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Old 08-18-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default First Bike for a Big Guy

I've never ridden a bike before, but looking forward to getting started. I've registered for the MSF course in a few weeks & started looking around for my first bike. (My thinking is I should get a bike fairly soon after the course to keep practicing.)

The challenge is my size -- I'm 6'6", 280 lbs. Reading the " New Rider? Read this thread FIRST!" thread, feedback I've gotten from friends who ride is I'll probably need something powerful than the bikes mentioned there. At the same time, I'm worried about handling a bigger bike.

Any advice from some of the experienced riders my size? My primary concern is safety, so I'm open to just about any type of bike.

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Old 08-18-2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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1st rule: dont listen to friends.

Look at the KLR650. Dual sports have higher saddles, more leg and arm room and a 650 single WILL be enough power for you.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:38 AM   #3
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In the first place anyone who recommends a "powerful" bike for a beginner is not a "friend". Some math will show that even the beginners bikes mentioned in the thread have better power to weight ratios than most cars. With even a big rider like your self a medium displacement bike like an SV650 has a power to weight ratio similar to a Porsche Targa.

You are learning several skills here. You need a bike that is easy to ride as you learn more than how to ride. You are also learning how to deal with cars drivers who are largely out to get you and know that they can get off scot free by merely saying "I didn't see him". Cops and juries always buy this lie.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:40 AM   #4
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Second the KLR or a Suzuki 650 V Strom, duel sports usually have the best seating positions for taller riders
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:48 AM   #5
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12r is a fellow big'n. He'll chime in here in a bit.

I'll add a vote for one of the small DP bikes.
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What's a Porsche Targa?
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:58 AM   #7
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What's a Porsche Targa?

911 rag top....cool car, really fast!
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911 rag top....cool car, really fast!

Isn't the convertable and Targa a different model? I thought the Targa was a removeable panel roof and the cabriolet was the convertable?

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Isn't the convertable and Targa a different model? I thought the Targa was a removeable panel roof and the cabriolet was the convertable?

Either way they are really stupid fast for cars.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:55 AM   #10
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911 rag top....cool car, really fast!
Not a ragtop - think '80s "T-Top", without the "T-Bar" and Mullet.
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