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Hi my name is Christian
I'm trying to figure out what kind of bike i should get... i know what type i want (street bike) but i dont know all the ins and outs of a bike. for example i weigh about 135-145 and im about 6 foot(also im 16 years old)So i dont know what would be good for my weight. my budget also plays into my problem... i got about 5000 to 7000 to spend depending on who i can squeeze money out of.
ANY advice would be very helpful to me.
Thankyou
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How's $5-7K a problem?! I've never paid that much for a bike and I've always had rather nice bikes. Street bike? Like cruiser? Sport? DP? Standard(nekkid)? Is it your first?
 

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well i dont know... it seemed like every bike ive looked at was like 8-9 k but if you say you've had nice bikes then i guess im wrong. yeah its my first bike and im looking for sport im not quite sure what standard is exactly but i know most of the bikes i like are sport
 

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Oh Jeez. don't do it. Don't get a crotch rocket for your first bike. The insurance for a 16 year old will run $6K per year. And you are going to drop it. Everybody does when learning. Then you've got to come up with the deductible and if your insurance isn't cancelled it'll cost even more. The sportbikes require a lot of skill to ride and will kill you quicker than you can imagine.

Get yourself a Dual Purpose bike like a Suzuki DRZ400. Or a used Kawasaki KLR650. Suzuki also sells a DRZ400 in supermotard trim which would be a great choice for a first bike. Get the smaller bike. None of them are slow. Any of the DP's will leave cars for dead. Get your skill set up and after a year's experience then decide what you want.
 

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whatever the heck that is sposed to mean... is wrong... im getting a bike for a few reasons you idoit...none of which are stereotypical unless you like to save money and are poor... in that case... YES im a stereotype of a poor white 16 year old...

for the none idoits that are looking at this thread...
2003 r1 yamaha - $6000 the bike is in good condition
 

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That's because you are looking at 600 and liter sportbikes. Which is WAAAAAAYYYYY to much bike for a first bike.

If you are determined to buy your "Gixxer" at least buy used. Cuz you’re gonna dump it. Repeatedly. Step away from the Biker Boyz DVD.

And have you even seen the insurance costs for those bikes?

At least take the safety class.
 

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whatever the heck that is sposed to mean... is wrong... im getting a bike for a few reasons you idoit...none of which are stereotypical unless you like to save money and are poor... in that case... YES im a stereotype of a poor white 16 year old...

for the none idoits that are looking at this thread...
2003 r1 yamaha - $6000 the bike is in good condition
If you ride like you spell it won't really matter what you get.

How's public school treating you?
 

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whatever the heck that is sposed to mean... is wrong... im getting a bike for a few reasons you idoit...none of which are stereotypical unless you like to save money and are poor... in that case... YES im a stereotype of a poor white 16 year old...

for the none idoits that are looking at this thread...
2003 r1 yamaha - $6000 the bike is in good condition
1. 7 grand for a bike isn't "poor".
2. R1 insurance rates will kill you.
3. The R1 will kill you. It is way to much bike for a new rider. And it is waaaaaaayyyyyy to much bike for a new rider that is 16.
4. If we can't talk you off the ledge, at least look at the SV650. The power is at least something closer to reasonable for a newbie.
5. SmokeU isn't being an idiot.
 

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You're 16, you're a beginner, and you're proposing to start on a 1000 cc bike that has more power than you'll be able to control for the next 15 years of your riding career, most likely? Why come here and ask for advice? You won't take it.

Did you consider, in your dreams, using some of that money for a training course so you can at least learn how to ride properly on a street? What about gear? and I don't mean just an Icon helmet either. You get an R1 and you're going to need a full set of armored leathers to protect your hide when you fall (and you will fall. Probably many times.) Don't forget the kevlar-armored gloves and the armored shin-high boots too. A back protector would be a good idea as well.

Oh! Go check out the cost of insuring a bike like an R1. You won't be able to afford to ride it. Even if you were the safest and best rider in the world -- a Rossi for the street - you're going to pay through the NOSE for insurance because of your age and the fairing on that R1. Plastic costs! Youth costs!

You're getting good advice here. Get something you can afford to RIDE. Get good gear so you stay alive and keep your skin. Grow up and listen to the people who've been around the block and have survived.
 

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Step 1: Spend 1k of that on gear. You think I'm kidding? Helmet $300
Boots 200. CE-2 back protector 100, Jacket ? Pants? Nice Held gloves 125. This isn't counting rain gear.
Step 2: Get a beater bike. This is the bike that is going to teach you about maintenance. This is also the bike that will tell you what you really want from your next bike.
Step 3: Get ye to an MSF class.
Step 4: Have a ball. I only go to work so I can commute:D
Step 5: Wave when you see me, oh yeah you don't know who I am, so wave at everyone, especially the **s(#les.
 

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Tho' R1 is Pimp, Yo - but the Gixxer-Thou is the Shizznit!

Youz gotta teach that Ho' who's The Pimp when you gets it, Yo! Buyz you a L33t lid an' a bungee net to carry it, Yo. Then Beyotch-slap that Ho' rit out the Gate! Teach that cooz who be the The Daddy wit' a massive burnout, Yo - rit in the dealer parkin' Lot.

Dey have lotta Respeck fo' a man wit skilz like dat, Yo!
 

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Jeez Buz

If you ride like you spell it won't really matter what you get.

How's public school treating you?
He's buying an R1 for his first bike and he calls anyone else an idiot. He defines an idiot.

Hey Deathdealerfool. We gave you good advice based on a century or two of riding experience. If you want to throw it in our faces then good luck to ya. You'll need it. Think you can handle a 160HP bike without a lick of experience? Go ahead, Foo. So, don't listen, just do it. Don't expect me to scrape your brains up off the pavement after you crack that helmet wide open... assuming you have the intelligence to wear one. From your attitude I'd say not. Just don't kill your girlfriend too when you waste yourself.
 

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yeah sorry i havnt replyed i was busy.
I brought up the R1 because i was only curious about it.
second of all i go to the best public school in los angeles and i get straight As
third and finnaly i am poor and the only reason a bike like a R1 would be affordable as far as insurance goes is because i get really REALLY cheap (but good) insurance from AAA

also about the idoit comment it was directed toward the one guy that called me a stereotype 16 year old... im far from it
i hope this clears this argument up
 

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i need advice on this bike
its a Suzuki GS500F
heres the specs and its in my price range. i was mainly wondering if its a good beginners bike. it seems like it would but id like a 2nd opinion

Engine: 487cc, four-stroke, twin cylinder, air-cooled, DOHC
Bore Stroke: 74.0 x 56.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel System: MikuniTM BSR34SS
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: #520 chain
Overall Length: 2080mm (81.9 in.)
Overall Width: 800mm (31.5 in.)
Overall Height: 1150mm (45.3 in.)
Seat Height: 790mm (31.1 in.)
Ground Clearance: 120mm (4.7 in.)
Wheelbase: 1405mm (55.3 in.)
Dry Weight: 180kg (396.8 lbs.)
Suspension Front: Telescopic, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, 5-way adjustable preload
Brakes Front: Single hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 110/70-17
Tires Rear: 130/70-17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.0 liter (5.3 gal.) 19.0 liter (5.0 gal.) CA. Model
Color: Blue/White, Black/Silver
 

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Yes, it would likely be an excellent first choice. They are just about bulletproof, and reasonably capable little beasts. You can learn a lot on those and the bike would be suitable for quite a while, if you chose to keep it.
 
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