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Post by RDY4WAR on Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:47 pm

After I sell the Mustang, I plan to use the money to buy a motorcycle. I've never driven a motorcycle so I'm completely green. I'm wanting something sporty but not too much. I was thinking a Suzuki GS500E or SV650S to learn on. I'm looking under $2,000. Any recommendations?
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Post by Boss281 on Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:04 pm

Honda Rebel 250. Learn how to ride first, then graduate to a bigger bike...
http://powersports.honda.com/2012/rebel.aspx

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Post by Great White on Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:08 pm

Good bike to learn definitely!
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Post by the_Pete on Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:04 pm

OK, I've been riding bikes for over 20 yrs. I have owned many street and trail bikes. So, I am not speaking completely out of my ass here...

Your 2 suggestions are quite reasonable, however, if you have NEVER "ridden" (we do NOT "drive" a bike) I STRONGLY encourage you to get some serious time up on a trail bike BEFORE thinking of dodging 4000 pound moving metal objects on the road.

Your time spent learning to ride on terrain with ONLY fixed objects, might just save your life one day. It did for me!

Having survived a 100 mile/hr "moment" and walking away, is part luck, part not shitting yourself and making it worse... trail riding skills definitely helped me with this experience.

BTW, I own/ride an '07 Ducati S4R (Testastretta)..... and yes, that is it (& me) in my avatar at Phillip Island Moto GP Circuit in Australia....
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Post by Great White on Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:26 pm

Pete is absolutely correct here! Deal with things that don't move first then deal with real life situations like the aforementioned 4000 lb dickheads on the road! If you have ever wondered why Harley's are so loud it's for the stupid people that dont use their mirrors while driving! The way I look at it is If my 2004 F250 4 door 4 x 4 monster of a truck got cutoff like it was in invisible you better believe that riding a bike is 1000000 times more dangerous
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Post by RDY4WAR on Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:10 pm

I'm well aware of all the dangers of riding motorcycles, believe me. My dad and myself were the only members of my family that DIDN'T own a motorcycle, it's been drilled in my head for years to always look out for them.

Why Harleys have loud pipes, I learned that when I was 5 and it scared the crap out of me when one drove by and my dad explained it to me.

I say "drive" because I've riden as a passenger on several bikes, just never been the one controlling the bike other than moving my friend's Ducati Monster 695 around in the parking lot. If I could afford one, I'd be all over a Duc M620 Dark but that's just too far out of my range. I have enough friends with Ducs that I'd have plenty of people to get me up to speed on it.

I really don't want a strictly cruiser. I want something that after I feel comfortable with it a few months down the line, I can take out and get some handling experience. I was thinking an older Ninja 250r. This is also why the GS500E came up as I was highly recommended that by several people. They second up a SV650.

My problem with a dirt bike I guess would be street drivability. I'm looking for something to drive to work if it's not raining. What should I look for?
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:13 pm

enduro bikes are fun. My first bike was a Honda 600 enduro. Second bike was a gsxr 750

my next bike will be something I build, prolly a harcore frame bobber... or a BMW enduro

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Post by etc1006 on Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:16 am

One other thing to think about when looking at a "sport" type bike is the center of gravity is much higher. It does make it more challenging with slow speed manuvers. I started with a Kawasaki 454LTD and then got my Harley Fat Boy. I took the MSF course years ago when i was 19 and they had Honda Rebels at the time. I know they have a course at HCC also.
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Re: First bike? What do you recommend?

Post by svtwin73 on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:56 am

How about a 2003 black/red Kawazaki Z1000?
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Post by 03ranger30 on Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:38 am

I am kinda interested in getting a bike too. I was really thinking about getting an enduro bike, they aren't ridiculously fast like the crotch rockets but it gets you to learn how to ride.
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Post by svtwin73 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:09 am

My first bike was a 2000 SV650, it's a good bike but it's small in size. The Z1000 I have now is a better bike, not just in CC's but riding.
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Post by Great White on Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:28 am

I found the perfect one for you Bryce!
ROTFL



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Post by RDY4WAR on Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:35 pm

^^^Pimpin!
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Post by Great White on Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:41 pm

I had too sorry! ROTFL
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Post by Bethelism on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:36 pm

I happen to know of a Honda Shadow VLX for sale....

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Post by Big-B on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:29 pm

Bethelism wrote:I happen to know of a Honda Shadow VLX for sale....
I heard it doesn't run though. Too bad, someone, could have enjoyed riding that bike all summer w/ a couple of others.


A smaller cruiser type bike is a great bike to start on. Lower center of gravity and easy to manuever. Def make sure you take the RSC.

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Post by kooldawg6 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:56 pm

I say sign up and take the Rider Safety Course first! They supply the bike (usually 250cc cruisers). They are very small and easy to handle bikes! A few months after passing my RSC, I bought a '00 Suzuki Bandit 1200S. It got great reviews for a first time used bike. It's a sport touring, so you get a lot of both worlds of the crotch rockets and cruisers. It was also a good price at $4000 only 4 years old with just over 10K miles. Don't let the engine size scare you! It may be better off getting a slightly larger bike at first rather than get some small 250, not liking it and having you not really appreciate the fun they can be being small and underpowered. Not to mention the hassle of selling the small bike and buying a bigger one. You control all the go power with your right wrist! If you don't want to go fast, all you have to do is grab the throttle with your wrist rotated back a bit. That will physically limit the motion your wrist can twist the throttle back. Years later, the Bandit still provides plenty of fun power to have good, safe fun! It is currently in the shop getting back in running condition as I let it sit unstarted the past 2 1/2 years. I WANT TO RIDE AGAIN!!!!!
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Post by svtwin73 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:22 pm

I had my Z1000 on craigslist for a while but no bites. So I ride it every once in a while. My boss has a Ninja 650R that is way to small but has plenty of power
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Post by RDY4WAR on Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:00 am

I think the RSC is a good idea. I will probably do that first and then see where I go from there.
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Post by FASFOX89 on Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:46 am

my 1st and only bike was a 1973 Kawasaki f7 175 enduro..after some serious thought ..and a couple close calls...and my mom telling me not too , i never made it to the road bike part..good luck in your search
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Post by etc1006 on Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:56 pm

I too have had my bike sitting fo almost the last 3 years now... I got hurt at work Nov '08, I have been tinkering on it the last month while school has been out. I had to get a battery, then had a bad, new oil filter. Then discovered the voltage regulator was bad. Got that last week. Started school today... So time is going to be limited here real soon as studyiing kicks in. I need to get my SVO up and running again too. Have the new rad, cap, and stat, flush and coolant. Just need to do it....
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Post by Big-B on Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:24 pm

Why you all have bikes let them sit around collecting dust!! Ride 'em!!

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Post by etc1006 on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:37 pm

Big-B wrote:Why you all have bikes let them sit around collecting dust!! Ride 'em!!

Wasn't my choice.... Back injury, 1 neck surgery, 2 back surgeries, lost job, and wife left.... I know sounds like a bad country song... Hoping I can still ride the softail and be comfortable... May have to step up to a touring chassis like a street glide if not.
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Post by kooldawg6 on Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:51 pm

I finally got my bike back on the road Tuesday just to have the throttle cable snap 48 miles into the awesome ride... Once I get it back, I will be a riding fool again! I plan on actually hooking up with you and Suze to do some riding...after how many years of saying it???
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