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Old 04-29-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hello, I am buying a used ex500 tmrw and want to see if yall think it is too much for someone who has never ridden before. I am 6 feet tall 200 lbs and some people have said this would be a good bike for me. I am just using it to get to school and back about 25 miles each way. Any info you can provide is much appreciated.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:22 PM   #2
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Kawasaki 1992 500 EX

does this look like an ok deal?
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:48 AM   #3
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Looks good to me. Heck I might buy it myself.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:21 AM   #4
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Yeah, that looks like a decent choice. And take an MSF course.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:29 AM   #5
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Good first bike. Get training and take your time on your learning curve. You should not be in a rush. If your intent is commuting you should yeild excellent mpg with the baby ninja. Get yourself a good waterproof messenger bag from REI for your laptop. I've used one for 15 yrs and it's never leaked when caught in rain.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the input. I bought it today. Spent about 3 hours in a church parking lot. My slow left turns are good, right turns not so much. I spent a lot of time just slowly letting out the clutch from a stand still so I wont look like a total ass at a busy intersection. Not going to try and make the commute until I take a safety course and feel more confident. Thanks again for all your info
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:55 AM   #7
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Not going to try and make the commute until I take a safety course and feel more confident. Thanks again for all your info
Good idea on the safety course. Let us know how you're getting along. Okay?
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:12 AM   #8
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Hello, I am buying a used ex500 tmrw and want to see if yall think it is too much for someone who has never ridden before. I am 6 feet tall 200 lbs and some people have said this would be a good bike for me. I am just using it to get to school and back about 25 miles each way. Any info you can provide is much appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:03 PM   #9
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Good idea on the safety course. Let us know how you're getting along. Okay?
I will let yall know how everything goes. I have been ridding (slowly) around the back roads trying to figure out all the balancing with low speed turns. For some reason my left turns are really good but my right are awkward and wobbly. Is that normal? I started thinking my cerebellum was out of whack today. Then I stopped at a 4 way stop, and waived 4 cars through. I am getting good at slowly taking off from a stop, but I didn’t want the pressure of doing it in front of that many cars. Thanks again for all of yalls info and words of encouragement,
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:08 PM   #10
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I forgot to ask, is $192 a year too much for liability insurance? I know it’s probably different in other areas but that sounded like more than I thought it would be, not complaining though, my car was $70 a month.
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