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Old 01-03-2011, 09:23 AM   #11
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Smaller bikes are going to find cruising at 80mph a challenge, frankly.
Make that 80 KPH; big difference !!

Side winds are a problem for ALL bikes and new riders.
In general, those with a lot of plastic body work catch side winds worse.
The most important thing with side winds is not to OVER-react.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:39 AM   #12
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Sorry to bother you, but could you please give some examples of "standard" motocycles? Does this mean a certain type - like cruser/touring or a certain model/make? Thank you.
The key characteristics of a standard motorcycle (and the MOfos are welcome to add/delete):

Handlebar versus clip-ons.
Footpegs below your ass, as opposed to in front of or behind.
Fairly upright seating position, as opposed to leaning forward or back.
Not a lot of "plastic," or fairings.

Some standard models
Suzuki TU-250 - the very definition of "Standard."
Triumph Bonneville, America
Kawasaki Z1000 (not for noobs)
Suzuki Gladius
Kawasaki EN-650
Honda CB1000 (not for noobs)

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:41 PM   #13
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No, such a bike does not exist.....for a new rider of small size, at least.

1) Brush up on your bicycle riding skills first......if it's been a while.
2) Take the MSF new riders course BEFORE you actually buy a bike.
3) You need AT LEAST 3 months of practice and street riding before you venture out on a "highway" (assuming that means Interstate or freeway) for more than a few minutes.

THEN......look for a late model used 250.......which will be your FIRST bike to be used for one or two seasons, maybe more, depending. Any of the recent 250's will handle the speeds you describe easily.

After the proper training and a years experience on a small, easy to handle bike THEN you can think about moving up to something bigger and faster.
Many valid points here! Reflects my thoughts - give or take. I am not in a hurry to hit a highway. Am I excited about the whole new advanture - yes! Am I actually blind from excitement - hell, no!

I am very carefully exploring all the aspects to become a safe rider and the last thing I want is my family to cash my life insurance (I bet my husband wouldn't mind, lol! ) or to become an embarrasment to the riding community.

So, yes, if it will take two years before I hit the road - so be it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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The key characteristics of a standard motorcycle (and the MOfos are welcome to add/delete):

Handlebar versus clip-ons.
Footpegs below your ass, as opposed to in front of or behind.
Fairly upright seating position, as opposed to leaning forward or back.
Not a lot of "plastic," or fairings.

Some standard models
Suzuki TU-250 - the very definition of "Standard."
Triumph Bonneville, America
Kawasaki Z1000 (not for noobs)
Suzuki Gladius
Kawasaki EN-650
Honda CB1000 (not for noobs)

MtD
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I will check your list for sure. In addition to your suggestions, here are some of the bikes that I like so far and am going to check them out. What do you think? Am I on the right track?

1. Harley Davidson 2010 Sportster Iron 883
2. Honda 2010 Shadow RS
3. Honda 2011 CBR250R
4. Honda 2011 CBR600RRA (lol, just kidding )
4. Kawasaki 2011 Vulcan 900 Classic special
5. Kawasaki 2011 Ninja 250R.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:53 PM   #15
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Other than the weight of the Sportster (and the joke about the CBR600), those are all good choices. And so far as the weight goes; it may not be a factor depending on your own height, weight, and upper-body strength.
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Other than the weight of the Sportster (and the joke about the CBR600), those are all good choices. And so far as the weight goes; it may not be a factor depending on your own height, weight, and upper-body strength.
Remember how I said in my first post that I don't have bike preferences? Well, it seems like it starts to change and fast, lol. The Sportster is my favorite as far as looks go. I will let y'all know after I see all the bikes mentioned here in person and sit on all of them on the show.

ps if I need more upper-body strength for the Sportster, I am willing to pump up my work out routine! This beauty is well worth it!
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The Sportster is my favorite as far as looks go.

This beauty is well worth it!
SIGH!!
Another new rider "blinded by the light".

I'm about your size and several of those bikes on your list are TOO big for a really good first riding experience.....and the Sportster is over-priced too.

Can you afford to pay cash for a new bike ??

If not, you should be looking at a used bike about 5 years old or so......and (in general) 500 CCs or less.

You would be a VERY unusual new rider indeed if you did to drop the bike somewhere in your training. With a used machine, that's no big deal; with a new one it often is a real shame.......especially if you bought it just for the looks.
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SIGH!!
Another new rider "blinded by the light".

I'm about your size and several of those bikes on your list are TOO big for a really good first riding experience.....and the Sportster is over-priced too.

Can you afford to pay cash for a new bike ??

If not, you should be looking at a used bike about 5 years old or so......and (in general) 500 CCs or less.

You would be a VERY unusual new rider indeed if you did to drop the bike somewhere in your training. With a used machine, that's no big deal; with a new one it often is a real shame.......especially if you bought it just for the looks.
Clearly, you didn't read my response to you in the post #13!

No worries! I am not THAT kind of noob. Even if I like the Sportster in person and will plan EVENTUALLY buy it, I will go with your suggestion first and will buy 250cc used bike for training until I am ready to ride something serious.

As far as cash goes, I can afford it now.
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The new Honda 250 looks like a winner. I'd love to have one to knock around on.

If you like the classic look of the Sportster, take a look at the TU-250. You can buy one brand new with warranty for under $4,000!

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Speaking of used... I know that even new bike (or anything for that matter) can come with factory defects. Used bikes will have more abuse and wear and my concern is for the person who doesn't understand much what to look for, I will be a bit iffy to buy a used bike. When you buy new, at least you can return it or have it fixed if on warranty. I would definitely like to get a used as a first bike like Easy Rider said - I don't need to worry to abuse it but on the other hand if I need to spend more time and money to fix it - is this really worth it? Besides, I checked Ninja 250 used prices in my area - 2007 only 1000$ cheaper than new!
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