Friend new to sport bikes - Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-05-2008, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Friend new to sport bikes

Got a buddy who's just getting into riding and he's fallen in love with the RC51, but I'm not that sure that this is the right bike for a squid. Thoughts?
Denden is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-21-2008, 09:33 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
has he ridden anything before?

taken the MSF class?

some people are better off starting on smaller and less powerfull bikes like the 250's and some people can just jump on a 600 and be fine.

my first bike was a GSXR 750 and other then a mishap in the garage (boyfriend changed the oil in the car and left some spilled on the ground i didn't see when backing the bike out and stepped in it then couldn't get a solid footing...down it went)
Lyte- is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 09:50 AM
Junior Member
 
Honda2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Castle Rock
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via MSN to Honda2003
Yeah i would suggest starting out with a 600, I road a 600 for 2years before i went to the RC51. I dont think that bike would be a good starter, it has so much torque that if he's not use to the bike power there's a good chance bad crap can happen!
Honda2003 is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2008, 10:35 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yes the V Twins are very torquey and can catch a new rider off guard.
Lyte- is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 07:05 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
b.miller123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 2,010
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I say get something smaller and cheaper, because most people drop their first bike at some point in time, somehow, even if it's just a parking lot incident, it's still bad.

The first time he drops his cheap cbr 600 or whatever, he will really happy he didn't do it to a nicer bike that cost him much more money. The side fairings on the the red RC's are about $500 each and the front is about $350 (don't quote me it's pretty close) the tail is about $250, so one tip over can cost you well over $1000 especially if you get the tank (about $550). Add about $100 to each of those prices for the dealership's prices too. Oh, and the black fairings are about 15% cheaper for some reason.

Tell him to go out and get a kawasaki ninja 250, they are only about $3000 brand new, and they just redesigned them, so nobody will want the older body style, you could probably get one that's a few years old for under $2000 easy. Then he can learn on that, ride it for a year or whatever, and turn around and sell it without loosing too much money, if any. (He can pretty much do the same with any used 600 too, but it'll be a little more money, and closer in weight and power to the RC or any other bike bike)




Last edited by b.miller123; 04-15-2008 at 07:09 PM.
b.miller123 is offline  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Super Moderator
 
RawRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: StP WI
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 on the Kawi 250. If hes not used to bikes in general, I'd advise steering clear of ANY heavier bike. I know a few people who dropped their bikes standing still, just because they werent prepared to catch it if it started to tip. Now imagine how much it gets amplified when youre MOVING!

250's are nothing to be ashamed of. Theyre a good bike to learn on, and theyre a blast to ride!

and btw i love how you assume that your buddy is going to be a squid lol. what are friends for, right?
RawRR is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 10:45 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: DEERFIELD, VA (the middle of NOWHERE)
Posts: 149
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I like 600's or 650's myself, I bought a used Honda Hawk GT for my wife, light, 413 lbs, plenty of power and torque for easy starts, AN IDEAL FIRST BIKE! If this can't be found, the Suzuki SV 650, the same deal, in a newer package.

John
CBXJOHN is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 11:55 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
An SV650 is a perfect starter to work up to an RC. Ninja 250's are pansy bikes, even for women or beginners. Theyre great for the first 6 months, but who wants to buy a bike only to sell it 6 months later? My first bike was an SV650. I had it for a year and two months before I got my RC, and its a good thing i did. It was a perfect starter bike.
420sx is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 03:49 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The SV 650 S would be a great machine. It would familiarize you with v-twin power. Use it as a tool to learn on, plus you will be able to sell it fast when your ready to move up to the rc. The resale is excellent on sv's:However you may decide to keep it, as your skill level increases there are mad performance parts for the sv.and dont forget you can enjoy that sweet v twin sound the whole time!
BLACKTHUNDER51 is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 08:36 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Mobile, AL.
Posts: 120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As much as I would like to think my blood runs Honda Red, I've got ad my two cents for the SV650. GREAT BIKE. After getting one chances are very good you'll keep it...
PiasanoRacer is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome