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Old 02-09-2012, 06:59 PM   #31
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Late 90s Speed Triples are excellent, but terrible as a 1st bike. You'll be more comfortable, safer, and having more fun on something smaller.

I can't comment on the reliability of the bikes ToraTora mentioned.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #32
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:30 PM   #33
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a 250cc is useless on the freeway, I rode a klx250sf for awhile was a 09 with 5000 miles got it for 2700$

great around town, USELESS on the freeway.

IF you are going on the interstate for any length, you need to get a bike capable of getting up to speed and passing traffic without too much trouble.

Alot of talk about 50cc-250cc bikes, those are scooters, not motorcycles. You can tell him all you want to get something small, but have you taken a wr250x or klx250sf on the interstate? with any headwind or hill you will struggle to do 65...that is dangerous...Like driving a Corvair...

The primary way to get around any distance in CA is the interstate/freeways, and your bike should have no issues in that situation...my $0.02
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:48 AM   #34
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:43 PM   #35
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I don't know the seller or the bike, but here ya go, for a cool $1000:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/2845749720.html
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #36
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Show me what you have! A full package (with helmet, jacket, and other gear) is a HUGE plus
Not usually: the chances are the right bike won't come with the right sized gear, especially gloves and helmet which are harder to fit than jacket & pants.

You may get lucky, but you'll probably have to buy most of the gear separately.

The two times I've had gear come with used bikes it wasn't a good fit for me. YMMV.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:43 PM   #37
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Another good beginner bike:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/2846641776.html

I don't know the owner or the bike...
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:04 AM   #38
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The corvair reference was a more sarcastic comment aimed at their lack of power vs safety issues.

I was just trying to help a beginner save some money by arguing a few SOUND points of getting a bike that is TOO small as a first bike.

Yes initially you may only ride for pleasure, and off the interstate. As did I. Eventually, you will go on the interstate, and when you do, you should have a bike thay can easily ride in traffic with your weight uphill into a headwind etc. You will need a bike with good power. From experience do not get too caught up in the 250cc bikes.

Now, a ninja 250 SEEMS (only took one for a 10mile spin recently) to do okay with my weight in above conditions 150lbs full gear on.
Just trying to make sure you dont fall into the same mistake I did, and buy a bike that is too small.

A drz400/400sm if you can live with the seat height does quite well, again with only a feq miles under my belt on one.

I am currently on a ninja 650r and wish it would have been my first bike. Very easy to ride lots of tq good mileage and handling.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:08 PM   #39
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:47 PM   #40
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I love the discussion that my post has started - it's very useful knowledge for us beginner riders. I feel obliged to tell you, though, that I purchased a bike already.

It's a 1976 Honda CB360 - a beauty and it rides great. Already put about 60 miles on her and loving it so far. Thanks for all the help and tips, guys!







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Old 02-13-2012, 09:25 PM   #41
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Congratulations on the new bike.
Unsolicited suggestions: gloves, boots.
Good luck & stay safe!
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #44
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Got something for ya!

I have a 2003 R6, all black, custom exaust and frame sliders. Its got 8,711 miles on a new motor, bought it with a salvage title for $3500 last year and it has never given me any problems. Runs great and is geared so it has some good boost!! It's yours for $3000 if you want this style. Title in hand.
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