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Old 05-06-2005, 05:58 AM   #51
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Default Re: Buying a Motorcycle for the Compulsive or Impulsive- Part I

As far as I know there is not an organized Motorcycles Anonymous. You might want to keep a stunt cage wrapped around those sportbikes though.
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:03 AM   #52
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I'm sure he was already squeezing both hands without the levers in them!
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:04 AM   #53
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The bike is definately messed up. I wonder if he injured his knee tearing of that missing clip on. VWW
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:10 AM   #54
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Default Re: Buying a Motorcycle for the Compulsive or Impulsive- Part I

I almost bought an XS650 when I got out of the Navy, but I bought a KZ750 twin instead. Bigger is better, you see......



For the same reason as well, vertical twins were and are what motorcycles are supposed to look like. By 1979 new Triumphs were getting rare and expensive and I had saved up enough in the navy to buy the Kawasaki brand new @ a whopping $2000 out the door. I rode the wheels off it untill I built my shovelhead, then kept it for a few more years for a spare. I finally sold it for $500 and bought a Pinto for $350 so I didn't have to get wet all winter. It was a really fun bike, and one I wish I still had tucked away in the corner.
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:35 AM   #55
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Default Re: Buying a Motorcycle for the Compulsive or Impulsive- Part I

My first bike (at age 13) was a Whizzer. I rode it on the Arroyo Seco Parkway (now the Pasadena freeway) in 1946 and commuted 10 miles to school. Next was a Servicycle - really lousy. Next (age 15 or 16) was a Harley 45 (war surplus WLA) with suicide clutch/hand shift. Now, I have a 1973 Kawasaki Mach III, bought new. In between was a variety - Triumph 3T, Harley K-model, Harley Panhead, BSA Gold Star, Ariel Square-4, and maybe some others. I recommend a small hooligan bike so you can pass the driver's test more easily. I'm saving up for an Aprilia Tuono R before I get old.
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:51 AM   #56
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Default Re: The Perfect Beginner Bike for sport riders...

I started on a Ninja 250, and it's a damn good starter bike. But IMO, the EX500 dogs the babiest of Ninjas for fun and longevity.

* slightly more power, but same friendly parallel twin config.

* as many, if not more, available used for low $$$

* better aftermarket support

* less plastic to bust
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:38 AM   #57
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A Whizzer you say? A friend of mine who has been riding for over 40 years also had one of those as a first bike. He described it as bicycle with an engine since I was not familiar with the marque.
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:12 AM   #58
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Best first bike would be the 1000cc Brutale if and when it ever comes out. It'll cost you near $20K, I'd guess, so you'll be sure to be careful with it. Once you learn to ride it you'll own the most fun you can have on two wheels and you'll be able to look down your nose at everything else.
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:09 AM   #59
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My first bike is a 2000 Kawasaki Super Sherpa, a totally underrated little dual-purpose, 250cc, 250lbs. I don't even want to get anything else, it's great in traffic, can go anywhere off-road, and rides like a mountain bike, low seat height, electric start. 65mpg isn't bad either. Viva la sherpa!
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:15 AM   #60
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I say trying stoppies. That practicing in the parking lot thing aint too credible.
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