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      05-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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New to sport bikes -- looking for opinions

Never rode a motorcycle... and been having an itch to try one out.

Reading the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a great beginner bike... any info or comments to give?

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      05-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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I am also looking to get the same bike....would be interested in hearing your guys responses.
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      05-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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250r great bike to learn on if uve never rode before. but you will out grow it by end of season. older ninja 500 might get you 2 seasons.
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      05-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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http://msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm?spl...rCourse%20Info

Goto above link find the course nearest you an enroll, works out well as they give you the DMV test at the end. But you still need to take the written part. Helps on insurance as well.

Good luck.
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      05-14-2012, 05:56 AM   #5
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http://msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm?spl...rCourse%20Info

Goto above link find the course nearest you an enroll, works out well as they give you the DMV test at the end. But you still need to take the written part. Helps on insurance as well.

Good luck.
Definitely do the MSF course. It is pretty fun - well except that my last driving session was on a steady rain. But the course gives you enough experience that you'll be able to skip over the 250 and get a bike you'll want to keep for more than a week.
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      05-14-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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I did the msf course also, great learning experience for the basics, learned on a 150cc.
My first bike was a '98 ninja zx6r, I was super nervous taking it home, by the end of the day I was on the freeway, I also had a 250 ninja which was a nice bike, awesome mpg, very comfortable, has comfy bench seat, they changed the body style on the newer ones and they look cool, sporty
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      05-14-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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I have worked part time for a Kawasaki dealer for the past 8 years. YES! The 250R is a great beginner bike!!! There is really no other 250cc bike that can compete with it as far as looks and performance. Keep in mind that it is a 250 so it is not a speed demon. You will grow tired of it in about a year or two. But the good thing is they are so easy to sell. Everyone is looking for a used Ninja 250. As far as the MSF program. Here in PA, all you need is a permit and the riding gear and you are good to go. The hardest part is getting into a class. I took mine back in the 90's. So, find out when you want to take the class and register as soon as registration opens for it. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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don't go lower than 600cc or u will regret after a week,a zx6r is a perfect beginner bike very easy to ride.a 250 is a waist
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Wow!! Thanks buddy!
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I agree with the above posts. I started riding last season. My first bike was a Honda CBR 600. I practiced riding on that on some open parking lots and dead end streets. Then once i got more comfortable I went around the block etc.

I took that motorcycle saftey course thing to get my license. There I was able to take the course on a brand new ninja 250. Although it was fun for the course I DO NOT recommend you getting it as a first bike. I think its a waste of money.

The 600 felt dumb fast the first time I was on it but that is because I wasn't used to the speed outside of a car. Now the 600 feels just right. Not overly powerful but if you pull some gears its more than enough for a rush. You wont get that in the 250

So overall I recommend taking the saftey course to get your license cause they actually teach you some good things. Give yourself a lot of practice before you get on the roads. Get a shittier bike to practice because chances are you will probably drop it at least once or twice. Then once you get comfortable buy a nicer 600.

And enjoy having a bike cause there is nothing else like it.
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you guys better be careful riding around !
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you guys better be careful riding around !
always have to be

Thats why at night after riding for the day I feel so much more exhausted cause all your senses are going like crazy the entire time that once you stop your body get exhausted
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Get a 600cc as your first bike! DO NOT get a 250. Itll be a waste of money because youll get used to it and want something faster in 2 weeks!!!! I can prooomiise you!
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Ditto on the MSF course ! i wouldnt recommend anyone riding without taking this course

As for a first bike -
ninja 250cc bike is a perfect bike to learn on. light weight and very forgiving. A couple of friends started with a 250 ninja and they all agree it was the best thing to do before upgrading to a 600cc. You can find a used 250 relatively cheap ( new body style ) and you will probably break even when you sell it. This may also help save money. It will give you a chance to determine if you like to ride or not.

And when you get comfortable with the 250cc jump on the 600cc band wagon.

Remember there's nothing to be ashame of when riding a 250cc. Everyone is different but I rather take baby steps. "learn how to walk before you run" No offense with the people that started off with the 600 but ive had seen a lot of nonsense accident with beginners riders that started off with the 600.

On a side note - we should get an E90 ride get together.
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Get a 600cc as your first bike! DO NOT get a 250. Itll be a waste of money because youll get used to it and want something faster in 2 weeks!!!! I can prooomiise you!
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Agreed, my first bike was a 02 zx6r, PERFECT bike to learn on. Any older 600cc bike is good, before 2003ish.

Btw I have a 2007 GSXR 750 for sale.

If interested PM ME!
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you will hate your self for buying a 250 or a 500...
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Honda has a 250 bike now. Better IMO. I took the MSF course.
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