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Old 07-19-2010, 11:21 PM   #1
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Okay, so I think I want a motorcycle. I'm researching every second I can about engines, gear, las etc. My father said he would wants me to take motorcycle classes to learn the basics. I agree with him, he wants me to be safe, thats what most fathers want. My father said " Freeway is forbidden! Take the streets for a year and then he will consider bikes with power"(He was really nice, I thought he would say No for the whole idea). He wants me to get a bike with little power. I also agree for the safety and the fact that I dont go anywhere other than school and home.

I guess I have to get a bike with little power. I have looked on the internet for hours and there are so many. Some sites have different info about the same exact bikes. It gets me frustrated. I am looking for a cool looking bike like a sport bike. But I am just looking for the safest, low power, cheap bike so looks isn't every everything. Some link and names of bike would be great.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:32 PM   #2
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A double-check enquiry to determine which Country you're in might help. Perhaps even the State.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:41 AM   #4
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Tell your Dad you're safer on the freeway than on surface streets. The vast majority of bike accidents happen when cages (cars) pull out in front of bikes, drive into the side of bikes, run lights and hit bikes, etc.

The worst thing that's ever happened to me on the highway is having a car try to occupy the same space I was already in. Usually you can brake or acceleerate your way out of that situation.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:41 AM   #5
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andy,

Pack a lunch, and look up the 'new riders' "sticky".

Lots and lots of good info there.

Short answer is buy good protective gear, and a used bike that has what we call 'friendly power.' The top recommendations are usually the littlest Ninja, or one of the 400cc-ish Dual Purpose bikes.
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Thanks for the useful info. I also have another small question, so if a bike has a low cc (like 250 versus 600) does it mean less power?
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Thanks for the useful info. I also have another small question, so if a bike has a low cc (like 250 versus 600) does it mean less power?
Generally speaking: Yes. But the EX250 pushrod mentioned will accelerate through the 1/4-mile faster than a typical Mustang GT, and will top-out just over 100mph. How fast do you think you need to go, exactly?

Conversely, the 600 Supersport you're hinting-at will beat your average Viper GTS or Z06 Corvette through the 1/4, and has a powerband that will cause you to wear it like a Hat, if you disrespect it. Terrible, terrible choice for a Beginning Rider.

If it's got more than 40hp, you should stay the hell away from it until after you've been riding at least two Solid Summers, or a full year of all-season riding.
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Would a buell be a good starter? I have read that they have low horsepower.
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Would a buell be a good starter? I have read that they have low horsepower.
You're referring to the "Blast!"? Those are fairly good starter bikes. Vibrate a lot, but tractable. If anything, some feel they're a bit down on power compared to like-displacement bikes.

The XB-series? Maaaaaaybe. Rider dependant, really. I don't know you; hence I'm hesitant to rubber-stamp an "OK" that I might regret later, when I read about the Death of some kid that wheelied into the back of a tractor-trailer on the 405 on his XB9R that he bought 'cuz an Internet Bulletin-Board member said it was "a good beginner bike".

The water-cooled psuedo-racebikes Buell introduced a year before HD gave them the axe? Most Definitely Not.
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Yes, but I recommend the Ninja EX250. They have a much higher resale value when your ready to move on. Also agree firmly with Ken the highway is much safer.
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