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newagetwotone 06-28-2007 09:37 AM

It's been a long time...
I've been looking around for a while and would love to get back on a motorcycle. When i was younger i rode a early 70s Honda 50 CL and a couple years later early 70's 100 CL on back woods trails. Unfortunately both are... well, long dead. I haven't ridden anything in 8 or 9 years.

I was looking around a bikes to get started with and found a couple bikes that I really like and was wondering if there were any opinions on them as starting bikes. Also, my other half is interested in learning how to ride so i would like to buy something she could start on as well.

The two bikes I've really been looking at were the Triumph Scrambler and the BMW F650 CS. I'm honestly not sure why the F650CS appeals to me so much, i do like the idea of buying the stereo tank bag for it at some point. I really do like the Scramblers Retro street Scrambler looks and all that jazz and I'm used to the ironing board seat after all those years with the old CLs.

I did notice something quite odd, the Scrambler with its 900cc twin makes less HP AND less torque than the 650 single? I honestly thought the Scrambler was going to be too much until i saw that. Honestly, did I miss something here?

Any other opinions would be great, just to give you an idea, we're both rather tall, I'm just over 6'1 and shes around 5'8 or 5'9 so seat height is not a huge problem.

seruzawa 06-28-2007 09:48 AM

I think that the Scrambler has a much fatter powerband and would be better for two up riding.

You should be able to get test rides for either bike. Try them out.

BrowningBAR 06-28-2007 09:53 AM

The F650CS is no longer in production. You can find them used, though.

As far as looks go (And I do love the funky Beemers) you just can't beat the retro stylings that Triumph puts out.

newagetwotone 06-28-2007 11:19 AM

It really is a beautiful bike... I'm trying to tell myself that i can't afford one till this fall... really trying.

Kenneth_Moore 06-28-2007 11:30 AM

At last, a new rider who isn't buying a 'Busa or R1! Good for you!

newagetwotone 06-28-2007 01:07 PM

To be honest...
I'd really like to start off on my old CL100 but it bit the dust when i was 15 so that was about 6 years ago.

A friend of mine bought some liter sports bike to start off with last year, after me and a couple others told him it was a bad idea, his excuse was "I can't afford to buy an other when i get bored and out grow some little thing." He was in the hospital for a good while with a compound fracture (arm) because he was going way to fast into the rear of a stopped car. Now he's completely terrified of motorcycles.

Thats one hell of an "I told you so."

I would hate to have been there to witness that mess.

Kenneth_Moore 06-28-2007 01:46 PM

It happens way too often. We had a guy get killed here on the way home with his new R1 about a month ago. And my co-worker was telling me how an aquaintance had to get his pal to ride his new Busa home for him. His plan is to "just follow you guys and do what you do." Glad I don't ride with him.

MadScientistMatt 06-28-2007 06:34 PM

Might want to pick up an old CL360 (or Nighthawk 250, about the closest thing to it on the market right now) and ride it for a while to get your practice back. The Scrambler's not all that crazy, but you might want to practice on something you won't have to worry about denting. Also be sure you're comfortable with its weight - although either one is going to feel like a tank after riding a 100.

MadScientistMatt 06-28-2007 06:34 PM

Although both of them look pretty sane for learning bikes. Never thought I'd say that about a 900, as I'm usually the cautious type.

seruzawa 06-28-2007 07:51 PM

And the newbie I saw buying a Repsol Honda a couple of weeks ago. Off he went Tshirt and no helmet. The salesman was shaking his head and saying that he tried to sell the guy a helmet but the guy said that he "had one at home".

What can ya do, huh?

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