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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-07-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Fairly tall need advice

hi all im 6'4 and 250lbs and i was wondering a good first bike
either a light SS, something thats ok for noobs
or i was thinking the 2011 KLR 650..
not crazy about the looks of the KLR but i can do anything with it(except pick up chicks)....not that its important or anything cause it aint, but just saying lol

so whats a good tame SS out there? something thats not to harsh
my buddy was saying get the 250 but i was like hmm
not to sure if i can fit on it, and with my weight id be going nowhere fast

any ideas?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 12:42 PM
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I see you mentioned "first bike" so I would suggest ruling out a supersport. The 250 is not going to be as bogged down by your weight as much as you might think.

If you're convinced that you need something in the 600cc class to start, then a 650 twin is your best bet. It's tame enough to learn on, but capable enough that it won't become "boring" as your riding skills progress.

Take the MSF, gear up, and be safe.

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i need to pick up some gear this week
what should i be looking for in terms of quality?
whats a good name brand for helmets etc?
theres so many types of helmets out there its crazy
is there a difference between a $200 helm or an $800 one?
would they protect the same?
what price range should i be looking at to get good quaity gear?
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There are almost as many contentions when discussing helmets as there are motor oil. All helmets sold that are DOT approved will protect your head during a crash, and if you live in a helmet-optional state, wearing any helmet is better than not wearing one. Snell-approved helmets are tested to higher forces, but in practical applications it probably doesn't matter much. The difference between Snell vs. non-Snell helmets is tiny compared to helmet vs. no helmet.

The best thing you can do is pick a helmet that fits you well and will not be a distraction while riding. Do not under any circumstances buy a helmet that you have not tried on. Go to a big m/c store and try on lots of helmets from lots of brands and pick one that fits right. You don't want to be adjusting your helmet while riding because it doesn't really fit you right.

The additional cost of the more expensive brands is usually in materials and features. I liked my old HJC helmet just fine, but the extra cost of my newer Arai helmet was well worth it. The lining is much more comfortable and it fogs less than the HJC.

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