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InvisibleMadSeasonAbove
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Re: Motorcycles [Re: frith]
    #14674204 - 06/26/11 10:05 AM (13 years, 21 days ago)

The cruisers are less maneuverable, yes, but least you have respect for the bike, this is because the bike weighs a lot.  The idiot kids that ride the crotch rockets are usually the people you end up reading about.

Around here, the cops eye the crotch rockets.  I've heard a cop say that they aren't worried about the cruisers.

Here's a pic of my bike(not an actual pic, but they're identical)



She handles great, it's low center of gravity and perfect engine balancing is what makes this bike ideal for me.

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: MadSeasonAbove]
    #14674219 - 06/26/11 10:10 AM (13 years, 21 days ago)

thats a damn nice bike dude.

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: MadSeasonAbove]
    #14674238 - 06/26/11 10:19 AM (13 years, 21 days ago)

Bikes aren't particularly dangerous if you ride them right; this means being observant 100% of the time.

I am always really put off by people who recommend 600+ machines to people to start off on.  WHY?  The speed limit is 65 MPH.  The speed limit is a retarded government rule but a beginner on a motorcycle really has NO REASON to be going in excess of 70-80 MPH *EVER* within their first 2-5 years of driving.


Why in the fuck do you need to accelerate from 0-60 in 8-10 seconds instead of 12-15 seconds?  Why do you need a machine capable of a top speed of 150 or 200 mph instead of 100 mph?

Why?  What are you trying to do?  More importantly, what are you trying to have a newcomer do to themselves?



Riding in the city is many times more dangerous than riding on the highway or in suburban areas/large road; always be observant 100%.

Make sure you get licensed.  Also I'd highly recommend an MSF course.  THey usually last a few weeks and there is written work and driving tests.

Your first bike *has* to be a used one because you *will* drop the bike.  It's a part of life.  I wouldn't spend more than 1500 or so on my first bike.  I've had my 250 rebel for 3 years now and put around 6k miles on it and the only thing I've had to do is regular oil and spark plug changes along with the occasional inner-tube.  I'm in bad need of a front tire but my rear tire is still in very good shape.  I could use a brake change but it isn't necessary at this point.

Make sure if you're going to buy the bike to spend $300-500ish on supplementary gear.  Get a good helmet for 100-200, pref not above $150 and the rest should be spent on protective gear.  Learn which parts get damaged in a crash and cover them.  Feet, hands legs and arms should be clothed and protected with abrasion-resistant material that's backed up with metal plates.




And last but certainly not least; go out there and have fun.  You save a ton on gas, you're far more maneuverable and it's a very free, uninhibited feeling to be driving a bike.  Make sure you get insurance and an insurance policy in the name of someone you care about just in case.  They might as well get paid...


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: Dosile Kouki]
    #14674572 - 06/26/11 11:51 AM (13 years, 21 days ago)

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Humility said:
Why in the fuck do you need to accelerate from 0-60 in 8-10 seconds instead of 12-15 seconds?  Why do you need a machine capable of a top speed of 150 or 200 mph instead of 100 mph?



Mine is an 1100 and it doesn't come close to topping at 150, maybe 115.  I would much rather have the torque if the situation needs it (e.g someone coming from behind about to ram you, or someone intruding your lane unexpectedly and you have no where to go but forward) that shit happens.

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Why?  What are you trying to do?  More importantly, what are you trying to have a newcomer do to themselves?




Say what?  Are you saying I am trying to get someone hurt? That bike was my first bike, ever.  You can kill yourself at 25 mph, wtf does engine size have to do with it?  You should know the chances anytime you sit your ass on the seat of a two wheeled vehicle that you may wreck.

Maybe you should get a moped if you don't like a good sized bike.  Why would I buy a small bike, and in a year(if that) I am going to want something bigger?  The value depreciates, and you're the one getting hosed in the end.

This is advice from experience.   


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thats a damn nice bike dude.

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Thanks man, I love it.  I've put 45,000 miles on it since I bought it and never once had any major mechanical problems other than some gaskets and seals wearing out.  It's an easy bike to work on too.

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: Dosile Kouki]
    #14675627 - 06/26/11 03:54 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

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DosileFlynn said:
thats a damn nice bike dude.

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Sooo nice....that is almost exactly what I want. What is it?

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: fazdazzle]
    #14676311 - 06/26/11 06:26 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

MadSeason, bike prices, at least for used vehicles and especially so for starter models, tend to stay relatively solid due to next year's crop of riders needing a poop machine to practice on.

I looked up the stats on your V-star and was quite surprised that an 1100 is only doing 100-110 mph max.  My 250 rebel sails at 85 and can do 90ish downhill; if I changed up the sprockets and chain and got a new set of tires I've heard people doing 100ish.

Big bikes just feel quite unnecessary to me.  I am however a city driver and not really a big highway or touring guy.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: Humility]
    #14676559 - 06/26/11 07:20 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

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Humility said:
Big bikes just feel quite unnecessary to me.  I am however a city driver and not really a big highway or touring guy.



QFT.

I just moved to Chicago. I think I'm going to try and find an old Triumph Bonneville. Beautiful machine.



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Re: Motorcycles [Re: frith]
    #14676607 - 06/26/11 07:35 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

Man that sky blue looks sexy as all outside.  Reminds me of manta rays and the water.

That bike would be fucking *perfect* for a coastal/beach city like Miami .


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: Humility]
    #14677361 - 06/26/11 10:07 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

+1 on ducati. if you can afford it...

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: eastcoastremedy]
    #14677530 - 06/26/11 10:39 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

Ha!  I wouldn't want to get a Ducati for my first bike and then end up crying when I put it down.

The will probably be looking at the "cruiser" type of bikes for my first one as it will mainly be used for going up and down the freeway.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: Dank_Trichome]
    #14677651 - 06/26/11 11:03 PM (13 years, 21 days ago)

first bike- buy based on price. If you can find a decent old honda or yamaha for $1000 or less, I'd say that's a good place to start. guaranteed you're gonna lay it down a few times, so something that looks a little rough but runs good is always a good call. I'd start by looking on craigslist or something- make sure when you go to check it out that dude starts it, and drives it for you- make sure all gears are in good shape, you know, kick the tires.

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