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Old 08-07-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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I'm looking for my first motorcycle and looking to spend anywhere from six to ten grand. I've been looking at the Honda VTX 1300, Kawasaki 900 vs 1600 Vulcan, Suzuki C90 or C50. Which one should I consider or should I be looking at other motorcycles.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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First off, for your first bike don't buy anything near new. If you must have a cruiser get an old 750 Shadow or 750 Vulcan something similar. Take the MSF course and get some experience. If you decide you really like motorcycling then sell the used bike (you won't lose much $ if any) and only then get what you will have learned you really want by then.

I'd rather recommend a Dual Purpose bike like the Kawasaki KX250 or a Suzuki DR400. DPs have excellent resale and are about the easiest bikes to learn on. Dirt riding is very good for relatively safe practice in learning the basics of riding.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:51 PM   #3
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Not much else to say, except make dam sure you take the Motorcycle Safety course as soon as possible. A lot of guys think the courses are "chickensh!t", and blow them off. Au contraire! Even experienced riders benefit from taking the course.

Good Luck! (Go 'Noles!)
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:12 PM   #4
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Talking ditto above

If there is only ONE thing I can help a newbie with, then I want to help with two: as the poobah said, get training and buy CHEAP!

We are awash in good, cheap bikes. Above is also right - learning in the dirt is best but may not be a good alternative if you - like me - live deep in the bowels of a titanic metro area.

Get training FIRST, buy cheap & used second. Have a lot of FUN third. Buy new and fancy a distant forth.

Oops, more than two. I'll leave now and go sue myself. Looking forward to the settlement!
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:49 AM   #5
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Why oh why does every newbie want to buy a giganto-cruiuser or a Hayabusa as a fist bike?

Get a used dual sport and experience the full range of motorcycling. They're light, maneuverable, and fun fun fun.

It's the bike that gets used most in my garage.
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:31 AM   #6
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Why oh why does every newbie want to buy a giganto-cruiuser or a Hayabusa as a fist bike?

Get a used dual sport and experience the full range of motorcycling. They're light, maneuverable, and fun fun fun.

It's the bike that gets used most in my garage.
Or, a small or mid-size Nekkid Standard..........
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Old 08-09-2007, 05:28 AM   #7
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I just got my first bike. A Hyosung Comet 250. GREAT bike. 30 BHP. Plenty of power for a new rider and looks fabulous. Try one of these first and then move on to the bigger bikes. Good luck and happy riding. Mike.
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:26 AM   #8
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Oh, geez, just buy this, will ya?:

1989 Honda Hawk GT - $1800 OBO

I guarantee you will not regret it, and you will not lose a dime.
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:42 AM   #9
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..letsee, you are looking for your first motorcycle, and are considering something that displaces 1300 cee cees, or more....

I give up. Sure, why not? Maybe get something like a Boss Hoss then, or better yet, something with a zeppelin motor.

Most riders started out on a freeking mini-bike fer chrissakes...oh, whatever. Get what you want...freedom of choice, right?

Just stock up on the iodine & bandages. You might also want to look into some good health coverage that covers traumatic injuries.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:01 AM   #10
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..letsee, you are looking for your first motorcycle, and are considering something that displaces 1300 cee cees, or more....

I give up. Sure, why not? Maybe get something like a Boss Hoss then, or better yet, something with a zeppelin motor.

Most riders started out on a freeking mini-bike fer chrissakes...oh, whatever. Get what you want...freedom of choice, right?

Just stock up on the iodine & bandages. You might also want to look into some good health coverage that covers traumatic injuries.
Hiya Matt! Haven't seen you around here lately, were you out and about?
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