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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:35 AM   #1976
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^ fuuuuuckkkkkk man that is just. Fuckkkkk. I definitely want into the mid 80's to early 90's Japanese sport bike scene. I want a collection of all the ~3k bikes
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Should have checked just picked up a 08 Ninja 250 for cheap!
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you can always pick up an 08 ninja 250 for that price. easier for beginners, and won't come with the hassle of maintaining a 26 year old bike.

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Guys ... I remember, I believe Vexxor, indicating that he had bought a SUPER low mileage bike but had to immediately replace the tires due not to wear but age... I looked at a bike today that has virtually no mileage but is about 7 years old and while the tires had a TON of tread... they don't look "fresh" or maybe safe... wise move to get new tires?
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i would think so. and i mean, would you ever push it, with the question of their quality in the back of your head? you wouldn't enjoy the bike always second guessing your tires.
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Fucking mobile RS, the submit reply button is right above the log out button. Raiden you should fix that.

As for tires, safe DOT timeline is 5 years before the rubber starts changing its properties. How well it grips in wet, drying out and cracking etc. you might get away with it on a car but depending on tire prices, is it really worth the risk on a bike
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lol, yeah. let me get right on that
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Not sure if this is the right place, but everywhere I see info on how big of a bike is too big for a beginner (ie don't start on a litre bike). I've got the opposite question, how small is too small for a beginner? I'm not a big guy (5'10" 170lbs with short legs) so I'd like something on the smaller (and lighter) end of things but I've been told too small of a bike can cause issues as well. Do you guys think a newish 125 would be fine, or should I save the extra coin for a 250? It'd just be a toy, not a commute vehicle since the people I see on my Mon-Fri commute are batshit crazy.

Sorry if this is the wrong place, if so any pointers in the right direction are appreciated.
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Not sure if this is the right place, but everywhere I see info on how big of a bike is too big for a beginner (ie don't start on a litre bike). I've got the opposite question, how small is too small for a beginner? I'm not a big guy (5'10" 170lbs with short legs) so I'd like something on the smaller (and lighter) end of things but I've been told too small of a bike can cause issues as well. Do you guys think a newish 125 would be fine, or should I save the extra coin for a 250? It'd just be a toy, not a commute vehicle since the people I see on my Mon-Fri commute are batshit crazy.

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dont start on a 125. the thing maxes out at 140km/h in 6th gear... with a tail wind... going down hill.

a ninja250 would be great to learn on and they hold their value. you could sell it within a season or 2 for the same price you got it for.



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dont start on a 125. the thing maxes out at 140km/h in 6th gear... with a tail wind... going down hill.

a ninja250 would be great to learn on and they hold their value. you could sell it within a season or 2 for the same price you got it for.





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k, I got most of my gear.

I still need to get knee guards.

I was recommended RS Taichi soft knee guards.

anything else you guys wear?

I was thinking forcefield zeus, thoughts?
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I still need to get knee guards.

I was recommended RS Taichi soft knee guards.

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I was thinking forcefield zeus, thoughts?

Either of those you can't go wrong!
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^ how do they compare to hard plastic ones?

I much prefer the soft ones that I can wear inside my jeans, but if the hard plastic ones are more protective then I would rather get that.
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Not sure if this is the right place, but everywhere I see info on how big of a bike is too big for a beginner (ie don't start on a litre bike). I've got the opposite question, how small is too small for a beginner? I'm not a big guy (5'10" 170lbs with short legs) so I'd like something on the smaller (and lighter) end of things but I've been told too small of a bike can cause issues as well. Do you guys think a newish 125 would be fine, or should I save the extra coin for a 250? It'd just be a toy, not a commute vehicle since the people I see on my Mon-Fri commute are batshit crazy.

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No such thing as too small. I see tons of guys with more or less your size loving their cbr 125's, Groms, Ruckus, etc. Small bikes are fun than bigger bikes in their own way.

Heck, I have an R6, and I'm contemplating getting a secondary bike (smaller) like a Grom or V-star 250 for no other reason other than I just really really want one. The only thing stopping me, is just the practicality that I dont need 2 bikes, nor the expenses of owning 2 bikes

As for CBR 125s, they're nice toys and being in DT Vancouver, I'm a bit biased that I would personally prefer them over the 250's; just because they're pretty much small enough and skinny enough and most importantly, light enough that you can throw them/park them in quickly in whatever corner or nook and cranny you can find.



edit: also as for beginners, the weight may make a difference to some with regards to 125's. When I learned on that bike, there's soooo many times I saved that just by putting my feet down and standing it up like I would a bicycle.
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LOL, fuck that shit 125?

minimum 250
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mmm look at this sexy beast

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so do any of the local jdm importers ever really bother to bring over grey market bikes? if i just peruse tyee or silk road or wtv they dont list anything like that. shame. the offer from the girlfriend to use her car money to get me a bike is amazing. problem is that the burden of selling an '02 cavalier falls onto me! that is almost impossible lol. id almost rather go to a damn dealership that accepts all kinds of trades and just give them the damn car LOL
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Windbell is the only one i can think of that would bring in grey market bikes.

places like tyee only do cars/trucks
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Def go 250+. Starting on bigger bikes requires self control, and a little balls to learn. On a bigger bike its heavier, and you need to let go of the fear to learn a little, on a 250 they are so light and nimble it feels like youre always in control. Take it with a grain of salt, if you havent been on bikes, a 250 can feel big and powerful (Remember your first time driving a car ever? Seemed like just letting go of the brakes was going super fast)
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1989 Yamaha FZR400

so do any of the local jdm importers ever really bother to bring over grey market bikes? if i just peruse tyee or silk road or wtv they dont list anything like that. shame. the offer from the girlfriend to use her car money to get me a bike is amazing. problem is that the burden of selling an '02 cavalier falls onto me! that is almost impossible lol. id almost rather go to a damn dealership that accepts all kinds of trades and just give them the damn car LOL
That's a sweet bike. My first bike was the 600 version of that which was a fun, it gave me a lot of good memories. It looked like this one without the red stripes. Completely different then my Gladius or the Fz-09 I ride now but a fun bike.

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Guys ... I remember, I believe Vexxor, indicating that he had bought a SUPER low mileage bike but had to immediately replace the tires due not to wear but age... I looked at a bike today that has virtually no mileage but is about 7 years old and while the tires had a TON of tread... they don't look "fresh" or maybe safe... wise move to get new tires?
Don't even consider keeping those tires, you will soon regret it. Tires get old and develop a lot of problems, their properties change. For (ballpark) $350 you can get a new set and be assured that you will be safe.

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so do any of the local jdm importers ever really bother to bring over grey market bikes? if i just peruse tyee or silk road or wtv they dont list anything like that. shame. the offer from the girlfriend to use her car money to get me a bike is amazing. problem is that the burden of selling an '02 cavalier falls onto me! that is almost impossible lol. id almost rather go to a damn dealership that accepts all kinds of trades and just give them the damn car LOL
Don't remember the name of the company anymore but I believe that there is or was a company in North Van that dealt in nothing but grey bikes. I'll post up the name if I can find it.
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Lol what a dumbass (guy turning left), also looks like the rider in the left lane didnt even use his front, you can see he locks his rear really easy and doesnt look like a lot of weight transfer to the front suspension.

verdict: dumbasses will be dumb
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k, I got most of my gear.

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I was thinking forcefield zeus, thoughts?

I have the RS soft knees, I have used them a few times they are good.

Most of my riding jeans have built in knee protection
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