Same model as mine. Harley Road King, I love it.
You've got an attractive bike. I bought mine for $500, in "non-running" (read: new battery and fresh gas) condition. Spent last winter doing some modification. She's apart for a full run-through, electronic mods, and finishing. I ran out of time last spring before I just decided to get back on the road.
Same bike, new phone so don't have a pic of it atm. Got it last summer. Super fun and fast.
Just remembered that I had posted a pic for the squids on reddit. Here she is in full glory
Dude, they make you look like a king's fool...but, are so much fun.
I actually use mine to get around on my ranch when I don't wanna take my Cummins.
I look like an idiot, but only to myself.
I love it.
first bike, I've only had for a couple months and I can't wait to get a 1000
Nothing wrong with a Ninja 250 man unless you're over 6ft.
A low-end Harley sportster is good, you can find one for under $4k used.
If you want to spend less and plan on dropping it, get a Japanese bike, xs650 or cb 650 are good starter bikes.
It's a boring over 20 year old 500cc parallel twin making less than 50 horsepower, with an upright seating position, no fairings, shit brakes and shit suspension. What exactly is sporty about it?
Cause I don't wanna die on Super fast shit
That will be really tough then to find a running bike for $2k or less.
I was going to recommend something like this: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/mcy/5974667512.html
But honestly you are going to get yourself into a mess if the idea of wiring a bike scares you.
Save up some more. $3k will net you a decent bike.
Don't listen to the people telling you to get muh cool hipster cafe racer 70s bikes, just get some 500 cc ptwin from the mid-nineties, plenty of them around for under 2k and reliable. Also get a Honda CB 500 instead of the Suzuki GS 500, it's better in every way at around the same price.
Get gear first (don't spend under 500, do NOT get a used helmet) and do the MSF course.
It's true. What's the point of a 1000ccbike when I'm just going to work and back home everyday. Suzuki SV650S is comfy and fast, but not dangerously fast. The perfect bike for a beginner besides the GS500 in this thread.
i usually recommend dual sports to newbies.
you can learn the very basics in grass away from other cars and if you fall it's a lot softer, you can get a taste of off road riding which you might like and unlike a chromed out shiny harley or sport bike with glossy expensive fairings if you drop it it'll just add "character"
650 class is big enough to cruise on the highway nbd (pic is from ~1500 mile mostly highway trip) smaller bikes are generally better for more technical stuff offroad.
pic related is my DR650.
Can't wait till the new R6 arrives in March; already have my deposit down for it.
Here's my R3
Well last time I saw my bike it looked like this.
Your first bike will not be your last.
As your first bike, get something that you can reliably learn to ride on. Cafe racers are uncomfortable (which will put you off riding and teach you bad body position), overpriced and require work which means not being able to ride while the bike is taken apart yet again.
Seriously, get a generic standard bike, sell it after a year or two if you still want.
They can be expensive if you are not doing your own maintenance. It sucks getting stranded with your bike.
My 1996 Road King starts up and goes every time. The guy recommending mid-90's might be on to something.
Also mine, '84 shadow.
no pic of: ~90 KX125 (no title, traded a shotgun for it)
What's the best way to learn how to work on shit? There's no way I'm paying someone a small fortune just to fix something that I can do myself. I don't know anything all about engines and shit
I see . Very similar to me so I feel very comfortable with suggesting the path I took.
Learn how to drive a manual car if you haven't already. Though very different the concepts will put you light years ahead.
Check out craigslist for a Honda CB750 .. If you'd like to go modern save up 500-1000 more and get you a Honda Shadow. Theyre low to the ground and easy to ride.
CATION do not take on a bike that needs work or comes with a catch of some sort for your first bike You'll regret it in the long run trust me
It can be harder than you think and might turn you off bikes. I just recommended the Honda Shadow. That's a nice reliable bike that's good for beginners to advance.
How much does a Honda Shadow cost?
There are definitely other, better options that cost just as much.
Type in "best beginner motorcycle" on YouTube, there are videos for days.
Yamaha R3 is the current, undisputed champion in that class right now.
2016 roadster. still a couple things i wanna do though.
You can find a decent Honda Shadows for $2000 on up. They are reliable and easy to ride, and not sport bikes, which what the dude wanted.
I personally would get the ninja 250 as a starter if I were to start all over again. Easy to learn, light, and easy to resale.
the one posted above was 1000 in as pristine a condition as you can get in a 30+ year old bike, and <10k miles (many more now, cheapest vehicle i've ever owned and that's saying something for a motorcycle)
i'm not sure you'll find an R3 for <1000$, but you can definitely pick up a shadow or kawi 454.
on a R6 the air flow is better keeping the dirt dust and shit away from rear wheel. the front is easy to keep clean. the Naked bike everything gets thrown into the rear wheels. This was 1 ride on a dusty road that got wet ill never do that agian.
2010 R1 convertor to streetfighter
Ducati 1199 Track only bike
Yamaha WR450 which has kit for both dirt and motard riding.
