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Old 05-21-2019, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hi all, I'm new to this hobby (and forums so bear with me here)...

I don't have experience riding but I drive a manual and have ridden a scooter a couple times so I guess that's a start 😂

My name is Katrina and I live in the South Bay. Been hoping to find a cheap small starter bike like an r3 or something. Got a helmet so far... any help or tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:03 PM   #2
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Welcome, take the motorcycle safety class if you haven't yet.

An R3 would be a good starter bike
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:15 PM   #3
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Welcome!

As a noob (6 months and around 1500 miles) I can relate to where you are now.

For what it's worth, my advice would be:

First, take classes. The CMSP beginner course comes in around $260 which sounds like a lot, but is very worth it. You'll learn basic and life saving skills in a safe environment. You'll also probably make connections that could lead to that first bike and incidentally you'll exempt yourself from the M1 practical test.

Second. In terms of buying a bike I can tell you what worked form me was buying a used bike from a dealer. They had taken it in part exchange from a customer on a new bike. If you can find what you want and have the budget it's a great way to go. Most people advise against buying your first bike new which totally makes sense, but you probably don't want to go into the minefield of craigslist. So this method splits the difference.

Third. Buy gear and use it!

Fourth. Ride within your limits, have fun and practice.

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Old 05-21-2019, 12:28 PM   #4
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Welcome from Livermore. I definitely recommend taking the CMSP and starting with a smaller bike. Good luck on your two wheeled adventure.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:36 PM   #5
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enjoy your stay here! The R3 is a neat bike ... also look into the Honda CBR250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 models. You might find more of these models to compare from and they are also great bikes to start on. Once again enjoy your new found hobby and ride safe .
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:44 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone!! I was also looking at the ninja300 and cbr250! So it looks like I'm on the right track I don't want to spend >1500 on my first bike and don't care what it looks like, as long as it's small enough for me to control and be safe on (I'm ~125lbs 5'8" tall). The safety course is def worth it, I agree! Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:54 PM   #7
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I think you *might* be able to find a CBR250 in that price range, probably not a Ninja 300 or R3 in good condition, though. We just had a discussion about the value of pre-gen Ninja 250's (pre-2007) here, that might be your best bet for a small-cc bike in that range. I had an '04 Ninja 250 for many years, they are great fun and a great bike to learn on.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:40 AM   #8
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:43 AM   #9
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newb to the BARF but Ive lived in the Bay before but just moved back.

been riding for about 12 years now: cruisers, rockets, nakeds, scooters, one of everything.

Best advice I received as a new rider: Wear all the gear all the time. A helmet is cheap insurance compared to the price of a squished melon...Learn your bike and always respect the machine, the second you lose that respect is when the shenanigans happens.

Otherwise be safe and stay awesome!
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:24 AM   #10
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Welcome! I agree with everyone else, take the BRC (Basic Riding Course) because you'll learn invaluable skills and information. I'm sure they offer them over at Mission College and other places. Empty parking lots are going to be a best friend. Use them to practice your turning, stopping, accelerating, etc. If you need any help with anything or some basic practice, let me know. I'm more than happy to try my best to help since I'm in San Jose, as well.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:56 AM   #11
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I don't want to spend >1500 on my first bike and don't care what it looks like, as long as it's small enough for me to control and be safe on (I'm ~125lbs 5'8" tall).
MotoJava is selling this 2012 Ninja 250 for $1999. It's a 500 more than you were looking to spend, but peace of mind is that they actually went through it and you don't have to take a craigslist seller's word for it.

There's an element of buying cheap and paying more to fix it to be road worthy, and an element of buying something roadworthy at a higher price to begin with that's also a little more expensive. You just have to find out what you're comfortable with

If you haven't taken a riding course, sign up and get it done as soon as possible. The skills you learn with stay with you for the duration of your riding career, and will continue on even if you stop.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:34 AM   #12
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:59 AM   #13
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I believe my friend might be selling his 2015 Yamaha R3 with 5000 miles soon. Clean title and with a few mods. Very clean.

I am selling my Alpinestars textile jacket. Size small.

PM me if you are interested.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:55 AM   #14
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I believe my friend might be selling his 2015 Yamaha R3 with 5000 miles soon. Clean title and with a few mods. Very clean.

I am selling my Alpinestars textile jacket. Size small.

PM me if you are interested.
I am interested, thank you! I will figure out how to PM you on a computer later!
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:12 AM   #15
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