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Old 06-24-2011, 02:54 PM   #21
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Helmets depend on the shape of your head. Arai and Shoei are the major brands that tend to cater to one shape or another. Though anything with dot and snell approval should fit the bill. HJC makes decent cheap helmets. I dont skimp on lids, not because the higher price affords more protection, but because it tends to offer more comfort. Wear whatever lid you decide on for at least 20 min while you wander around the store. That should offer up any bad pressure points that will show as you ride. It should be firm but not tight, little pucker but not a lot and shake your head, if it slops, put it back. They break in and loosen a bit as you ride.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #22
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i see lots of HJC helmets on the rode, so tight, and firm, but should have a little wiggle, i figure through the course they can really help me pick the right size.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #23
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Its your head, so you'll know the size better than anyone. Go to the local shops and try on a bunch, then wear around the one you like to make sure it doesnt cause any pain. Also the brighter the better IMO, do not do black, hot in the sun and invisible in the dark. Being seen is your #1 safety line while riding in traffic.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:40 AM   #24
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I'm 6'5" and 195 lbs. I started on a 1985 Honda Nighthawk CB700SC. It had plenty of legroom and plenty of power. If you can find one, I'd def recommend it. If not, then look for a CB750 (late model Honda Nighthawk). The Nighthawk 650 might fit, but if I remember correctly the dimensions are slightly smaller.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:05 PM   #25
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i'll look for a 750. i did see one.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:52 AM   #26
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Those old CB Nighthawks are mechanically excelent bikes. Anything from the middle 90's to 2003 should be found for under $2300. But don't let the standard seating position fool you. They are fast bikes for what they are.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #27
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Been following your threads here, thanks a lot for the information. If I may suggest, go for the 2002 Ninja 500. Been using it as my first bike.

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Old 08-05-2011, 06:10 AM   #28
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The Ninja 500 has been the same bike for around 20 years, so the 2002 model is like the others.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #29
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i actually got a 2005 ninja 500r
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