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motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder

 
Green Shoots

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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
Buy my goldwing
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cruise

Curb weight, 1 ton.
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Nah, only half a ton..
 Quoting: Green Shoots


They're comfortable to ride once you get moving but a bitch in city traffic. If it ever falls over on you , you need a crane to pick it up.

There was one at the shop I got work done at that a customer just abandoned , I got it for three hundred bucks and I rode the wheels off that thing.
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Was hard to get used to at first, once you get it figured out it's easier to ride then most.
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
been reading through... joy rides and on/off road. I would recommend an 80's xl/xr 500 or 600r, A classic honda trans alp or africa twin. A BMW 650gs would also be a good starter for you with your height.

Avoid crotch rockets if you are just starting out. Their power is deceptive.

I'm telling you though, an xl500/650r will have heads turning and you will love it! perfect power, bullet proof, won't send you out of control like a 4cyl sport bike can.


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The problem with a crotch rocket is it beckons you to abandon all common sense. Too easy to go too fast.

The first one I had was a V4 Honda Interceptor and by todays standards it was weak, but I damn near died on that thing plenty of times.
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cruise

Curb weight, 1 ton.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80309639


Nah, only half a ton..
 Quoting: Green Shoots


They're comfortable to ride once you get moving but a bitch in city traffic. If it ever falls over on you , you need a crane to pick it up.

There was one at the shop I got work done at that a customer just abandoned , I got it for three hundred bucks and I rode the wheels off that thing.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80309639

Was hard to get used to at first, once you get it figured out it's easier to ride then most.
 Quoting: Green Shoots


Very smooth actually and surprisingly nimble ONCE IT IS MOVING.

I called mine the rolling motel.
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Short joy rides errands and off road
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Looks pretty nice im not 1 to jump or want to so looks like great bike
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It is an excellent bike especially if you have some experience off road riding, and it will use up that 9000 you have to spend.
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10,000 according to Yamaha

And that doesn't include tax or title fee.
REaliZe
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The way I see it, you have 3 options. And none should be anywhere close to $9k.

Honda Shadow
Yamaha V-Star
Kawasaki Vulcan

Buy used, not new.

You are a big guy, so I would get 900–1100cc.

A 650 will barely cut it. These cruisers are slow and heavy, and you need adequate power to be able to get out of dodge. Jetting away from dangerous drivers is half of motorcycle safety, imho.

At least, don’t restrict your engine options for fear it is too big... Respect the bike and all will go well.

You’re going to have a lot of fun. Be sure to take the weekend class to get the DMV certificate, as well.
There's. A. H0le. In. The. Sky.
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Im 6’2 250 want to spend under 9k
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I like a dual sport.

if you lean more to the road KLR 650,

if you like the dirt better then a DRZ 400
 Quoting: sssssteve


I was leaning towards the DRZ 400 S dirt also I was looking at the CRF 300 rally
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apocalypse bike: DR 650 buddy no electronic no shit just an engine and carb

that bike is the same as the first done in 1996.... Plenty of spare part !



KLR 650 is a total brick (heavy) when you go out off the road
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Short joy rides errands and off road
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76857890


Looks pretty nice im not 1 to jump or want to so looks like great bike
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


It is an excellent bike especially if you have some experience off road riding, and it will use up that 9000 you have to spend.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80309639


Thanks for sharing this awesome bike
Looks kinda hard to find into days market, im going keep searching.
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Ducati 900+ don’t be a vagina OP
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Im 6’2 250 want to spend under 9k
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


I like a dual sport.

if you lean more to the road KLR 650,

if you like the dirt better then a DRZ 400
 Quoting: sssssteve


I was leaning towards the DRZ 400 S dirt also I was looking at the CRF 300 rally
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


apocalypse bike: DR 650 buddy no electronic no shit just an engine and carb

that bike is the same as the first done in 1996.... Plenty of spare part !



KLR 650 is a total brick (heavy) when you go out off the road
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Ive been looking at these for these Suzuki bike look pretty bulletproof
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Ducati 900+ don’t be a vagina OP
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
are you looking to just ride around town/city or longer distances?

I strongly recommend nothing over about 185cc if your starting
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Ive owned 2 stroke 250 honda and yz250 4 stroke dirt bikes, just never had licensed for road, since dirt bike experience im leaning towards dual sport
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


Between 300cc-450cc
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


Dont get a 2 stroke. Trust me on this.

Sounds like you would be best off with a dual sport in the 400 to 600 range. They are a lot of fun and do everything reasonably well besides long highway trips, which I do not recommend on any motorcycle.
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bump
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
The way I see it, you have 3 options. And none should be anywhere close to $9k.

Honda Shadow
Yamaha V-Star
Kawasaki Vulcan

Buy used, not new.

You are a big guy, so I would get 900–1100cc.

A 650 will barely cut it. These cruisers are slow and heavy, and you need adequate power to be able to get out of dodge. Jetting away from dangerous drivers is half of motorcycle safety, imho.

At least, don’t restrict your engine options for fear it is too big... Respect the bike and all will go well.

