I am new to the site as you can see, I was just googling a bit and decided to see if there were any bike clubs in Chicago and there were tons, but I decided to check this one out because it seemed intriguing.
I am currently 20 years old and plan on buying my first [street] bike this year.
I plan on getting a Honda CBR 250R mainly because I heard it was a good bike to begin on and it is really affordable.
I had a couple of questions maybe someone could help me out with?
I have found some items on a certain online site and was wondering if the prices were good or not (I do not want to post a site and it be considered advertising) so can someone that is good at current market value message me on here? (these are aftermarket items that I would like to add on my bike).
Also anyone know a good bike training school? I know that the DMV has classes but not to sure where I did not get that far into reading.
Does anyone know of a good insurance company for a beginner with a bike like mine that will not break the bank?
One more thing, should I get the bike with the optional ABS or not a big deal?
Thanks again everyone!
Any 250 is a good starter. Good choice on taking a class, look into MSF classes:http://nm.msf-usa.org/msf/ridercourses.aspx?state=IL
Most classes will be booked for a while, but you can do the waitlist option and just show up early.
If budget allows for it, but time does not, Harley's Riders Edge is an option as well as www.motorcyclelearning.com/
Pete from State Farm is a vendor here, so reach out to him. He should be able to find you the best coverage, but also look at all other companies. Before you decide however, compare coverages not just premium amounts.
As far as accessories/options you mentioned, post them up, we have a lot of opinions here. We'll not only tell you if they are priced well, but we'll tell you how we feel about people who buy those things.
And finally, ABS, get it with if you can afford it. I am sure there will be some opinions against it, but that is what they are, opinions. Whatever can make you safer, in addition to your gear is worth it in my book.
Oh, one more thing. When you budget your purchase, make sure to leave a few dollars for gear, here we like riders who wear full gear.