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    Best Bike For Beginner Rider/First Cafe Build

    Hello all, I am a new member to this forum and bike riding in general. Ive recently taken an interest in riding and discovered the cafe bike culture and I really love what cafe racers are all about. Aesthetically I believe cafe racers are some of the most beautiful bikes around, and the idea that these machines are built for no compromise speed and handling really appeals to me. So now to my question: (and yes I'm sure someone else has already asked this exact question, I just couldn't find it.)

    Like I said, I'm new to riding so I have no prior experience with motorcycles at all. I am 20 years old and I have worked on cars doing light mechanic/body work, so I know how to use my hands, within reason.
    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what kind of bike to look for that would serve as a good beginner bike as well as a candidate for a cafe style build. I would like to start out with a reliable and relatively affordable bike, learn to ride it for a while, and then turn it into a cafe bike.

    Hope you guys can help!

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    Sure I'll help........your local gay bar can teach you all you need to know about "cafe culture". Make sure you go on fake 1950's revival night to get the "Danny zuko special".
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    get yourself a netflicks account and masturbate to any given sunday.....

    After that gets old spice it up buy putting some $150 rusty non title piece of shit bike in your living room to feel closer to the culture

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    Did you fill out your bio....I'm too tired to check.
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    Yes he did Tex.
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    @Geeto67: Awesome! Will I see you there?

    @jaguar: Sounds like fun! Feel free to join me!

    @texmawby: Nope, I was too tired.

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    Yup, I do Cleveland steamer Thursdays. They don't call me the firehose for nothing. Just look for the guy wearing all the rockabilly gear trying to look like an extra on the wild one.
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    I look forward to it. So any serious advice for me? Or would you rather talk more about your fire hose?

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    Due to the ergonomics and the intended purpose "cafe" bikes don't make good beginner bikes. In fact, they are probably the worst type.

    New to riding? Do a riding course and get a newish reliable bike to start off with (ER6, GS500, etc). Get a year of riding under your belt and then think about what you really want out of a bike.

    If you're still keen on building a "cafe" bike after that then you will probably get some sensible answers from this board.


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    @hillsy: Thanks for the advice, it makes a lot of sense. If its best to go the modern bike route, what kind of difference is there in learning on something like a rebel 250 and a ninja 250? Is one better than the other?

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