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Old 06-18-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default Hey guys just wanted an opinion

The time has come and I'm seriously looking towards geting a bike as my primary mode of transport. Better milage, cheaper insurance rates (at least from what I was quoted), and the sweet joy of the ride. What's not to love.

I'm definately taking an riding course. I'm just not sure how to go for my first bike. I probably have to go new cause I acn't amass more than 1500 for a down payment without my fiance dipping her hand in the honey jar . I was looking at maybe the V-Star 250 or similar bike just to get started, as it seemed a little similar to the '86 honda hawk my dad and I tooled around in a few years ago. But fear it will lack the weight and power for it to take to the highway for my commute to work. As for myself i'm 25 yrs. 5'10" at 260 lbs. So no lightweight I just don't want to end up with more bike than I can handle.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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EX 500 would suit you nicely, I bet. Can be had spankin'-new for less than $4K, two-year-old bike for less than $3K. Check Craigslist and ebay.

Seating position is very similar to that old Hawk, with just a slight more-forward lean.

Don't let me woo you completely-away from a 250 though; if you think you should start-out on one, you're quite possibly right.

I would advise buying used, whatever style bike it is you feel floats your boat.
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:25 AM   #3
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SO why would you buy a Ninja 250 for $3500 if you can get a 500 for $4000? Are they really selling that far below msrp?
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:55 AM   #4
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5' 10" and 260 pounds; I'm thinking you need to buy a bike that can handle you! I'd recommend a DP or a Standard. I doubt any of the 'sporty' bikes will fit your physique.

And, the 'little' bikes may make you look like a circus bear riding a mini-bike.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:13 PM   #5
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I'm also looking at the 1st bike. Not sure I know enough to buy used. Although, I may try if a nice deal comes along in the next month. I have been looking at the V-Star Classic pretty seriously as a starter. $5,500I OTD seems reasonable for a new one. I'm 6ft and 230 lbs....built for comfort, not for speed. I did read a review on the V-Star 250 and the rider was a larger gent who felt the bike was sufficient to haul his big self around pretty well on the streets. If anyone has experience w/ the V-Star classic 650, by all means share...enquiring minds want to know!
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:36 PM   #6
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SO why would you buy a Ninja 250 for $3500 if you can get a 500 for $4000? Are they really selling that far below msrp?
Ninja 250 = $3295 and EX 500 = $3995, last I priced 'em.

Of course, my numbers may be wrong now - it's been awhile.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:58 PM   #7
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The V-Star 650 is an excellent little bike. It'd be a good starter bike for you, IF you fit on a cruiser. And by fit, I mean how it feels after you've ridden it a couple hours. You can't tell how it's going to fit in a showroom.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:00 PM   #8
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SO why would you buy a Ninja 250 for $3500 if you can get a 500 for $4000? Are they really selling that far below msrp?
http://www.motorcycle.com/news/kawas...kes-83375.html

WOW! That's a big F'n jump ($5499) since last I priced the half-pint Ninja. That, or I'm mis-remembering the price.

Sorry, my mistake on that.

It's still another BNG year for the EX500...................
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:14 AM   #9
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I'd guess you'd find the 250 adequate to take you on the highway to work. You'll probably outgrow it, but I rode a 350 single to work for years, I'm about 6' 1" and 210 lbs, and it was a dual sport that didn't put out much in the way of ponies.
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:03 PM   #10
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You and a zillion other new riders will be hitting the road (literally)within the next few months due to fuel prices. Do yourself a favor and buy a small car, like a Fiat 500 or something. The roads are a dangerous place now days, and commuting on a weed-wacker powered dinky motorcycle can result in true carnage, as some poor EMT scrapes you out of a Buick's grill around happy hour.
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