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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2017, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a starter bike

Hello, so I have been wanting to get a bike for a while now. I am 17 and I live in Southern California. Everyday I drive 3 miles to school and back then 5 miles to water polo practice and a 30 minute drive to work which is an all high way drive. I need something that can easily handle highway riding and a good daily driver. What is the best bike for this situation?
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The best bike is going to be what feels most comfortable to you, for you to learn on. My advice is to go to several dealerships and sit on several different styles to see what you like. I would stay away from supersports if you aren't familiar with riding.
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Since this is your first bike go small (500 to 800cc) and used. You didn't mention if you'd taken the safety course, I'd start there.

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Honda CBR500R
Honda CB500
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Kawasaki Z650
Suzuki SV 650
Yama ha FZ6
Yamaha FZ-07

Something light, not too powerful, and with an upright seating position.

Take a riding course and always wear a helmet.
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no sportsbike !!!...even the small (600 +) ones are much too powerful to start with...
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There's a guy on here that has cbr500r videos I think his YouTube channel is jaamann123 or something like that. He posted a vid just short while ago. The cbr500r seems nice.

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My starter bike was a Ninja 500r. Simple enough to work on, friendly response on the controls, but with enough power to get you into trouble if You're not careful. After 2 years it still puts a smile on my face.
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He is in Southern California, State requires he take the course before he can even get a permit.

Hey there Dubdub, I am David I oversee the California Program. Once you complete your class there are a few questions you need to determine before getting that first bike.

1. Aside from Riding to school and work will you be doing more riding for pleasure? If so what type of riding interests you?
2. What style of bike, cruiser, Dual sport, Adventure, Sport etc.
3. Budget, as this is always a key.

Since you will be on the highway I would suggest you consider a 450 to 500cc bike. For a first bike I recommend a bike with a more standard seating position even if you want a sport bike style. I also recommend a cheaper used bike as this will likely be your first bike and not your last. You do not need the newest of best for the first bike.

Some of my choices would include the Suzuki GS500, they come in a naked standard and a full faired version both with a nice neutral seating position with an air cooled twin cylinder. If you like the looks of the sport bikes you can also find the Ninja 500 used at a relatively good price. If the cruiser suits you better there are also a couple good ones in that area, including the Yamaha Virago 535 and the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (LTD). There are many other great bikes and your local Craigs list will be a good place to start. When you go to look at bikes make sure to take a knowledgeable person with you.

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