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08-30-2012, 11:39 PM #21
Something else to keep in mind is how you will be using the bike the most. I myself am buying a bike soon and have been looking at the 696 like crazy. I have rode in the past, but never for long periods of time and I know that I need to get my abilities up. Between this and the fact that I will be commuting to work I plan on starting with a really cheap "slow" bike that gets great mileage. After 6 months to a year I'm sure I will be sick of it, ready for something more powerful, and will have saved up money to make the jump to a Ducati. As others have said, and this is true with anything really, make sure that you can deal with the possibility of something getting damaged.
09-04-2012, 03:04 AM #22
Go with the Suzuki sv650. It's cheaper to buy and maintain, has a good resale value, and is close to a Monster. Once you feel good on the sv, sell it and get the monster.
09-04-2012, 04:14 AM #23
My first bike was a 749 Dark.... Was it the best choice? No. But did it put a grin on my face from ear to ear every time I went for a ride? Absolutely.
09-04-2012, 05:51 AM #24
My first bike was an 03 626 Monster Dark. Great Bike and was easy for me to ride.
09-13-2012, 04:39 AM #25Junior Member
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Its good thouhgt. Well I appreciate you thought because I when was I buy my first bike I buy
1000 cc Honda Bike. Which was amazing and I am still using that bike. I now its difficult to
buy that bike because sometime we don't have budget for them but if you have to buy then
you should buy a 800 cc bike. What do you say guys. Because these things are not easy to
buy or change everyday.
09-17-2012, 12:40 AM #26
09-17-2012, 07:05 AM #27
The new Ninja 300r gets my vote. It's basically an updated 250 but a bit better. It gets a lot of hate, but i personally like it, especially for the price.
09-27-2012, 05:58 AM #28
get a ninja 600
09-27-2012, 08:52 PM #29
Wow, If I could of had a Monster for my first bike. I would be dead. Honestly, for day to day travel you don't need more then a 250 or a 300. I know I am going to get crap for saying that. It is totally different when you put bike on the road.
We are humans and we make mistakes. I live near LA and its a good day when I don't have someone cut me off or hit me. It's sad to say I am currently waiting in the lobby of an imaging center because my friend was in a Motorcycle accident on Saturday. She is 30% road rash and hurting all over. The driver is 45% road rash and there is 70% chance he will lose his leg.
The crappy part is the drunk girl that hit the bike ran from the crash. I didn't say this to scare you I told you this that you should worry about learning to ride before you get a big bike or the dream bike.
I have the Ninja 250r and will be buying the 300r when it comes out. I love to ride it around town and to the beach. It's great on gas and I have laid it down once(to embarrassing to tell what I did). Parts were easy to find and cheap. Good luck getting that on a Ducati.
I've tracked my 250r. It's not the fastest thing and I get pasted up by the 1 liters but around the turns I over take the big bikes. If you say there is no love for the 250cc bikes look up MOTO3. 250cc class of Motogp..
Hey, it's your money and if you want to blow it on a Monster more power to you. Save the money you would spend on the Monster and get a smaller, older, cheaper bike till you can learn to ride. The skill you learn will transfer to any bike.
Last edited by ds640; 09-27-2012 at 09:03 PM.
09-28-2012, 03:58 AM #30
My wife took the MSF course and started directly after on a brand new Ducati Monster 750 about ten years ago. Very manageable bike, not too heavy, low seat, and powerful enough to grow into it without it being terribly intimidating, my wife is 5'4" and weighs about 115. That said, she (and you will) did drop it once or twice at a stop but never did any damage other than a new brake or clutch lever. Seems no matter how many times you tell a new rider not to come to a stop with the handlebars turned, they just have to figure it out for themselves. The air cooled monsters are not that powerful. My dad also learned on a Honda VTR1000 which was not a good idea. Good luck.