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Hey guys, im 14 going into my freshman year in high school, and turning 15 on October 9th, and my parents have been talking to me about drivers ed and what not, but i want to consider motorcycles. My aunts side rides and my oldest brother (23) intends on starting also, and i think that i may also. My Question is what is a good bike that will get me where i need to be, efficient and last but not least, Good looking lol. Im having problems choosing between a sportier bike or a cruiser, so which would be more practical for someone of my age/size. ngl im an a fatass (200lb's and five feet 2 and three forth inches :p). also what would be a good price for a bike? Money's not really a problem (my parents give us a budget of about 10k on our first vehicle) but just dont want to get ripped off. also, what are some key things to look at when looking at a bike (more technical things). atm they bikes ive been looking at are based on aesthetics and online reviews, so i want to be able to understand some of the info that is available to me... well heres the bikes im looking at :)

Kawasaki Ninja 250r


2012 Honda Rebel


2012 Yamaha V-star 250


Feedback on a good helmet would also help tons! I know they would probably go over this during the classes and what not, but my mom is a safety freak and wants to make sure i have the best safety before i even look at a bike thumup:
 

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Ninja will be the most fuel efficient of the 3, although not by a huge amount, due to it being more aerodynamic. I also personally find that it's the most comfortable riding position for SHORT rides (it does get uncomfortable after a while). Being short, it'll actually fit you well, the 250cc "sport" bikes are a bit smaller than their 600+cc brethren, and fit short riders really well.
 

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I'm 5' 6" and the 250 ninja fits me really well. You're definately headed in the right direction by getting a small bike to start with. My only complaint with the ninja is that there's a weird lag time when you first hit the gas. I've seen it on a 600 as well, so it must just be a ninja thing.
 

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I would suggest getting an actual Car instead of a motorcycle. If it rains, how do you intend to drive to school? How about snow? I doubt you have talked to your parents about getting a bike, so talk to them first, before you get your hopes up.
 

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I have talked to my parents about it and they are all for it as long as it is safe and we have discussed the scenario of it raining (either riding with my neighbor or the bus) and I live in Texas and the last time it snowed enough to pile was over 40 years ago from what i hear, and last time it slowed at all was 4 years ago.. and for like 3 minutes lol
 

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I'm 5' 6" and the 250 ninja fits me really well. You're definately headed in the right direction by getting a small bike to start with. My only complaint with the ninja is that there's a weird lag time when you first hit the gas. I've seen it on a 600 as well, so it must just be a ninja thing.
It's the carbs they use. They've designed it to get really good power (for the displacement) and have good low end draw so you don't have to wind the ***k out of the engine, but the drawback to them is they've got more throttle lag than their competitors. They also only update the engine with anything new like every 8-10 years, they get VERY little of the newest technology like their bigger, much more expensive brothers. The Ninja are actually a little easier to learn on because of having more torque though than most of their direct competition (IE, Yamaha/Suzuki/Honda 250cc "sport" bikes).
 

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I learned about the torque and lag the hard way. I kept killing the engine, so i gave it a little more gas and took off like a rocket. Luckily i only sideswiped a parked car and messed up my leg and hip, instead of the bike and car. Scared the **** out of me though; I definitely respect the lag now :)



I bought all my gear at motorcyclestuperstore.com You'll absolutely want a helmet, and should look into buying a jacket. Skin grafts are not worth looking "cool" and not wearing protective gear. Also pick up some gloves, hitting bugs SUCKS.
 

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Definitely am intending on getting a good helmet and jacket, my cousin recently got in an accident, and if he did not have his helmet, he would most likely be dead rather then just 2 broken legs. My mom won't let me touch a bike if i don't have plentiful amounts of protection on :p
 

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I have always wanted a bike since I was a kid, after 8 years of being on the fire department, I no longer want one. I can only say stay the F away from guard rails. ;0
 

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I rode year around in virginia on a 03 600rr, even in the snow!

Haha it was good times, some close calls, some dumb moments, and some uh-o moments.

All in all, it was a good experience not sure if I would do it again though. (Yeah I probably would)

I put 30k miles on my bike in one year, haha a lot of riding.
 
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Also keep in mind that a bike is going to limit your capability to bring much outside of what you carry from day-to-day on your person. Bringing a guitar and amp over to your buddy's house, or a day's paintball load out is going to be a bit more difficult than opening the trunk and throwing it in.


It may make more sense to push for a nice used car with the 10k, and then save up and get the bike on your own.
 

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Ok thanks dp, I thinks thats what i may do, but the reason I was pushing towards the bike is because once i get my permit, i can be riding to school and what not withen a few weeks, rather then waiting a year to be able to drive freely. I am involved in my school (on debate team, In orchestra, in 4 clubs, afjrotc-do 4 teams-, and help out with the middle school orchestra and enviromental club that I was formerly in.

Plus both of my brothers are moving out in the next 2 weeks and my mom goes on LOTS of business trips (just got back from 3 weeks in London on Friday and is going to Rio de janeiro next monday) and my dad works bad hours (from 1pm-1am) with a day or 2 off in the week).
 

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Ive recently found out that my mom may be getting a new car and giving me her 2005 nissan maxima, But we still are strongly considering getting me a bike because the gas efficiency on the maxima is just horrible. But if I will be getting the bike... I will need to know what to get because my parents know very little about bikes and my aunt who rides is honestly extremely biased in terms of her hobbies, so me and my mom think she will pull me towards what suites her best (flashy and heavy, made to show off) rather than what I need (Nice looking, but pretty light, lots of short distances-to the pb field would be the longest-30 minutes- and getting to school safely and cheaply). Thanks for all the help to what you guys have givin all ready and what i know you will give after you see this :3
 

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Yea that what i was thinking, but not sure what in particular would be the best bang for my buck (brand new) since my parents aren't interested in spending money on used products (i dont know why, They just think everything used is complete **** no matter what condition its in).
 
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