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Hey everyone,

I am ready for my first bike, and I was wondering what I should expect to pay. What I mean by ready is ready to start the process. I am still searching for training classes and I am looking for bikes at the same time. Is there anything in the $3000 range? I am in the Los Angeles area.

Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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The classes are put on by the motorcycle safety foundation. I paid around $350 for it, I think.

http://www.msf-usa.org/

Next, set aside about $1000 for motorcycle gear.

Helmet : $200 - $300
Jacket : $100 - $300
Gloves : $30 - $100
Pants : $50 - $200
Boots : $50 - $150

You're best off finding a local shop to check fitment on the helmet (helmet fit is VERY important), but for good prices on the rest of the stuff:

http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/
http://www.kneedraggers.com/

Kneedraggers has a closeout section with great prices.


For a starter bike, I bought a used '98 EX500 for about what you're talking about. It was great to start on, so you can definitely find nice bikes for what you're talking about. If $3000 is the total amount you have to spend, there are always bikes going for $1000 - $2000. Buy a cheaper bike before you skimp on the gear.
 

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great info! thanks man.

I will definitely do what you said and buy some good gear. I was looking for a 600cc bike to start, something 1998 and above. My buddy suggested a ZX-6R, R6, or GSXR600.

Keep the comments coming! I'm here to learn all I can.

Thanks again.
 

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A lot of people on here will tell you it's a bad idea to start on a recent 600 supersport. You're taking a big risk. If you're really looking for a 600, look for early to mid 90s. The supersports were a lot milder.
 

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MSF class in North Hollywood is about $195.00. What area are you in? South Bay, SFV ?
 

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Narcisse91 said:
A lot of people on here will tell you it's a bad idea to start on a recent 600 supersport. You're taking a big risk. If you're really looking for a 600, look for early to mid 90s. The supersports were a lot milder.
Thanks I will take that into consideration. My friend is selling his 98 GSXR600 for $3000 with helmet and jacket and it hasn't been down. It has 18000 miles. What do you guys think?
 

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MSF class in North Hollywood is about $195.00. What area are you in? South Bay, SFV ?
I'm in arcadia by the mall. About 10 mins from old town pasadena. I read somewhere there's a class in pasadena. Anything closer than hollywood??
Thanks for the help man.
 

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Pasadena class http://www.motorcycletrainingcenter.com/


Pasadena Program

Friday Start One Weekend - Group 1
Friday Night Classroom - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday Morning Range - 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Afternoon Classroom - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Morning Range - 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM
One Weekend - Group 2

Friday Night Classroom - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday Morning Range - 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday Afternoon Classroom - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Morning Range - 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 

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Welcome

Egygy35,

Welcome to the forum. I have been successful twice shopping on Ebay motors for motorcycles ---- Both my 550 and 750. I have managed to get a motorcyle there for under $1500. I would go up there and look at the type of bikes you want and how much they are going for..

Heather
 

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1Adam12 said:
Pasadena class http://www.motorcycletrainingcenter.com/


Pasadena Program

Friday Start One Weekend - Group 1
Friday Night Classroom - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday Morning Range - 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Afternoon Classroom - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Morning Range - 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM

One Weekend - Group 2
Friday Night Classroom - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday Morning Range - 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday Afternoon Classroom - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Morning Range - 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
It's one weekend with either all of group one or all of group two time indications 6 hours classroom 10 hours riding time(You get some breaks as well): Fri/Sat/Sun I would try to do the group 2 thing to give yourself a little more time to study in the morning and also wake up unless you rise with the chickens. If you get into a class soon, weather may have a factor and you may want to ride earlier - your call. It gets long and hot on the range. Bring a backpack with lots of fluids and some snacks to munch on.
 

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thanks adam,

So I go to the 3day course, then one day at the DMV for a written test and I'm done ?
 
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