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Old 04-29-2004, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle

absolutely no two wheel or four wheel (ATV, etC) experience whatsoever. How should I go about doing this? What shuld be my first bike? i'm reasonably even-keeled.

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Old 04-29-2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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Study. Get your permit. Take the safety class.

If you do well and feel like you want to go further, I recommend buying a set of good leathers (coat and pants), boots, gloves, and a of couse a helmet. Note: Leather only protects against ripping your skin off, but not broken bones; get CE approved armor either integrated into your leather, or wear it as an add-on.

Not all the stuff has to be fancy and expensive. You just need to protect yourself.
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:46 PM   #3
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yes, MSF gives you bikes to practice on during the course. If you can't pass the first time, you probably should redirect your energy elsewhere...
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:49 PM   #4
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MSF Beginner's course. Then the intermediate course once you've bought your own bike.
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:54 PM   #6
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After you buy all the gear, peruse the classifieds for a reasonably priced, used bike that strikes your fancy. Most will recommend that you stay away from race replicas, many would argue that you should stay away from sport bikes in general. It's really your call. But you will likely drop it once or twice, so don't get anything brand new or super fancy as your first bike. I'd recommend looking at naked standards...but that's just me. It's your call.
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:56 PM   #7
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that would be a great first bike

But seriously, MSF, fo shizzle.
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:59 PM   #8
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i've been thinking this too but don't really want to(i'd scare the bejeezes out of myself)

what are your thoughts on a ninja 250R?
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:02 PM   #9
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Schwinn? Can you even ride a bicycle?

Most people will recommend you start with something small because it is MUCH safer and actually easier to learn quickly on.

You will probably drop your first bike a lot, so don't pay too much for it.

MSF is essential.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:03 PM   #10
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i've been thinking this too but don't really want to(i'd scare the bejeezes out of myself)

what are your thoughts on a ninja 250R?
Less horsepower doenst necessarily mean safer. It all has to do with your ability to control it, just like in a car.

I actually prefer the most horses I can get...I feel safer knowing that I can throttle myself out of a tight spot, instead of braking and swerving (which is bad).


A good naked bike to get would be a Suzuki SV600. You can get one for under $4,000 used. http://adcache.cycletrader.com/5/4/2/59575442.htm
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:04 PM   #11
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i've been thinking this too but don't really want to(i'd scare the bejeezes out of myself)

what are your thoughts on a ninja 250R?
Excellent first bike, but do the MSF before you buy it.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:08 PM   #12
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mos def.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:08 PM   #13
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Excellent first bike, but do the MSF before you buy it.
I dunno. Unless he's a fully paid up member of the tutu wearing fairy fraternity he may get bored of the 250 a bit quick.

If you're gonna get one, I'd suggest getting a well used one that you can sell for nearly as much as you paid for it.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:12 PM   #15
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Allow me to state first and foremost that I am a sport rider. My first bike was a Ninja 250R and I put nearly 7000 miles on it in two seasons before selling it. I am presently shopping for my next ride and it will almost certainly be a sportbike or sport tourer in the 600-1000cc range. I am also building a track bike in my garage which I hope to complete this season (a Yamaha FZR600). Although I am not an expert rider by any stretch, I have tinkered enough and done enough research along with talking with other riders to be able to speak with some degree of knowledge on the subject.

I talked with a guy who was an expert, so that makes me one....
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Be careful...

...and give me your STi.
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Bored with a 250? I suppose. Then again, learning to ride properly on a 250 will serve him or any rider better than being squidly on a super sport. A 250 is more than fast enough to get someone in trouble, but it's going to be a lot more forgiving than a bigger bike. I certainly wouldn't suggest buying a 250 new. Like John C said, buy one used - you should be able to unload it to another beginner for nearly the price you bought it.
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Ninja 250s go for about $1000 around here. I almost picked one up two years ago but couldn't scrape together the money. I would start with the MSF course if I ever did decide to get a bike.
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I talked with a guy who was an expert, so that makes me one....
You get a cookie for being able to critically think! You should take anything you see on the internet with a grain of salt, and consider the source. Good for you.

Last time I checked the site it had a number of different bikes on it, with a little bit of information on each one. Definitely of use to someone considering a motorcycle for the first time. Just trying to offer up some resources...no need to be a jerk.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:35 PM   #20
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Sport bikes are all about skill. There are dudes on old Ninja 500's that can smoke just about anyone in the twisties, regardless of what the other person is riding. If you get a smaller bike, and learn how to ride it proficiently, then you will be a better rider later on. Purchasing a sport bike should have no ego factor involved, ego gets you dead on a sportbike. Start small, cheap, and used, learn how to ride the snot of out what you get, then get something a little quicker after a few seasons. Remember you are going to need good gear as well, so factor that into how much you are going to spend on a purchase.
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