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November 9, 2004, 07:54 PM

Which bike should I buy because I'm new and don't own one yet? This subject involves a lot of opinion. IMO, one that you can get afford to crash and get by without comprehensive insurance. Filing an insurance claim for a totaled supersport when you're just starting is not good. Buy used. You DO NOT need the latest, greatest. If you do, you're just a poser. You do not yet have the skills to ride even a GS500 to its limit. There is also no point in taking the large depreciation that comes with a new bike. I believe an ideal beginner bike has a 7-10+ pounds per horsepower ratio. Some good beginner sport/sporty bikes are : EX250 Ninja ('88-Present), EX500 Ninja ('90-Present), GS500E ('89-'03), Honda VF500F Interceptor ('84-'86), Suzuki Bandit 400, Honda Hawk NT650, and 600cc bikes from the '80s are borderline. They would no doubt be overwhelming to someone whose only two-wheeled experience is a bicycle. And with that, once upon a time 600s were considered good beginner bikes. However, times and technology have changed greatly. Where before a 600 had 80hp and weighed 450-500 lbs, they now have over 100hp and weigh less than 400lbs. The current 600s can far outperform the liter bikes of the past. Those liter bikes were not recommended for a new rider, so why would current 600s? Some other ideal beginner bikes are dual-sports. I highly recommend these. There not flashy, but that shouldn't matter unless you're a poser. A DS will develop you're skills like nothing else. A well-ridden DS can easily hang with sportbikes on a curvy road. A DS also gives you the benefit of being able to ride offroad. Offroad riding is a great way to develop skills.

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