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Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by MooseTX82, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Apr 4, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    MooseTX82

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    Hey guys,
    I have decided to pursue my motorcycle lisence and learn how to ride. I am a beginner and have never ridden. My question is...after I get it all done what is a good cheap starter bike that will last me a few years. I was looking at a Honda Rebel and saw em go for roughly 2-3K. Any suggestions on bikes or even any tips for riding from the moto world of TW would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 4, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

    AvsFanTRD Oh gravity, thou art a heartless bitch!

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    Are you taking a MSF course? If not, do that first!

    What kind of bike are you looking for? Sport or cruiser?
     
  3. Apr 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM
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    tinker_troy

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  4. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:03 PM
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    I am taking a private beginner lesson/lisence package. First day is 3 hrs of classroom time. I am also taking a BRC thru the military in May.
    Cruiser type.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

    AvsFanTRD Oh gravity, thou art a heartless bitch!

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    That's good you are getting in some proper lessons.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    The yamaha vstar 650 is a good bike. Basically anything in the 600 range is a good starter bike for a cruiser
     
  7. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    Get a Harley sportster 883xl. If you get an older model you can always bob it out for cheap.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:55 PM
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    if you have any ability at all, DO NOT GET A REBEL, you will be kicking rocks at it in a week. get 600cc and up in any cruiser, and 600cc and smaller in the sport bike. the sportster 1200 isnt as big as others says it is, i had one, it was fun but far from too powerful, as a matter of fact it was the bike my wife took her riders edge class on and pass on her first go around, and that was her first powerd bike ever.
     
  9. Apr 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM
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    MooseTX82

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    Whats the problem with the Rebel? Doesnt ride well or something else?
     
  10. Apr 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    way way way under powered. others will say no it isnt, but like i say if, you have any ability you will get real bored with it. im 5'11" 175lbs and its too small for me. but then again i thought the sporty 1200 was small. if you are going to be on the highway at all, i would not recomend it. my honda shadow 600cc topped out at 79mph, not that speed is everything, but come on. on the other hand, if you are bran spankin new, nervous, never rode a dirt bike, or live in a small po-dunk town, then it would be a nice starter bike, just buy used cause you will be selling it.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2010 at 1:16 AM
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    We had to ride Honda Rebels at my MSF cert class. Fun little bike, good for beginners but you will out grow it in 2days! I agree with the others, something in the 600 range will keep you 'up to speed' for a while you get comfortable riding in traffic. You'll probably end up going bigger in a couple years but I do not recommend buying a bigger bike to learn on now. There is a learning curve up to the bigger bikes.

    More power is actually a safe advantage in traffic... too much in beginner hands is not a safe advantage. 600 is the sweet spot on the street IMO. But if you plan on cruising highways mostly, 600 is on the small side for sure.

    I do agree on buying a used bike for the first one, figure out what you really want in a bike (it will change after you've ridden a year, trust me) then buy a new one.
     
  12. Apr 5, 2010 at 7:36 AM
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    Take the MSF course. It's the best thing going and if you are in California you won't need to take the DMV road test to get a license.
     
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    Agreed. This was my second street bike when I was 16. It was a great bike. You may want to consider the 1100 though. Little easier cruising for the highway. Stay away from the rebel. Too small. A Yamaha, Honda, or Kawasaki cruiser would be a first good bike. Then when your balls drop, get a harley :D
     
  14. Apr 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    +1 on the MSF courses. I took a MSF advanced refresher when I got back into riding a couple of years ago.

    The Honda Nighthawk 650 is a great first bike, depending on where you are they go used under 2k. I also rode a Yamaha Radian 600 which was an awesome bike that I wish I never sold, hard to find now used. The V stars are nice too, my friend who was getting back into riding bought one but he out grew it & upped to a Kawasaki Meanstreak.

    I do agree the Rebels are easily outgrown but get what feels right for you. Take your time for it is you that has to ride it and feel comfortable. If it doesn't feel comfortable not moving on it, it won't feel good on the road. Wish you the best in finding your first bike. :)
     
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    I have been riding a long time. The best advice I can give is watch every other vehicle on the road and have an escape plan. Pretend everyone out there is trying to kill you. I ride a Harley with loud pipes. (Loud pipes saves lives):):)
     
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    I was looking at the HD Sportster 883 as well as the HD Sportster 1200. I was looking at the late 90s models and early 2000s but the dealerships dont carry old bikes like that. Where can I look for those bikes. I know private sellers have em for sale but Im kinda weary of the private sellers and prefer a dealer certified bike.
     
  17. Apr 5, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    i sold my sportster last year for 5500 and it was pimped out 1250 kit and cams wheelie's were no prob for it :D
     
  18. Apr 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    So you would recommend it?
     
  19. Apr 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    i liked mine alot [​IMG] it was slammed too had about a one inch travel shock in the rear
     
  20. Apr 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    Looks nice man
     
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