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Is the Ninja 650 too big to start on?

I know this is a forum for the Ninja 300,but only reason I bring up the 650 is because I have been having others respond to my comments on youtube telling me not to bother and waste my money on the 300 and start on the 650 instead. Well,..is the 650 too big to start on? IMO,..I don't see the need to start out on a bike that big with no riding experience whatsoever! Anyway,..my heart is set on the Candy Plasma Blue 2017 Ninja 300 w/ ABS. Plus,..the 300 will be cheaper on insurance,...especially at my age,..I'll be 53 this Saturday,...and cheaper on the monthly payment! Anyway,..to, me,..the 300 feels bigger than it is!
I sat on the 650,and it feels too big for me,..but then again,...that's just me! It's also out of my budget!
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Get what YOU are comfortable with. For myself, I'm glad I started on a 300. Some of my friends talked crap about it, but I didn't care. Sounds like you already know what's good for you

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Stick with what you are comfortable with.
If you listen to others you could end up unhappy with your choice and hate it.
I personally think the 300 is great out of all my bikes it sees the most action unless I'm taking a trip we're I have to ride more the 6 hours.

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You could buy a used 300, ride it for a year, turn around and sell it for maybe 1k less if you want a 650. I have a 2015 300 and my friend has a 2015 650. My insurance is $167 a year and his is $700 for the same coverage.

In terms of weight if you're looking at the 2017's yeah the new 650 isn't that much heavier, but his 650 I can tell the difference just by sitting on the bike.

Get what feels comfortable because if you're not comfortable you won't enjoy learning and you'll either push to the limits too fast by accident or never get there at all.
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Stick with what you are comfortable with.
If you listen to others you could end up unhappy with your choice and hate it.
I personally think the 300 is great out of all my bikes it sees the most action unless I'm taking a trip we're I have to ride more the 6 hours.

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Even my own brother tells me I should start on a Harley,..NOT a Ninja bike! He rides a Harley,so go figure! Not that I have anything against those bikes,but that's not want I want to start out on,...WAY too heavy and WAY too expensive! I'll stick with the Ninja 300,...fits me perfectly for the size guy I am(5'10" in height,..210 lbs.).
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I agree..I hadn't ridden in about 30 years so I wanted to start on a smaller bike that still looked pretty cool...the Ninja 300 fit the bill!

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I know this is a forum for the Ninja 300,but only reason I bring up the 650 is because I have been having others respond to my comments on youtube telling me not to bother and waste my money on the 300 and start on the 650 instead. Well,..is the 650 too big to start on? IMO,..I don't see the need to start out on a bike that big with no riding experience whatsoever! Anyway,..my heart is set on the Candy Plasma Blue 2017 Ninja 300 w/ ABS. Plus,..the 300 will be cheaper on insurance,...especially at my age,..I'll be 53 this Saturday,...and cheaper on the monthly payment! Anyway,..to, me,..the 300 feels bigger than it is!
I sat on the 650,and it feels too big for me,..but then again,...that's just me! It's also out of my budget!
I got my first bike (2015 Ninja 300) at 42 and am quite happy with it. It can still go faster than I want to go (~170kph). It's also a good fit for my size (5'-6" @ 135lbs). I also like that it has a large gas tank compared to other street bikes... and insurance is cheap.

A lot of people have told me that I would outgrow it and should start on a bigger bike. But I really didn't care what they thought, I was the one going to ride it. Maybe they will be right, but I'm happy with my choice so far (1.5 years).

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I have three other bikes in my garage. A 750, a 800, and a 1832cc mother ship. I love my little 300 and ride it all the time. The larger bikes get out of the garage when they need to have their fluids circulated. I am 74 and most of my friends ride Goldwings. They are surprised when I show up for a 250+ mile ride on the little Ninja. No heated grips, GPS, CB, cruise control, or extra lighting, but it gets the job done. I'm taking the 300 to my grave and hope that it will not be too soon. LOL!
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After 10 years of riding bikes no smaller than a 600, I got a 300 and have loved it. IMO, anyone who tells you you will outgrow a 300 without knowing your needs and the bike's capabilities is speaking like an inexperienced rider. It is fun to ride in tight turns, navigates city streets with the greatest ease compared to larger bikes, has long range, can handle the interstate well, and is cost efficient in every way.
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I'm nearly 50 and I've been riding my Ninja 300 since June 2013. I love it. I've had many chances to get a larger bike, but I don't need it. I'm thrilled with my 300 and can take it on longer trips with a little bit of planning. I've done 8 hour days on it and felt fine.

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