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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-16-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Whats a good bike..?

My girlfriend has been on my 03 600 a few times and loves it.
She never really wanted to get her own til she saw a pink gsxr.
I'm encouraging her to take the MSF course, but in the meantime, what size/brand should I look for, for her?

I dont want her to hurt herself and i dont think a 600 would make a first bike.

Should I look into the Ninja 250's? I want it to look nice, like the 2010 Ninja 250's, but not sure if she should get something bigger.

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The MSF is a great start.
everyone is different, some can start on a 600, and others think they can and really cant.
they newer (2008+ years) ninja 250's are a fantastic starter bike and actually look bad ass. if she were to low slide a ninja 250, drop it, etc, parts would be a lot cheaper to replace vs. a gsxr.
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I'm just concerned about her wanting to upgrade.
I started on a 650, then went to a gsxr 600.
I dont want to buy her a ninja 250, then her get bored.
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the nice thing about ninja 250 is it holds its value really well. so you could pick up a brand new one for around 3800-4000, and have it for a year, and turn around and sell it for 3500 easy. and since its a nice starter bike, a lot of new riders want them. so the demand is high too. does she have any kind of experience on anything?
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see, the thing is if you get her a 250, and you've got a 600, she's going to want to go as fast as you and keep up with you eventually. let her take the course and learn on a 250, then i would start out on a 600. i did, it really wasn't that difficult. it's how you ride it that you're going to hurt yourself. you do stupid things, stupid things happen to you.
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I would get her a SV650 hands down great bike and awesome on the race track with goodies... Also Ninja 500 is a good bike and I ride with a girl that can keep up to some of the guys on their 600's in the corners with hers.
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I'm just concerned about her wanting to upgrade.
I started on a 650, then went to a gsxr 600.
I dont want to buy her a ninja 250, then her get bored.
i got bored very quickly with my 250
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 04:03 AM
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Re: Whats a good bike..?

ninja 500's suzuki 500/550's sv650

remember that safety is more important than her "getting bored quick."

if she can handle the msf course really easy, start her on a 500+. if she struggles a bit, start her on a 250.

I ended up with 95% on the riding portion(u-turn knocked me a hair), and was very comfortable riding the 250 we had in the course. I started with a gsx-r600 and adapted just fine. I was going to start with a smaller bike, but I plan on going to race schools, and track days, so I am not worried about starting on a R bike.


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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 04:47 AM
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Get her some kind of cheap shitbox to ride around for a couple of months. She'll get used to using the controls, riding in traffic and how the bike responds to input.

If she drops it, who cares? After a couple of months you'll probably both have a better idea of what she wants.

+1 on the above suggestions, but why not get her something shit to practise with first?
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that's true, i was SOO upset when i dropped my 600 when i was first learning... that was when i wished i got something shit to practice on first.
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I started on a 2001 Suzuki SV-650s. It was a nice bike that I rode for seven years. It was great on the mountain curves in Colorado and much more comfortable than my Gixxer 600 on long trips. And I felt that it really fit me well (I'm 5'6", 115 pounds).
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The new 250 Ninja's are hot. Just saying, if I were getting someone a bike. That would be it. I'd play around with it myself.
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The best bike will be the one that fits, and that she likes the looks of well enough to start on. Paid in cash is a definite bonus.... but like you said, MSF first.
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SV! is great, that was my first bike.
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If you factor in her current capabilities, future needs, budget, the Sv650 probably makes the most sense. It can be docile and it can be a screamer. (Reminds me of some blind dates) (Haaaaaaaa) The Ex250 ninja is a great learning tool but quickly outgrown.
The Sv can be upgraded, if need be, with gsxr components for better handling.
Other good choices and cheap buys are Fzr600, Gsx600, Ex500, Ninja 600r. All are big enough to grow into without being over whelming to a new rider. I have owned all of these bikes and feel any one would fit the bill without presenting you with a big bill.
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My first street bike was a GSXR 750, my first ATV was/is a LTR450. I have a lot of self control when it comes to riding within my limits. If she is smart and responsable I would consider getting her a 600. I don't know much about the new GSXR 600s but dont they come with the tree different modes like the 1000? She could always drive around on the bottom setting.
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My first bike was a 600 but I also feel that with 10+ years of motocross that I would be comfortable with that much power. The new 250s that Kawasaki has aren't like old ones. They are alot "Sportier" That would be a great bike and more than enough power. I think you can even get Monster Energy editions of them but don't quote me on that.
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i started off my current 600, and feel like it's perfect for me. i was thinking to get a ninja 500 as a starter bike but since i was driving a quick car i think i would get bored of it. so the 600 fits me perfectly. if she's not familiar with speed and self control she would be better off with a 250
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My girlfriend has been on my 03 600 a few times and loves it.
She never really wanted to get her own til she saw a pink gsxr.
I'm encouraging her to take the MSF course, but in the meantime, what size/brand should I look for, for her?

I dont want her to hurt herself and i dont think a 600 would make a first bike.

Should I look into the Ninja 250's? I want it to look nice, like the 2010 Ninja 250's, but not sure if she should get something bigger.

Advice?
going down is almost guaranteed at some point in one's riding career. The CC size hasn't nothing to do with it - someone on a 250 can hit a guardrail or highside / lowside just the same as someone on a 1000 - just make sure she's geared up properly and steady on the throttle and off the brakes in a turn/lean.

With skill, speed will come. Don't try to reverse that philosophy.

Personally, I think the 250 is a waste of time unless it's being raced. I taught myself on my 600 gsxr and now have a 750 and have no desire for a 1000 unless I want to take up drag racing or have a sudden urge for coffee. The 250 is about the only bike where anyone not on a professional level will use all of the CC's. So a 600 - 750 is plenty for 99.9% of the world's popluation. Everyone else are either posers or World Superbike racers (and even they ride 600's and 250's)...so what's that say about a 1000 on the street?

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i learned on this old yamaha 750, i had dirt experience, and finally bought a gsxr600. it has more than enough power but still feels comfortable. this is really a personality question. a 250 will get old quick like other posts say. how well does she like your 600? if she likes it then maybe buy her an older one that's had a little bit of spunk ridden out of it and plus it won't cost as much and maybe won't be so bad if she lays it down. just my 2 cents.
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