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Old 12-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Post Odd Size - first bike - need help

I know I'm oddly proportioned and thus I have no idea what bike I'm looking for.

My stats are 6'5" let's just say HEAVY (300 +), but only a 31" inseam. I've been told enduro bikes but just don't care for them. I like cruisers (for looks). I really don't want to look like an ape on a unicycle.

I have no problems looking for an older bike (in fact used would be preferred) but don't want something so old I'm going to have to put money in it left and right.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Honda Shadow 750. Make sure to maneuver it around a big parking lot, and take the MSF Basic Rider Course before you buy it.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
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Match your first bike to your experience not your size.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:30 PM   #4
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The problem is going to be finding a bike with power enough to accelerate your 300+ lbs, yet still managable for a new rider. Pretty challenging really...a Sportster should fill the bill; it will seem small to you, but the low-end torque should make it a good ride.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:08 PM   #5
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The problem is going to be finding a bike with power enough to accelerate your 300+ lbs, yet still managable for a new rider. Pretty challenging really...a Sportster should fill the bill; it will seem small to you, but the low-end torque should make it a good ride.
That's a good recommend. Start with an older 883. You can get 'em relatively cheap now. As you gain experience add streettracker performance parts. After a couple of years you have a shtonkin' street bike and the skillz to go with it. And you didn't even have to bolt the skillz on because you can't y'know.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:24 PM   #6
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"I really don't want to look like an ape on a unicycle."

I think you are kinda screwed on that one unless you go with the Boss Hoss. Go with a Sporster. It would be fine for a long time unless you try to bolt on skill. Then you will be in trouble.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:43 PM   #7
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What is your feeling about the Kawasaki Vulcan series?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:45 PM   #8
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You might fit a Vulcan 900 or a Suzuki C50. They are pretty bulbous these days. You don't really want to go with the largest ones for a first bike.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:12 AM   #9
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What is your feeling about the Kawasaki Vulcan series?
I just sold a 95 vulcan that Id bought as a leftover early in 96 and loved it, I was at about 225 230 and my sister often rides with me and shes probably 250(+maybe) but I never had any trouble getting arround at all diddnt have to drop gears to climb like on alot of other bikes (sportbikes & heavier cruisers) and I had winshield & bags too which add more weight & drag

mine was the 800A model now theyre 900's and alot larger physically, I sold it for 2K

My biggest complaint of that bike was the lighting which I should've upgraded but never did

as a new rider as your getting used to the newness of riding & gaining some experience you probably wouldnt be all to uncomfortable on most bikes until you ride another that has room or features your dont then you start to feel like your missing out on something good luck to you
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:03 AM   #10
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I just sold a 95 vulcan that Id bought as a leftover early in 96 and loved it, I was at about 225 230 and my sister often rides with me and shes probably 250(+maybe)
You really hauled ass on that bike!
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