $400 more than people were asking for used ones.
It was pretty cool rolling over all the miles myself too.
And then I did it again on my 2nd bike, but this time it was tagged lower than anyone was asking for, shit..4-5 year old bikes lol

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Oh, back on topic.
My friends lady friend just picked up one of these brand spankin new the other day, I met up with them at the dealer for the ride back home.
They're sharp looking bikes. And solid too, You could probably run it through a tree and be fine. I'd love to take it for a rip around some twisties.
Sure the extra 250cc's gives it more oomph for highway duty, but say someone like me who avoids the highways anyways.. IMHO I'd still pick the 250r either case, any day.

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because some people just like new. is that too much to swallow?

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I see nothing wrong with people buying new bikes as their first. It's their money, I don't care to tell people how to spend it. Dropping is kind of a moot point since a drop can happen at any time in your riding career. If you do drop a new bike, the replacement parts could be significantly cheaper (1995-2005 Suzuki OEM parts are a freakin' fortune), so that's a plus. The main risk would be getting tired/scared of the sport early on and taking a big hit when you sell. If you buy new as your first, you just have to be serious about riding.

Of course, if nobody ever bought new, there wouldn't be any used bikes in the first place

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Definitely a good deal but still too much for me to spend on my first bike. I'm trying to land a 2008 250r for $3500-$3700 but it's not going to be easy. I prefer the new style. I also plan to stay away from the highway for quite some time so no need for any extra power with the Suzuki.

A friend of mine might be interested in this deal though, he also plans to ride but lives in a bit of a more urban setting so he'll have to get used to highway riding sooner than me so he can get to the quieter, twistier roads. He plans to follow my lead but I haven't told him I am taking the MSF course yet. In reading this board on how to identify a squid, he has shown some warning signs of becoming a squid (disagreed with me that full gear, even if its mesh, was necessary on the hot summer days, knocked the 250 as being too weak and expressed interest in learning to do wheelies). I'm almost rethinking getting him into the sport and if he were to start on a Suzuki, he might become a Gixxer squid in no time.

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I think this is a good bike at a good price. At these prices I don't really see how the 250r can compete.
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I bought my first bike new, and it was tagged only $400 more than people were asking for used ones.
Exactly. My buddy is taking delivery of a ninja 650 on sat for a first bike. Tried to talk him into used but a couple year old in good condition one cost almost as much as new, so he decided on that route.

I really dont see the big deal with new either. I started on an older 600 and i've never once put it down on the street. Not suggesting that as a starter bike at all however unless something unfortunate happens theres no reason why he cant learn to ride on it without ever dropping it. I also know lots of experienced riders who've dropped minty ss bikes so whatever really.
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I think this is a good bike at a good price. At these prices I don't really see how the 250r can compete.
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