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Old 02-22-2006, 04:26 PM   #11
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

The best bike to learn on is someone else's, preferably someone you don't like very much but is still stupid enough to let you borrow it.
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:50 PM   #12
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Ninja 250 hands down. I've had mine for 3 years. It was my first and I still love riding it everyday. It is inexpensive to buy, mantain, insure, and sells fast if your ready.
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:24 PM   #13
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:38 PM   #14
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1. Dirt bike 100 to 200cc. Get a used enduro or MX bike for less than $1K. Spend a similar amount on good riding gear, which you'll use on the street too. Learn to ride well on the dirt - it'll save your ass later.



2. Used Ninja 250, EX500, GS500, or SV650 in order of increasing body weight. Some dual-sports are OK too if you're tall enough to reach the ground - but get one big enough to run 90mph (KLR650, XL650); you need that on CA highways. Don't get a cruiser - poor handling, heavy, and often poor brakes.
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:51 PM   #15
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

My first street bike was a 67 CB160. I ended up with 5 of them. It was cheeper to buy another one than to buy the parts-seems everyone had one in the corner of the garage! In this century, I would have to vote for the SV650. I've had everything from a 916 to an E-glide and the most fun I've had pound for pound is on a SV650. It has enough power to keep you interested, but not so much to scare you into parking it.
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:47 AM   #16
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

I believe every one of your poll choices apply to the Ninja 250. For rideability, it has a low seat, manageable power and it is lightweight. As for resale value, you can buy a 1-2 year old used bike for $2300, ride it for 1-2 years and sell it for $2000. How many other bikes can you do that with? The bike has full fairing and looks good. It may not be sexy but it's not a bad looking bike either.

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Old 02-23-2006, 02:13 AM   #17
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An old Kawasaki 750cc two stroke tripple.

As you say "The End is Here."
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Old 02-23-2006, 05:58 AM   #18
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OK already! I can get yelled at by my boss, my wife and my kids anytime, but MO is my life, my pathetic, dog-eared no future life of spiraling debt, ill health and surviving 'til the next beer when the world goes quiet.
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:13 AM   #19
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Default Survey Issue

Attention MOfos: It appears by various comments that many of you aren't understanding how the word "survey" fits in here. Everytime we put this particular news post up, it's accompanied by a new Survey located on the right side of the main news page. Sorry for any confusion.--MO.





Maybe you ought to have the survey actually with the survey news item, or a link to the survey...If we don't go to the main news page, how are we ever to find it?
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:50 AM   #20
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I don't see the survey.
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