1. Post #481
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    Buell's quality is lacking
    What? They look good, have a good engine, and from what i've heard, ride good aswell.
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  2. Post #482
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    What? They look good, have a good engine, and from what i've heard, ride good aswell.
    He means the build quality similarily: the reason Harley riders salute with their hands low is actually to catch the parts falling of their bike.
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  3. Post #483
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    March 2010
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    I'd love to buy a Ninja 250R next spring, but it cost's around 9,5k usd here... used.

    How much does it cost there?
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  4. Post #484
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    I'd love to buy a Ninja 250R next spring, but it cost's around 9,5k usd here... used.

    How much does it cost there?
    about $2500-$3500 for a used 2008+ one with low miles

    the previous generation ones you can get for even less than that
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  5. Post #485
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    Yeah I've seen previous gen 250Rs go for as low as 1k here on CL.
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  6. Post #486
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    I've never been on a bike, but they look like great fun. Anyone here have a starter bike they recommend? I'm 6' and 140 lbs.

    Unfortunately, I live in Massachusetts, so it isn't really practical for me to have a motorcycle because I wouldn't be able to ride it for more than half the year probably.
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  7. Post #487
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    Fuck yeah, I just got my 125ccm license
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  8. Post #488
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    I've never been on a bike, but they look like great fun. Anyone here have a starter bike they recommend? I'm 6' and 140 lbs.

    Unfortunately, I live in Massachusetts, so it isn't really practical for me to have a motorcycle because I wouldn't be able to ride it for more than half the year probably.
    ninja 250 if you want to get into sports bikes
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  9. Post #489
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    Im looking at getting rid of my current small truck and getting a bike instead. Is it more comfortable to have a cruiser or a sport bike? With my height being 6' 3" and weight of 230 lbs (100kg) do I need to take into account engine power and bike size?

    Edited:

    and if I have the right gear I can ride in any weather right? I live in the southern US where it gets cold but rarely snows.
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  10. Post #490
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    cruisers are more comfortable because of the laid back riding position

    I'm not sure about the weight/height. you might be too big for bikes like the ninja 250, but you could get a 500 or 650 instead

    they do make weather specific gear. you can wear the gear in any weather, but if you wore full leathers in the summer then obviously you'd be hot as hell, so you might wanna wear cooler gear in hot weather and use the leather gear when it gets cooler out.
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  11. Post #491
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    and as for manufactorers im looking for something around 5000-7000 for Id guess a 500, I read that you should start smaller and did read a bit that a 250 is mainly for cities and smaller people. I guess I should specify. I plan to be making a 40-50 mile trip about twice a week all around the year (college). I think all I need to do is get the gear for it and take the drivers course which they provide a 250cc for it. Once I pass that I can get my own if I still want to.
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  12. Post #492
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    take the msf course

    the ninja 250 might be fine for you. there are probably people your size who ride one.
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  13. Post #493
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    take the msf course

    the ninja 250 might be fine for you. there are probably people your size who ride one.
    thanks for the tips. Ill take a look at the ninja 250. I just need to make sure I have something that can keep up with the interstate speeds around here (55-70) and our interstate 285 is like a madmans raceway. Speed limit 55 and the slowest cars go 70.
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  14. Post #494
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    yeah you'll probably want a little more powerful bike then, especially if you're gonna be on an interstate where the speed limit is 70. the ninja 250 might have some issues on the a 70 mph interstate especially with a 200+ pound rider.

    the 500 or 650 would be fine. just don't get a 600cc bike such as the gsx-r, r6, etc.
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  15. Post #495
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
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    What's wrong with a gsx-r?
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  16. Post #496
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    August 2005
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    There's nothing wrong with a GSX-R, but there's usually something wrong with the right hand of someone who has never ridden a motorcycle.
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  17. Post #497
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    OP back again. I got the wiring loom just in time. Ripped out the old one. Look at this piece of fuck. Lying on the floor like a tumor.

    Even though the one was a replica, it was indifferend from an original - With the exeption of one wire being connected wrong. Boy did this take time to find out. It was the power plug for the turning signal, so the relay almost burned out by the time I found the problem. It was just assembled wrong, so fixing it was not a problem.

