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New rider, pretty tall, a little MO experience, what bike?

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 08, 2004
Hey guys,

I'm currently playing with the thought of buying a motorcycle (yeah, saving money is hard...).

I ran across motorcycle.com and I already went through quite a couple of reviews of motorcycles (and yes, I subscribed). Also I found an article in here where a ton of people give some really great advice to another beginner.

Long-legged newbies need some MO love too. - MO

Now here's the deal. First of all I'm pretty tall, about 6"4 with extra long legs. I'm 26 so I have quite some experience on the road in the car (at least I won't have to learn the rules anymore). I do a lot of mountain biking and rode my bike to school and in heavy traffic for years.

As I said I already read most of the advice articles so I'll definitely first get good gear, do an MSF class (what exactly does MSF stand for anyway?) and first practice on a dirt bike. Oh yeah, and I already have the MO DL, I did a two-day training to get it some years ago (didn't do too bad, but I'm sure most of it is gone).

Now I'd like to get some advice what MO might be right for me. I somehow can't picture myself sitting pretty cramped on a sport MO (tell me if I'm wrong about that). Plus, I know myself, I'd pretty soon try to beat my own shadow (it's hard to do that on a mountain bike but I try anyway ;-)

I saw a couple of cruisers that might be in an affordable price range like the Honda Shadow (used). I just think I should get something more laid back and probably not too powerful. Would anybody recommend a MO in that class to a beginner? It should be easy to handle since I don't want to spend a couple of weeks in a parking lot until I get to know my MO ;-)

Thanks a lot for you help,

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