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Old 04-05-2008, 08:38 PM   #171
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Check out this video. YouTube - dumbass on motorcycle
By the way, all the bikes you mention are very light for motorcycles; they are race bikes, made for speed. Take an MSF course, then buy a used Ninja 250 or 500, ride it every day for six months and then decide what to get for your next bike. And don't forget to buy a full-faced helmet and the rest of the gear.
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:46 AM   #172
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Hi,
I never rode a bike, until I took my MSF course. I want to get better at it, so I am looking around for a bike. I am 5'10" and 180 lbs. I live in San Francisco, but tend to do a lot of highway commuting.
I also finished reading the sticky on new riders, but I still have a few questions I hope you can help me with.

1) At the MSF course, I rode the 250 Rebel and 250 Nighthawk. I liked them and might consider them as a first bike, but I was wondering if they will be suitable for highway commute? and daily commute in hilly San Francisco.
2) In one of the post, it was recommended that new riders take dirt riding courses, where can I do that?
3) Where and how should I practice traffic riding? I notice that even in my car, there are a lot of crazy drivers out there, i can't imagine what it will be like in a bike.
4) Should I really go with a DP or ninja 250 (two of the other options being suggested as newbie bikes) as my first bike ( I never tried them, but as I said, I really liked the standard bikes.
5) How should I shop for gear? Does brand name matter? or just feel?
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:08 PM   #173
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Im turning 16 and im deciding on what sportbike or sport/cruiser bike i should buy. My cost limit is $6000. Im 177 pounds and 5'8 or 5'9. Do you you guys have any good bikes that could help me. Thanks alot

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Old 04-10-2008, 05:47 AM   #174
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Get a used Kawasaki 250 and call it a day. You will spend less than half of the 6 G's.
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:59 PM   #175
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Get a used Kawasaki 250 and call it a day. You will spend less than half of the 6 G's.
With PLENTY left-over for Crack-a-lackin' Gear!

I like the Icon stuff, personally. The old TiMax gloves and the "Advance - Skorpion" helmet went real well with my Kobe' perf'd-leather jacket. I look like a refugee from "The Wraith" or "Mad Max" with 'em on........
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:03 PM   #176
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I am looking to get a bike that is good on the road, in town and some highway. It does not have to be new but it has to be forgiving of a novice.
Can any of the experienced riders give me some insights into good makes and styles that will keep a 44 year old entertained for many years.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:13 PM   #177
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:34 PM   #178
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hi guys, a possible bike owner in the near future here posting, i got my permit today and taking my MSF classes may 21st until then im window shopping bikes

i never driven a bike before, first time riding will be the MSF class

i am trying to look for a bike that wouldnt be too powerful to start out with, but also be fun at the same time (i dont ever plan to speed, i had 2 rx7's and an iroc camaro and i dont think i ever went 5 over the speed limit), also i would like one that i can bring my female companion on with no troubles once and a while

for a little info on me, im 20, 5'8" 150 lbs and my girl is 5'4" ~100 lbs? i honestly have no clue lol, i mainly just am going to use this bike to commute to school which is only 10 miles away, and drive it at night when no cars are around,

it would be nice to have an aesthetically pleasing bike that i can drive around in for a couple years and not get bored until i graduate college and buy a nicer one, but nothing so big it will kill me

i would like to spend around 4k for bikes, helmet, jacket, and gloves
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #179
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You might know better after taking the MSF course. Since you want to ride double you might think about a medium displacement bike like the Kawasaki EX500 or the Suzuki GS500E/F. Dual purpose bikes are good for learners but the passenger accomodations are a bit tight. (That might be a good thing.) I'd avoid taking passengers until you get a couple of months experience at least.

One concern is that just about everyone drops their bike at least once while learning. Often just dropping it over in the parking lot. The full fairings on a lot of bikes cost a lot of money and are surprisingly easy to damage. Another option might be the Kawasaki 454 twin cruiser.

You'll have to shop around and sit on a lot of bikes. Buying used is the best for a beginner. You can learn and then when you feel the need to change you often can sell it for the same as you paid for it.

Don't forget to get good gear and ALWAYS wear it. Demand that your passenger have gear too.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:02 PM   #180
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i would like to spend around 4k for bikes, helmet, jacket, and gloves
AND boots AND pants. Jeans and street shoes don't cut it. Imagine sliding down the road and watching your kneecaps or ankles getting ground down into the bone. Pretty easy to do, unless you have the right gear.
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