    Looking good again


    So with two days delay I started my tour. I went through Austria and swizerland and over the french border on the first day, roughly 600 km. Not a bad distance, considering that I never went on the Autobahn. In Germany it is just like any other road, but in the rest of europe you have to pay a considerable amount of money at checkpoints. Didn't stop much other than for food or to sleep in the tent.

    Arrived in South france on the second day after another rough 600 km. We were greeted by a thunderstorm and a feast. So we ate in the rain and thunder. Great atmosphere.

    The place is quite nice. A hermit frenchman lives there, totally isolated and independent. Once a year he holds a feast and invites friends from all over the world. He slaughtered one of his lambs and served the best food I have ever eaten, all from his own garden and farm. Its a piece of heaven on earth

    There was quite some time to mess around.

    After a few days I packed my stuff again to head back.

    Over the Alps, YEEEAAAHHHH

    Just LOOK at those roads! A dream. The air was so thin that my carburetor gave me a hard time kickstarting the SR (wich is a beast to kickstart after long runs anyway, since the fuel inside is litterally boiling and won't mix easily)

    Ah, well. A bit of Italy and Alps. The 5th country for me to visit on the tour.


    After all this traveling I was exhausted. Visited two metal open air festvals in the last week. Now I am the most relaxed ever. Haven't kicked back so much ever before. So well, this is a totally layed back H4ngman signing off.

    Peace
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  18. Post #498
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    What's wrong with a gsx-r?
    the bike itself is fine, but it's not something a beginner should be learning on
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  19. Post #499

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    Oh god H4ngman, that's exactly the kind of a trip I would LOVE to do. Although first I'd have to drive through Estonia and Latvia and Lithunia and every other country that's between Finland and Switzerland. If only I had a bigger bike and time to do this...

    Well, one can always dream.
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  20. Post #500
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    Oh god H4ngman, that's exactly the kind of a trip I would LOVE to do. Although first I'd have to drive through Estonia and Latvia and Lithunia and every other country that's between Finland and Switzerland. If only I had a bigger bike and time to do this...

    Well, one can always dream.
    The SR isn't really that big a bike. It flats out at 140km/h and can barely hold 170 km worth of fuel. I always travel with two 2-liter backup gas tanks. Top speed isn't really that important for touring. You don't want to get from A to B as fast as possible, you want to enjoy the ride. And other than the Autobahn, you won't have much chances to ge fast anyway.

    The important thing is that your bike is relieable. You need to know typical problems and every screw related to them. Mine's mostly vibration, heat, oil consumption and electronics. If you know your machine well enough, you can practically go on a moped, if you are dedicated enough, so head up!
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  21. Post #501
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    Here in Australia, people travel around the country on Honda CT110 postie bikes.
    You need an iron butt for sure, but it's definitely possible on a small bike.
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  22. Post #502
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
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    August 2005
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    the bike itself is fine, but it's not something a beginner should be learning on
    ah, i kinda thought that's what you meant
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  23. Post #503
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    I am 5 foot 10 about 180 pounds and a ninja 250 felt tiny for me. The 600 is definitely worth it.
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  24. Post #504
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    Well seeing as I have to drive through Atlanta, GA to get to my school then I really think I need to get something with a little power behind it. And I remember the first time I rode a dirt bike i was retarded with the throttle and wont make the same mistake again. The learners course is on a 250 anyway. What is the average tank size anyway?
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  25. Post #505
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    I am 5 foot 10 about 180 pounds and a ninja 250 felt tiny for me. The 600 is definitely worth it.
    getting a 600 for your first bike is asinine
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  26. Post #506

    July 2009
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    The SR isn't really that big a bike. It flats out at 140km/h and can barely hold 170 km worth of fuel. I always travel with two 2-liter backup gas tanks. Top speed isn't really that important for touring. You don't want to get from A to B as fast as possible, you want to enjoy the ride. And other than the Autobahn, you won't have much chances to ge fast anyway.

