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Hello! I am a very green beginner. I’ve only ridden/drove a small Vietnam 2/3rds bike for a certification course. I passed. It’s been a few months. I’ve saved up some money and can now afford a cash payment on these top 4 bikes. I’ve picked these bikes because of the price, the low CC’s and the supposed reliability and safety.

*I plan on driving to work and around town. Between 20-30 miles every day during spring, summer and early fall.

Me being a beginner, which bike do you think I should get and why?

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Kawasaki Z400 $4,999
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Yamaha MT-03 $4,599
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Suzuki GSX250R $4,599
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Honda Monkey $3,999
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I'd suggest going and sitting on them to see what fits you the best. Fit is very important on a motorcycle and everyone is a snowflake. What works for me, may not for you and vice versa.. If you think you might eventually want go faster, the Monkey probably isn't the best choice. Good Luck.
 

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Any of those would be beginner friendly, the monkey is limited though in terms of top speed though it's no doubt a lot of fun around town and very cute.
Unless money isn't a concern you might want to consider a used bike for your first bike though, usually that first bike gets kind of beat up and it's a shame to do that to a new motorcycle. Maybe pick up a cheap used bike which already has a few warts for under $2k then ride it for a while, then sell it for around the same thing a year later and then buy the new bike of your dreams for your second bike!
 

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Have you looked at the Honda Grom? It'd be the size/speed of the monkey, but a more modern style(if that's your thing).

The Grom and monkey will probably do about 60mph max, so highway is out of the question with those(unless you like to impede traffic). If you're in town mostly, they'd be fine. And they'd no doubt be an excellent starter bike!

Otherwise as suggested, go sit on some bikes. Honda has a CBR 300 that'd be the styling of the others as well, and in the price range. Size wise, they're all good for beginners.
 

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Any of those would be beginner friendly, the monkey is limited though in terms of top speed though it's no doubt a lot of fun around town and very cute.
Unless money isn't a concern you might want to consider a used bike for your first bike though, usually that first bike gets kind of beat up and it's a shame to do that to a new motorcycle. Maybe pick up a cheap used bike which already has a few warts for under $2k then ride it for a while, then sell it for around the same thing a year later and then buy the new bike of your dreams for your second bike!
This ^! Of all of those choices, the 400 is going to be the least limiting in terms of keeping you entertained as your skill set grows. Buying used is the way to go, though. I started on a Ninja 300, put 6,000 miles on it over the course of a year, worked on my skills a bit, and upgraded to a CBR F4i because I'd convinced myself I was ready. I was not and probably should've kept the 300 for another year or so. Finding a used 300 sport bike should be fairly easy and much cheaper than new.

If you absolutely NEED to buy new, your first mods should be frame sliders and front/rear spools to protect it as much as possible from the inevitable drop or tip-over.

Whatever you decide, let us know and post a pic or two!
 

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I see what y’all are saying. Unfortunately, around here used bikes are about the same price as one of these new ones. And that’s because most of used bikes are some of the higher end models, which are not so much beginner friendly.
As for my height and weight I’m about 5’10 and weigh 160 lbs. So I shouldn’t be looking like a circus clown when I ride one of these smaller bikes haha!
 

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Unfortunately, around here used bikes are about the same price as one of these new ones...
I've noticed the same thing this off-season, i.e. prices on dual sports, naked, sports, and mini's are all high to ridiculously high. For whatever reason, cruisers are prolific and really low priced.
 

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None. I suggest getting a used Kawasaki Ninja 250 in good running condition for $1500 - $2000. Consider these two scenarios.

1) You buy a new bike for $5000. It's actually $6000 out the door. You ride it for two years and drop it lightly a couple times along the way. It's time to upgrade to a GSXR600. You sell it for $3500. Net loss: -$2500

2) You buy a used Ninja 250 for $2000. You ride it for 2 years, dropping it a couple times along the way. It's time to upgrade to a GSXR600. You sell it for $1500. Net loss: -500.

The amount of money you lose in scenario 1 is equal to the cost of the bike in scenario 2. If you go with scenario 2, the bike is actually free.


