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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question (or if it's been asked before, sorry if it has) but can anyone explain why I'm being warned off of getting a 125cc as a starter bike? I understand they may not be very fun, but I was under the impression that starting on a low cc bike was the best way to begin to ride?
I haven't gone near a bike (pedal) since I was 10 years old because of a really bad accident and I'm absolutely terrified of riding on the back of one (motorcycle) because I won't be in control. I thought a 125 would be a good way to overcome my fear of 2 wheels since I want to ride. Am I making the wrong decision by judging that a 125 would be the best place to start for me? If anyone has any insight or experience, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Personally if I was in your situation and serious about getting into this I would do the following:
Do proper research on types of motorcycles and motorcycle gear (you can thank Google for this)
Go to a very knowledgeable motorcycle school that can answer your questions you have acquired while researching on your own. (PRS is where I went; Pacific Riding School |)
After developing some foundations and purchasing motorcycle gear, purchase a motorcycle you believe you can handle at the time, whether it is a 125, 250, 600, trust in yourself and trust in the limitation of the motorcycle because it's just going to be you and it against the world
Ride as much as possible, practice makes perfect. Putting yourself in scenarios where you can reflect upon your mistakes and your achievements is how you overcome your fear and gain confidence. But most importantly, Self reflection.
MORE SCHOOL!!! (Take advanced classes if you feel you want more)
Also, keep into consideration that when you do your Motorcycle Road Test it has to be 250cc or more, if you do the test with a 125cc you will now have a restriction. (This is where PRS may help you in a sense where you can buy yourself a 125cc and borrow their 250cc for the Road Test)
I think you should get into a riding school before you decide to buy the bike. they stick you on a 250 sherpa or ninja and then you can get a feel for the bike and what you're comfortable with.
Personally I bought a Ninja 250R and then took the course, some saying I would regret it/its way too slow but I definitely did not. I enjoyed every bit of it, and it was alot cheaper to insure compared to my F4i. If it wasn't totalled by some idiot i'd still be riding it!
^ This here is the answer. Do riding school. You'll get a chance to ride both 125s and 250s. You can make an informed decision afterward.
Personally I feel like anything 250 and under is too small of a bike for most situations outside of city riding. Except for thumpers and 2-strokes of course
Absolutely correct but considering that she's dealing with fears and perhaps some lingering trauma due to an accident (which I'm not going to push for details), I'm gonna make an educated guess that outside city riding, highways, or distance riding is thinking wayyyyyyy too far ahead for this particular rider.
Ditto though on riding school.
I think a lot of people are also forgetting that one of the biggest draw on 125's aren't just their ease in use; but also the cost. Bear in mind, riding is still just a hobby to many, and rarely is it ever anyone's primary vehicle, or primary mode of transportation.
So... there may be some discrepancy between what one is willing to spend for in the sport vs someone else. Honestly, since some CBR 125's are dipping around $1500 - $1800, they make for some pretty interesting toys. I have friends who have even spent more than that on bicycles
Put on a new cam chain tensioner on my f4i..fun times were had LOL. I opted not to take off the valve cover and throttle body since I didn't want to buy a new gasket and seals. It was so frustrating because everything you need to do is basically in front of you but the amount of space you have to work with is ridiculous as it is tucked away behind the frame. Make sure you use a magnet.. Had to go back to work to grab one. Good news is no more rattling noise at 5k rpm!
Also they're using the namesake from the H2... one of the most badass bikes of the early to mid 70s. Triple two-stroke pulling 75~ HP with a tiny spaghetti frame and even punier front forks. In the vintage racer scene you regularly see heavily modified bikes pushing 130hp. Its the kind of bike that wheelies through the first 4 gears!
Too bad the new one's not a triple. But hey you can't really complain about that ridiculous sounding SC. I'm hoping this bike is as innovative as its predecessor!
BTW, I just watched that video... was that a fucking canard????
i know there are a few honda grom owners on here, quick questions
- did you guys keep them stock or modify them
- out of the box, do you think its safe enough for around town (including all bridges)
- do you ever regret the purchase?
- are they as fun as everyone says?
i see at holeshot they are down to $2999 for a 2014 model. with a price tag like that its so tempting to look at picking up an end of the season sale bike. i LOVED modding my little ruckus, and it seems the same sort of aftermarket scene is also abundant here. im just a little worried if having a 100cc kawasaki and a 125cc grom would just be too slow of a group. i'd like to be able to ride with my gf and her gsxr400