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Old 01-23-2009, 09:57 AM   #11
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Scooters?! Those things aren't real motorcycles ..
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #12
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Oh i forgot......
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #13
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I am a college student at the university of Texas. This summer both me and my girlfriend are planning on getting our motorcycle licenses... We also want to take a trip to California sometime after we get our licenses.
Neither of us have ever owned a bike. What kind of bike would you suggest me looking into buying. I need one that could seat two, but at the same time be fine for a lone driver...
Seat two in comfort? Seat two and passably? For a cruiser, try the Vulcan 900. For a standard, try the Wee-Strom (V-Strom 650) or the new Kawasaki Versys for something a little funkier.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:01 AM   #14
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a boss hoss?
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:45 AM   #15
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Evryone's a frakkin' comedian............
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:01 AM   #16
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a boss hoss?
It's a running joke here - a Boss Hoss has a Chevrolet V-8 for an engine, and is about as far from a beginner (or even sensible) bike as you can imagine. So everyone rushes to suggest a Boss Hoss for every beginning rider who asks for suggestions.

You gotta forgive these guys - they don't get out of their cages much.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:07 AM   #17
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a boss hoss?
Hey, AirHawk, he stole your line! Did you give him permission?
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:55 PM   #18
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The trouble is that most of the bikes intended for long distance riding are pretty hefty and a bit of a handful to manage. Whereas beginner friendly bikes are not ideal for touring - but it can be done on them. I'd say start with a 500 cc twin if you want something sporty, or maybe a cruiser in the 500 to 750 cc range. It depends on what you find comfortable. I'd rather take a 2 hour trip on a sport bike than a cruiser myself, while others would say I'm nuts for thinking that.

One possibility that is pretty darn close to a do all bike - easy to learn on if you can flat foot it, surprisingly comfortable, and does have enough power to carry a passenger - would be the Kawasaki KLR650. I've been thinking of switching from my GS500F to one of those.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #19
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It's a running joke here - a Boss Hoss has a Chevrolet V-8 for an engine, and is about as far from a beginner (or even sensible) bike as you can imagine. So everyone rushes to suggest a Boss Hoss for every beginning rider who asks for suggestions.

You gotta forgive these guys - they don't get out of their cages much.
that definately sounds waaaay too advanced for almost all riders. thank you very much for the explanation on what it is.

i was figuring it was an inside joke on here. i also figured i would be the one to recommend it based on the humor that i have seen on here a bit- kind of unexpected from the new "kid".

from what i am gathering either people are going to listen or they will not so whenever the chance presents itself comedy is the best thing to keep from snapping at people. many are asking for advice, but then disagreeing with what is said due to it conflicting with what they want to hear. there are the few that listen, but few and far between i am sure.

i deal with this all the time in my trade.
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Well, it IS the only REAL "Man's Motorcycle". 'Specially if you get the 502-bigblock model and trick it out with twin Roots 10-71 blowers and a "NAWZ Fogger" wet kit.
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