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Nov 06

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admin says:

You Ask/You Answer: Old or new first bike?

I'm putting myself through the new bike test in February, and will be buying a new bike shortly afterwards (I'm not a spoilt rich kid, I've benefitted from some inheritance money). I'll have to have a sub-47bhp bike, but I can't decide which route to go: should I follow my head and just get a ratty old shonker until I've...

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Oct 05

Posts: 22

Big_Boomer says:


Buy a cheaper older bike so that when you drop it,... and you WILL drop it, it's no big deal. There should be a kit out soon for the Bandit 600/650 as well as for many other mid-range bikes. Spend some of the money you saved on good quality safety gear and once your two years are up, trade up to the bike of your dreams. You won't have lost much value on the older bike. If you have any sense you will learn to do some basic maintenance as it keeps you in touch with the condition of your bike. Finally, in two years time your Z800e will be old hat and you will be lusting after something newer. Not only that but de-restricting it will cost a small fortune (exhaust, ECU, wiring loom) and the bike will have depreciated massively as all bikes do from new. Oh, and welcome to the world of motorcycling. May your riding life be long and safe and a blast!

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Oct 08

Posts: 22

minimal plastic

New or old it is best to stick to a naked as plastic is expensive to replace. No point buying cheap to spend a fortune on new plastic. Otherwise buy what you can afford and as most others say, you are likely to re-consider that wild impulse to throw it round a bend if it is new (showing off your new bike that is now scratched to bits isnt cool - as my son soon found out)

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Nov 07

Posts: 180

bird1050 says:


buy a used bike thats a bit of a dog for your fist year as you will chuck it down the road.

You need to build your confidance , skill level  and experiance ,

Then buy a  iether a good used or new

the most experianced riders will bin their bikes as i did just before a trip to scotlasnd luckily there was very little damage.

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Jul 12

Posts: 85

2smoke says:


Go for an older machine and carry out your own maintenance. You'll be a much better biker for it!

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Jan 10

Posts: 126


Get a CB500 for your first bike impossible to go wrong with it, cheap to run cheap if you drop it and great fun. After that I think I would bite the bullet and get the new z800e what a bike to start on and great looks.

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May 10

Posts: 7

hillfish says:


I recommend getting an old used bike first - doesn't have to be a heap but it means you can concentrate on learning to ride and getting good experience under your belt without having to worry too much about the bike - e.g experience includes maintaining it and keeping it clean and getting used to riding in all conditions. Then when you're ready, get the bike you really want - you'll have a much better idea what bike that is once you've been riding for while and make a better choice - you'll also enjoy it more when you do get it as you'll have become a more seasoned biker and worked your way up to it. I'd reckon getting a new restricted bike will only hold you back a bit so best be patient. good luck!

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