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Old 05-16-2006, 07:19 AM   #31
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Default Re: ZZR 600 or Ninja 650R?

Ninja 500 or 650. Ducati Monster 620 or 695. Enjoy!
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:20 AM   #32
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Default Re: ZZR 600 or Ninja 650R?

For most 250s I would have to agree. The Ninja is very different than any other 250 on the market.

It is pretty fast, stops well, and is a lot of fun to ride.

If at some point you want a bigger bike you can sell it in a heartbeat or you could use it for track days.

an EX500 would also be a good choice.

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Old 05-16-2006, 07:44 AM   #33
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I bought the ZZR 600 when it was the ZX-6R in 2000. It was my first bike. I learned to ride dirt bikes about 20 years previously. Although I now own a Hayabusa I still have my ZX-6R. It is quite a handful for a true first timer. My bike will do 170mph so I don't think I would call it a starter bike. I do agree with the others that you will get bored with a Ninja 250 very quickly. In fact you will probably want to trade up during your first riding season. A couple of my friends are like that. The 650 is not a bad choice since it doesnt have the power of the 6R. Take a look at a used Katana 600 for a first bike. Brand new they are in the $5k range. I gave one to my girlfriend for learning purposes and she loved it. I also rode it and had plenty of fun. You WILL definitely drop your first bike. A used Katana 600 may be a good starting point then upgrade once you have the skills. Good luck on your course and make sure you always wear safety gear..."Dress for the crash not for the ride."
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:07 AM   #34
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You seem really really mature, you should save yourself the money in the long run and go ahead and order your ZX-14 now.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:31 AM   #35
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Of the two bikes you mention, the 650 is by far the better choice. But do consider the 250 Ninja. Over 70 mpg, great handling (probably doesn't matter if you're in Florida, though), great looks, light as a feather and cheap. I was already riding for 15 years when it came time to buy a new bike, and narrowed my choices down to that and a Suzuki Bandit 600. I chose the Bandit for luggage and two-up capability, but I still like those Ninjettes.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:35 AM   #36
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Dude,



Don't listen to these knobs. Here is what you do. Buy an USED bike that:



1. Fits you.

2. Has smooth clutch/throttle action.

3. Has low insurance costs (you're a 20 year old male; all insurance premiums will be high for any motorcycle).

4. Is mechanically simple (so you can learn how to do basic maintenance tasks).



Don't worry about what your buddies are riding. You ride for yourself. And remember, chicks dig bikes. They don't care what kind of bike you ride.



Don't limit your choices to just sport bikes. An older jap, middle displacement cruiser or standard is a great start. It's a starter bike, use it for what it is. Ride it everywhere, work on it, make mistakes, have fun, learn, learn learn.



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Old 05-16-2006, 08:38 AM   #37
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Yeah, don't listen to these knobs.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:42 AM   #38
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The Ninja 650 is much better choice and should be manageable for a cautious beginner.An EX500 would be better still,but if you are set on a 650 or600,you wont be happy. Dont believe you HAVE to drop your bike. My wife took her MSF course(dropped bike once) and has yet to drop her Buell Blast in 3000 miles of driving. Trick? She fits the bike well,rides within her limits,avoids traffic congestion as much as possible and only rides with small groups of riders(1-3) who keep her skill level in mind.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:54 AM   #39
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I started on a 01-ZX-6R = ZZR 600 but I was older than the usual newbie (over 30). The ZX-6R has a relaxed seating postion compared with other sportbikes.. Almost as comfy as a VFR.. See MOs comparasion of the two..



However, Twin engine bikes have nice low end torque which is nice for newbies </a>



The tires on the ZX-6R will be more expensive and the 8000 mi valve adjustments aren't cheap.



I would buy a used SV650S... or EX500.. ride the crap out it and then get a R6, CBR600RR, ZX-6R etc.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:56 AM   #40
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What is with the YOU WILL DROP IT comments.



Knock on wood (where's KP's head when I need it), but I've never dropped a streetbike in my life.



I've flung plenty of dirtbikes into the weeds but it can't be that hard to keep a streetbike upright.
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