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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-22-2009, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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New guy, no bike yet

Hey All,
Just thought I would introduce myself. I'm 24 years old and live in SoCal. I have been looking at motorcycles for a while now and I figure I would start to do some more research and participate here on the forums.

My experience is slim to none. I have only ridden on a friends bike twice as a passenger. Other than that I jumped on a 50cc a few times when I was a kid.

I haven't purchased a bike yet because I still need to do more research and see what is a good bike for a newbie. It would have to be a pretty tame beast, as I don't want to go overkill on the first bike. Everyone says it's a good idea to buy your first bike used because more likely than not you might lay it down a few times (hopefully not crash!)

Anyways I look forward to hearing from you guys. Have a good one!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 01:03 AM
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Welcome to the forum.... a great starter bike is a Ninja 250, or an older 600 model.

Let us know what you decide on getting though... start small is all we can tell you and be careful too.



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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 04:22 AM
 
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The following are all good beginner bikes:

Suzuki
GS500
SV650
Katana

Yamaha
FZ6
YZF600R

Honda
599
Nighthawk 750
CBR600F4i

Kawasaki
Ninja 250
Ninja 500
Ninja 650
ZZR600
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 07:50 AM
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 10:02 AM
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welcome aboard.

I recommend starting with a dirtbike, it'll give you a feel a lot faster for what it feels like when you're losing traction, and teach you to not panic when that happens. Panic is what gets people killed.

HAIL TO THE KING!!

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome and your responses. As far as maintenance goes, is any manufacturer more rugged/solid than another?
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 05:22 AM
 
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Any bike from the big 4 Japanese are nearly bulletproof. Routine maintenance and most all of them will go 100k+.

Fuel injection is less maintenance, but if you have a twin cylinder with only 1 or 2 carbs then they're easy to maintain as well.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2016, 07:47 PM
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As you have very little experience i would recommend taking a Motorcycle Safety Course.
The one i took had hands on training on bikes, and the test at the end counted for my road test for my license.


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