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Old 04-27-2006, 04:59 PM   #21
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Default Re: MSF Basic Rider Course: Unsafe At Any Speed

Actually, in most states, all you have to do is take a short written test to get your MC learners permit. You can't ride at night, on the freeway, or carry a passenger, but as far as I know, you can ride any bike you can afford.



Some system, huh?
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Old 04-28-2006, 02:52 AM   #22
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Default Re: MSF Basic Rider Course: Unsafe At Any Speed

Hayabusa. Definately a 'busa.



Seriously, I don't know yet. I am suffering from "paralysis by analysis". Where I live has lots of gravel roads. The paved roads resemble the surface of a bombing range, so perhaps a dual sport?



I wonder if a Supermoto style would work?



On the other hand, I admit I do love the looks of a "sport" motorcycle. If I follow "conventional" reasoning I would be best served by a Kawasaki Ninja 500cc, or perhaps a Suzuki GS500. Or, perhaps, an SV650...



I don't think I fit the cruiser demographic model. I was surprised that at least 75% of the people in my MSF class stated they wanted to buy a Harley.



Too many choices. I am definately not buying a Honda Nighthawk 250, however. Not even a cherry red one.



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Old 04-28-2006, 04:13 AM   #23
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Outstanding write up, Cheesy, I add my name to the petition to have you added to MO's writing staff. It does puzzle me that MSF doesn't take better care of the bikes they're using to introduce many people to the world of riding. I wonder how many people have been put off, due to the difficulty of riding those used, abused crates? As far as a first bike, might I suggest the DRZ400S? It's a nicely sized (engine-wise, not seat height) scoot that should be able to handle most of the roads in your neck of the boonies.
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:05 AM   #24
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Get an SV650. Don't buy a GS500, you might as well get a ninja 250, seriously; I think the ninja 250 is probably better. I had a ninja250 and rode someone's GS500 and it seemed like exactly the same bike but heavier and more unwieldy.



The ninja 500 is a decent bike but you might as well move up to the sv650. Similar speeds but the sv650 is just the better bike. A little faster off the line though, so the learning curve is going to be harder for a month or so but you don't have to worry about accidentally wheelying, and it's a really a good motorcycle all around. It won't end up as a break-in bike. Unless you drop it.
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:07 AM   #25
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All this said, and I know it's bad form to reply to yourself, but I'm do ADD to finish a thought in the first try, the ninja 500 is a very good bike, as is the 250, and either would be a happy welcome to your life.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:57 PM   #26
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Rode the same bike in my NJ course, but I had to pay for mine. I went through BRC.
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