quote:Originally posted by Geeto67
seriously, shut up about the "new school" sport bike thing arleady - it is in every one of your goddamn posts.
so let's get this straight: you are 19, never worked on bikes before, never ridden before, and you want a cafe racer? let's break this down.
Cafe racers are not beginner bikes. I don't care how tough you are, I don't care how cool you think you will look, or how fast a learner you may be, because of the combination of 20-30+years of wearing out parts, combined with a racer's riding position (in some cases poorly done due to budget constraints) make the bikes twitchy and unpredictable. Plus the riding position tends to encourage bad habits, so you need to have the good habits in place before you move to something more advanced.
Ninja 250. Well the bike is a freaking solid beginner motorcycle and you don't like it because of new school....blah blah blah. you know what you can always sell it later on once you have learned to ride. Thanks to the increase in fuel prices there will always be a market for it, but unfortunately this may also mean that good ones might be slightly out of your range right now. At least you have the end of season going for you.
Old. Well, if you have never worked on old bikes or anything for that matter don't buy an old bike. Even the best running examples (which you can't afford anyway for $1000) are prone to give you fits where you will have to fix something that may be over your head. on a $1000 bike this may mean that a shop repair bill (if you can find a shop to work on an old bike) can exceed your bikes value quick.
size. At 6'3" you are better off looking at some of the bigger bikes out there. Honda cbs are always a good choice but I would look at the 750s.
You budget is a killer. It would have been possible to find an SRX fairly easily for under $2K, but for $1000 you may not want any SRX you find. The only old bikes I would recommend at that price range are the GS550 and GS750, as well as the KZ650 (or even the GPZ550). none of these look exactly like what you want because what you want is a new triumph bonneville (two of the three pics you posted are new bonnies). For a while the oldest of the new bonnies were trading around 2K (they are almost 10 year old motorcycles by now), so if you save your pennies and hold off another year and can save up maybe you can find one.