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Got a niece looking at sport bikes.
Kawasaki Ninja, Yamaha or Suzuki.
It's been a long time for me and bikes, what does a bike need or don't need?
What to look for in particular models?
It would be a lower CC, 300-400.
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A complete cage for these morons on cell phones..

How long has she been riding? And how long on the street??
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Morons on phones - yeah 40+ years of riding and the only time I ever came close to a problem was a distracted motorist.

You can't hardly buy a bad bike - how old is the niece?
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A complete cage for these morons on cell phones..

How long has she been riding? And how long on the street??
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Morons on phones - yeah 40+ years of riding and the only time I ever came close to a problem was a distracted motorist.

You can't hardly buy a bad bike - how old is the niece?
She hasn't, 18, and no pictures.
I'm hoping it's a phase, good news if there is any, it's not in a city.
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A donor card.
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a vibrator would be much smaller, less expensive and less dangerous, and will put a bigger smile on her face.
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I would strongly advise against it....
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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?
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
a vibrator would be much smaller, less expensive and less dangerous, and will put a bigger smile on her face.
apparently you've never seen the smile a motorcycle seat puts on a females face
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Since this thread is going down that road.

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I am not current on bikes, but i do believe they all put out 250-400cc ''sport'' bikes now. None will be high performance or really have anything that sets it apart from the pack. pick the one she likes best and go
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Have her take the MSF class first. I used to teach it.
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300-400 is pretty low CC not really a sport bike, just a standard with plastics at that point.

The plastics arent doing you any favors when learning as at some point they will get damaged. Id start her with the MSF course, she is likely required to take it anyway. There she will learn the basics. Then if she wants to continue Id look for a used Suzuki SV650.

I always recommend this bike for beginners. Its 650cc but way less crazy that a 600cc super sport. Its a smooth v-twin well balanced light and easy to control. Yet has enough power to get out of the way.

I personally would feel unsafe on a 300-500cc as they are usually slower than most cars.

Ive owned over a dozen motorcycles and ridden over 100. Id get the SV650 for my teenager if they insisted on it
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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?
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.
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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?
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personally I like the yammy R3. it looks sharp.but they all do realistically.
of the big 4 you listed, it is just personal preference for color and comfort while sitting on the machine.

has she taken the class yet? if not, have her do that first.
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Second the SV650 comment by NCSU above. Great all around bike. Super cheap. Plenty of power and handling.

But have her take the motorcycle safety course ASAP. Also find her a track day someplace locally where she can spend a day on a road course doing classroom/lead/follow with an instructor.

If you're against it all together, just remind her that she'll be sweaty on arrival all summer long, freezing if in a winter climate, soaked in the rain, you smell like exhaust everywhere you go, helmet hair, the kickstand can sink in a hot parking lot and bike will fall over, the motorist comments above, etc etc etc.
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How about a used Honda 250 Rebel. That's what my ex wanted to do so I bought her one of those years ago. Practiced for a while and after a light rain it scooted out from
under her and fell on top of her leg and could not get it off of herself. I laughed till I cried, but afterwards wanting to ride a bike on the road was put to rest. To many distracted
drivers on the road to look for plus learning to ride all at the same in my opinion is not a good combination. Hope she will stay safe if the does pursue.
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Originally Posted by Tainui View Post
Second the SV650 comment by NCSU above. Great all around bike. Super cheap. Plenty of power and handling.

But have her take the motorcycle safety course ASAP. Also find her a track day someplace locally where she can spend a day on a road course doing classroom/lead/follow with an instructor.

If you're against it all together, just remind her that she'll be sweaty on arrival all summer long, freezing if in a winter climate, soaked in the rain, you smell like exhaust everywhere you go, helmet hair, the kickstand can sink in a hot parking lot and bike will fall over, the motorist comments above, etc etc etc.

Hahaha- just don't tell her its so awesome, fun, and free feeling that its 100x worth all that!
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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?

in my opinion, which is only worth what it cost you. LOL I do like Honda machines the best of the Japanese co's. having ridden all of the manuf machines at one time or another. I always felt their's were the smoothest. I love Yammy looks though.

if used look for Maint, road rash, get a feel (if private owner) of how they care for their stuff. ask them who does the maint, how often, etc.

check tire condition and air pressure, you'd be amazed how many folks ride around with low pressure. check chain for proper adjustment and lubrication. being a sport bike, look for cracks in the plastic. clutch adjustment and how much is left. try to stay away from any mods done.

BTW yes I have a lot of females in my life who ride, as well as my nephew who graduated high school last year and wanted to start. his mom hated the idea and he used me to convince her it would be ok. he decided on his own to wait a while after she said he could do it.
not really a female thing it is a young person wanting to try things thing. tell her to go for it, but be careful.


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