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Old 12-14-2007, 05:11 PM   #11
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Talking Behold the Nighthawk!

I strongly recommend the Honda Nighthawk (CB750). You should be able to find the Nighthawk easily on the internet (eBay). They are cheap, easy to maintain (hydraulic valves), and have PLENTY of power to lose your license for a couple of years. The power deliver is smooth and consistent (unlike the FZ6). Insurance will be cheap. BTW, my brother gets >50mpg on his Nighthawk regularly. Check out the Nighthawk!
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:53 PM   #12
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I say get the ninja 500. Awesome bike. After riding dirt bikes for 16 years I tried my first street bike experience on a KLR650 That thing was in my opinion.. well ****ty. It was really heavy compared to a dirt bike and handled badly, bad brakes, etc. I mean for what it is and the price it's probably a good bike but it felt like the SUV of motorcycles - in a bad way to me for what I was using it for.

EX500 is a great all round bike, has some fairing so freeway wind doesn't beat you up too much. Brakes are it's only real weak point in my mine and of course 2 up at freeway speeds it could use more power.

I highly recommend it though. Buy used!
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:50 AM   #13
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Words from the wise insurance guy. 1- Take a class. 2- DO NOT listen to friends for pointers- they most likely have been doing it wrong for years. 3- Have complete trust that your front brakes are what's stopping you- 80-90% of all braking is done with the front brakes.
On to the bikes: KLR650 (any year will do), DR650 (any year), the wonderfully simple NightHawk 750 or it's older brothers, Mid 80's FJ600 (it's a Yamaha), Any newer maxi-scooter if you're not proud and want economic, easy and storage, both Bandits will do (look for 2000-2005), and the last bike would be the Katana 600/750 (old technology but bullet proof and several insurance companies don't classify it as a sportbike any longer). My last suggestion is the BMW R850R- they only sold them here in 96-97 but they are great roadsters that make great daily commuters- you should be able to locate them for the mid $3k range.
BUY USED AND YOU'LL BE HAPPIER WHEN YOU DROP IT THE FIRST TIME- trust me it will happen. Better a $4k bike than a $8k bike.
Take your time and sit on as many of these as you can find. Think about the position your hands and feet are in and decide if you'd be comfortable for long haul trips. Hands and feet feeling as if they may fall asleep is not a good thing.
I'm 41, 6ft and 260- My bike is a K100rs and until I got my risers on my hands fell asleep A LOT. Now, I can usually put in 200 miles or so before the tingles set in.
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:18 PM   #14
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Take your time and sit on as many of these as you can find. Think about the position your hands and feet are in and decide if you'd be comfortable for long haul trips. Hands and feet feeling as if they may fall asleep is not a good thing.
I'm 41, 6ft and 260- My bike is a K100rs and until I got my risers on my hands fell asleep A LOT. Now, I can usually put in 200 miles or so before the tingles set in.


For your size I think the KLR would be an excellent choice and something you can keep and mod. as your skills and focus improve. They have a vast amount of aftermarket support and are really a Jeep CJ like cult bike. The EX500 is also an excellent bike but I think it'll be phsyically too small over the long run.


I had the same trouble on my K-RS, I converted over to the more upright bars off the K100 C and went to foam grips and it made a world of difference.
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:30 AM   #15
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they have already given great advice and pointers on msf and bikes so i wont touch on that.. instead i will try to explain the first bike curse..

You WILL get a different bike within a year or so.. no matter how perfect that first one is somehow someway some crazy set of circumstances will transpire and you will ride a different bike from then on.. for me it was an issue of getting the parts needed to get the first one running when the second showed up in the paper for less than the cost of the first ones parts.. go figure..

get your first bike as cheap as possible. you WILL replace it within the first year or so and this way you won't feel bad.



now sure sure there are those examples where someone's been riding the same bike for 50 years now and its the first bike they've ever been on but thats pretty rare. almost everyone i talk to swapped to a different bike pretty early.


My point is.. get into your first bike cheaply so you can get out of it and into something else if you decide it's needed.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:03 AM   #16
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"My point is.. get into your first bike cheaply so you can get out of it and into something else if you decide it's needed."

Great advice.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:24 AM   #17
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"My point is.. get into your first bike cheaply so you can get out of it and into something else if you decide it's needed."

Great advice.
This can't be stressed enough. Until you are riding you're not going to really know what you want to do and what you want to do it on.

Accept that you are going to be addicted. Soon you will be letting the kids roam the neighborhood at night in search of food and clothing. This way you will have plenty of money to pay for the other bikes that you will know that you want.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:38 AM   #18
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Accept that you are going to be addicted. .
Or that you'll have the living sh*t scared out of you by some cager the first week, and yet another bike will be on sale for a fraction of it's original cost.
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