good starter bike for beginners..?

so its spring time, and i'm looking to start riding. I learned on a ninja 250, which was fine for me. can anyone suggest a similar make/model? or should i start with the ninja 250..

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  • 9 years ago
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    We get this question a lot here and lots of people recommend the Ninja 250 or Honda Rebel 250. A 250 is small and light and easy to manage, especially important for beginners. But a 250 can't cruise at highway speeds. I think a 500 or even a 650 would be better. It's bigger/heavier but not that much, but you can go faster and farther. You could do a long Sunday ride or a weekend camping trip.

    There are lots of motorcycles in this size range. You want a 'standard', i.e. not a dedicated sportbike. Kawaski Ninja 500 or 650. Honda 599 aka CB 600 aka 'Hornet'. Suzuki GS 500 or SV 650. Actually there are a lot of models in this category. Some are even designed as trainers--the Buell Blast 500 (no longer made but used ones are around), the BMW F650, etc.

    You want a used bike as your first bike. I think a person should ride for at least six months or a year before getting a new bike. After that time, you can sell a used bike for about what you paid for it, and by then you'll have a much better idea of what you really want.

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  • Dimo J
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Doing what? Riding in the city? Getting once and a while on the Freeway? A ride in the country on two lanes? Hopping up on the Interstate on vacation?

    Do you actually know why you want to ride a motorcycle? Why you ride matters more than that you may be a new rider.

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  • Justin
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    ninja 250r, cbr 250, hyosung gt250 all 3 are great 250cc sports bikes

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  • 9 years ago

    xr100

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