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Old 04-17-2011, 01:18 PM   #36
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It's just a bike with some kick to it but relaxed enough I don't kill myself on. I ride atv's and dirt bikes but don't know too much about street bikes. What I've read honda seems like the best choice. Are there good bikes around a 4,500 $ limit?
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Go with Kawasaki. They're the absolute best balanced bikes at least the ones I've ridden. Yamaha is a close second though.
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Go with Kawasaki. They're the absolute best balanced bikes at least the ones I've ridden. Yamaha is a close second though.
K. Sounds good. Thanks bro. What name of Kawasaki do you think I should get?
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Well how powerful do you want??? I love the ninja 636 but it's all personal preference.
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Well how powerful do you want??? I love the ninja 636 but it's all personal preference.
Well I'm not sure how power rates on bikes really. Lol. What's the scale. cc's?
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How much do you weigh? And how tall are you? What experience do you have? This all play in how big of bike you need
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How much do you weigh? And how tall are you? What experience do you have? This all play in how big of bike you need
Getting personal. Haha. Jk. Well I'm about 170 and 5'8" and I ride atv's and dirt bikes. I was thinking something like these.
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Getting personal. Haha. Jk. Well I'm about 170 and 5'8" and I ride atv's and dirt bikes. I was thinking something like these.
600 to 750 will be perfect. I'm 5,7 165 on a 600 and it's more than enough.
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Here is a pic of my 2003 Yamaha r1 track bike and my 2008 Suzuki gsxr 750 street bike. Sorry had to snap the pics on my phones Facebook but you get the idea.
The R1 is sick.
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Yeah I'd say he's about right there....I rode a 1000 for a while and.................it was just way too much
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Gotta think. Power to weight ratio on a bike is huge. My buddy weighs 230 and a Ducatti 848 and im faster all around. Top end. 1/4 mile and on a track.
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Getting personal. Haha. Jk. Well I'm about 170 and 5'8" and I ride atv's and dirt bikes. I was thinking something like these.
Riding a streetbike is not in the same ballpark as a dirtbike or atv. Either bike of the ones you posted would be fine. The Yamaha fz6r or Suzuki gsx650f or sv650sf would also be good bikes
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Yeah the 1000 was my cousins and he weighs right around 230-240 but he sold it and is going to downsize to something around 750-850 he said.
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The R1 is sick.
Thanks...this is what is done to it.

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Yeah the 1000 was my cousins and he weighs right around 230-240 but he sold it and is going to downsize to something around 750-850 he said.
Depends on the experience of the rider...I weight in at 158lbs in street clothes and 165 in full race gear...my R1 puts down 143hp...only reason I have a 750 for the streets is because the 1000 is too fast for the street too easy to get tickets. Now the newer 1000's are putting down another 20hp over my 2003 that's fun!
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Plus 1. My back tire blew out at about 45 mph and I went down at about 30. Broke my pinky and 2 ribs. Doctor says the helmet saved my life or at-least from serious injury. I wish I had a picture of it. The hole right side of it was smashed in and scratched, basically hit head first. Went and bought the same helmet along with a spine protector and was out riding about 3 weeks after it
I wear Shoei helmets and Alpinestar gear. The helmets and gear are expensive but those cheap $100 helmets are just that cheap...I figured my heads worth more than that.
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Depends on the experience of the rider...I weight in at 158lbs in street clothes and 165 in full race gear...my R1 puts down 143hp...only reason I have a 750 for the streets is because the 1000 is too fast for the street too easy to get tickets. Now the newer 1000's are putting down another 20hp over my 2003 that's fun!
I can't handle all that....plus I'm lighter than you....I'm not a complete novice but I'm not comfortable enough to ride 1000's a lot...I get quite nervous
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I can't handle all that....plus I'm lighter than you....I'm not a complete novice but I'm not comfortable enough to ride 1000's a lot...I get quite nervous
Well I'm glad to hear you know your limits! America needs staged licenses like europe does for motorcycles too many 18 years old go out and their first bike is the most powerful one on the market. The AMA quoted the average mileage before a new rider wrecks his first bike is 67 miles! No wonder why insurance is so expensive.
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600 to 750 will be perfect. I'm 5,7 165 on a 600 and it's more than enough.
K. Sounds good. Thanks
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Well I'm glad to hear you know your limits! America needs staged licenses like europe does for motorcycles too many 18 years old go out and their first bike is the most powerful one on the market. The AMA quoted the average mileage before a new rider wrecks his first bike is 67 miles! No wonder why insurance is so expensive.
I know mine and stay far away from them on a bike...a car I tend to push things but never on a bike....67 miles?!?!?!?! that's crazy but eevryone goes down eventually thankfully I've only wrecked on a dirtbike of course now I'll probably wreck next time I ride a bike haha....

