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The phone case sold for 17.50 on Ebay. It's a 40 dollar case. lol

 

This is a car thread. Don't go off topic please. :P

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I'll try to find it again. May have been another car.

Not 2 g's. I wouldn't be surprised if it was near 1 g laterally though. IIRC most race cars are only in the 1.2-1.5 g range even with slicks.

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The GT-R only manages around 1.0-1.1 (and no, I'm not a GT-R fanboy... I just remember the Top Gear episode where Clarkson hurt his neck :rofl: )

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Ninja 250 is an amazing first bike. Not the fastest thing around, but everything screams perfect for a first time owner - low seat, forgiving throttle control, extremely nimble, and most importantly it inspires confidence. The only thing more dangerous then a guy on a race bike that doesn't know how to ride, is a guy on a race bike who doesn't know how to ride PLUS is scared of his own bike. You can get them in great condition for ~2k-2500, they get almost 60mpg, and hold their value extremely well - there are always new riders needing safe bikes :). That works out great, since you can ride it for a year or two to learn the basics and get comfortable before selling it for something larger if you want. Do NOT try to start with a modern 600+ sportsbike. People don't realize that 600s of today make the same horsepower as literbikes did in the 90's. They are pure bred race machines that run mid 10s stock and will easily get you in trouble if you're not careful. FWIW my bike is an 07 put 106hp to the wheel stock, and weighs around 400lbs. That's some serious power:weight, and they only got faster after 08.

 

Take a quick look on cycletrader and look at the TONS of literbikes for sale with under 3,000 miles. People buy them as first bikes, have near death experiences, then sell them.

 

As a daily rider in FL though for the last 4 years on my zx6r (over 25,000 miles of street riding), I can say that while the weather is beautiful, the other drivers have no respect for bikers. If you go for a bike, no matter what kind, get an aftermarket slip-on so at least when the soccor mom on her iPhone doesn't see you when changing lanes with no turn signal, she may hear you before she does and not kill you. I can't count the number of mini-vans who have jumped in front of me :lol:.

 

I'm getting rid of my zx6 for something bigger and better for long trips, because to be honest I ruined it making it track ready when all I do is ride it on public roads. Now its loud as hell, uncomfortable, unruley, and screams down I4 at 8k-9K rpms because of the aggressive gearing...I'm starting to take longer rides with friends and I'm getting tired of all the hassle...

 

Any bike related questions just let me know.

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Ninja 250 is an amazing first bike. Not the fastest thing around, but everything screams perfect for a first time owner - low seat, forgiving throttle control, extremely nimble, and most importantly it inspires confidence. The only thing more dangerous then a guy on a race bike that doesn't know how to ride, is a guy on a race bike who doesn't know how to ride PLUS is scared of his own bike. You can get them in great condition for ~2k-2500, they get almost 60mpg, and hold their value extremely well - there are always new riders needing safe bikes :). That works out great, since you can ride it for a year or two to learn the basics and get comfortable before selling it for something larger if you want. Do NOT try to start with a modern 600+ sportsbike. People don't realize that 600s of today make the same horsepower as literbikes did in the 90's. They are pure bred race machines that run mid 10s stock and will easily get you in trouble if you're not careful. FWIW my bike is an 07 put 106hp to the wheel stock, and weighs around 400lbs. That's some serious power:weight, and they only got faster after 08.

 

Take a quick look on cycletrader and look at the TONS of literbikes for sale with under 3,000 miles. People buy them as first bikes, have near death experiences, then sell them.

 

As a daily rider in FL though for the last 4 years on my zx6r (over 25,000 miles of street riding), I can say that while the weather is beautiful, the other drivers have no respect for bikers. If you go for a bike, no matter what kind, get an aftermarket slip-on so at least when the soccor mom on her iPhone doesn't see you when changing lanes with no turn signal, she may hear you before she does and not kill you. I can't count the number of mini-vans who have jumped in front of me :lol:.

 

I'm getting rid of my zx6 for something bigger and better for long trips, because to be honest I ruined it making it track ready when all I do is ride it on public roads. Now its loud as hell, uncomfortable, unruley, and screams down I4 at 8k-9K rpms because of the aggressive gearing...I'm starting to take longer rides with friends and I'm getting tired of all the hassle...

 

Any bike related questions just let me know.

 

Thanks a lot for the help. :) How long does it usually take to get used to one of the more powerful bikes? How much would you be asking for your bike? And yeah, my biggest worry is the soccer moms. I've had a couple near-misses with them in my massive BMW 745i, so I'm not too sure if I'd feel safe driving around in Miami on a sports bike lol.

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Thanks a lot for the help. :) How long does it usually take to get used to one of the more powerful bikes? How much would you be asking for your bike? And yeah, my biggest worry is the soccer moms. I've had a couple near-misses with them in my massive BMW 745i, so I'm not too sure if I'd feel safe driving around in Miami on a sports bike lol.

It will vary a lot depending on your experience. Coming from a riding background since I was a kid, it was only a few weeks or so before I was comfortable, and maybe six months before everything was second nature and I could really start enjoying it. They are race machines first and foremost though, so even though I've been riding my 600 from bone stock in 07 to tons of mods 4 years later, both on the street and the track, I can still say I can't ride it to anywhere near its full potential yet. It's a handful at anything over 10k RPMs, and will float the front wheel in third gear.

 

I would never suggest my bike to a new rider because some of its mods make it more difficult to ride, like the removed secondary butterflies that make the throttle more twitchy and the steep gearing that effects everything - making it especially sensitive to the throttle while turning, a total PITA on wet roads, and makes first gear almost useless. In stock form its not bad as long as you keep the RPMs down - the good thing about 600s is that under 8k they aren't making a ton of power, so as long as you don't ride like a show-off or a Fast and the Furious jerk you can stay in a comfortable, safe power range.

 

You can get a good condition, low miles 600 for around 5K cash, or 6-7K through a dealer. The 636 (03-06, I suggest 05 for best price:features) are incredibly popular - maybe the most popular 600s ever - and can be found for around 4K cash. I will be trading in my bike as soon as I find a dealer with the specific bike I want, since because of how I financed it (one big credit line with a bunch of gear, parts, and maintenence fees) I technically owe ~2k more then its worth. I wouldn't be able to get enough to pay it off and get the title, but can trade it in and roll the negative equity into a newer, lower interest loan.

 

I still don't suggest a Supersport for your first bike though, and really think people who don't have riding experience should start on something like the Ninja 250 for at least a year first. It is WAY cheaper both to own and repair if its dropped, a lot safer, easier to ride, and still quick enough to have fun.

 

PS: I spent all of last week in Miami for Spring Break with my GF, and I would hate to ride a bike on a daily basis there. Drivers in Miami are even worse then the old clueless ones I deal with here in Orlando. The ride from Miami to the Keys though was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Hwy 1 is a work of art and I wished I was on my bike instead of the POS rental car.

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I agree with Puck, get a smaller bike. No one will look down on you, if anything more people will respect you (especially those that ride). I started on a 1975 CB750 that I put back together 4 years ago and moved up to a Triumph Speed Triple (1050) 2 years ago. I nearly killed myself on that CB750 a couple of times. There's a reason some countries require 2 years on a 250 before you can even buy/ride a bigger bike.

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