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Old 05-16-2011, 07:55 AM   #11
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Get a Suzuki DRZ400SM and call it a day. Geesh!
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:34 AM   #12
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The CBR250 *is* available here in the US!
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #13
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A couple-year old Bonneville (or maybe even a Thunderbird/Thunderbird Sport)!
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:08 AM   #14
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A Mexican Trick Bicycle with a Solex motor!
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #15
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The CBR250 is available, but it would most likely have to be a new purchase. Starting with a used bike is better.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #16
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The CBR250 is available, but it would most likely have to be a new purchase. Starting with a used bike is better.
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If it was me, I'd pick up a used Ninja 250 like I already said. But choice is good.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:32 PM   #17
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First bike: 2002 Thunderbird. 900 (885?)cc, TOR's, 70ish HP. I turned out fine. Some people put too much thought and worry into it. Get something cheap, ride in deserted areas for awhile. It doesnt have to be that complicated. Life presents all sorts of opportunities for you to hurt or kill yourself. This is one of them. Play or don't, but all the hand wringing is truly unecessary.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:50 PM   #18
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First bike: Ninja 250R. Took the MSF course. Got my M license. Then went too fast on a curvy 30mph road and almost wiped out braking when I decided I just *had* to turn left onto a crossroad. Sure am glad I wasn't riding anything bigger/"better" at the time!
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:41 PM   #19
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I started on a 250 Rebel and misjudged a couple corners & hit the grass, fortunately never lost traction, just didnt have the balls to lean much yet. Same scenario on a heavier bike may have went down, who knows. Also dumped it twice. When I went to the 800 Vulcan, I really did adapt easily, not sure if it was from the skills I'd developed or if the size wasn't much difference.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:48 PM   #20
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Ooops, sorry....
Then, how about SR400 made by YAMAHA?
This bike is also very popular in Japan.
It has a single cylinder engine, so is inferior in its little power, but is light weight and easy to handle.
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