    The important thing is that your bike is relieable. You need to know typical problems and every screw related to them. Mine's mostly vibration, heat, oil consumption and electronics. If you know your machine well enough, you can practically go on a moped, if you are dedicated enough, so head up!
    Yeah well, 2-stroke 125cc's aren't really known for their reliability in the long journeys. Sure, they may work really well during the trip but I'm really not willing to take the risk that it breaks down 3000 kilometres from home.
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  27. Post #507
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    Yeah well, 2-stroke 125cc's aren't really known for their reliability in the long journeys. Sure, they may work really well during the trip but I'm really not willing to take the risk that it breaks down 3000 kilometres from home.
    Oh, well that IS a small bike alright. But chin up, I got mine for under 800€. Sure, it required some maintenance (see my wiring desaster) but with a bit of know-how you can fix up a cheap oldtimer.
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  28. Post #508
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    has anyone here sat on a gsx-r? I'm pretty sure someone that's posted in this thread has a 600, but I don't remember what model

    I was wondering the height you need to be to flat foot one
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  29. Post #509
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
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    I sat on my friends' gsx-r 600 and i am 5' 10". I've never owned a bike or ridden one, but it felt larger than i expected. Said friend is only like 5' 6" or something, and handles it well. He has to drive it through his yard 90% of the time which has a decent slope to it and has never dropped it. I can't remember if i could put my feet flat on the ground though, so i probably just wasted your time. I don't think it would have been a problem though.
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  30. Post #510
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    it probably depends on what year the bike is as well. they've changed the seat height, etc. throughout the years

    I think the Yamaha R6 has a pretty high seat out of the 600cc bikes whereas the GSX-R is better for shorter people
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  31. Post #511
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
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    It's a 2007
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  32. Post #512
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    If i do get a bike id probably be doubling or even tripling my gas mileage. I need to wait till early spring though so I don't just start riding right as winter rolls around. I'll probably keep an eye on this thread and do some more research on if I want to or not.
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  33. Post #513
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    ugh I can't decide if I should go ahead and get a motorcycle

    my stepdad doesn't really like the idea, but he'd accept it. my dad, on the other hand, would absolutely hate the idea and probably have a heart attack if I got one.

    I know that no matter what I'll eventually get one, so maybe I should just go ahead and do it now
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  34. Post #514
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    why the fuck are some parents against biking?
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  35. Post #515
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    why the fuck are some parents against biking?
    They are scared of their kid dying or getting seriously injured.
    You are smaller, you are faster and you are less protected against impacts, of course they'd rather see you in a car.
    The parents that are really really against it just take to fear too far.
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  36. Post #516
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    Because they don't want their child to be hurt riding a bike if they get into a crash or whatever.

    I was in this thread earlier thinking about a Honda Ruckus, but now I'm going towards some other 50cc bikes like the older mopeds and those 50cc street bikes. I was looking up the Aprilia RS50 and the Honda NSR50 which look pretty good, because I want to start with something small and all I'll need to ride it on the street is a driver's license or learner's permit and a registration for it. The only problem I have is finding where to buy one, and I live in Massachusetts.

    I don't like riding my bicycle on the side of the road, and the bike path doesn't reach the parts of town I'd be going to.
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  37. Post #517
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    If you can, get a Honda MB5 or MT5, good brakes, and can go quite fast for a moped, 4 speed, sometimes 5.
    If you prefer something classic get a Kreidler or Zundapp, but those will be even harder to find, they're considered to be really reliable for their time though.
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  38. Post #518
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    I'll start looking for those bikes. I like the MB5. But instead of the Aprilia RS50 and the Honda NRS50, I think the Aprilia SX50 would suit me better. The only problem I have is finding one near me (I live in Massachusetts). The only place that sells Aprilia bikes is kind of far from me.

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  39. Post #519
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    why the fuck are some parents against biking?
    because the risk of riding one on the streets is immense
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  40. Post #520
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    Anyone can learn on a 600 as well as a smaller bike. Just take your time and get a feel for it. You're obviously not going to be cranking it constantly and if you do you deserve it. If you have the money to buy a 250 before a bigger bike than go for it. But otherwise just get a bigger bike. You won't regret it later.
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