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Administrator 07-14-2010 04:15 PM

Choosing Your First Motorcycle - A Beginner's Guide
 

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Choosing Your First Motorcycle - A Beginner's Guide

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acecycleins 07-14-2010 04:23 PM

Excellent read. I would say that the Moto Guzzi V7 should be included in there, but otherwise it's spot on.

Personally, I am a believer in the tiered licensing system and believe that at the very least EVERY state should implement mandatory MSF courses for newbies.

ejis 07-14-2010 06:20 PM

Wait, so a Boss Hoss isn't a good started bike?

The_AirHawk 07-14-2010 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by ejis (Post 245661)
Wait, so a Boss Hoss isn't a good started bike?

Blasphemers! WTF-bomb's WRONG with MotoJournos these days?

Dr_Sprocket 07-14-2010 08:21 PM

Ssensible list with options for nearly every rider type/size. Now, can put this one to bed?

Kenneth_Moore 07-15-2010 07:16 AM

Nice work Pete. I like your choice of the TU 250 and the Wee. You can add engine guards to the Wee for about $120, making it completely crash proof. I imagine a similar accessory crash bar is available for the TU.

The FZ though...a lot of plastic to fix if that one drops. The 883 Low is de-facto a popular starter bike, but damn, it's a heavy beast.

KLR as a starter bike? 6' and up only, please!

spoonyfork 07-15-2010 07:38 AM

The snooty BMW owner
 
Great article, then there was this gem:
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Then there’s the intangible of acting upscale and snooty while zipping around on a BMW as your first bike...
I was going to complain that the snooty BMW owner is a myth perpetuated by non-BMW owners but my comment came across as VERY snooty. So point taken. :p

trenttheuncatchable 07-15-2010 07:56 AM

The list beats the idea of getting a 600 supersport as a first bike, but the lack of a Ninja 250/500 on the list is very strange indeed.

The_AirHawk 07-15-2010 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore (Post 245679)
Nice work Pete. I like your choice of the TU 250 and the Wee. You can add engine guards to the Wee for about $120, making it completely crash proof. I imagine a similar accessory crash bar is available for the TU.

The FZ though...a lot of plastic to fix if that one drops. The 883 Low is de-facto a popular starter bike, but damn, it's a heavy beast.

KLR as a starter bike? 6' and up only, please!

Were you watching me via webcam while I was reading this? This is nearly the exact-thing I said (except for the crash-guard comments)......

Officially, I'm creeped-out.

lwatcdr 07-15-2010 10:37 AM

I would like to second the suggestion to add the Ninja 250 and 500. The Kawasaki dealer in Lake Wales Florida is offering both the 250 and the 500 for... $2999!
They also have the Vulcan 500 for the same price as well as the TW200 from Yamaha.
The FZ6R I don't know about as a first bike. Second yes but that is just me.
Frankly if you get a new Ninja 500, 250, or Vulcan 500 for $2999 I say that wins :)


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