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post #1 of 25 Old 07-05-2007, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm Alex, from Vermont. I recently passed the MSF course and am looking at buying my first bike. I work at IBM as a Security advisor and play Semi-Pro football for the Vermont Icestorm. Any suggestions for bikes would be great. Keep in mind I am 6'1" and aobut 280 lb.

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post #2 of 25 Old 07-05-2007, 02:38 PM
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If someone suggests a 919 I'm going to poke them in the eye.

Hey there.

What kind of riding do you want to do?

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Hi Alex,
Welcome to the site. What sort of riding interests you?
Sport riding, touring, cruising around town?

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Welcome to the site. Answering some qualifying questions will help us point you in the right direction. Congrats for taking and passing the MSF. You are already a step ahead of most motorcyclists.

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There are some good bikes out there for beginners, best to stay away from the liter bikes.

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Here's three really good Ideas.

1. Honda 919. *Pokes self in eye to save ragdoll the trouble*

2. Kawasaki ZX-14 I mean, why not

3. Aprillia Mille R because you've got 25 extra g's just lyin' around, don'tcha?
don'tcha?

For the real answer

sv 650, honda 599, suzuki gs500f, etc. Whatever you do, don't buy new. Saves money and worries about dropping.

Otherwise

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Welcome to the site.

Get a 919.

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First things first. Alex, what does your budget say about the bike you can afford?

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you're better off starting with a Honda 599

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Welcome to the site.

Get a 919.

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Think if we chanted 9!-1!-9! over and over, we could have ragdoll institutionalized ?

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I think you would get more than a poke in the eye. He doesn't live too far from you.

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Welcome to the forum, Alex. Good luck with your decision -- the research and the shopping are half the fun!

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Welcome to the site!

'02 Honda 919 - She's the only one for me!

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Welcome Alex, glad you showed up here, we help you out, we have much information we share

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Do what I did. Ride an ol' piece of crap that you can fall in love with for a year or two. Keep researching your ideal bike...experience on the road will help hone this, you can't be expected to know what you want right now. After you have a year or so, and a couple thousand miles under your belt, then upgrade to something with more power, more capability, more what you're looking for.

In my case, I went from MSF to a 1978 Honda CB550K that leaked oil over my left boot, to a 2006 Honda 919 that I couldn't be happier with. If I had gotten the 919 right away, I probably, nay definently would have hurt myself.
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Do what I did. Ride an ol' piece of crap that you can fall in love with for a year or two. Keep researching your ideal bike...experience on the road will help hone this, you can't be expected to know what you want right now. After you have a year or so, and a couple thousand miles under your belt, then upgrade to something with more power, more capability, more what you're looking for.

In my case, I went from MSF to a 1978 Honda CB550K that leaked oil over my left boot, to a 2006 Honda 919 that I couldn't be happier with. If I had gotten the 919 right away, I probably, nay definently would have hurt myself.
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Similar case, but insert '83 CB750.

The only problem is the way older bikes ride compared to new bikes. I would look for something relatively new, say '00. Still in good shape and depreciated to affordability.

Welcome and enjoy!


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post #18 of 25 Old 07-06-2007, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. as far as style f riding and bike, I ve been looking at sport touring, i.e. FZ6, 599, zr7, yzf600r, bandits, things of that sort.

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Thanks for all the replies. as far as style f riding and bike, I ve been looking at sport touring, i.e. FZ6, 599, zr7, yzf600r, bandits, things of that sort.
All those are great bikes, I only suggest finding a used one. You can almost always get a good ROI from a used bike.

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Thanks. I will definitely be buying used for my first bike. Out of thos previously mentioned bikes, what would you choose, keeping in mind insurance, and other expenses that go a long with owning a bike.

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Check with your insurance company, and find out how they rate motorcycle coverage. Cover all your bases before you begin shopping for a bike. It will help the decision along.

Here, in NC, they base insurance rates for bikes based on their displacement, and then they look at the general vehicle history of the rider, age, experience, etc... In other words, a 600 will usually be cheaper to cover than a 750 or 1000cc. Also, since you graduated the MSF, that should give you a discount on your insurance.

What is your budget for the bike?

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Check out Progressive, they've got good rates here in NY. Not sure about VT.

http://www.progressive.com/

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Thanks. I will definitely be buying used for my first bike. Out of thos previously mentioned bikes, what would you choose, keeping in mind insurance, and other expenses that go a long with owning a bike.
All of the bikes listed have their strong and weak points. Asking someone else "what would you buy" is a very subjective statement of which you need to make your own decision. The vast majority of the big 4 (Japanese makes) are pretty well put together and thought out. That being said if you find an example that has been properly maintained you should be able to wring out quite a few learning miles and smiles without major issues.




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The fact of the matter is that if you are a new rider, you probably aren't going to notice the subtle nuances between these bikes anyway. Your goal with your first bike should be to master basic techniques. Stopping, cornering, downshifting, position in the lane while in traffic and basic defensive driving (you should be more defensive when riding your bike than when in a car). Basic control and comfort with the machine is what you are after. All of the other stuff will come later and when it does, go get something that suits your taste at that time.

Just my 2 cents.

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And, since you are in Vermont, you can stop by the NE BBQ in a couple of weeks. Confirm w/ MisterMike first.

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