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Unread 08-06-2014, 12:03 PM   #16
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Long straight roads are easy. It's learning to run the twisty's that takes some getting used to. Steer left to go right, etc.

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Unread 08-06-2014, 06:59 PM   #17
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"Ride your own pace"

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"recognize danger before its dangerous, learn to see"

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Unread 08-07-2014, 01:11 PM   #18
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And I really would avoid a "starter" you'll wish you would have saved your money and spent it a little more wisely.
I tend to disagree with this. Riding motorcycles is a lot like shooting hand guns.
Everybody wants to go big then "grow" into it. Most of the time the result is dis-satifaction due to the owners inability to control the weapon (bike) or bad habits born of it's traits, or worse.
I believe a solid starter bike is the way to go. Minimal investment, simplistic design, mild traits, and a low initial price (coupled with an equal re-sale value).
As stated earlier, it has to be big enough to safely move you at highway speeds, yet not so large or powerfull that it is difficult to manauver or will get away from you in a panic situation.
Dual sports handling traits are poor compared to street bikes, but they are usually very simple to work on, give you a better visual area, and make you easier to see. They can also be used as secondary transportation for hunting or scooting off to your favorite fishing hole. A 450-650cc engine will give you a good amount of power. Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM offer a selection of excellent bikes, many running in the mid $2000 region.
Mid sized street bikes are IMHO, a good choice for somebody starting into street riding. Cruiser styles offer a wide range of engine sizes, as well as a variety of seat heights. They also force you to sit up, giving a wider field of view and making you more visible. Many solid older bikes can be had for under a grand. Inlines such as the CB series are claw hammer reliable and fairly cheap. Their seat height can be a bit taller than others and they are a bit sportier.
Others, such the Kawasaki LTD, Honda Shadow, and Yamaha Virago, offer low seat height (including a lower center of gravity), reliability, and low cost in a number of engine sizes.
Remember, if you opt for a used bike, insure your happy with the mechanical condition of it. Replacing tires, brakes, and carb adjustments can turn a "bargain" bike into an investment.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 01:13 PM   #19
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My advice is to spend money on classes, and get out there and practice!
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Unread 08-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #20
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Motorcycle safety class is mandatory here in Texas to get my license to.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 01:45 PM   #21
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My first street bike was a Kaw. EX500. Sporty and really easy to control. I've since had a couple CBR's & honda cruisers (shadow). I would recommend starting with something around a 500 not too fast, not heavy, and has enough getup & go to enjoy.

#1 safety equipment. DOT approved helmet (full face) Leather Motorcycle Jacket, always wear jeans, leather boots, and motorcycle gloves.

With me & all my friends, it wasn't if you'd dump it, it was more like when, so be prepared. I dumped my last CBR going around a turn at about 10 mph, got the front tire into some gravel. WNY roads SUCK!

When I rode it to trade it in on my Quad, my wife was following me (in our Jeep GC) & I had 4 people almost run me off the road. Haven't been on a bike since. People just don't pay attention anymore.

Saying that....I really miss riding, just gives you that "one with nature" feeling. Love it. Be safe & watch everyone else.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #22
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I tend to disagree with this. Riding motorcycles is a lot like shooting hand guns.
Everybody wants to go big then "grow" into it. Most of the time the result is dis-satifaction due to the owners inability to control the weapon (bike) or bad habits born of it's traits, or worse.
just be careful because just like a used hi point 9mm you will have a hard time reselling it now if you start out with sig p229 you'll probably keep it forever
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Unread 08-07-2014, 10:23 PM   #23
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i would give the kawasaki ninja 250 and 500 a look. neither have the extreme racing position and are close to a standard position. both are good bikes to learn on. the 500 has a bit of speed to it. make sure you don't skimp on safety gear, including a good well fitting helmet. i use a full face. some guys just learning say the full face limits their vision until they get used to the smaller mirrors on bikes. i always wear gloves, spine and neck protection. kevlar jeans and gloves. and ridding boots.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 11:06 PM   #24
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i would give the kawasaki ninja 250 and 500 a look. neither have the extreme racing position and are close to a standard position. both are good bikes to learn on. the 500 has a bit of speed to it. make sure you don't skimp on safety gear, including a good well fitting helmet. i use a full face. some guys just learning say the full face limits their vision until they get used to the smaller mirrors on bikes. i always wear gloves, spine and neck protection. kevlar jeans and gloves. and ridding boots.
I second this all! Good gear might seem expensive, but it'll pay for itself when you walk away from a spill and don't have to go to the ER.

Start out small there's always time to upgrade later, plus your beginner mistakes are magnified greatly on a larger motorcycle

I've owned 2 Suzuki and 2 Kawasaki motorcycles (250 cc, two 600cc, and 1000cc sport bikes). I took my gsxr 6 surfing (flood blind turn and hydroplaned it) on the highway at 75mph. Walked away with rashed up leather jacket boots and gloves, bike had a busted front brake lever. Picked myself up rode the 350 miles home. Can't wait to buy another motorcycle. They're dangerous but nothing beats the feeling
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Unread 08-08-2014, 06:36 AM   #25
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They're dangerous but nothing beats the feeling
Riding, in a nutshell.

I second the idea for getting a full-face helmet rather than a half-head or w/e. I have a half and I just rode 4800 miles across America, and after all that wind and noise, I will definitely be getting a full helmet before next season.

On the note of how big to go: I'd say it's up to you. You have experience on dirtbikes, just like I did before I got my first bike. I decided to go with a 650 because I wanted to be able to cruise on the highway, and I knew I trusted myself with a bigger engine. My father, among other people, kept telling me to start small and I would just end up killing myself, but I knew my limitations and I knew I could handle the power and not abuse it.

Good luck ride safe
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Unread 08-08-2014, 07:10 AM   #26
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I knew I could handle the power and not abuse it.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 10:07 AM   #27
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I've gotten tons of great advise. Thanks. I will update after I complete my safety class and purchase my bike.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #28
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also keep in mind, i like kawasaki as they all seem to have a bit more speed than other brands, a quick downshift and a twist of the throttle can get you out of harms way. quick bursts of speed is not always a bad thing. comfort on the bike is also key for safe riding.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 11:42 AM   #29
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OK, stop with all the krap 'Nancy advice'...

Get yourself a Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX 1300R), put on a pair of shorts, tee shirt, and a pair of those cheap k-mart foam sole flip-flops... and take off. Head for the first Interstate you can jet to and open that thing UP... rated to up to over 240 mph, find out if it will do it and if you got the stones to hang on.... you may choose to opt for a pair of sunglasses!
^^ get some real street cred, or you'll be known as PeeWeeHerman!!!!!



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Unread 08-08-2014, 12:22 PM   #30
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OK, stop with all the krap 'Nancy advice'...

Get yourself a Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX 1300R), put on a pair of shorts, tee shirt, and a pair of those cheap k-mart foam sole flip-flops... and take off. Head for the first Interstate you can jet to and open that thing UP... rated to up to over 240 mph, find out if it will do it and if you got the stones to hang on.... you may choose to opt for a pair of sunglasses!
^^ get some real street cred, or you'll be known as PeeWeeHerman!!!!!

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