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yoavy11 03-27-2006 03:06 PM

Re: New Rider at 60
Kawasaki Ninja 650R!!

All the protective gear you can buy.

MSF beginner class, MSF Advanced, Instructed track days, Wheelie school ...etc...etc...etc...

m_t_yeo 03-27-2006 03:09 PM

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Your weight when leaning into a turn is firmly headed into the seat, so it should be just as fun on a scoot as on a bike.

If one is concerned about deteriorated skills, though, scooters can be a godsend. CVT means no shifting or clutch, which is the hardest thing for newbies to grasp. Those first few months are hair-raising enough that taking away some of the things one normally has to concentrate on just frees up more mental power for actually riding.

My girlfriend, for example, has enough trouble driving in her automatic cage and I would be terrified of her learning to drive a stick, let alone a bike.

yoavy11 03-27-2006 03:21 PM

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mjs 03-27-2006 03:39 PM

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the new FZ1 would be just the ticket

wheelie on old timer

iamz 03-27-2006 03:50 PM

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Drive on down to your local Triumph dealer and ask to see the current Bonneville.

Tigercub 03-27-2006 04:07 PM

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What have you ridden lately? Beg, borrow or steal a bike and have a go on it. You may be surprised what's changed in 35 years.

mikenomad 03-27-2006 05:12 PM

Re: Freshen Up Those Riding Skills
Welcome back! Since you last threw a leg over a bike, there have been a lot of improvements to bikes and the sport, and one of them is the availability of Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider courses. The MSF Beginning Rider Course (available through junior colleges and municipal recreation programs) provides you with a day in the classroom followed by a day on a closed course on a small bike (around 250cc) supplied by the school. This will give you a good grounding in basic skills before you go out shopping for a bike. After you take the beginner course, you might want to polish your skills on something quite a bit lighter and easier to handle than a Wing -- maybe something in the 500 to 750cc range. Build up your skill and confidence for a few thousand miles, and then you can decide whether you want to make the leap to a big tourer. Good luck and happy trails!

caffine 03-27-2006 06:59 PM

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Why a Goldwing? Are you interested in touring? If no touring or camping is planned, you may consider something less bulky like an ST or Buell's Ulysses.

But, if you have to have a Goldwing there is an instructional video out there done by some Florida or Cal motorcycle cop. He demostrates how to maneuver those monsters at parking lot speeds without tipping them over. MO may have the video review in their archives.

"First time rider"? Once you throw your leg over a bike , it's all going to come back in a couple of short rides. And I really don't think your going to drop any bike. Just remember kickstands and brake locks. You know, pre-fight stuff.

Good Luck!

Whatmough 03-28-2006 02:32 AM

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Excellent advice, especially with the past riding experience he mentioned. He might also want to consider a 750-800cc cruiser, low and easy to move around. Yami/Kawi/Suz?Honda all have good choices. Unless he wants to spend up to a harley.

lcarlson 03-28-2006 10:57 AM

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