New Rider First Bike

Posted at 8/21/2014 3:27:17 PM

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New Rider First Bike

Hi Everyone,

I will be starting off riding and will be looking to purchase a new bike. I watched a lot of reviews on Youtube and now have a decision to make. I am 6'4" about 220Ibs so I am looking for something comfortable for few hr trips and mostly back road, some city and highway driving.

So far a few of my options that I am really interested in are:
Honda CB500X - Really leaning towards this one.
Honda CB300F
Suzuki GW250
Kawasaki Versys
Suzuki V-Strom 650

Thank you!!!!

Posted at 8/22/2014 10:13:24 AM

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Don't buy new, buy a reasonable used bike. Buy new when you get the hang of it. I think a 650SV Suzuki is too much to start on. It's around 70bhp. Consider a 650 dual sport, they are about 40bhp and physically roomy.

Old git on an old bike.

Posted at 8/22/2014 5:41:21 PM

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Thank you for the advice, I have been reading that getting a used bike is better. Any recommendations based on the new bikes I was looking at?

Posted at 8/22/2014 7:35:53 PM

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Look for/ at the Suzuki gs 500f. Great starter bike that's usually plentiful used. Cost for a 06-09 is in the 2700.-3500. range around these parts with low miles on the clock.
The ninja 500 is still out there to. Not as sporty looking as the new bikes but very effective to learn on.


Posted at 8/22/2014 7:43:02 PM

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I was looking at something more in the Adventure or Dual Sport class, like a KLR 650 or a Versys 650. What do you think of those as a starter bike?

Posted at 8/22/2014 8:07:41 PM

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Buell Blast??

Posted at 8/23/2014 1:39:15 AM

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The blast was not sold where I live but I understand that it was not a particularly good bike. The KLR should be a good choice. Suzuki & Yamaha made a similar model.

Old git on an old bike.

Posted at 8/23/2014 8:45:41 AM

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What training, if any, are you getting before buying a motorcycle?

Current bikes: F800ST, DRZ400SM

Past bikes, starting with the first in 1970: CB50, K75S, Seca 550, Nighthawk 750, TL1000S

Posted at 8/23/2014 4:14:54 PM

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I am taking a 2 full day Basic Riders Course to get my license and then when I actually get a bike I want to take the Advanced Course

Posted at 8/24/2014 11:04:11 AM

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theyalg said:I am taking a 2 full day Basic Riders Course to get my license and then when I actually get a bike I want to take the Advanced Course


Smart move.

If you have the money, I'd recommend the Honda you like with ABS.

Generally it's hard to find used entry level motorcycles with ABS.

That will change in a few years of course, as, ideally, used is a better way to go for a first bike.

Current bikes: F800ST, DRZ400SM

Past bikes, starting with the first in 1970: CB50, K75S, Seca 550, Nighthawk 750, TL1000S

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