View Full Version : First shitty bike?

03-17-2016, 1:41 AM
Whats up everyone I have a quick, but not so simple question for you all;
(and excuse me if this isnt exactly the right place for this on the forum im new)
Supposing getting like, a rebel or an sr400 on craigslist and hardtailing it is off the table?
and asuming this is for financial reasons-

What would you guys reccomend investing in,

A CCW "Tha Heist"
or a kikker 5150 (do they sell 250's anymore?)

I just wonder WITCH one is less of a death trap and worth my sub $4000 budget.

Thanks for any input!

03-17-2016, 6:27 AM
Don't waste your time.for under four grand get a sporty or something you won't grow out of

03-17-2016, 7:51 AM
what ODD said.
If you have 4g's to spend, why throw it away on a 250

03-17-2016, 7:52 AM


Finished both these bikes at under $4k. It's do-able. Please don't settle for either one of those. You're better than that, and you'll hate your decision 5 months from now.

03-17-2016, 9:39 AM
Yeah dude, you can get a lot of bike for 4k without even looking that hard.

03-17-2016, 11:41 AM
I agree, 4K goes a long way, especially if you do things yourself.

03-17-2016, 3:18 PM
theres a good looking rigid 883 in the classifieds for 3k !!

03-18-2016, 8:58 AM
I agree with the comments above. Anything in the 200cc range will be fun to tool around on in a city, but has limited potential.

You'll likely be happier with something larger that you get used and aren't afraid to improve.

Side note - I work with the wife of the CCW owner. I've met him and seems like a good dude, so if you have questions or want some more detail shoot me a message and I can put you in touch.

03-18-2016, 9:06 AM
I got my shovel complete running driving and titled for $4200

You have $4k and you're seriously considering a kiker 5150??

That's weird

03-18-2016, 1:30 PM
Shadow vlx 600 was my first ride and I'm sure glad I didnt get anything smaller. Kinda wanting something bigger already, 6 months later

03-19-2016, 4:00 PM
My first bike was a Honda Shadow 750 and I got tired of it the same summer that I got it. Just get a sporty on Craigslist for $2500, ride it for a summer, realize you want something bigger, and throw a 1200 kit on it for 600 bucks. You'll be glad you did.

03-19-2016, 8:13 PM
I agree with what these guys said above ... Don't undercut yourself too soon for a quick buy. Wait and filter everything. For $4500 I got a 100 mile rebuilt softail evo 80 with Andrews cams and s&s carb and drive it home 75 miles . I learned many many moons ago on a Honda rebel and loved it but glad I didn't buy it....

See below what you can get for your moolah


03-19-2016, 10:10 PM
4K could get you a big twin depending on where you live. I got my sporty, titled, for 2K.

03-20-2016, 1:22 AM
I guess il reply with saying,
The ONLY reason I'm getting any extra cash is because my parents owe me some money.

Their wish was that I bought a NEW motorcycle.

I basically talked to them and said fuck it, I am looking into a lead to an ironhead~ or there are a couple evos I can hardtail.
My dad is a machinist and going back to school so even MAKING. Hardtail easy hahahaha!

Thanks for the guidance everyone, even if it takes a year or two il wait it out and get something i can feel is more of an investment!

It's just and itch I need to scratch and it's so close yet so far away!!!

03-20-2016, 8:24 AM
I got my 99 Dyna for $4500 and I looked at a few decent Sportsters for a little more than half that. Definitely don't settle. Take your time and get the right bike.

03-23-2016, 9:06 AM
Recently there was a very clean, reasonable mileage 95 Dyna on Craigslist for $4000, guy that walked away with it paid him $3200 cash. Keep your eyes open and be ready to pounce on good deals that pop up.

03-23-2016, 9:12 AM
Hardtail bikes are cool and all, but if I had 4 grand to budget on a new bike you'd be damn sure I'd go buy the biggest displacement, least ugly new bike I could find and ride the piss out of it. One season of that, then you can sell it the next and use that cash to get exactly what you want.

But thats just me and I have my eye on a KLR650, soo yeah,

03-24-2016, 8:16 PM
I know your original post is about buying your first shitty bike but I don't exactly recommend getting an Ironhead as your only bike. I loved the ones I had but I pushed them further than I rode them. Mostly because rather than tearing the bike down and rebuilding it I just fixed things as they broke. Which was all the damn time. Basically, get an Evo if you want to ride every day. Or get an Ironhead if you're wanting to build something. Or hell, with 4K you could almost get both. Just my two cents.

03-25-2016, 9:00 AM
Good question OP,,,
Whatever you do,, do not just settle for something you will regret later on.
IMO,, you WILL regret getting a 250,, unless you will pass it to your wife/gf as one they can learn to ride on.
BUT without even delving deeper I would take the advice of those who took the time to read and replied to you.
You have MANY options to choose from, just remember unless you like to wrench or complain ABOUT having to wrench on your choice,
I would go with something fairly reliable.
Just my pennys worth of thought on a Friday morning.

03-26-2016, 1:33 AM
My first shitty bike was the heist. It broke down all the fucking time for no reason. I did learn how to repair a carb on the side of the road thanks to it. :banghead:

No kick start, so you'll have to push start it if the batteries dies, which it will.

Good luck trying to find neutral.

It does look bad ass though. And you can use mountain bike handle bars like I did, which looked sikkk.


You can get a sporty with your 4 g's. Do ya research and you'll find a great bike below your budget. :cool:

03-26-2016, 8:36 PM
wtf is a kikker?