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Von this thread has been started many times and I have raced ! Sold and still ride motorcycles of all types and sizes so my opinion is very different than some in here. But here is my opinion. Your first bike is a very special moment but must picked based upon your size( ht and lbs), you mental demeanor, budget,and what you expect from a bike. Not all bikes are supersport speed machines as not all bikes are commuters made to be cheap and efficient on gas and maintainence. If you 300lbs I would not put you on a 250 because it quickly becomes a 125 with you on it. Yet I wouldn't put you on a zx14 either as it will be a zx13.5. You must know not all 1000's are speed bikesas some 1000's barely break 110 mph and that they sit differently between sport and supersport bikes. This continues to the 600's as well. Example a zx6r (600cc) is way faster and touchy than the er6n (650cc). Both ride completely ride different so watch when people in here tell you a 650 is the same as a 600. Lots of bad advice in here from people that don't know shit about their bike let alone others. He'll most in here can't perform minor maintainence on their bike yet want to tell you about yours. Ask your self the questions above. Take your time and get back to me and I'll put in you a direction to look and see if it interest you and we can get other opinions on that as well. Hope this thread will help you get it right

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Hello I'm 16 and I'm 5'5 I never riding a motorcycle before or know how to change gear. I was wanting to know is it hard. And at that height will I have to Lean to one side when riding.
I highly recommend that you take an MSF course that will take through the basics of riding, and you will see from there if it is what you wish to do.
Please do not buy a bike, and then try to learn how to ride by yourself.
Talk to the specialists and learn correctly.

Not sure what you mean by your last sentence. What do you mean by leaning to one side?
 

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D, okay so I would tell you this. A 250 and a 600 does not sit at much different seat height. A few inches a best for most. However due to your size you can start well below where some can't. In your interest I would look into a 300 class motorcycle for your first bike. I also recommend a motorcycle safety course but if you don't have that you need someone willing to teach you and ride with you on their own bike. This person needs to be a good responsible rider who teaches you the basics but also patience. It's not all about going fast. Sometimes slower mph is faster overall. Sounds crazy but on the track and street you will find people who will agree. It's about riding technique. The way you lean. The way you control your throttle how consistent you are with everything. A good rider is important for your learning properly. Motorcycle safety gets you familiar with bike controls and movements but not necessarily technique. All are important just controls and movements are more important than technique right off the start. Don't recommend over a 400 cc in any bike due to your age. Don't take this wrong I got my first as 18 and looking back if I'd have gotten it when I was 16 I wouldn't have been able to write you today. My first was a 900cc but my first few rides were a 500cc and it was plenty. I had riding experience on arcs and dirt bikes mind you. Now due to your shorter statue a lower kit may be require but no more than 2 inches if you eBay or Internet it. Also try to stay within a budget that allows you to get good gear. And helmet gloves boots minimum Kevlar jeans and a nice comfortable jacket. Spend time researching gear but set aside 1000 for gear alone. Then budget a bike. Hope this helps

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