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Old 09-26-2019, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
That is what I need. It's been awhile.
Honda wasn't left out for any particular reason.
What to look for when buying used?
Most bikes within the past 15 years or so are pretty bulletproof. The SV engine in particular is a tank.

But just look for the usual...tires, brakes, chain (wear items add up fast), road rash on the fairings, etc. If it starts well and doesn't have any strange noises from the engine, it's probably good to go.

For her I really would suggest the SV though. They are fast but the power is very easy to control and ride slowly...lots of bottom end. It's a VERY forgiving engine, and reliable to a fault. Plus, they can be had for short money and parts are available everywhere.
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also taking the motorcycle safety course is a must.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:26 AM
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the SV650 was the go to bike for learning on a few years back, but now manuf have come out with the 300 sport bikes. most younger folks want that sport bike look and for a smaller female the 300's are lighter and I believe a little shorter as well.

my son started on a 250 Ninja. he learned a lot on it, including how to repair the crash damage after he wiped it out.

BTW not disagreeing with NC about the 650 being great, just stating that most young folks today want full sport look. personally I'm just glad to know there are still a couple young kids out there who still want to ride. seems most now days would rather Uber everywhere LOL
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
the SV650 was the go to bike for learning on a few years back, but now manuf have come out with the 300 sport bikes. most younger folks want that sport bike look and for a smaller female the 300's are lighter and I believe a little shorter as well.

my son started on a 250 Ninja. he learned a lot on it, including how to repair the crash damage after he wiped it out.
How would you feel riding a 300 on an interstate? Id feel just fine on an SV650.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:28 AM
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Hahaha- just don't tell her its so awesome, fun, and free feeling that its 100x worth all that!
I know it!!! lol!

The OP never offered perspective on how he feels about it so I figured I'd toss ammo for whichever side he wants to take.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post


How would you feel riding a 300 on an interstate? Id feel just fine on an SV650.
Bleh...I don't like riding on the interstate on a V-twin 1000.

But I get your point. Slow with no power isn't necessarily a good thing for a motorcycle.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:32 AM
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I'm not against her doing it, I have been down that road before.
Where can she take thew class? She is in a small town, mid state Florida.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post


How would you feel riding a 300 on an interstate? Id feel just fine on an SV650.
This is a young individual in rural Florida.
They don't make the 300 anymore I don't think?
Looks like a 400?
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post


How would you feel riding a 300 on an interstate? Id feel just fine on an SV650.
I did it with my son's to ensure it would make it. those bikes are very capable of going interstate speeds. most newbies don't spend a lot of time on interstate anyway.
my son took a few long trips with me when he was riding the 250.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
I'm not against her doing it, I have been down that road before.
Where can she take thew class? She is in a small town, mid state Florida.
many tech colleges have it, and almost any Harley dealer has the class as well
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
This is a young individual in rural Florida.
They don't make the 300 anymore I don't think?
Looks like a 400?
Yamaha still has the R3, Honda still has the CBR300.

however again, you should look at used, new bikes are pretty but it really hurts your feeling when they get dumped.

my girlfriend is on her 8th or 9th bike and all but the last 2 have been down.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Any reason the best motorcycle manufacturer (Honda) isn't listed?

Checkout the CB/CBR 300. Single cylinder sportbike.

I believe prior models were a 250 if she is more interested in the used market.

As has been stated, they all make something similar, and all are good.

As noted above though... I'd just get a used SV650 for $2k. Probably the best all around motorcycle ever created.
I have a nephew that just strapped his guitar across his back and moved to Austin riding one of the little Honda..............it's been a great bike for him. He is a small guy, about 5'5" and this fits him well.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:41 AM
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I have a nephew that just strapped his guitar across his back and moved to Austin riding one of the little Honda..............it's been a great bike for him. He is a small guy, about 5'5" and this fits him well.
They are great little bikes for sure...hell, some wackos just rode across the USA on Honda Groms. Think 125cc pit bike...
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
They are great little bikes for sure...hell, some wackos just rode across the USA on Honda Groms. Think 125cc pit bike...
it's actually pretty funny around the house...........me, my brother and Dad are all Harley guys.................
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
Do any of you guys have nieces, daughters, wives or girlfriends?
I'm well aware of the dangers, but this is a female we are talking about here.
I'm hoping the wind blows in another direction.
Any advice on the bikes and manufacturers?
Start out with a used Ninja 250. They are super forgiving. Keep that bike for a year, then she can sell it and move to a bigger bike if she still wants to. Don't listen to that line that "you'll outgrow a 250 in a month". Bullshit. Your ego will outgrow it in a month. Getting a starter bike for a year accomplishes a lot:
1) Less risk, as these bikes are way more forgiving
2) She'll figure out what she likes and doesn't like, so her next bike will be the one she wants
3) There are a zillion of them out there, so they are cheap. If she trashes it, you're only out the cost of a used 250CC bike.

Other good starter bikes are the Ninja 500 and the Suzuki GS 500.

Also, I don't feel like small bikes are unsafe. What exactly is a new rider doing that requires them to accelerate to 60 mph in 3 seconds? The more power you have, the LESS safe it's going to be. I drove a Ninja 250 and had to pull out into traffic everyday, and never felt unsafe due to its limited power. If you do, you're not driving in a safe manner!

They are also safer because they are far more forgiving. Coming out of a turn and downshifting, I released the clutch lever too quickly and the bike lurched. No biggie on the ninja, but I knew I goofed. Had I done that on my Ducati, a more powerful bike, I would have dumped.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:48 AM
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Honda makes the CBR 300.
Suzuki makes the GSX250R
Yamaha makes the R3
Kawasaki makes the Ninja 400

All these will do 100 mph except maybe the Suzuki.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:52 AM
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made my son do 3000 miles on the 250 before he could move up. he finished it in one season....in WI. then he got to ride my CBR600.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:01 PM
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I'm sure faster, heavier bike would be better on the interstate but nothing wrong with a lighter more agile bike. My first bike was a Kawasaki 454 ltd which I had about 10 years. Mostly back roads but I rode that bike from Charleston to Ga, Fla, Tenn, Virg and all over NC a tons of times. I had more hours and miles in that seat than a good percentage of touring bike owners.
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I've got a 600 GSXR for sale.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:22 PM
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DRZ 400 SM

Versatile and forgiving.
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
I've got a 600 GSXR for sale.
Cool bike. Fun bike. Absolutely not a good beginner bike though (in my opinion).

I also know that a Ninja 250 will not do 100 mph, which is fine by me. In top gear, tucked in, with throttle all the way to the stops, I could get about 85. And at that speed, that little engine is howling at 14,000 rpm. Within minutes, your twig and berries will go numb.
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