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Old 09-28-2010, 07:10 PM
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HI, I'm a new rider, and I am looking at bikes, and I am looking at a Ninja 500, a Honda Rebel, or a Honda Shadow. I am not sure which I should choose, and was wondering if people could help me with some information, experiences with these bikes, and which would be best for a beginner. Thanks for any and all Help
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:08 PM
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Buy a used bike with a smaller motor to learn on, don't spend too much because you are going to sell it next year after you figure out what kind of riding you like, that way when you lay it down it will not be the bike of your dreams that you just scratched up. Also if you start with a smaller bike you will learn how to handle the power before you get something that will kill you if ridden incorrestly. Ride safe!
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:13 AM
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I started out on an 2001 Ninja 500...Put 7000 miles on it my first year. totaly reliable, tons of aftermarket options, super comfertable to ride, and really easy to ride. It has great ergonomics which allows you to practice cornering at all speeds.

I sold it couple years ago with hopes of upgrading but eventually never did. I kick myself in the a$$ everytime i think about it.

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Old 09-07-2011, 05:03 AM
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:45 PM
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Any of those three bikes would be good choices. If you can find a good used one, that would be even better because you will want to get something a little larger after the first season.

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Old 09-11-2011, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by snaglehawk View Post
Buy a used bike with a smaller motor to learn on, don't spend too much because you are going to sell it next year after you figure out what kind of riding you like, that way when you lay it down it will not be the bike of your dreams that you just scratched up. Also if you start with a smaller bike you will learn how to handle the power before you get something that will kill you if ridden incorrestly. Ride safe!
Snaglehawk is right.

Never buy a nice bike for your first. You are learning, and you may tip it over, dump it or whatever. You don't want that to happen to a nice bike. So use a used bike that you don't care if it gets scratched up.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:46 AM
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I dont know anything about those bikes, however if you want something powder coated to match your liquid paint, I got my 97 Fat Boy custom matched with the liquid paint to the powder paint from this powder coating supplier http://allpowderpaints.com
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I too think the same way. Your first bike should not be the bike of your dreams. Don"t spend more than $1500, keep it till you have mastered it, then upgrade! Something that starts right up, fits your body, good rubber and stops good. I don't think a new rider should buy a bike over 500 lbs, preferably under 400 like a ninja 250 or a Honda . speaking as an observer ....and personal experience most people drop their bike from a dead stop or moving very slow . Once you tip it over so far your going to lose it. The lighter the bike the the easier it is to keep up.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by snaglehawk View Post
Buy a used bike with a smaller motor to learn on, don't spend too much because you are going to sell it next year after you figure out what kind of riding you like, that way when you lay it down it will not be the bike of your dreams that you just scratched up. Also if you start with a smaller bike you will learn how to handle the power before you get something that will kill you if ridden incorrestly. Ride safe!
Agree, for sure you will feel your bike doesn't meet your desires within a year or so... buy 1st one cheap, safe up and make a real choice, happy riding!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:56 AM
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If you can find a good used one, that would be even better because you will want to get something a little larger after the first season.

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