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    Question Looking to purchase my first motorcycle

    I am about 5'5" and weigh around 120 lbs, small guy. Don't know whether I would be able to handle a Ninja 650R but at the same time i have found a used one for a descent price. I have been told that a 650 would be too big of a bike for me but other people have told me different things.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    At your weight the Ninja 650 would be a rocket. The important thing for a first bike is being able to handle the weight of the bike when you are riding slow and when stopped.

    A ninja 250, or 300 would be better if you can flat foot any of those bikes.

    You might want to go with a low seat height cruiser while building your skills and confidence.

    Everyone is an individual and can or cannot handle certain bikes. How well dis you do during the MSF class? Do you have current and extensive bicycling skills? Have you driven manual shift vehicles? Are you considered strong for your size? Are you a level headed individual?

    Good luck with whatever you chose.

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    I have not yet taken the MSF class, I will probably be doing that next month. Do you think I should that first before buying the motorcycle? Are you talking about a bicycle? I drove a manual shift vehicle maybe 4 times before, my dad ended up selling his truck a short after so really not much experience. I wouldn't consider myself strong but neither weak. I do consider myself a level headed individual. Only one speeding ticket on my record, not really a fast driving type of person and would enjoy to have a motorcycle that i can learn on and keep for a while to cruise around town.

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    Yes, bicycling skills transfer to motorcycling skills.

    I would recommend taking the course first. In the meantime visit dealers and sit on many bikes and feel the weight of the bike under you.

    At your weight a ninja 250 or 300 will be more than enough power. Either will accelerate faster than 90 percent of the cars on the road.

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    Yeah, ever since I was around 5 I have had a bicycle, enjoyed riding around the state park where i live over the summer time.
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    I have checked some out in the dealers but don't really have the money to buy a new one a the moment. I have been looking for a used one and happened to come up with 650R. My friend, just got a Yamaha 600cc not really sure the model of it but, he let me try it and was not really scared but a little nervous.

    Is there a really big weight difference between a 300cc and a 650?

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    Weights are easily found online. It is not just the weight, but where the weight is carried on the bike (center of gravity) that makes a difference. The ability to flat foot makes a difference too.

    If you buy a used 250 or 300, you can sell it next spring for almost what you paid and have less money invested. After riding large motorcycles for many years, I picked up a 3 year old ninja 250 for $1600. Had a blast on it for 4 months and sold it for $2000. Then bought a ninja 650.
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    Thanks for your advice.

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