ohhh joshy......go with black and blue that looks sick on the Ninja
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It does sound like a nice combo.
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I'm not really a stickler on grammar, but come on Josh. Motorcycle is one word.
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I'm not really a stickler on grammar, but come on Josh. Motorcycles is one word.
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I'm not really a stickler on grammar, but come on Josh. Motorcycle is one word.
Sorry. IPod. Haha.
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I say go with a 750 class bike if you are OK with that it will sae you from wanting to upgrade so quick. But then again I have ridden some really sick 600 class bike that keep right up with the 750's.

Eitherway take it slow and safe out their.
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You have the same lid that I do...
Yeah that was my last helmet, crash tested at 140mph on the track...did it's job great, have a newer shoei that's snell 2010. Forget the exact model but it's red/black again
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Depends, if you want the best reliability go with a Yamaha r6. If you want tons of aftermarket support and a good mix between reliability and super sport performance go with a Suzuki gsxr 600/750. Personally stay clear from Honda and kawi but I'm a trackday / race junkie so I'm biased. Don't see many Honda or kawi's at event I go to the paddock is loaded with gsxr's and yamaha's
Actually Yamaha has tranny problems. If you're over 5'9" it's uncomfortable. Suzuki has charging system problem which ends up frying the ecu and Kawasaki has the same problem as Suzuki. Honda are the most reliable. Hands down. I did a bunch of research prior to buying mine and Honda had the least amount of problems. The only one I seen that could cause an issue is their voltage regulator going out and it not charging the battery.
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Actually Yamaha has tranny problems. If you're over 5'9" it's uncomfortable. Suzuki has charging system problem which ends up frying the ecu and Kawasaki has the same problem as Suzuki. Honda are the most reliable. Hands down. I did a bunch of research prior to buying mine and Honda had the least amount of problems. The only one I seen that could cause an issue is their voltage regulator going out and it not charging the battery.
Does it make me bad for buying a Honda bike? Lol. Jk. I've heard they are good.
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bad...no..but I'll never look at you the same!! haha

Nah bro they make reliable small engines just don't like the feel and look of most of them
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bad...no..but I'll never look at you the same!! haha

Nah bro they make reliable small engines just don't like the feel and look of most of them
Lol. Yah. I want a Kawasaki ninja. Something more street than a Harley.
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Honda's are great...

The only problem I've ever really heard about on them is that they have a lot of trouble with the automatic adjusting cam chain tensioners. Mine went bad, and I just stuck a manual tensioner on there, but from what I hear Honda will replace the OEM tensioner for bikes that are even out of warranty because it was such a widespread problem.

Kawi definitely had tranny problems. I can't even count the number of bikes I've seen that 2nd gear was out.

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Lol. Yah. I want a Kawasaki ninja. Something more street than a Harley.
Yeah I love the Ninjas

but these guys know more than I do about bikes....I'm just a casual rider they can tell you the technical aspects of it all when I just tell you which ones I prefer to ride...of course I've never actually bought one so I might come back to this thread if I ever decide to put my own money into a bike!! haha
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Yeah I love the Ninjas

but these guys know more than I do about bikes....I'm just a casual rider they can tell you the technical aspects of it all when I just tell you which ones I prefer to ride...of course I've never actually bought one so I might come back to this thread if I ever decide to put my own money into a bike!! haha
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