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Old Apr 5th 2019, 03:04 PM   #1
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Starter Bike to Work up to the Ducati 899

Hey,

I wanted to get into riding motorcycles now that i have some financial room and wanted to see if you guys have any advice on where to start?

I spoke to some friends and they said to enroll in a motorcycle course to get your license. They also mentioned that having a motorcycle license will lower your insurance rate.

Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to ride, but financials made it very difficult to justify it.

With my friends advice, I am enrolling in a motorcycle course just to get the basics down and I have an idea of what to expect there. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a starter bike that compares to a 899 with a lot less power. Cheaper the better, but if there is an option that would allow me to upgrade to a 899 easily, I'd rather go for that.

Let me know what you think! Thanks!
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 05:13 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Milo199413 View Post
Hey,

I wanted to get into riding motorcycles now that i have some financial room and wanted to see if you guys have any advice on where to start?

I spoke to some friends and they said to enroll in a motorcycle course to get your license. They also mentioned that having a motorcycle license will lower your insurance rate.

Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to ride, but financials made it very difficult to justify it.

With my friends advice, I am enrolling in a motorcycle course just to get the basics down and I have an idea of what to expect there. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a starter bike that compares to a 899 with a lot less power. Cheaper the better, but if there is an option that would allow me to upgrade to a 899 easily, I'd rather go for that.

Let me know what you think! Thanks!
i started on a ducati supersport which is pretty tame compared to the 899. it was a 2007 and my first bike. i was looking at 848 when i saw this new bike coming soon which is now my second and current bike, a 2012 1199s.
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 05:58 PM   #3
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Ninja 400.
Any 450cc+ Motard
Ducati maybe a Monster 695

You want something forgiving, cheap enough that isnt going to break the bank if you crash
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 07:06 PM   #4
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899 or Supersport

Would using the wet mode on the 899, make it easier to handle as a beginner?

or is it better just to do the Supersport? Maybe the 2017 model, or the 2007 as you mentioned.

I'm hoping the MSL course I take will give me enough confidence and knowledge not to do anything stupid.
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 07:36 PM   #5
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Should be no issues using a 899 as a starter bike, the problem is you are going to drop or crash it.

Less cc less chance of getting into big trouble, here we used to start on a 250cc for a year.

Now it’s power to weight LAMS

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Old Apr 5th 2019, 07:49 PM   #6
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I Ride: Panigale, CRF450, CRF50, GROM, bionicon supershuttle
Buy an old sv650 and ride it for a year

The 899 is a friggin weapon compared to it


If you crash the sv650, parts are cheap, plus it’s a great handling and sounding bike for
The $.

After one year, crashes, dents and mishaps, sell the sv650 for $300 less than you bought it for and go get that 899

Thank me later
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Old Apr 6th 2019, 01:51 AM   #7
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Thank me later
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Old Apr 6th 2019, 08:24 AM   #8
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Second the SV650 recommendation, probably the cheapest twin and crash well..
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Old Apr 6th 2019, 04:12 PM   #9
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Buy an old sv650 and ride it for a year
Sage advise.

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Old Apr 6th 2019, 11:32 PM   #10
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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.
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