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Ok, went shopping some today... going to take the MSF here in about a month or two, and I think I've picked my bike: Ninja 500R... Bike fit me GREAT, and I love the look. Can't wait to get the course done, and get the bike

gear up from head to toe. its worth it.
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Sweet!
I was looking at the GS 500 for a first bike. waiting for pics
Got all your gear yet?

It's gonna be another week or so on the pics. The bike needed a little work so there are pieces of it spread throughout my garage

If you're thinking about a GS500 there is an awesome forum here:
http://www.gstwins.com/gsboard
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Well I am looking at a KLR650 as a first bike, and think it is the right bike for me, but my mom seems to think that I should start off with a 250. Any arguments that people reccomend? My impression is that modern "fast" 250s are at least as fast, if not faster, than the KLR, is this true?
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Well I am looking at a KLR650 as a first bike, and think it is the right bike for me, but my mom seems to think that I should start off with a 250. Any arguments that people reccomend? My impression is that modern "fast" 250s are at least as fast, if not faster, than the KLR, is this true?

Ask her why she thinks that. Explain that the KLR 650 is very different from most 650s, in that it has much less horsepower due to a single-cylinder engine design. In fact, it makes less horsepower than the Ninja 250! The SV650 is 5.11lb/hp, Ninja 250 is 8.4lb/hp, and the KLR 650 is a whopping 9.36lb/hp. She wants you to get a slower bike first, right?

Now you might want to keep the following stats to yourself. A Ninja 250 does the 1/4 mile in 14.6 seconds. The KLR650 does the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds. The SV650 and Ninja 500 do the 1/4 mile in close to 12.5 seconds. The KLR also has an awesome, even, 35 ft/lb max torque-band. The 250 has 18ft/lb of torque, which is to be avoided at all costs.

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Ive had my 03 cbr600 f4i for almost a month now. it is my first bike and i am loving every minute of it. i was looking at a suzuki 500 (dont remember what it was exactly) even test drove it and didnt like it at all compared to the 600 cbr. i think i pick things up pretty quick, and im already starting to reach for the top of the power band on this bike. it takes me for a good ride. i took the msf over a year before i got this bike, still glad i took the course. this is one purchase i dont regret.
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This thread is fantastic. Thanks to the OP and everybody else who contributed. I just picked up a GS500 as my first bike thanks to all the great advice I got from the net. I'll get some pics up tomorrow.

Sweet! I'm tuning a set of those carbs for a friend of mine right now!
Good bike it is!
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YES!!! I advise all riders and prospective riders to TAKE THE MSF COURSE!!!

It's an experience you will never forget....even if you've been riding for years already.

DOH!! Lunchtime, time to take the ratbike out for a ride.
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Sweet! I'm tuning a set of those carbs for a friend of mine right now!
Good bike it is!

Hehe, I'm on my second set now. FYI the throttle butterfly plates are NOT user-serviceable, ask me how I know What are you doing to tune them? Cleaning / re-jetting? FYI they come jetted extremely lean in each circuit from the factory. The US bikes got size 37 pilot jets while the rest of the world got 40s. That's why these bikes take 15 minutes to warm up sometimes. The jet needles also benefit from a 1mm washer/spacer to richen up the mixture. E-mail me if I can help.

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Hehe, I'm on my second set now. FYI the throttle butterfly plates are NOT user-serviceable, ask me how I know What are you doing to tune them? Cleaning / re-jetting? FYI they come jetted extremely lean in each circuit from the factory. The US bikes got size 37 pilot jets while the rest of the world got 40s. That's why these bikes take 15 minutes to warm up sometimes. The jet needles also benefit from a 1mm washer/spacer to richen up the mixture. E-mail me if I can help.

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Kewl, thanks for the info man. I'm just cleaning and tuning them for a friend of mine so he can ride this spring.
I may be in touch for more detailed info.

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i don't ride bikes but i am frequently a passenger on one......

lol i get yelled at for this all the time, but is it really that bad if i fall asleep on the back LOL

i couldn't help it ok, but seriously i was holding on as tight as a so i thought i should be ok.........


*gets prepped to be yelled at lol*


edit: its a Honda CBR
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i don't ride bikes but i am frequently a passenger on one......

lol i get yelled at for this all the time, but is it really that bad if i fall asleep on the back LOL

Is it really that bad? I dunno, you be the judge. When you fall asleep your muscles relax, so your hold on the rider will loosen, and he'll probably have little indication that you've fallen asleep. Until, of course, he goes around a sharp turn or accelerates rapidly and you go flying off, and your feet end up in his armpits (extra points for a clean dismount).

Does that answer your question? It's only bad if you consider running into a tree at 60mph, or falling off on the highway and getting run over by an 18-wheeler to be "bad." From my point of view, it might be a good way to cleanse the gene pool of people who ask stupid questions.
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k i wasn't being serious, just relax




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k i wasn't being serious, just relax

kthxbye.

Motorcycling is serios business.
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Not too serious, easy man.


Biking is about love for riding, not hatred of riders and passengers.



At the end of the day it's all about your bike....



And the open road....

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amen!

nice bike btw, take me for a ride?
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