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Old 07-26-2007, 04:58 PM   #11
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LOL!! BrowningBAR's first reply was really a good one. There are quite a few medium-size, inexpensive, affordable motorcycles out there that can do what you need and still give you a ton of fun.

I'm really glad you are taking safety seriously! Paying attention to your gear and your safety will increase your enjoyment of riding, I am positive.

If you have any questions at all about riding techniques, gear, or anything, be sure to ask.
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:58 PM   #12
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:24 PM   #13
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god love johnny..



i just started riding a few weeks ago.. my weapon of circumstance? a $3,500 98 sportster 1200 custom. I have found these truths to be self evident.

1: no matter what, no matter how you seem to trade up bigger in the first year.. my first was a 125cc sundiro roadrunner.. i still haven't gotten it to start.. the harley is my second bike.. technically..

2: It's not "fun" to learn how to ride on a bike this heavy with roads as steep/twisty/off-camber/narrow/pot-hole(y?)/debris-covered as the ones I'm learning on. I often wonder what they would be like on a dirt bike.

3: Anyone that doesn't likes Harley's simply hasn't owned one yet.. I don't know why i love my bike.. I'm not even sure I'm comfortable with admitting my feelings for my bike.. it is after all a *squirms* Harley..

4: It doesn't like to climb hills at all when you forget to push the choke back in.. go figure..

5: a good timing light is arguably more useful then a good towel..

6: a sporty IS a chick bike.. it's roughly equivelent to 9 and a half cute puppy's. if you don't like random chicks constantly coming up to you and asking silly questions about your bike and how they can score a ride on it then this may not be the bike for you.

7: it takes a steady hand indeed to keep that much engine under control. practice is key.


in summery. i don't recommend a sportster as anyone's first bike. they're loud, heavy and can be difficult to control at low speeds.

but i don't regret buying mine one bit. i just wish it didn't look so hokey..
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:31 PM   #14
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I'm 130 lb, 5'11", 32 inseam. I've got some experience riding cruisers and sportbikes. Don't worry about me being safe, I'm working on that too. I'm going to be taking a safety course soon, and I'm definately getting safety gear. It's not a question for me, but a statement.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:41 PM   #15
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It took forever for me to be able to gain weight. At 18 I was 6'1" 127lbs.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:44 PM   #16
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It took forever for me to be able to gain weight. At 18 I was 6'1" 127lbs.
I think my first driver's license said 5-10 135
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:50 PM   #17
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Now image being 3" taller and 10-15lbs lighter. I wasn't exactly a chick magnet.

For some reason the opposite sex doesn't find you attractive when you weigh less than them.

Stupid metabolism!
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:07 PM   #18
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Kawasaki Vulcan 900s are nice, but you'll find more Suzuki Boulevard C50s (800 cc.) available on the market. A used '06 w/o many miles can be had for around $5000; $6000 if you want the windshield and bags of the C50T ($8000 for a new C50T).
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:52 PM   #19
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Yeah, suzuki has some afordable models, but at some point I had to end the list. I wasn't about to list everything.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:21 AM   #20
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>1: no matter what, no matter how you seem to trade up bigger in the >first year..

You haven't been riding long enough.

>2: It's not "fun" to learn how to ride on a bike this heavy with roads as steep/twisty/off-camber/narrow/pot-hole(y?)/debris-covered as the ones I'm learning on. I often wonder what they would be like on a dirt bike.

Shoulda got a DRZ!

>3: Anyone that doesn't likes Harley's simply hasn't owned one yet

Been there. Done that. More than once.

Oh, does Buell count? Buell is the bike Harley shoulda built. Well, I gues they did, eh? Love my Buell.

>4: It doesn't like to climb hills at all when you forget to push the choke back in.. go figure..

No EFI?

>in summery. i don't recommend a sportster as anyone's first bike. they're loud, heavy and can be difficult to control at low speeds.

I thought you LIKED it?


>but i don't regret buying mine one bit. i just wish it didn't look so hokey.

Huh? Just trying to figure your post out.
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