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Old Apr 7th 2019, 03:44 AM   #11
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Use the extra bike funds and go to California Superbike School or something similar. Try to pull off a multiday school so they can really drill in the basics and the coaches get to know you for quality feedback.
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Old Apr 7th 2019, 06:45 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Milo199413 View Post
Would it be easier to learn on a Ninja 400 ABS since the 899 has ABS as well?

or does that not really matter... I'm honestly liking the Ninja 400 Green look.

I think I could get one for $4200-4500 in my area after getting my license.
Get the 899 if you have the $$$$, if you get the ninja 400 you will regret it after 3 months/
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Old Apr 7th 2019, 07:26 AM   #13
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Get an old ZXR400 instead of the new 400

More rpm, no abs, better looks, ...
Learn to drive first
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Old Apr 7th 2019, 02:55 PM   #14
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Ninja 400 is nice (and new) but why spend $4500 on a bike that you don't plan on keeping anyway? There are plenty of used Kawasaki or Honda 250s for sale and I'm sure you can find a nice one for $1k-$2k and not stress about dropping it. SV650s are easy to find for $2k as well if you want something bigger.


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Old Apr 8th 2019, 05:57 AM   #15
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...because almost everyone drops their bike once. just plan on it now.
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Old Apr 8th 2019, 06:47 AM   #16
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best way to start:

buy an old ninja 250. ride for half a year. practice emergency stops and obstacle avoidance maneuvers. get used to traffic.

sell it for the same price you bought it or wash it and ask $150 more. (buy in fall, sell in spring )

then move on to a second gen SV650. get better in riding, start practicing techniques for cornering, become one with the machine.

after a year (the earliest), buy that 899. about now you're ready for it.



or be irresponsible like i'd have been when i was younger and go straight for that 1199.

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Old Apr 8th 2019, 07:21 AM   #17
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I have an 2013 1199 for sale... why wait!
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Old Apr 8th 2019, 08:03 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Milo199413 View Post
Would it be easier to learn on a Ninja 400 ABS since the 899 has ABS as well?

or does that not really matter... I'm honestly liking the Ninja 400 Green look.

I think I could get one for $4200-4500 in my area after getting my license.
The Ninja 400 is a great starter bike. ABS is not critical. Take advanced training ASAP such as the Yamaha Champions Riding School, so you can learn to control the bike when you enter a turn too hot, and you learn to use the front brake at any point during your ride.

https://ridelikeachampion.com/

You will drop your first bike several times while learning how to roll it around your driveway, learn how to get on and off, how to balance at a stop, etc.

You don't want to drop a fragile and expensive Ducati.
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