View Thread: Good bike for a beginner?


masestylez
I've taken a small interest in riding, I'm not even sure that i'm really that interested I just want to try it out, the first couple times I rode scared the shit out of me, but then again here the list of bikes i've ridden:

* 1992 Ducati something
* 2001 BMW R1100

From what I know about bikes is that those are good ones (WAY too quick for my blood as well), and that i don't even want something near that fast for my first, just something easy and reliable, that would carry halfway decent insurance and decent price. Suggestions?

Sia Bani
Ninja 500(ex500). Everyone will say that for the 1st.

masestylez
I'm looking at some on ebay right now, whats a decent price range? and what does ex500 mean?

masestylez
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2412672674&category=6710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2412847477&category=6710

This one looks small for some reason:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2413089371&category=6710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2413137914&category=6710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2413386756&category=6710

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2413132944&category=6710

:D

Rotary Boy
great bikes in there. an early 90's Ex500 would make an excellent start bike for lots of reasons. all bikes are fast enough to get you into trouble, you should have one fast enough to get you out of it. a 250 or somthing will not give you the kind of go that you need if you have to get the hell out of somthings way. but a 500 will give you enough, but not to much(you hope). also with an older bike, you won't feel so bad when you drop it, becuase when you are starting out, you will drop it,probably in parking lo or somthing and it was just be a dumb mistake. but would you rather put down a Gixxer, or that 94 Ex500 you made a link to? also Ex500's are pretty easy to ride, they are comofortable and they are more than quick enough to satisfy a new rider. no reason to go get a 1000cc hurricane just becuase you figure you can handle it, 500 is the right displacment for a beginner.

Shaman
http://www.beginnerbikes.com/

I feel that my new bike is easier to ride than my SV650S, believe it or not, but it is NOT a beginner bike. You want something less sensitive to a hamfisted newbie than a SS bike. Like RB, I recommend the EX500 or a SV650S - note *not* the naked SV650 which has higher gearing and is prone to power wheelie in the hands of a n00b.

Rotary Boy
actually I wouldn't really recomend the SV650. at least for me I never foudn that bike enjoyable to ride, and I have ridden two. the seating position, the way it handled, ect. I never really liked it. I don't know though. I had been riding a 900cc SS bike for some time before I ever tried out a SV650, maybe if I had been used to a sport tourer or somthing more tame then my old honda I would have felt differently

masestylez
I like the EX500s more and i've heard better things about them, plus my dad encourages them and that about seals the deal for me. I don't want something overly powerful because my family has a LOOONG history of wrecking the first bike due to cocky mistakes. Hopefully I break the trend. :D I don't much like the idea of a 250, they seem kind of weak for what I could get with the money and that the 500 is reccomended. I also like the looks of that 600 R a lot, but it may be too much to handle for me.

Rotary Boy
don't get a bike thats too fast as your first bike. when I was 16 I was a spoiled brat and I got my parents to buy me a hurricane. I have scars to prove it was way to much for me to handle as a first bike. a 500 is a good starter, and is more than fast enough for you. hell when you first start riding a 500 feels insanly fast

masestylez
it will, i was seriously impressed by the stats on it, im so new to bikes its crazy. ive only ridden the two up there and they were definetly too damned fasted, the BMW wasnt as bad as the Ducati was tho

Shaman
What's sad is that even my new GSX-R doesn't really feel silly fast to me... it feels more than adequate, though. I guess I really am getting jaded. But it's the suspension and brakes that really make it for me.

Taking that a step farther, you'll find that a 500 will feel fast at first and then a bit slower over time... but in the end, it's the suspension, brakes and how you handle the bike that make it fun. Man vs. machine, that's a big part of the essence of sport motorcycling, but it's not all of it... it's also about being out in the open air, you feel part of everything and not just the bike. The EX500 is so great because it has elements of sport and everyday livability, so you can easily decide which way is right for you when you eventually outgrow it.

