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Old 04-17-2007, 05:53 AM   #1
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Considering his heighth, I doubt he'd find anything more comfortable than a big single dual sport, ie KLR650, DL650, etc. SUper high seat height with easy to manage power and decent enough brakes. Also to keep in mind a nighthawk 750 has enough power to get him into trouble quickly if he doesn't have some good sense about himself
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:54 AM   #2
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4 grand sure limits your choices. The Nighthawk sounds like the right pick.
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:59 AM   #3
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I like big dirtbikes for beginners, maybe a Kawasaki KLR 650, cheap, easy to ride, tall enough for his size. Keep in mind that many people trade up shortly after becoming comfortable with riding, so I would start out with an inexpensive ride that would be easy to sell later. A lot of folks will suggest a cruiser, but I don't like cruisers for beginners, they don't really handle well and promote lazy posture, let the guy learn how to ride first. (boy I'll get into trouble for that remark!) Good luck, don't forget to check out a good safety course.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:16 AM   #4
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How about a V-Strom? You can probably find one in that price range and they are tall.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:23 AM   #5
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Yep, KLR is the way to go. Very comfortable for big guys. Any Dual Sport is a good choise.



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Old 04-17-2007, 06:23 AM   #6
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Used Wee-Strom. The taller DL1000 seat fits. Then go to somebody like Traxxion, etc., and get HD springs ft & rear so the sag will be right. A Cee windscreen should get rid of the buffeting.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:36 AM   #7
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You don't see to many sub $4000 v-stroms out there but that would be a pretty good choice as well
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:41 AM   #8
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Another vote for the Wee-Strom. I weigh 250 pounds and my DL has no problem hauling my butt around.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:14 AM   #9
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Speed Triple!



It'll take him a long time to outgrow it.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:15 AM   #10
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Or maybe a used Triumph Legend or a Thunderbird. Cool bikes, standard seating and Trumpet cachet. I've seen used Legends around $4000.



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