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Old 03-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #101
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That market is so competitive I don't think any particular manufacturer has a big edge over anyone else. What shocks me is that you say pickings are slim! The dealers where I live have midsize cruiser stacked like cordwood!

BTW: buy a used 250 Rebel and ride it for a couple months, willya? You'll get your money back out of it if you don't dump it. If you do, you'll be glad you got that starter bike.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:02 PM   #102
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I concur, don't buy new. Not a Rebel though! I think that would be too darn small for you. Find an older Shadow or 650 Star and ride it for a while, then decide what you really want, and go for it. (Just guessing, but I suspect the Honda will fit you best of the three.)
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:05 PM   #103
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I'd get the Suzuki. The Yamaha is real bargain basement and Honda just pi$$es me off.
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:07 PM   #104
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That market is so competitive I don't think any particular manufacturer has a big edge over anyone else. What shocks me is that you say pickings are slim! The dealers where I live have midsize cruiser stacked like cordwood!

BTW: buy a used 250 Rebel and ride it for a couple months, willya? You'll get your money back out of it if you don't dump it. If you do, you'll be glad you got that starter bike.
I meant slim pickings in regards to good USED bikes. There's a lot of buyer competition since everyone wants to start out on a used bike.

Right now, I'm looking at a 2005 Shadow Aero for $4000 with less than 3k miles with a wind shield and jetted. There's also a locally owned 2005 Suzuki M50 for slightly more in about the same condition. Finally, a local Yamaha dealer has a double promo going on on 2007 V-Star Classics, making a new one $5200.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:14 AM   #105
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My wife is finally letting me get my motorcycle license in may. As a birthday gift she wants to get my first bike for me. I'm wanting to get a cruiser but not sure what would be a good starter for me. I'm 6 feet tall and weigh 300. Any suggests would be wonderful.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:42 AM   #106
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What have you looked at? Do you have strength to go with your weight? How old and sane are you?

Right now the idea that comes to me is a Kawasaki Vulcan 900, but I don't know cruisers like the other guys here do.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #107
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I really like the Shadow Spirit 750 from honda, or the Boulevard M50 by suzuki. I do have the strenght to go with my weight. I'll be turning 25 when I go to buy my first. Just looking for something to cruise around in and enjoy the drive.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:34 AM   #108
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Either of those would be good choices for a first bike.

We commonly recommend that new riders buy used, because (1) you're likely to drop it as you learn, and (2) you may find as you go on that the bike doesn't fit as well as you thought, and you need something else! But of course that's your choice.

DO take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and get full protective gear (including a full face helmet, leather gloves, and boots that cover the ankle.) You will appreciate it when you take a slide down the asphalt.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:45 AM   #109
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Cool, thanks for the help. We have several good places here local that sell used motorcycles so i'll have to check them out to see what they got.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:58 AM   #110
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. Finally, a local Yamaha dealer has a double promo going on on 2007 V-Star Classics, making a new one $5200.
Brand new with warranty for $5200? If you don't think you'll drop it, go for it. Such a deal...NEVA PAY RETAIL!
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