Hope you like it, and the EX500 is a perfect choice to start out on. Not so slow that you'll outgrow it immediately and not so fast that you will endanger yourself just handling the bike. When you're ready to move up, everything else just keeps getting better.

Aquemini
I have a 91 ex500 sitting in my basement with 4800 miles on it, but it has been dropped so many times the front turn signals had to be removed. Still it was a good deal for 500 bucks. :)

eric rxb
Even the sun goes down heroes eventually die
Horoscopes often lie and sometimes "y"
nothin' is for sure nothin' is for certain nothin' lasts forever
But until they close the curtain
it's him & I Aquemini

masestylez
Outkast rules

eric rxb
From East Point to ShaoLin, Y'all betta know dat!

masestylez
Method Man tryin to make dough like Johnny Cash

Sia Bani
Shaman, I had been looking for that site for a long long time...I can't believe I forgot what it was called...:banghead:

Michitakem
The cheapest Suzuki cruiser type bike costsaround 2-3 thousand bucks new if I remember correctly. You'll learn how to handle one and they are actually great bikes to commute to work on if you don't need to get on a freeway, fuel economy is great, and you won't have the embarassment of having Mr. Hayabusa blow away your low-end plasto-bike with poseur decals.

They look so generic that with a black leather jacket you might actually look cool.

When you feel one with the bike and feel it no longer meets your need for reckless speed ---- THEN buy the Hayabusa. :)

You can keep the Suzuki cruiser because you'll probably end up riding it when you wrap your speed bike around a tree....or when your back starts aching from riding like Tron on a light-cycle. Kidding. I hope you ride safe.

http://www.suzukicycles.com/sr_03/cruiser/images/gz250.jpg

http://www.suzukicycles.com/sr_03/cruiser/fs_vl1500.htm

TURBOZ
I'm going to have to say a 98+ cbr 600. This was my first bike and I had NEVER ridden before. It's got good power for when you get more brave, and its the most forgiving bike ive been on since. Easy to work on, and when you get ready to upgrade on power, they are very jetable and my two brothers full exhaust was AWESOME. just my 2 pennies.

Sia Bani
Originally posted by Michitakem
The cheapest Suzuki cruiser type bike costs less than 2000 bucks new if I remember correctly. You'll learn how to handle one and they are actually great bikes to commute to work on if you don't need to get on a freeway, fuel economy is great, and you won't have the embarassment of having Mr. Hayabusa blow away your low-end plasto-bike with poseur decals.

They look so generic that with a black leather jacket you might actually look cool.

When you feel one with the bike and feel it no longer meets your need for reckless speed ---- THEN buy the Hayabusa. :)

You can keep the Suzuki cruiser because you'll probably end up riding it when you wrap your speed bike around a tree....

Do I sense a bit of unnecessary hostility? Or maybe I'm just :sombrio:

Sia Bani
Originally posted by Aquemini
I have a 91 ex500 sitting in my basement with 4800 miles on it, but it has been dropped so many times the front turn signals had to be removed. Still it was a good deal for 500 bucks. :)

I'll buy it off of you for 400!

Michitakem
Originally posted by Sia Bani
Do I sense a bit of unnecessary hostility? Or maybe I'm just :sombrio:

Nope. None intended. I am partial to little Suzuki cruiser bikes, though. Darn practical things.

Sia Bani
Well, I must have been on :sombrio:. I thought this was Shaman's gxr thread, and that's why I assumed that'd be possible..haha.

Mr.Dave
You want a motorcycle?!?! Holy hell, you know the mortality rate on those things?!?! Lemme bring up some statistics to should you how you're gonna die...

hold on...
wait, this isn't C&D forums, nevermind :)

mustangdriver
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/bike/images/tricycle.gif

masestylez
I don't like cruisers all too much.

mustangdriver
Yeah, it's FWD so it's neither a Sports, nor a GT car. :D