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Old 02-24-2006, 08:30 AM   #31
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

Needs to be ported and piped until it has a 500 RPM powerband. The end is now.
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Old 02-24-2006, 11:00 AM   #32
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

I think any "beginner bike" must fulfill a couple of rolls/missions. First, of course, it must be easy to handle and operate. The bike shouldn't be too powerful (or the new rider wouldn't be able to control) but have enough get-up-and-go so that you are not embarrassed to ride it.



The size of the operator must also be taken into consideration. Beginner Bike for a guy 5'4", 150 lbs may be different from a similar bike for a 6'1", 225lbs. The bike still has to fit the rider.



While a Beginner Bike, it should be powerful enough to allow the rider with at least several years a good riding before the operator really feels the need to trade up.



That said:



For a smaller sized rider, I like the 250 Honda Nighthawk. Very old school ... it is a minimized version of the 750 Nighthawk (CB 750). Standard riding postion, decent amount of comfort. Very low maintenance ... virtually bulletproof.



For a larger rider, I like the Yamaha 650 V-Star. Shaft drive, manageble power that will still allow you to keep up in highway driving. Looks bigger than it is. Easy to learn on ... but capable enough so that you can ride the bike for several years --- or ride it forever and never trade it off. It is just that nice of a bike.
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:06 PM   #33
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

Thanks for what to look for! Your list seems right to me. I'm wondering whether a scooter would make a good first choice. I've never been in the driver's seat on a bike.
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Old 02-26-2006, 04:09 AM   #34
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Default Re: Mr. Allcaps wants to know:

You got the main point of starting on the hot rod for the "significant other crowd". I've seen a bunch of ladies take out big insurance on their significant others (or make them do it themselves) and tell them to have nut, buy the biggest fastest thing they can find. I know a couple became very eligible and sought after that way.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:32 PM   #35
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Default The End is Here: Best First Bike: We Need Your Help!

My first motorcycle was the Best Bike. A 1969 Honda CB750. That year they swept Daytona. I got rid of mine with over 100,000 miles and it NEVER had a problem. I took it to Canada on a road trip. Never leaked or burned oil. Super smooth and a disc brake up front. Also quite comfortable. And not bad two up.

Yes, old-school by todays standards, but what a joy 36 years ago!!! Mine was red with some gold striping on the tank. Still a good looking bike.

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