1975 Suzuki GT750 which is a cafe racer project....for last 3 years.
The Akra keeps it sounding like a 2 cyl and not a weed wacker 2 stroke.. gives it a louder deeper sound without sounding like your pushing a 300 cc bike 12000 rpm. Cat is still there also so no need to re tune the bike. The R3 is the best most fun little bike. for tight winding roads nothing beats it. can flick it around like a 125 dirt bike.
>liter sports bike
when you get old enough to start having back problems, post a good bike
skinny little faggot manlets detected
where are the real bikes for Men? we've seen all these little boys toys before
Yeah, my stock exhaust definitely needs an upgrade. Going slip on because, as you said: no re-tune required. Apparently the Power Commander, although gives it a bit more HP with bolt on mods & full exhaust...it cuts fuel off at the top, thus reducing its top speed. :"(
had a R1 already for many years been there done that.
if you read the forums. R3 with power commander and everything else wields you a tiny 2hp jump. even after Dyno tuned. not worth it. just get the weight off the bike by going Ti akra
Uh huh lets fix that.
Pic related, my bike.
Bought this as my first bike a couple months ago. Its only a 660cc but that more than enough for now
Off to bed.. get to ride to work tomorrow. Last photo of the hooligan machine
Dude, eliciting hate among riders is old...I'll wave at you if you're on a damn scooter even. Why judge others on two-wheels? If you don't wave back because you on a bigger, manlier bike...or any kind of cruiser, that's on you.
I don't feel superior in any way while riding my Indian Scout.
Here's my other bike which I've bee trying to sell for six months now
It's the only one I have handy.
Well first of all, I'm in Poland and I seem to be the only one retarded enough to have bought a 250. It's a late 2013, I did 16000 kms on it and am trying to sell it for 1/1.6* how much I paid for it two years ago.
Looking now, anon.
It looks quite nice but it's missing that exposed spring on the right hand side. I thought that really made the bike so recognisable!
2nd bike. Upgraded from the ninja 300. Still miss that bike sometimes though.
I'm sorry mate, it could be hard to sell...you'd definitely have to try & find someone who's looking to get into riding...maybe reach out through social media? Lowering the price might hurt, but you'll have it off your hands at least.
Stay away from the RC390...it leaks & breaks down after awhile.
I started on a ninja 3 with no experience other than the MSF course. It was very forgiving of mistakes i made while learning to ride that higher cc bikes may not have been so happy with (especially learning not to chop the throttle in a turn). You should have no problem with a 300cc.
97 katana. It doesn't have the umph I want but it's a decent commuter bike. I'm dreading the carb rebuild on it
Can't pin it down exactly at the moment my friend, but literally just type 2017 ninja 650 in the search bar
I think the biggest problem with the 390 is the brakes. They fade almost like a Harley street. And the suspension is atrocious. Yeah it wins all the small bike comparison tests in performance but only because the engine is so powerful. But because it's so powerful and just single cylinder it's very buzzy
Echoing what others have said about a 300(ish) cc being perfect for a beginner. That said, take whatever safety/license course is available to you. In Australia it's mandatory, I don't know how it is elsewhere. I've loved my R3 for the time I've had it, first time on a bike was the CB125 I did my test on, bought this thing within the week. Ease yourself into it the same way you would a car - back streets, practice the same shit you did in your license course (braking, repeated start stops to get a feel for the clutch).
And remember to save some of your budget for gear and insurance!
Suzi GSF400P Bandit
A rare bike for the states.
Didnt't start this morning :/
Probably not enough fuel in the carbs, but frankly I'm too depressed to work on it. Been driving the miata to stave off the suicidal thoughts.
04 shadow, second owner, got it at 9k miles about 3 years ago. It's over 30k miles and I'm about to sell it to a dummy for about 900 more then I paid for it.
Funny you should mention that...Many, many Kawi owners & review videos mention how very similar Kawasaki's look across their model range.
To the untrained eye & those unfamiliar with the brand...you're very, very correct.
Does this angle make it look thicc enough?
Thinking about getting this CB360T for $2200
The fucking sharpen filter on the photo makes me wonder what he's trying to hide though
Particularly in the KRT colouring, they're pretty much interchangeable, but it's not like other makes' bikes are all instantly recognizable. The cbr650 looks very different to other hondas and the new fireblade looks kinda cool I guess but that may be because I used to be a Honda fan boy and learned to spot the most minute difference
This is part of the reason I like standard unfaired bikes. The frame doesn't lie
Goodnight fellow rider fags, stay safe & never ride balls to back.
No original foto I'm afraid. 2016 KTM 690 Duke. Huge fun.
I definitely think weeb style bikes look way better with no fairings
>balls to back
You mean balls to the wall?
Yeah I miss having an analog gauge in the cbr250. I almost bought a kawi er-6 for no other reason than it has an analog gauge
in my opinion its good untill there are problems, its clunky into second and is starting to get a ticking noise at only 6000 kilometres, its only a 150 and the choke on it is shit, i will be upgrading to an r3
03 limited edition r6. Custom built headers to a micron high mount. -3 rear sprocket +2 front. Power commander. Daily spring-fall ride
thinking about getting one of these as my first bike
GSR 750 ABS (2013) 110PS full of fun!
My first bike, im looking for a GSX-R 600 next months
No adventure bikes yet?
Pic very related, my boxer.
My little Yamaha YBR ED