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Old 02-01-2006, 04:19 AM   #61
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While I currenly own A Kwak ZRX, I'd have to say my Honda Nighthawk 750 was probably the easiest to ride and did everything well enough to be the best bike I've ever owned. A new rider could learn on the Nighthawk, add accessories depending on the type of riding (fairing etc.) and have a really nice, reliable do it all bike for years to come.
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:24 AM   #62
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Hey, Chicken Little, these must be "good" times then.

I agree, look at all the opportunity that is available under W. Save now!

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Old 02-01-2006, 05:13 AM   #63
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Back in the mid 1970's, my first street bike was a hand-me-down CB175 from my dad when he bought a CB350. I later got the CB350 when he quit riding.



Years later, when I re-entered the fray (1997), I bought a new GS500E that I rode for 2-3 years till I bought a Buell M2. I handed the GS500E back down to my dad when he decided to start riding again.



Recently, I bought a used 2004 Ninja 250R for my wife. Plenty forgiving for a newbie, fun to thrash for an experienced rider.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:22 AM   #64
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I agree with SuperBill above. Where is the survey?



I am 60 years old and ride an SV650. The SV650 is way more than enough for a first bike. Buy a used bike for the first ride and save $1000 +++ for proper riding gear. Good Jacket, Pants, Boots, Full Face Helmet, etc.



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Old 02-01-2006, 05:30 AM   #65
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Uh, duh. ZX-10R. What can I say? I'm a value shopper.



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Old 02-01-2006, 05:39 AM   #66
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There is no BEST beginner bike;when picking one there are several variables to consider,such as riders age,size, athleticism and aspirations.My wife (5'4',108lb.)began riding at the age of 51. She is in excellent shape and very athletic(water skis/snow skis,etc.) but was a little leary of riding.I ruled out the Honda Rebel since i dont think the cruiser layout is best for beginners and she didnt like the feel of the Kawi EX500. She took the MSF course on a Nighthawk 250 but didnt want one for some strange female reason. I was looking for an EX250 ,but she sat on a BUELL BLast and liked the feel. Very slightly used with 330 miles on the clock for $3k.Her sister bought a new Blast at the same time. Bottom line is its perfect for her......everything is about 7/8 scale so it fits her perfect. It doesnt have much power,but she mostly rides on rural 2 lane blactop type roads at 50-65 mph. She has gotten pretty proficient and Iwant her to "move up" to a Guzzi Breva 750 or a Ducati Monster 620 (so I can ride it dammit) but shes sticking to the Blast.....its just very user friendly and she's comfortable on it. I dont think the Blast would make a good beginner bike for a 6',24 year old male and the Kawi 250 might be better for a smallish women interested in a more aggressive riding style,but for my smallish middle aged,cruising speed wife,it worked perfect.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:54 AM   #67
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I think Naco was referring to the 250cc Nighthawk and Rebels used in the MSF course and not all past Nighthawk models. The 250 Nighthawk is the only one of the breed still in production, hence the liberal use of the moniker. And I'm sure it would be seriously smoked by any of the other '80's Nighthawk flavors. The old 75OSC was a pretty hot bike for its day.



P.S. The first streetbike I ever rode was a not-too-beat-up '82 Nighthawk 450. I owned a '97 750 as a re-entry bike. And, if I must say, I'm definitely not a klutz.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:22 AM   #68
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If its your first bike you will make some beginner's mistakes which include things like falling over at stop signs, forgetting to put down the sidestand, using the too much front brake in a low speed turn. These things will hurt. Might as well do this on a bike with not much money invested and light enough for you to pick up yourself and move on.



When all the stupid is out of your system buy your dream bike!!!
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:23 AM   #69
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I've never really got that feet flat on the ground requirement, just slid your butt off the seat and tippy toe.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:25 AM   #70
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XR50.... 3 weeks later... Busa!
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