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acecycleins 06-10-2009 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by The_AirHawk (Post 215876)
Yes, but he has to Insure all those Multiple Personalities........

Dense high crime metro areas don't help either. That and Florida kinda slams motorcycle rates for some reason. I believe it's because m/c insurance is not mandatory- really.

phantagarow 06-21-2009 02:17 PM

Yet another advice thread....
 
I am 34 years old, 6'0" with 32 seams and 220 pounds (unfortunately) at the moment.

I will be attending MSF this summer and I am a beginner. (I know how to ride a bicycle and drive a stick shift car, if it helps). Before I ask my questions, I assure you that I read the whole darn thread.

1) I know that I am not a sports bike person. I don't like the way they look (no offense intended) and for some reason I think they are uncomfortable. What type would be comfortable to ride on tarmac mostly around and in the city (Indianapolis) + a few occasional interstate rides?

2) Can you recommend a couple of these for less than $5000?

mugwump58 06-21-2009 02:53 PM

I have recently picked up a non-sport bike and am throughly enjoying it. Look for a used duel sport. You can change it to a 'motard later.

You're tall so your not restricted in your options. Other than the seat for long periods of time a DRZ 400 should be one of the options, there are many.

Your search justifies long periods spent on the interweb thing. There are some other threads here extolling the merits of several different bikes.

The interstate option makes the decision a little problematic.

In a perfect world I'd recommend a 500 cc standard.

newagetwotone 06-21-2009 08:51 PM

Buell blast.

phantagarow 06-25-2009 08:09 PM

After a couple of days of research and taking the cool factor into account as well, I have my eye on Triumph Street Triple 650.

Now the question is: Is it a good idea?

newagetwotone 06-25-2009 08:17 PM

In a word? no. Besides its a 675. Look at the recent review of the Daytona 675, same engine.

phantagarow 06-25-2009 08:24 PM

Shoot. Is there anything that looks like it?


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Originally Posted by newagetwotone (Post 217221)
In a word? no. Besides its a 675. Look at the recent review of the Daytona 675, same engine.


skx2251 06-25-2009 08:38 PM

Read through all 442 posts in the thread. Same story; new rider, 5'11", 190#, 32" inseam looking at the midweight cruisers (V-Star, Shadow, Boulevard). Ran across a '93 Virago 535 for sale tonight. How does it stack up?

And yes, I've taken the MSF course, bought all the safety equipment AND even added a fancy high-visibilty and reflective vest :-)

THANKS!

seruzawa 06-25-2009 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by skx2251 (Post 217226)
Read through all 442 posts in the thread. Same story; new rider, 5'11", 190#, 32" inseam looking at the midweight cruisers (V-Star, Shadow, Boulevard). Ran across a '93 Virago 535 for sale tonight. How does it stack up?

And yes, I've taken the MSF course, bought all the safety equipment AND even added a fancy high-visibilty and reflective vest :-)

THANKS!

That would be just ducky for a learner.

skx2251 06-25-2009 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 217227)
That would be just ducky for a learner.

Thanks. I live in SoCal and after a few weeks/months riding on the side streets to get some experience I will eventually have to commute on the freeways. Will the 535 have enough hp to keep me out of trouble?


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