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Old 09-20-2004, 10:12 PM   #1
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It's time for me to get a bike to get back and fourth from school. School is like 12 miles away, and i dont want to deal with parking...plus it costs $420/quarter for a parking pass. So i was thinking i'd get a bike for ~3K and after 2 years it's pretty much paid for its self.

So i was looking at a ninja 250, seems like a good bike for cheap. MSRP is around $2999. I know of a used one i'm gonna check out this week...an '03 with like 1500 miles, dropped once, but repaired, buying from a dealer, he's asking 2500, but i can get it lower i'm sure.

What are some other bikes to look at, used or new? I dont really want anything bigger than a 500, and i don't want to be compelled to take it in the mountains...ive got my miata for that. Any oldschooler insight would be good.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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So you don't have to pay for parking if you ride a bike?
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:27 PM   #4
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buy used.. don't get a 250.. you'll out grow it way too fast.

get a 500 if you want to keep it small.. the price increase won't be that much.. but you'll get a lot more from the bike.

personally.. I started on the same 91' aircooled 750 that I have now.
all and all it is a very manageable bike, I took my licensing test on it with no problem.

pick up a used SV-650.. good bike.. easy to find, isn't too much of a handfull for a starting rider.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:30 PM   #5
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:31 PM   #6
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buy used.. don't get a 250.. you'll out grow it way too fast.

get a 500 if you want to keep it small.. the price increase won't be that much.. but you'll get a lot more from the bike.

personally.. I started on the same 91' aircooled 750 that I have now.
all and all it is a very manageable bike, I took my licensing test on it with no problem.

pick up a used SV-650.. good bike.. easy to find, isn't too much of a handfull for a starting rider.
yeah Fishguy beat me to it, SV-650's the way to go.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:32 PM   #7
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:34 PM   #8
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The EX250 (ninja) is a ton of fun, but yeah...look at the EX500 if you can. Also the Suzuki GS500E would be one to consider. Honda also made alot of smallish CB's through the 70's and 80's that can be had for a steal. They are just basic naked bikes, called UJM's (universal japanese motorcycle). Start looking around 1980 and newer and you'll find MANY diffrent sub 500cc bikes to be had for under $1000. Maybe a Honda CB-1, it's a cult bike. Or a honda NT650 Hawk, neat little V-twin 650. It's what the SV650 tried to copy.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:35 PM   #9
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I'm not worried about outgrowing it. I don't plan on driving it to it's tolerances, and i want to stay away from twisty roads. It's specifically to avoid parking problems. I was thinking a 500 would be good too, if i could finance it i'd be willing to spend like 5K. I'm also wanting to keep the engine small so insurance isnt too much.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:36 PM   #10
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:41 PM   #11
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No such bike.

He said he doesn't want anything bigger than 500.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:47 PM   #12
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If i buy a new bike and try to keep it under 5K it opens up a lot of doors. A GS500 would probably be ideal, if i could find a used one. SV650's are nice bikes, but i wanna stay with something smaller. I was thinking a buell blast is pretty cool, but probably wont be as reliable or well designed as a japaneese bike.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:49 PM   #13
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If i buy a new bike and try to keep it under 5K it opens up a lot of doors. A GS500 would probably be ideal, if i could find a used one. SV650's are nice bikes, but i wanna stay with something smaller. I was thinking a buell blast is pretty cool, but probably wont be as reliable or well designed as a japaneese bike.
Have you ever seen one of the Blasts in person? They look like kiddie bikes.
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Guess it beats a moped, though.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:50 PM   #15
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buell blast is pretty cool, but probably wont be as reliable or well designed as a japaneese bike.
It's a waste of metal, you would be tired of it before you got off the parking lot.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:51 PM   #16
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Get a Vespa. The arsty girls will be all over you with their emo glasses.
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:03 PM   #18
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Get a Vespa. The arsty girls will be all over you with their emo glasses.
I've already got a miata if i wanna look like im teh ghey.


I'll probably go with the ninja 250 if i cant find a nice used 500. I saw a '95 katana 600 today for $2900. It just seemed like too much for me at this time.
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:17 PM   #19
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I'll probably go with the ninja 250 if i cant find a nice used 500. I saw a '95 katana 600 today for $2900. It just seemed like too much for me at this time.
The Kan-o-tuna isn't as powerful as you think, they make a good place to start if you want full fairings. On that note, what type of bike is your style? Do you want something more sporting looking, or a naked bike? 3k for a 95 katana 600 is a bit much. I'd still go for the EX500 over the Katana.
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:21 PM   #20
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I'm looking at the same thing and the GS500 looks like a really cool choice.

I can't speak from experience but my friend told me his first bike was an SV650 and while he grew to love it, he thought it was honestly too much bike at first. Of course I have the 'no such thing as too much' attitude, and he caught that and looked at me and was like "No, dude, I'm serious, you really risk killing yourself. I'm not joking." Maybe he's just a wienie but some of the reviews I've read on the web (i.e. beginnerbikes.com) say something similar (shrug).
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:28 PM   #21
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The Kan-o-tuna isn't as powerful as you think, they make a good place to start if you want full fairings. On that note, what type of bike is your style? Do you want something more sporting looking, or a naked bike? 3k for a 95 katana 600 is a bit much. I'd still go for the EX500 over the Katana.
I like the simple straight forward loook of bikes like the ninja and the GS500. The katana just seemed a lot bigger and heavier than the Ninja, when i sat on it. On weds i'm going to a big bikeshop to check out what they have, and possibly find one to get. School starts on friday...so i'll probably be driving and parking illegally for at least a day.
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:12 AM   #22
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Maybe he's just a wienie but some of the reviews I've read on the web (i.e. beginnerbikes.com) say something similar (shrug).
He's not a weeine, ANY bike will ruin your day if you have the wrong attitude. A SV 650 is a quick bike, not a fast one though. Your idea of "fast" from cars is only "quick" when it comes to 2 wheels. You are really best off starting small and learning how to controll a bike, vs getting a biger bike and just learning how to not crash it.
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is there such a thing as bike with "tip-tronic" gearbox?
My friend was telling me a while ago that he saw some bike that had the ****er on the steering wheel, simple button-push like tip-tronic on a car
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:54 AM   #24
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you missed an F.

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is there such a thing as bike with "tip-tronic" gearbox?
My friend was telling me a while ago that he saw some bike that had the ****er on the steering wheel, simple button-push like tip-tronic on a car
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500 is better.
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