I know, I know, you won't drop it. The chances of that are REALLY slim. Porky and Hogcowboy are the only guys I know of here that didn't drop their first bike. Most everyone does it. It stings WAY more to drop a shiny new bike than a used bike that's 10 years old. Also, the idea of keeping your first bike forever is equally unlikely. You'll outgrow whatever you start on and want something else. We all did. I've had close to 20 bikes and I'm not even close to a record of any sort. Once motorcycling becomes part of you, rides come and go. It's your first bike, not your forever bike. Go used. That's my 2 cents.
 

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None. I suggest getting a used Kawasaki Ninja 250 in good running condition for $1500 - $2000. Consider these two scenarios.

1) You buy a new bike for $5000. It's actually $6000 out the door. You ride it for two years and drop it lightly a couple times along the way. It's time to upgrade to a GSXR600. You sell it for $3500. Net loss: -$2500

2) You buy a used Ninja 250 for $2000. You ride it for 2 years, dropping it a couple times along the way. It's time to upgrade to a GSXR600. You sell it for $1500. Net loss: -500.

The amount of money you lose in scenario 1 is equal to the cost of the bike in scenario 2. If you go with scenario 2, the bike is actually free.


I know, I know, you won't drop it. The chances of that are REALLY slim. Porky and Hogcowboy are the only guys I know of here that didn't drop their first bike. Most everyone does it. It stings WAY more to drop a shiny new bike than a used bike that's 10 years old. Also, the idea of keeping your first bike forever is equally unlikely. You'll outgrow whatever you start on and want something else. We all did. I've had close to 20 bikes and I'm not even close to a record of any sort. Once motorcycling becomes part of you, rides come and go. It's your first bike, not your forever bike. Go used. That's my 2 cents.
I hear you man. I’d go that way too. All the used bikes up here are “certified” and cost just as much as these new bikes. The closest thing I found to a used Ninja 250 bike was for $2100 with 9,000 miles and it was “outlet” going for auction in the next couple months. I’m not sure why they can’t certify it at the store. It makes me think somethings wrong with it.
 

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I hear you man. I’d go that way too. All the used bikes up here are “certified” and cost just as much as these new bikes. The closest thing I found to a used Ninja 250 bike was for $2100 with 9,000 miles and it was “outlet” going for auction in the next couple months. I’m not sure why they can’t certify it at the store. It makes me think somethings wrong with it.
If you're just looking at shops you'll get hosed no matter what. I've only bought one bike (out of about 20) at a shop, and that was the quad I bought for my kids for Christmas.
 

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Let us know what you decide! And I'm hoping that you have budgeted for proper riding gear, good quality and properly fitting helmet and some more advanced riding courses....:)
I spent a hefty sum to get certified DOT Helmet, Jacket, Gloves, Pants and “Boots” from the local BMW Motorcycle store. I think you’re right, perhaps I should look into the advanced courses when spring hits.
 

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This ^! Of all of those choices, the 400 is going to be the least limiting in terms of keeping you entertained as your skill set grows. Buying used is the way to go, though. I started on a Ninja 300, put 6,000 miles on it over the course of a year, worked on my skills a bit, and upgraded to a CBR F4i because I'd convinced myself I was ready. I was not and probably should've kept the 300 for another year or so. Finding a used 300 sport bike should be fairly easy and much cheaper than new.

If you absolutely NEED to buy new, your first mods should be frame sliders and front/rear spools to protect it as much as possible from the inevitable drop or tip-over.

Whatever you decide, let us know and post a pic or two!
I really would love to buy used. I’ll have to keep looking. So far used is mostly the same prices as the new sub 400cc bikes. So about modifications, does adding stuff like frame sliders and spools void a warranty like it would if you mod a car?
 

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BTW, where do you live Ivan?
I live up in the Twin cities! It’s petty frosty right now. I’m only starting with low cc’s first, to console my mother who thinks riding a motorcycle is just as dangerous as being sent to Iraq and secondly I’m not ready for a powerful bike. Haha
 
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