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So I realize that this question has pretty much been beaten to death but I haven't really found advice for my situation.. :confused:

Everything I've read has told me to get a 500 ninja as a newb rider (which I am) but I don't want a sport bike.. I get that a Kawasaki Ninja is great for a beginner, but I have absolutely no desire to be hunched over that severely.

I'm looking for something that can be driven to work (45mins each way) and comfortable enough to be taken on weekend trips. Or at least won't make me want to be run over by a semi just so I can lie straight on the pavement.. It'd be nice to have something a little more on the forgiving side since I'm sure I'll be messing up while I'm learning. Used of course, under $10,000. Am I just dreaming that this can happen with a starter bike?

Does year matter? I was surprised to notice that some bikes from the 80's and 90's were suggested. Also is it an ok idea to get something higher than a 500 if I'm looking at something that isn't a sport bike?


Also in case it matters I'm a woman, 22, nearly 6 ft tall and 180#.

Thanks!!!!!
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions!! I'll definitely be looking into them. I hadn't really considered a dual sport bike since I'm not really a fan of how they look (visions of :71baldboy: keep dancing in my head) but I'll shove my pride to the back and look at them as really great learning tools :)

The Ninja 500 does NOT have a hunched over position. Have you sat on one personally? They are basically just standard bikes with fairings. They have a similar position to an SV650N. Try one before you shrug it off.
No, honestly I haven't. All the guys I know that ride have FAST bikes. Above 1000 cc. One of them offered to let me use his Suzuki Hayabusa (he has two for some reason, 2008 and 2011) but after about 10 seconds of research I realized that it would take me about that long to kill myself on it :wink:
I'll go sit on the ninja before I dismiss it.
 

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Any idiot who tries to offer a newbie a ride on a Hayabusa has no business giving advice to anyone about riding a motorcycle. There is a reason why virtually any ad you see for a Hayabusa requires you to sign both a legal disclaimer and have the cash in hand first. Unless I am missing something (noticed your user name) you should know first hand how easily things can go wrong and the horrible consequences of what can happen when inexperienced newbies try to ride high performance machines. Stick with the advice given here. ;)
Yeah, he has a bulletproof mentality (most people who are new to vegas get I-can-do-anything attitudes. wrong.) which is why I am doing research and asking questions on here. I've scraped one too many faces off the pavement to do something that stupid.

Definitely thinking Nighthawk! I'm taking a MSF course next week then off to sit on a vulcan/nighthawk/ninja/everything else :D
and to call insurance companies.. sigh. there goes my low insurance rate :icon_cool:
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies I appreciate them!! I do have some concerns about the nighthawks braking, some of the reviews I've seen have said they aren't the best.. but everything else about it seems great. hmm.
 
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