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K guys i am about to buy my first ninja and want to know which I would be better off starting with a 250 or 300.... I want to know which would be better to start with and also which would specs are better years 2008-2014 preferably 2008-2009
 

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For your first cycle get an older/used 250. Take a rider course before buying one if you haven't already.

Your first bike is going to get away from you at some point, so don't feel like it needs to be perfect - it won't stay that way.

Buy smart and do you best to keep it in good shape, then you can sell it and get most of your money back when you feel it's time for a change.

When shopping for your first cycle, make sure you don't spend all the cash you have so you can afford full gear and insurance.
 

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As has been said in other threads. Tell us more about you and what you plan on doing with the bike. How big/tall you are. Race, curve, stunt, joyride, commute. Etc. What do you expect from which ever motorcycle you buy? What kind of roads are you going to be on mostly. Etc.
 

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As has been said in other threads. Tell us more about you and what you plan on doing with the bike. How big/tall you are. Race, curve, stunt, joyride, commute. Etc. What do you expect from which ever motorcycle you buy? What kind of roads are you going to be on mostly. Etc.
Don't ferget how fat u are...weight...:whistling:








 

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Just get the 300 and ride it for a year or two. It'll make complete sense.
Until you try to sell it. Especially if it has got away from you at some point and shows it.

It doesn't make sense if it's brand new and your first bike. It makes less sense if you finance it, and even less if you tack-on crap like 5 year Extended Warranties and Service Contacts that they always pressure new riders to get for "piece of mind".

It's your first cycle - not your last (hopefully). There's plenty of time to go bigger/newer after riding a while and having a better idea of what you want in a cycle.
 

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Just speaking from personal experience, I started riding two years ago after taking the rider safety safety course. I had the ultimatum of which size bike I wanted to get for my first bike. I was between the 250, 650, or zx6r. Against some recommendations of some users from this forum, I ended up getting the zx6r and looking back two years now, it was definitely the best decision I could have made. The bike still suits me perfectly fine and I haven't outgrown it (although I wish I could upgrade to a zx10...someday ha). If I would have went smaller, I would have definitely regretted doing so and probably would have sold it within months to upgrade. Just my experience though, as I'm sure everyone else is different.
 

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Just speaking from personal experience, I started riding two years ago after taking the rider safety safety course. I had the ultimatum of which size bike I wanted to get for my first bike. I was between the 250, 650, or zx6r. Against some recommendations of some users from this forum, I ended up getting the zx6r and looking back two years now, it was definitely the best decision I could have made. The bike still suits me perfectly fine and I haven't outgrown it (although I wish I could upgrade to a zx10...someday ha). If I would have went smaller, I would have definitely regretted doing so and probably would have sold it within months to upgrade. Just my experience though, as I'm sure everyone else is different.
Yes....everyone is diff, but i'm sure a lot that started on small wished they started bigger, but also i bet a lot that started bigger wished they started smaller......:whistling:
Kinda like a merry go round n round isn't it....:popcorn:








 

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Just speaking from personal experience, I started riding two years ago after taking the rider safety safety course. I had the ultimatum of which size bike I wanted to get for my first bike. I was between the 250, 650, or zx6r. Against some recommendations of some users from this forum, I ended up getting the zx6r and looking back two years now, it was definitely the best decision I could have made. The bike still suits me perfectly fine and I haven't outgrown it (although I wish I could upgrade to a zx10...someday ha). If I would have went smaller, I would have definitely regretted doing so and probably would have sold it within months to upgrade. Just my experience though, as I'm sure everyone else is different.
glad to hear the input. I get sooooo tired of people talking others people into bikes that are too small for them. I dont recommend anyone get on a liter super sport right of the gate but most of the new liter bikes can be ridden by a novice with the electronics options from the factory. Nearly all the bikes being made today are short stroke motors. What time means in layman terms is less bottom end tremendous too end which makes the bikes very forgiving on the low end of the motor. The zx10 for example you can set the power and traction modes pull the clutch rev to red line and drop the clutch and the bike will not throw you off or pop a wheelie. That being said it doesnt mean people should start on a liter bike. However. Not all bikes size motor depicts its performance. I wish people would take into account just a hand full of things before making a decision.
Size of the rider( height and weight)
What the bike is being used for
What is expected of the bike
What roads will the bike be on the most
Whats you aggressiveness and experimentation like

People who arent aggressive dont usually enjoy super sport bikes. This is because they arent willing to push their personal limits and experiment with riding ability. People who arent usually enjoy sport bikes. The same is said for those even in the cruiser classes. I have had cruisers and i try to ride them but i just dont enjoy them as i do the super sports. I bleed bikes. I have my hands on bikes everyday literally. I ride damn near everyday. I am always around bikes and have alot of guys and gals who use my knowledge of bikes. I know everyone has an opinion but dont sell yourselves short people. You can ride any bike if you do it sensibly. Make sensible choices for yourself you will find it makes you happier in the long run.
 

