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Old 01-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #31
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Any other 500 cc bikes good for starters?

Good advice geoff

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Old 01-04-2011, 04:32 PM   #32
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You don't need to stick to 500 cc's, you just need to avoid certain bikes. There are 600 cc superbikes, and there are some bikes over 600 cc's that are OK for a mature new rider.

The Versys and Vstrom for example are 650cc, but geared way differently than a sport bike: they're nice all day cruisers plus can handle gravel roads. (But neither is cheap!).

This page has a good list of beginner bikes. I hate the word "beginner" because it sort of suggests a cheapo thing we'll throw out as soon as we outgrow it. But some of these bikes have very experienced riders who still keep them.

And some of those riders can make these "beginner" bikes outperform bigger bikes on any road.

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Old 01-04-2011, 04:38 PM   #33
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I am massively jonesing for this 500 cc bike:

It's a Royal Enfield. Totally classic styling, Steve-McQueen-Cool, all the looks in the world. Not all that great of a bike, though. But I'd still have it in a heartbeat.

That's what a motorcycle is all about to me. But then, I kinda happy not to have any scuffed up knee guards.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:02 PM   #34
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I'm open to suggestions too . Looking for a crotchrocket or perhaps a cheaper cruiser
my 2003 zx636 is for sale
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:09 PM   #35
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You don't need to stick to 500 cc's, you just need to avoid certain bikes. There are 600 cc superbikes, and there are some bikes over 600 cc's that are OK for a mature new rider.

The Versys and Vstrom for example are 650cc, but geared way differently than a sport bike: they're nice all day cruisers plus can handle gravel roads. (But neither is cheap!).

This page has a good list of beginner bikes. I hate the word "beginner" because it sort of suggests a cheapo thing we'll throw out as soon as we outgrow it. But some of these bikes have very experienced riders who still keep them.

And some of those riders can make these "beginner" bikes outperform bigger bikes on any road.
I think I may go with a ninja 500 they're pretty cheap in my area.

As for me, anythingon two wheels short of a scooter is going to seem like a rocket compared to my jeep

Don't like cruisers so much but wow that one you posted............. never driven either tho sooo.. what attracts me to the sport bikes is the position you're in while riding. I love taking my dirtbike on short stints of backroad ... so much fun

I sat on a cruiser once and other seemed a bit awkward. Comfortable bit awkward somehow.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:54 PM   #36
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Well I took out stocks this week and am selling another toy so the search for a bike begins
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #37
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What you think of an 08 ninja 500 for 2300 . I'm going to look at it this weekend

5000 miles and owner says it wasn't wrecked just dropped over standing still
What should I make sure to check when buying a used bike?
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What you think of an 08 ninja 500 for 2300 . I'm going to look at it this weekend

5000 miles and owner says it wasn't wrecked just dropped over standing still
What should I make sure to check when buying a used bike?
Look at the scratches...its pretty obvious whether the bike was moving when dropped by looking at that. Check the condition of the tires and chain...if the owner didn't maintain that, you've got to ask what else they failed to take care of. Leaks, knocks, rattles...other things you'd check when looking at any used vehicle. If you have someone who can ride the thing for you, that'd be best.
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What to look for when buying used cycle?

That is by far the best forum for the ex500 (Ninja 500)
You will not go wrong with a Ninja 500 I still love mine although I have a 636 now I ride too.
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Look at the scratches...its pretty obvious whether the bike was moving when dropped by looking at that. Check the condition of the tires and chain...if the owner didn't maintain that, you've got to ask what else they failed to take care of. Leaks, knocks, rattles...other things you'd check when looking at any used vehicle. If you have someone who can ride the thing for you, that'd be best.
Thanks for the advice . Gonna take my dad with me he's ridden a lot in the 80s
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Personally, I like the idea of buying a bike with some scratches on it. Removes all that worry and fear about dropping it yourself. Plus the bike is already depreciated, so if you decide a year or so from now to sell it, you should get about the same money for it.

But astonishingly, every bike with scratches is sold as "dropped while standing still." It's almost as the dang things just fall over in the garage all the time, but no one ever drops one while riding.
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Personally, I like the idea of buying a bike with some scratches on it. Removes all that worry and fear about dropping it yourself. Plus the bike is already depreciated, so if you decide a year or so from now to sell it, you should get about the same money for it.

But astonishingly, every bike with scratches is sold as "dropped while standing still." It's almost as the dang things just fall over in the garage all the time, but no one ever drops one while riding.
LOL so true

Good advice I don't want to dump 4000 into it then worry about scratches all day.

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