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    Starter bike for a big guy

    Hey, i've been surfing around this forum for awhile, reading posts and all that and i just decided to go ahead and create an account. I am looking for a beginner bike that can basically support a big dude like me. i am 6'2", 245 lbs.

    I took the MSF course (which was amazing) and got my license, but now it's time for my first bike. At first, i was looking at the ninja 250r's but a lot of people have been telling me that due to my size, i may feel cramped and i would probably get bored with it after a few weeks or so.

    I went to a Honda dealership near me that had a used 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500r for sale for $3,999. I sat on it and it was extremely comfortable but $3,999 was kinda out of my budget (i was looking into spending 2-3k). I found the same exact year/model/color ninja on craigslist for $3000 but i also noticed a 2005 gs500f with 4500 miles on it for $2,700. I read around a few places and people have mentioned that the gs500f's are great beginner bikes and that i would enjoy riding it but i guess my question is, what kind of bike do you guys recommend for a big guy like me?

    Thanks for all the feedback

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    Moderator/RiderCoach We've stopped counting... Missy B's Avatar
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    There are many of your size that say the 250r is more comfy than the 500r.
    I can tell you you will not get "bored" with a 250, esp not so in a few weeks. Whoever said that has probably never ridden one.

    Definitely butt test the 250 and the 500r to see how they feel for fit.
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    awesome, thanks for the quick reply Missy I was kinda worried that the 250r would struggle with me riding it because of my weight, so i suppose that is my main concern. I will definitely butt test the 250r when i get a chance.

    About the gs500f, have you heard anything good about that being a beginner bike? And do you think my height would be ok on the gs500f? I'm asking this because the only person/dealership that is selling the gs500f is 1 hour and 30 minutes away and i don't want to drive all the way there to find out that it's made for a smaller sized person. But i may have too.

    And once again, thanks

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    GS500 is definitely beginner bike worthy, as well. There's a thread around here with this question. I'll come back with the link for ya....

    In the meantime, don't discount some of the dual sports, as well.
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    Well, dang it...it seems the thread by christhisguy was hosted on beginnerandbeyond which seems to be down. He is 6' 1" and had tested a bunch of bikes for fit and had photos.
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    CURRENT BIKES: 2014 Suzuki Wee Strom, 2016 Honda CBR500R
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    If you are looking for a beginner sport bike the top 3 recommended bikes around here are the Ninja 250, Ninja 500 and the GS500.

    I got the GS500F as my first bike and I think it's a great bike. Although, I haven't ridden the other two so I can't really say which of the three is the best.

    I'm 5'11", so I can't comment on how the bike will fit you, but I do weigh 220 lbs and the bike has absolutely no problem moving me around.

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    You'll be fine on any of those choices, simply a matter of picking the one that fits you best.

    For the record I'm 6'3" and unfortunately right at 300, a first gen Ninja 250 totes me just fine, expressway and all.
    Stay safe, keep the shiny side up and never pass up a chance to go after that horizon.

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    The 2007 and earlier 250s have more leg room then the newer models, and are a bit roomier than the EX500. Performance-wise, the water-cooled Ninja 250 and air-cooled GS500 are fairly similar. The GS has a bit more low end grunt, but otherwise they're fairly evenly matched.
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