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Old 05-06-2002, 02:09 PM   #1
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What is a good sport bike for a new rider

Alright, first off i know the basic idea of not getting a bike that is too powerful, b/c it can be dangerous...deadly.

Right now i have Firebird Formula and i am finding out that the previous owners raced the car a lot....now i need a transmission rebuild and its in getting it done right now ($4000 to the insurance, thanks ). I think i am going to come across more wear and tear than i wanna deal with. So i want to sell it, buy a toyota pickup and a sportbike. Use the truck at night, on long trips, and bad weather and the bike whenever i can.

I don't have cash to buy new, so what are some good bikes for used and what is their price range? I want something that looks good, has at least some power (i don't want to have to get a new bike as soon as i can ride out of the neighborhood. I am responsible enough to not be an idiot).
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Old 05-06-2002, 08:43 PM   #2
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Don't get anything above 600cc, and nothing newer then 1990.
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I suggest that you get either a CBR 600 F2, Suzuki Katana 600, or (depending on your size) get a Kawasaki Ninja 250/500. You can pipe and jet a 250 to outrun any 650 or lower cc bike out right now. Believe me I know...
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Old 07-07-2002, 12:24 AM   #4
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I suggest that you get either a CBR 600 F2, Suzuki Katana 600, or (depending on your size) get a Kawasaki Ninja 250/500. You can pipe and jet a 250 to outrun any 650 or lower cc bike out right now. Believe me I know...
All of those are excellent suggestions! Couldn't have said it better myself!

Well, maybe I could say "Suzuki GS500", but I'm a bit partial
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My first bike was a Honda Hawk NT650. It was perfect to learn on. However, they are kind of rare, so I suggest the modern day equivalent ... Suzuki SV650. It is a 'twin' meaning it has a different feel than a 4-cyl CBRF2 for example.

My second bike was a VFR750 which was a sweet bike, but too much for a new rider.

I own no motorcycle right now, but if I were to buy one, I would find a used SV650. Something cool about the torque and feel of a twin.
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Any kind of BUEL Model sport bike. They are easy to get a hold of price wise and are fast. Very sporty too.
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Buell's are not sportbikes. thanks.
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Buell's are not sportbikes. thanks.
Who cares about that??? Buell's aren't fast. :finger: JOKING, okay??? (kinda)

There are FAR more economical, and reasonable first-bike choices than a Hardley Ableson wannabe.
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OK what do you call a Buell then????? would like to know, and yes they are fast. This guy is not looking for something that goes 200mph. Come on now.
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The buell falls into the class called Streetfighters:
1. Harley no longer makes Buell, they are owned by them, however the design team totally left HD. So you can't classify it as a harley.
2. Buell does not compete at superbike competitions, harley has always had their own racing competitions only for harley bikes.
3. The bike is nowhere fast enough, or agile enough to be considered a track bike.
4. The only good thing about it is the vtwin sound, and (ugly) looks.
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Oh a street fighter huh, i call it one bad ass looking ride. Have you ever rode a new buel R1 Rider??? They are fast and handle better than alot of other bikes. -cy- if i were you get a buell, they are awsome looking and will get up to 140mph anyday. From what you were looking for, you don't need something to get killed on.
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Honda has a FAR more reputable name. They require less time for maintenance, and there are many more Honda dealers around.

Buells are "traditionals" and I've only heard nightmarish stories from Buell owners about the cost of maintenance. Honda is basic. Even I can do basic fixes...
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Hey, whats the name of this thread???? CY is looking for a sport bike not a super bike with 1400cc and 180hp.
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