You’re going to have a lot of fun. Be sure to take the weekend class to get the DMV certificate, as well.
 Quoting: REaliZe


Thank you for these tips you make some points on size and power. Dmv class probably give you insurance break
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Been riding for at least 30 years.....take a safety riding course....ride like everyone is out to get you....stay away from heavy traffic...country scenic rides are best....and don't ride like an idiot.
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make sure you try ea style out, and do not buy a sm one cuz you will always want bigger. ALWAYS expect someone to hit you, and have the sharpest lights ever. Best Wishes Be safe
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Helmet
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
Back in the the day

I rode with a guy that rode a 426

Real deal


Gotten one
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
90% of bike accidents happen your first season....

start with something small, ride conservatively, and tough it out for one season...

next year buy and ride what you want.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79408027


Well if it's qualifications you want...

I posted the above...

I've been riding 40+ years and did motorcycle sales for 11.... in a Harley, Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki shop.

The advice I offered above was the "standard rap" for newbies.

I saw many a newbie buy new their first year... only to drop the bike.
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Been riding for at least 30 years.....take a safety riding course....ride like everyone is out to get you....stay away from heavy traffic...country scenic rides are best....and don't ride like an idiot.
 Quoting: Endtimewatchman10


What he said. My first Motorcycle was a Honda Nighthawk 750. It should hold your weight easily. Nimble enough and just enough power when you need it.

Best advice is know where your exit or escape paths are. There is a few times when cars pulled out in front of me and I hugged the curb and pulled even with the driver and wave at them. It freaks the shit out of them.
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
90% of bike accidents happen your first season....

start with something small, ride conservatively, and tough it out for one season...

next year buy and ride what you want.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79408027


Well if it's qualifications you want...

I posted the above...

I've been riding 40+ years and did motorcycle sales for 11.... in a Harley, Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki shop.

The advice I offered above was the "standard rap" for newbies.

I saw many a newbie buy new their first year... only to drop the bike.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79408027
Yes.....first year....gotta have a bike...no experience...no fear...gotta look cool....recipe for disaster. AND...someone else not paying attention. Don't trust anyone in a car.
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Short joy rides errands and off road
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76857890


Looks pretty nice im not 1 to jump or want to so looks like great bike
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


It is an excellent bike especially if you have some experience off road riding, and it will use up that 9000 you have to spend.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80309639


nah dude said 12k but you can get them now 1.5otd if you find a low mile used t7 youll be right around 9k
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10.5k otd*
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
Im 6’2 250 want to spend under 9k
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Stay out of the gravel, and take it easy going around corners. Especially after it has rained.
Oh yeah...Wear a helmet!

Start with a dirt bike in an open field.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78487534


Ive had dirt bikes in past in my 20’s a yz250 crf250 stroke

Im thinking of dual sport to save on gas money and weekend fun.
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A dual sport is a great option. Perfect for a SHTF situation.
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
Im 6’2 250 want to spend under 9k
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Stay out of the gravel, and take it easy going around corners. Especially after it has rained.
Oh yeah...Wear a helmet!

Start with a dirt bike in an open field.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78487534


Ive had dirt bikes in past in my 20’s a yz250 crf250 stroke

Im thinking of dual sport to save on gas money and weekend fun.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241



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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
are you looking to just ride around town/city or longer distances?

I strongly recommend nothing over about 185cc if your starting
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79976999


Ive owned 2 stroke 250 honda and yz250 4 stroke dirt bikes, just never had licensed for road, since dirt bike experience im leaning towards dual sport
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


Oh your not a first timer.

If you have dirt bike experience you have more knowledge than most
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Im 6’2 250 want to spend under 9k
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LOOK INTO THE BMW 650. MAYBE THE CS?
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muckuh
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
i have a dualsport 97 dr350se

i recommend any good dualsport. klr 650 is a great workhorse.

if you want something more sporty, honda africa twin, or a triumph street triple.

triumphs triple engine is legendary, and honda makes excellent bikes.
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Get one of those Quadro4 Qooders. In Europe and many states, you don't need an extra motorcycle license. Your car license is enough.
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im 6 foot and 250 ish...losing weight as i can...

Always liked the rocket 3 ....

But at this time i would not buy a bike ..those days have past ...im 44...

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Im 39 you think to late?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78146241


never too late to die lol

jk


seriously though, it is not a matter of IF you will be involved in an accident but WHEN.

I rode a 250 rebel for a few years starting out.
dropped it twice once taking a turn too fast because some jerk was riding my ass and once on a turn with a bunch of leaves..

upgraded to a kz650 and was ran off the road by a bus who "didn't see me"

So I went big and bad and got an 1100 Shadow.
Some lady ran a red light and hit me going 45.

I walked away okay but my bike didn't. I had years of riding and lightening fast reflexes and knew how to safely stop on a dime. Without that I would have been toast.

If you were to sustain an injury at your age the recovery time could be years depending on the injury.

Take care of yourself OP, especially if you have loved ones that depend on you.

My younger cousin died on a motorcycle just last summer too.

They are fun toys to have but only if you do not value your life as much as you do taking risks and feeling the wind in your face.

Skydiving is a much safer hobby honestly.
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Re: motorcycles any suggestions first time ryder
if you like the dirt better then a DRZ 400

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@ 250 the DRZ 400 will need a rear spring upgrade
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I haven't researched them at all but I think the new Indian bikes look cool. I also dig the Triumph cafe racer style bike as well.
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For me it would be a dual sport....probably a drz400sm....but if you like those Triumphs the Bonneville is a nice bike, comfortable, enough power that you wont be bored in a year and they have decent resale.





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