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Old 07-21-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum but I'm in need of some pro advice.
I'm 18 and thinking of getting a bike for riding around campus and the city. I'm looking for a sport type bike (I think) that works best for this and has good MPG and reliability. I'm also not looking for the top of the line bikes as I am a college student and am looking for something on the low end of the price range. Any tips are appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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Craig's List. Just bought a 2001 Suzuki Intruder 14000 miles for under 3k. Search other city's not just where you live. Just check it out very well.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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Read the sticky thread in this Learning to Ride forum. It'll give you quite a bit of info on your choices.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:38 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=jogh;189612].
I'm 18

Let's just Pick this apart:
"I'm 18"- usually a pretty tough age to insure most things on.
"bike for riding around campus and the city"- are you sure it's a bike you "need"?
"looking for a sport type bike (I think)"- please refer to "I'm 18" x 10.
"works best for this and has good MPG and reliability"- sound like you have two differing goals.


You need something that is economical and utilitarian. You need a VESPA. Or something like it. Think of it like this. Scooters are easy to maintain if you buy a four stroke version. They get between 50-80 mpg for the crappy versions. The things can be parked most anywhere. They can travel at hwy speeds if you buy a 250cc or up model and mostly- THEY ARE CHEAP TO INSURE. Which will become an issue if you take the sportbike route. Ride a scooter until you're done with school and sell it to the next kid when you're ready to leave. If you take care of it and it looks as good as when you bought it you might even get your money back from the initial investment.
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also remember that even though it's a scooter, you still need to wear proper riding gear just as if it's a supersport or a high end cruiser. scooters are still more like motorcycles than bicycles, meaning you need all the gear AND obey traffic laws as a motor vehicle, not a pedal bike. I see far FAR too many people (especially when I lived in a college town) ride scooters like a bike, ignoring lights, riding on bike trails, cutting across quads and fields, and behaving like they're not at all bound to traffic laws.
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Heck, even bicycles have to follow traffic laws (although they are permitted some variations, of course).
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Heck, even bicycles have to follow traffic laws (although they are permitted some variations, of course).
That includes Speed Limits - I know one person who received a ticket for speeding on a bicycle. It was a downhill-slope, school zone - 20mph. He was busted for 28............

Of course, the indignation and protesting, combined with self-righteous posturing afterward didn't elicit much sympathy from myself. Bicyclists are among the WORST road-offenders I've ever seen. Possibly even more of a menace than Squidboys on Gixxer-thouz, Yo.
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That includes Speed Limits - I know one person who received a ticket for speeding on a bicycle. It was a downhill-slope, school zone - 20mph. He was busted for 28............

Of course, the indignation and protesting, combined with self-righteous posturing afterward didn't elicit much sympathy from myself. Bicyclists are among the WORST road-offenders I've ever seen. Possibly even more of a menace than Squidboys on Gixxer-thouz, Yo.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:12 AM   #9
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Interpret the steamy filament in this learning to be carried forum. It shall bestow you reasonably a crumb of info on your choice.
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What the hell?
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