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glad to hear the input. I get sooooo tired of people talking others people into bikes that are too small for them. I dont recommend anyone get on a liter super sport right of the gate but most of the new liter bikes can be ridden by a novice with the electronics options from the factory. Nearly all the bikes being made today are short stroke motors. What time means in layman terms is less bottom end tremendous too end which makes the bikes very forgiving on the low end of the motor. The zx10 for example you can set the power and traction modes pull the clutch rev to red line and drop the clutch and the bike will not throw you off or pop a wheelie. That being said it doesnt mean people should start on a liter bike. However. Not all bikes size motor depicts its performance. I wish people would take into account just a hand full of things before making a decision.
Size of the rider( height and weight)
What the bike is being used for
What is expected of the bike
What roads will the bike be on the most
Whats you aggressiveness and experimentation like

People who arent aggressive dont usually enjoy super sport bikes. This is because they arent willing to push their personal limits and experiment with riding ability. People who arent usually enjoy sport bikes. The same is said for those even in the cruiser classes. I have had cruisers and i try to ride them but i just dont enjoy them as i do the super sports. I bleed bikes. I have my hands on bikes everyday literally. I ride damn near everyday. I am always around bikes and have alot of guys and gals who use my knowledge of bikes. I know everyone has an opinion but dont sell yourselves short people. You can ride any bike if you do it sensibly. Make sensible choices for yourself you will find it makes you happier in the long run.
Ur right......:thumb:








 

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glad to hear the input. I get sooooo tired of people talking others people into bikes that are too small for them. I dont recommend anyone get on a liter super sport right of the gate but most of the new liter bikes can be ridden by a novice with the electronics options from the factory. Nearly all the bikes being made today are short stroke motors. What time means in layman terms is less bottom end tremendous too end which makes the bikes very forgiving on the low end of the motor. The zx10 for example you can set the power and traction modes pull the clutch rev to red line and drop the clutch and the bike will not throw you off or pop a wheelie. That being said it doesnt mean people should start on a liter bike. However. Not all bikes size motor depicts its performance. I wish people would take into account just a hand full of things before making a decision. Size of the rider( height and weight) What the bike is being used for What is expected of the bike What roads will the bike be on the most Whats you aggressiveness and experimentation like People who arent aggressive dont usually enjoy super sport bikes. This is because they arent willing to push their personal limits and experiment with riding ability. People who arent usually enjoy sport bikes. The same is said for those even in the cruiser classes. I have had cruisers and i try to ride them but i just dont enjoy them as i do the super sports. I bleed bikes. I have my hands on bikes everyday literally. I ride damn near everyday. I am always around bikes and have alot of guys and gals who use my knowledge of bikes. I know everyone has an opinion but dont sell yourselves short people. You can ride any bike if you do it sensibly. Make sensible choices for yourself you will find it makes you happier in the long run.
Sounds like you pretty much hit the nail on the head for me. In the end I went for what I wanted and haven't regretted it since. Just something to think about when looking for a first bike. Don't just limit yourself to the 250 or 300 if you think you can handle more.
 

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Ok sorry I haven't been on in a while but would a 300 be best considering I'm 6'1" and 290 lbs
Myself i'd say maybe a 650.....
My son is 6'8" n around 260 n he bairly fits my 650....
Ur a bit shorter, but heavier.....
Best u go sit on a few n see what's fits u best....
But power wise i'm thinking 650 to haul ur weight around.....
A 300 mite have a bit of a harder time on highways at speed.








 

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Myself i'd say maybe a 650..... My son is 6'8" n around 260 n he bairly fits my 650.... Ur a bit shorter, but heavier..... Best u go sit on a few n see what's fits u best.... But power wise i'm thinking 650 to haul ur weight around..... A 300 mite have a bit of a harder time on highways at speed.
I kinda agree with earl in this situation. 300 might be a little tight for his height.
 
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