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    #5479847 - 04/04/06 04:57 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

I'm thinking of buying one, for the summer season.  I can handle the licensing thing on my own so what I'm here to ask is:

Should I get a learner bike first?  I've been told that you'll generally lay the bike down a few times in your first year... I've ridden dirt bikes up to 150 or 200cc (can't remember) so I'm familiar with off road riding...

How many cc should I be looking for?

What should I know when buying a bike?

What's insurance like (I'm in Canada)?

I'm open to comments for or against bikes as well :laugh:


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5479863 - 04/04/06 05:03 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

what are you looking for? cruiser or street?


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    #5479940 - 04/04/06 05:42 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

street I think...

I don't anticipate going on to many long journeys with it...


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5479964 - 04/04/06 05:51 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

If you have the money consider a Ducatti :drooling:

If youre leaning towards the more afordable side, suzuki has a good selection... Honda cruisers kickass in my opinion... Go for something 6 speed... Youre ready for it... Trust me, theres nothing worse than getting stuck with a 'learners bike'


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    #5480020 - 04/04/06 06:08 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480028 - 04/04/06 06:10 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Insurance don't know. But if you get a street bike the Yamaha R6 is the way to go. It is a 600cc. They are easy to ride and suupppeeeerrrrrrrr fast.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480061 - 04/04/06 06:20 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Dont buy a new bike. im a little bit leniant on cc's.. i think a 600cc sport bike is fine if you understand and respect the power that you will be dealing with. what kind of bike do you want a full on sport bike with fairing, a naked sport bike,cruiser,hog?

I dont know what you mean by you handling the liscence on your own but i HIGHLY recomend that you take a motorcyle saftey course. I dont know what its called in canada but here its MSF


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    #5480093 - 04/04/06 06:27 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

yea i agree with buckwheat... take a safety course, youll learn need tricks youll fine useful later on like the zig zags and what not...

um im too young so insurance is wayyyy to expensive... + my liscense is currently suspended :ashamed:

doesnt stop me from riding though... i go  :hotidea: on the streets


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480097 - 04/04/06 06:28 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Don't start out small, you'll outgrow it fast and regret it. The 600cc class bikes are fun and nimble (Honda F4i) but if you plan to be riding 40+ miles a day, the cramped position can get to you. Standard bikes are great because they have an upright seating position, and the handlebars are easily within reach. Check out the Honda Nighthawk 750--an extremely affordable, good first bike with decent power. Dirt cheap to insure as well. Buy used privately, there's no reason to buy a bike fresh from the dealer unless you're swimming in cash and can't decide what to do with it all. Avoid cruisers unless you want to be lugging around some 700 LB. behemoth. Not fun, and not my style, but some people dig the cruiser scene (no thanks). Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawasaki are equal in reliability nowadays, there's very little difference between the jap manufacturers. Go with them or German (BMW) but buying an American bike is not recommended.

Not sure on Canada, but in the U.S. we have a weekend rider safety course that you can take (optional) that teaches you some skills as a newbie moto rider that might keep you alive out there. That, and you get an insurance break if you passed the course. Highly recommend you take a street rider course, even if you rode dirt. I thought the rider course was corny, but it was so good I ended up taking the advanced. The stuff can save your life, it has mine.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480170 - 04/04/06 06:54 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

In case you might be interested in my opinion, a motorcycle is a very personal type of item and mode of transportation as well as being one of the finest senses of freedom, thrill of risk (just putting yourself on one in traffic is risk enough) and a giver of the realization that you completely control your destiny as you ride. It is a fun, rewarding and mentally therapeutic activity all in one.

Peoples' preferences of bikes will vary with as many people as there are to answer and as many bikes as there are to choose from.

It really comes down to how comfortable you want to be, how fast you want to go, how deep you want to be able to lean into the twisties and what you expect to bring you the most pleasure as eye candy when you admire your bike from afar.

It's a personal decision you need to make for yourself, I think.

Other things to consider are whether you want a bike that can easily and comfortably carry two people and some baggage or if it'll only be required to haul yourself alone.

I suggest going and sitting on all kinds of bikes (they all have a slightly or majorly different feel from each other) and get a feel for the weight, the balance, your position while sitting and in stance (when stradling the bike, you should be able to flat foot it) (both feet flat on the ground) check your comfort and the positioning of controls as compared to where you'd like them to be, etc.

Lastly, consider the looks of the bike and be sure that it makes you a bit excited just anticipating the ride.

My Vmax is for sale, but I wouldn't consider that type of sheer muscle-bike to be one for a beginner.  We all want you to be with us, alive and well, come autumn. :thumbup:

Good luck in your search. :thumbup: :cool:


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    #5480296 - 04/04/06 07:29 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480301 - 04/04/06 07:31 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

do you live in a big metropolitan area? if so, a scooter might serve your needs just fine while being a lot cheaper and safer to boot.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480313 - 04/04/06 07:35 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Go to several dealerships and pretend to be very interested in purchasiong a new or used bike at each one. Sit on as many bikes as you can that appeal to you.

Or, go buy a Vespa scooter, they're kinda trendy now. :wink:


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    #5480330 - 04/04/06 07:40 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480340 - 04/04/06 07:41 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

ah ok, in that case a bigger bike would probably suit you better. the only bike i've ridden on that made a big impression on me was a Ducati 9something - beautiful bike, but way too big for a person of my stature.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480344 - 04/04/06 07:42 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

well i would get a cruiser exclusively... I dont know much about street bikes. But for cruisers I talked to my dad and he said to get something around 600-800 cc and it will have enough kick to keep me occupied for a while but not be too much either.


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Re: Motorcycles [Re: blink]
    #5480413 - 04/04/06 08:03 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

hehe the xerox replica is like 30 grand. forget about that one waay too much power .. or any ducati for a first bike if you drop them=lots of money.

sounds like you want something comfortable? newer race replicas are very uncomforable. the honda cbr600f4i has a banana seat if you want a sport bike thats what i would get honda reliability and toughness.stunters use them cause they dont fall apart when you drop them like yamahas and suzukis.

if you want a naked sport bike then the suzuki sv650 is the one i would get.



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