iam shifting to usa and want to know which motorcycle to buy.?

I live in india and i own a pulsar150.its a 150cc single cylinder motercycle with 17.5bhp.I know how to drive it preety well and can drive with ease in most conditions.I and my family are shifting to USA and i plan to buy a motorcycle there 2.

People say i should get a 2nd hand bike for starters.But can i be labeled as a starter?

I have 2yrs experience on indian roads and Indian roads are some of the worst in the world and ive ridden on american roads with COMPLETE ease.

So i wanted to know if i should buy a 2nd hand bike or a 1st hand bike.And should i buy a 600cc motorcycle eg.R6,CBR 600.

or a 1000cc bike eg.R1, CBR1000RR.

Man, sitting here in India where there are no superbikes , i look and admire the beauty of all the motorcycles on the websites and its just takes my breath away.The fareing, the tyres,the exaust ,the swing arm.I cant wait.Hope some1 can answer my question.


and how much would a used and 1st hand 600cc or 1000cc motorcycle cost?

Update 2:

How much diff is it driveing a 600cc as compared to a 1000cc .

i mean does it rerally matter all that much ?

and wats the diff in the handleing?and the weight?

Update 3:

ps: iam 5"8 and weight 178pounds..

and iam sure i want a superbike .and most probally used.

13 Answers

  • Favorite Answer

    Harley Davidson Sportster 883 is plenty enough for you

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd take it easy and keep some simple things in mind. Number one, do you plan on getting a license and being "legal"? If so, consider the test (driving) is a bit difficult on a new bike. Though two years isn't bad for time in the seat, a 600 cc superbike has a lot of power to offer. Most 600 cc bikes (CBR, RR, R6, etc.) are running 110 horse at the rear wheel. That's quite a bit of power for a 180 lbs guy with limited experience. Insurance is factor as well. If you're coming from another country you have no insurance "recognized" experience with bikes or that particular insurance company. Cost isn't steep, but should be considered in the equation.

    I know you don't want to blow your money on a first timer's bike then have to buy a new one next summer, but it is a smart move. If you go with a 750 or 1000 I'd suggest mentally setting boundaries for yourself in order to keep yourself in check. Also, please consider the MSF courses provided for a minimal cost at your local community college. In the process of a decent weekend course you will receive your drivers license and won't (most states) have to deal with DMV or a competency test.

    In-line 4:

    600 cc: Later model Used- $3500 to New $8000

    750 cc: Used- same to New $9000

    1000 cc: Later model Used- $5000 to New $12000

  • 1 decade ago

    I have two years riding experience and I own a CBR 954RR. It is extremely fast but if you know how to ride a motorcycle you could handle it. My friend has a GSX-R 600 and it is still faster than anything you need. I'd recommend getting the 600 for your first sport bike. You can get a new CBR 600, GSXR 600, Ninja 600 or an R6 for around 8,000 dollars. The 1000 might be a little too powerful for a first sportbike, and then you're looking at around 13,000 dollars for a new one.

  • 1 decade ago

    The first question is how and where you are going to ride.

    Smaller bikes (500-900cc) are good for around town. Larger bikes are better suited for the highways.

    You can generally get a better deal on used motorcycles, with the exception of Harley's, which keep their value. You can look on ebay or some classifieds in local papers to get an idea as to prices.

    Keep in mind that large SUV's and Trucks are the norm in the US, small cars are a lot less common, and small motorcycles and mopeds are rare. US drivers to not have a lot of experience with large quantities of motorcycle riders like you see in the rest of the world, so they have less experience with "sharing the road".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sport bikes isnt really a type that will be comfortable on long rides; rides that will be over 150 miles. unless u live in an area that's loaded with sharp curves close by, a sport bike wont be all that great.

    there's a new 'flavor' of bikes out. the sport-tourer's. has the looks of the sport bike, but is also designed to be more comfortable on longer rides, and they also have saddle bags...sport bikes dont have bags.

    for water cooled bikes, a 700cc will be more than enough power to be fun generally, the more cc's, the bigger and heavier the bike will be. it works out for the cruisers tho, the added weight smooths out the bumps for comfy long distance rides.

    i dont know how it is in india, but in the states, when u get in a wooded area, ur chances of running into animals skyrocket. anything that is bigger than a small cat will put u down hard. deer will be ur #1 enemy to watch for. if ur haulin azz 140 in the straights at night, and a deer decides its time to cross the road, and in front of u, u wont have the reaction time to either swerve or brake before u make impact....and go airborne sans bike for about 250' before smackin the ground dead.

    if u like the sport bike look, but u figure u'll wanna ride all day, go for the best of both words and get a sport-tourer.

  • .G.
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Do like the rest of America... Buy Japanese...CBR 600 should be plenty of bike (unless you are 300+ lbs). I have an F650 BMW Single cylinder,and though a little small for the open highway it is perfect for everywhere else.

    Good luck in the US

  • 1 decade ago

    You should start off by taking a riding course. You can research on the internet where to find one in your area. They usually provide the smaller bikes for you to ride, and sometimes you can get your license right then & there. That will also teach you safety and the laws here in the USA. It will also give you an idea on what to buy. But it seems like you can handle pretty much any size. There's only one way to go, and that's HARLEY DAVIDSON!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    I would say if the super bike type catches your eye, get one, but I wouldn't buy new with your lack of experience. I wouldn't go anything larger than a 600 because you're accustomed to a smaller bike. Then, if you find that the super bike isn't what you like afterall, you haven't invested a lot of money into a new one.

  • 1 decade ago

    Get a real bike. Buy a Harley. Talk about beauty. The chrome, the style and something you can't see on the websites, the sound, all make Harley's a thing of beauty. Harleys hold their resale value too. Second hand or new is up to you, just be sure it's a Harley. You won't regret it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You're going to get lots of opinions but I say, get what you want. If the sporty bikes catch your eye, get one of them. New or used is just a matter of preference, and cost. Enjoy the experience!

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