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    First bike, help/opinions welcome

    A little background to start. I'm a smaller, 5'4.5" and 140lbs, female. I have very limited experience and am looking for a decent bike to start on. I've done a little bit of research and decided that I prefer the sport bike style, though I don't dislike cruisers. The issues I have with sport bikes though are the aggressive riding stance and the gas mileage. I'm looking for a good commuter, my drive is like half an hour, and for it to work for trips that last a few hours. I had been looking into sport bikes until I realized that it might not be thr best choice for me, and so I switched my attention to a cruiser. That was until I stumbled upon to the honda cb300f. It seems like it had everything I want: small bike, good gas mileage, more of an upright sitting position, and advertised as a good commuter. I could add additional storage and other such things. The big question is just if this would be a decent bike to start on. Thoughts and opinions welcome

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    CB300F great entry level street bike choice.
    ... the only better place to learn how to ride motorcycles is off-road and on an even smaller/lighter bike.

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    CB300F or even the CBR300R. Both brilliant entry level machines!

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    And Ninja 300. Very comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daphne View Post
    I prefer the sport bike style, though I don't dislike cruisers. The issues I have with sport bikes though are the aggressive riding stance and the gas mileage.


    honda cb300f.
    You might also look into the sibling 300 Rebel that utilizes the same motor.
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    Echoing what's already been said, that's an awesome selection as a beginner bike. Similar to the other entry-level bikes (CB300R, Ninja 250/300/400, R3), you're going to have plenty of power... I have ridden a LOT of bikes, and my Ninja 250 puts perma-grin on my face every time I ride it.

    An advantage at your weight, is that Honda tends to under-spring their smaller bikes, which is a problem for my 220-lb self, but not at all for you. I remember reading somewhere that the spring rates on many Hondas run in the range that would work for 150-lb race jockeys... but not so much for bigger folks. I know my superhawk was pretty squishy up front before I re-sprung it, and have been on some others which are similarly soft for someone my size. Again, this is actually an advantage for you.

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    What exactly is "very limited experience?"

    Have you taken a class to learn to ride a motorcycle? Recently?

    If yes, then continue your search.

    If no, then let's get that out of the way before you go motorcycle shopping.
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    I haven't taken a course yet, but I am going to. Should I get the bike first, or take the class first? Cause I would rather not fail the course and have to pay to take it again

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    Take a class first, at least you will have a better idea what kind of bike you like. Because now, you don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daphne View Post
    I haven't taken a course yet, but I am going to. Should I get the bike first, or take the class first? Cause I would rather not fail the course and have to pay to take it again
    It will be a lot less expensive to take the course twice than to buy a bike and then find out you want a different bike. Of course that will probably happen anyway, but if you take the course first, you will at least have a better chance of getting a bike you will be happy with for a while.

    And if you take the course first, you will be less likely to drop your own bike. It does not take much of a drop to do more damage than the cost of taking the course a second time.

    And taking the course multiple times will accelerate your learning.

    I took BRC 1 almost 20 years ago but did not get a bike at the time. I re-took the course when I got a bike about three years ago and I took BRC 2. And I want to take the advanced rider course. I could go back and re-take BRC 1 a third time and I would benefit from the experience.

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