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post #1 of 18 Old 06-12-2013, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for my first bike. I been on craigslist and found a bike i really like. It is a 1999 zx6r for $3500 and then also a 2002 zx6r with 27,000 miles and going for $3500 as well.
I want to know the pros and cons from a female. I am 5'6 and weight 190.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-13-2013, 01:11 AM
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Not a female, but they're great bikes.
I wouldn't pay that much for either.
04-06 sells for that around my area.
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I was going to tell her that I would not recommend that Bike as a first Bike also

but she said she wants to hear it from a female

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post #4 of 18 Old 06-13-2013, 01:22 AM
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Are you asking for advice on those 2 particular bikes? or 600cc bikes in general?

Im not female but i wouldnt recommend a super sport to anyone as their first bike, male or female.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-13-2013, 01:29 AM
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a Ninja 500R is a good starter with enough power to satisfy a seasoned rider.
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Or a 250 would work.
Get what ya want though. It's your money.

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I would say a 250 for 6 to 12 months then upgrade

will be the best way to start

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There's pros and cons to either side. Everyone says to start on a small bike but I started on a ZX6R and I've been fine. I respect the bike and ride within my abilities and its never an issue for me. I'm not a female so this is just my experience as a beginner. You'll want to look into having whatever you buy lowered a bit because you're shorter and you'll want to make sure your comfortable.

As far as price, everyones location is different. Take someone with you that is familiar with motorcycles and pay what you are comfortable with.
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From a chick's perspective:

Do you have any experience with bikes at all, even as a passenger? I ask because if you are somewhat familiar with bikes and used to riding as a passenger you could easily manage on one of these older bikes. If not, then I would look at something a little more mild like a 250 or even a 500.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Comfort: When you are just starting out, it's important to be comfortable on the bike. Any bike you sit on is going to feel bulky for the first few hundred miles but you'll adjust to it. Some of the older bikes are really heavy and awkward though and that can only add to the nervousness of starting and stopping.

At 5'6" (depending on your inseam) you'll be able to get your toes down but probably not flat-foot MOST bikes.

2. Power: I don't think either of the bikes you're looking at are going to be too much to start out on. Quite the contrary, I think that if you take to them well then you will be have more room to grow as opposed to a 250 where you might become bored with it in a year or two. Personally, I started on a 250 and I think that even though you get comfortable riding in a straight line, there is MUCH to be developed with regards to cornering and throttle control and braking, etc. So even if you *feel* bored of it, you will probably still have plenty of wiggle room and a bike that isn't going to buck you off if you make an error with throttle or braking in a corner - which many newbs do.

All in all, I think you're on the right track. The older bikes don't put out as much power and aren't as technologically advanced as the newer bikes so you should be okay if you take it easy and keep a cool head about you. I would suggest sitting on a few and getting a feel for how you fit. You're not going to find the PERFECT bike, but you will find one that comes close and there are options for lowering and adjusting the bike to better suit your needs.
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Before you buy any bike (especially the older bikes) make sure you take someone with you who can inspect the bike mechanically. You don't want to buy a lemon, and you certianly don't want to buy a bike that is downright dangerous to be on the road. Most bike shops will do a quick inspection and you can make it part of the sale of bike to stipulate that the owner has it inspected and provides proof of that it's up to par.

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look for something newer. I bought my 05 for 3900 two years ago with 10k on it. Better deals are out there. Be patient and don't rush into a purchase. You'll find the right deal

btw: The biggest things ive seen from first time bike owners in general is throttle control and confidence issues. Most people would say balance but imo balance will come on its own when you learn proper throttle control. Usually that throttle control will come when you start to gain more confidence. A 600cc bike should be fine for a starter but I would try riding anything bigger until your comfortable on that. anything smaller and I think youll wish you got a 600 in a couple months. I really don't think gender plays much of a factor other then height. That being said you might want to look into lowering whatever you get if your 5'6".


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I got the exact bike you're looking at but it's my 2nd bike.

I'm 5'4 and 130lbs. Back when I started out on my cbr125, I thought the ninja 250 was quite a big bike already and fairly heavy (for me) to get off the kickstand.

When I jumped the gun, scrapping the deal I was going for as 2nd bike (GS500F), the ZX was quite the beast on the throttle.

Over 40,xxxkm later now with my ZX I just got back from my very first trackday.


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Here's what I tell everyone who wants to start riding bike.
Buy the Ninja 250, since 08 they look very sleek. Get as much gear as you can afford, that's why they sell Kevlar jeans these days... no one would ever notice it's bike gear. Don't cheap out on a $99 Helmet.

Ride the 250 for min 5000mi or 2 full seasons (canadian season=5months). When you sell it (given you didn't drop it once) those bikes resell for 80-90% of your purchase price (given you bought from someone private, not brand new or dealer).

All in all you just gotta pay your insurance and gas, the rest is like learning to ride for FREE. I hear it too often people don't wanna lose money on purchasing 2 bikes within a short period of time.
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Hell, I'd love to have a Ninja 300 or even another 250 back in my garage again just for grins.

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Hell, I'd love to have a Ninja 300 or even another 250 back in my garage again just for grins.
I would too MoM! However, only if I had a 600+ street bike in the garage first (which you and I already have)

I would say keep looking. 2002 with 20K+ miles for $3500 seems kinda steep.

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Hey cheez! I have a zx6r now but its my 2nd bike.
i'm 5'7 @145lbs. and got a 250 as my very first bike not really having any experience with them before.
i thought it was really great cause you could run out all the gears, get used to the way things worked and pretty much familiarize yourself & practice with maneuvering on them.
Then after riding a number of my friend's different 600s I later stepped up to the zx6r. It was soo different, but i absolutely love it!
In my experience, I'm really glad i got to have fun with the 250 cause everything I learned from it came in handy, plus dropping a 250 when you start out isn't bad, i could still handle it. But, dropping my zx if i were first starting off whooo no bueno.

Don't forget to sit on the bikes make sure they're all good and try em out. the zx6r is really different riding than the 250. So, try and get something that feels comfortable and that you can handle. You always have time to move on up.
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