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Old 04-12-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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Names Mike im 17 enlisted in the Illinois National Guard. Im looking into buying a bike sometime next year (i'll almost/will be 19 when i get one). I just don't know what to get. I like the new ninja 250r it looks like a great beginner bike but then all the reviews i see are that people get bored with it and sell it 2 years or so down the road. The first bike i get i want it to be around a while ya know! I got $10,000 to spend. What would you guys/gals suggest? I like sport bikes and i do like some cruiser bikes as long as they got somewhat of a sporty look to them.

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Old 04-12-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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Mike, 17 is a great time to be alive. When I was 17 I joined the Navy, and had a blast, was a parachute rigger in a fighter squadron off the U.S.S. Independence. Also by that time I had been riding motorcycles for 7 years.

Now I know you're not going to like what I have to say, but for your first motorcycle, ridden on the street (cement and asphalt is hard, unforgiving stuff to the new rider) you should get a dual-sport 250cc bike, that's easy to pick up, and won't kill you when you open up the throttle.

A buddy of mine for his first bike bought a 650cc Kawasaki four cylinder. After numerous slow speed crashes into parked cars, curbs and pedestrians, and spending all his pay on clutch levers and mirrors, I lent him my Honda CB100 that he rode for about a month, and learned the "basics" without being terrified by 500 lbs. of fast motorcycle. Of course I got to break in his 650, but it was a good trade, as he lived to see his DD214.

You have a choice between being scared to death (literally) by your new motorcycle, or having fun while learining how to ride. A 250 Honda or Yamaha dual sport would be perfect in my estimation.

Good luck.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
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I heard no mention of MSF BRC. Get in touch with your chain of command. They should provide you with MSF BRC. Contact your safety office if your CoC is no help. Reference ALARCT 218/2006, AR 385-10 and Dept of Defense Instruction 6055.4

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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I did the same thing as Cuddy, joined the Navy at 17 and wound up on the U.S.S. Independence however not being gay I chose to be an Engineer instead of an Airdale, a decision that has proved to be correct providing a very lucrative career in Steam Engineering.

I also had been riding since I was 10 so you're getting a late start, however you seem to be on the right track in not wanting an R1 as your first bike. The beauty of a DP bike is that you can practice on the dirt where you can learn how a bike handles a slide, practice braking, learn how body position effects handling etc and generally get a feel for riding. That'll be the best education you can get on motorcycling
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:00 PM   #5
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Uh, shipmate, I think you're getting 'dales confused with bubble heads. We airdales are manly young Michael Douglas on steriod types, not the pasty faced never see the sunlight snipes on Subs. No "hot racking" in the air dept. either...something you no doubt know about...
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:12 PM   #6
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Don't listen to these squids. Navy life stinks. I found out after I retired from the Army (it's complicated).

But, they do have good advice. Find a good used dual-sport bike bike. Ride the hell out of it.

If you can find a decent Suzuki DRZ400, early GS500 wheels just about bolt on for great Supermoto performance. You'll dust your friends on their ungainly 600 sport bikes in real world performance and comfort.

I don't expect you'll believe us, though.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:35 PM   #7
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A good guideline is no more than TWO cylinders, no more than 650ccs. There are a couple of exceptions like the HD 883 Sportster or Triumph Scrambler 900.

DONT buy a sports bike, DON'T listen to your friends, most of the time they know less than dirt.

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Old 04-12-2009, 10:25 PM   #8
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Ok well thank you all for the advice. I still believe Army is better!! haha I leave July 21st for BCT and AIT!! I'm pumped, going in to be an MP!
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Ahh the exuberance of youth. Enjoy! You'll be making memories that will last a life time. I was 17 once, why back in the day I used to.......
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:29 AM   #10
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I was 17 when I enlisted in the Army Reserves. It was a good time. I was a 63B, light wheeled vehicle mechanic.
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