Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Moreno Valley, CA USA
Greetings all! Newbie looking for advice...
Greetings all. I'm 28, 5'5", 150lb, and looking to get my first sportbike. I don't have any prior riding experience. A buddy has a GSXR 600 and I'd like to think I would upgrade to one someday. I am currently enrolled in an MSF course which I plan to complete within the month.
I've done quite a bit of research and decided that a gixxer6 would be a little too motto for me to start off with and I've decided to take it slow, be humble, and master the basics first. I plan to buy new as I prefer the peace of mind that it offers and I'd prefer to finance rather than pay a big lump sum on a used bike. I plan on using this as my primary mode of transportation and will probably do quite a bit of freeway driving (at least 80%). I plan on keeping this bike for at least 3 years.
For my needs, much of the research seemed to point me towards a Ninja 250R or 650R/SV650SF. Could you guys advise me towards one or another?
My main concerns are:
Will the 250R be able to handle the freeways well? I typically do 75-80mph if traffic is moving fast, 70 if not.
Will I be satisfied riding the 250R for 3 years or will I outgrow that quickly? I'm concerned about not having the power to speed out of trouble when needed.
Will the 250R handle the occasional longer freeway trips (400 miles from Socal to the Bay Area)? Or will the 650R/SV650SF handle that better?
Will a 650R/SV650SF be a good beginner bike? Is it more forgiving than a gixxer6 to learn on?
Does the 650R/SV650SF handle wind better than the 250R or is it about the same?
While I was originally planning on going for a 250R, evaluating my needs of 3 years use and a lot of freeway riding has me now leaning towards a 650R/SV650SF. My main concern with the 650R/SV650SF is whether it is not a good beginner bike and more comparable in that respect to a gixxer6.
I appreciate any help!