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Hey guys I’m completely new to motorbikes and look to pass my cbt then get my first bike. What’s the best way I can learn about bikes. For my first bike I’ll be looking to get a Yamaha ybr 125 or a Honda cg125 Should I go out and buy a used one or save up for a completely new one.
 

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I'd suggest a used one. You're probably going to upgrade to a bigger one soon and then you can sell the first one without losing a lot of money. Also, it won't be quite as bad if you happen to drop it.
 

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Get a used bike. You don't want to make your first mistakes on a brand new, flawless machine.

Used bikes are cheaper. Usually insurance is cheaper, and used parts for used bikes are cheaper.
 

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I would also definitely recommend going used. Japanese 125s hold their value really well. Chances are you'll be able to sell it for the same price you paid for it!
 
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WELCOME ABOARD, and...



We are friendly site here. Well, most of us?
Another vote for anything used unless you just have to have a new one.
It just hurts less when a used one gets a few scratches.
 

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Used for all the above reasons
 

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#1 Have you mastered riding a peddle powered bicycle...seriously...youtube has plenty of videos of people crashing motorcycles that I bet couldn't handle a bicycle.

#2 Buy and master a dirt bike or "on/off" bike...it will teach you a lot with far less chance of it killing you.

#3. After 1 and 2 are met, buy a used street bike in the 300 to 500cc range, plenty of bike for a beginner.

#4 If you're not mechanically inclined, buy a newer, fuel injected bike...very low maintenance.

#5 Riding a motorcycle is super easy...controlling/maneuvering a motorcycle in an emergency life/death situation comes from experience; gain the experience in the dirt before you hit the cement.
 

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I am going to share my personal experience with the OP.

I got my M1 in August 2019., after successfully passing the MSF at Harley. For the record, I haven't been riding since i was in my 20s. During the field training at MSF, I never dropped the bike I was using for the course and passed with flying colors.

Every day in our lives we are presented with choices, and after getting my M1 I was presented with the choice to whether buy a NEW or USED bike. Btw, my wife was totally OK if I had decided to buy a NEW bike, so that was not a factor in the decision that was made. It took me about a month to make the decision. After one month of kicking ideas around I came to the conclusion "IF" but then I thought "WHEN" i make my first mistakes I do not want to make them on a brand new motorcycle, I'd rather make them on a used machine.

I ended up buying a USED Yammy VStar 650 at a very good price. It is a big bike 595lbs (269kg), however it does not feel like a big bike, I'm scratching 5'7 in height and weight 150lbs. Since I bought the bike in November 2019., I've been riding almost every day after work and on weekends. I am not in a rush so I'm taking my time. Remember, riding a motorycle is about control and NOT about speed, Speed will come with time. Learn to control the bike at slow speeds.
Once a week I go to empty parking lots to practice at slow speed (8 to no more than 10mph) with cones.
 

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P.S. I would not want you to be this guy, glad the rider was Ok. However, he learned a very expensive lesson

New Rider Crashed
 
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