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I really have a hard time choosing a bike that looks cool, at the same time best to ride around the city. I was planning to get ninja 300 or Yamaha r3 (they look really cool) and not sure if these are a good buy to ride within the city. My budget is around 4k including all the extras.
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I really have a hard time choosing a bike that looks cool, at the same time best to ride around the city. I was planning to get ninja 300 or Yamaha r3 (they look really cool) and not sure if these are a good buy to ride within the city. My budget is around 4k including all the extras.

any bike is good riding in san francisco depend your skill riding . If you have money buy ninja 300 winter season . if not just pick ninja 300 used .

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the 300 is the best city bike, period. it can handle interstate speeds and is light that you can swerve around traffic easily. plus it has a longer range than the R3, which has a gas tank that's 1 gallon smaller.

with your budget, go used. plus it sounds like you'll be new to riding which means your bike may get scuffed up while you get used to it.
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That's gonna be your first bike AND you are learning riding in SF??
That's a scary combo

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The only bike maybe better for a starter and city riding is the VersysX 300. I bought my ninja for the sole purpose to commute 60 miles a day in Portland traffic.

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You are on the right track. The 300 is a great bike for where you are.

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I remember when I visited SF, cops were riding on DRZ's if I remember correctly.

Thought it was pretty cool and made sense given all the hills I guess

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I live in the area. The only con I can think of (and it's a fairly large con given how common it is here) would be theft. If you are actually storing your bike in SF without a dedicated garage, you'll want a disc lock on each wheel and cover. I think my disc lock on the rear was the only reason someone didn't finish this job on my bike two weeks ago: imgur.com/LqBzqJZ (not high enough post count to do an actual link yet)

And that was in a gated apt with "security".
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I remember when I visited SF, cops were riding on DRZ's if I remember correctly.

Thought it was pretty cool and made sense given all the hills I guess

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I saw a SF cop riding a Concours a few years back. Friggin' awesome! I complimented him in my head. (Not going to talk to a cop unless I have to.)

I see plenty of 300s in SF all the time. Good luck.

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