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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-10-2002, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to Billy2stroke for this weeks poll.

I learned to ride on a 70cc Honda Dirt bike. My first street bike was 600cc.

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Harley Davidson 50cc Minibike.

Man, that thing would be worth some bucks now. I sure wish I would have kept it.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-14-2002, 02:46 PM
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50cc Suzuki, but I quickly moved UP to a Honda S90!

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-16-2002, 05:11 PM
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My first bike was a Ninja 500, then the bike I really LEARNED on was a GS 500. I think they were both 498cc. Great, easy to ride, low maintenance. That and I only paid $1000 for each of them.

Then again, if you want to get picky, before anything else I had a 1970 Honda SL100 that taught me about motorcycle maintenance and all the basics of motorcycle parts.
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-16-2002, 09:23 PM
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Long long ago.

I learned to ride on a 75cc kawasaki dirtbike. But the last time I rode that was about 15 years ago. Just recently decided to start street riding and wanted to get a cbr600 but coulden't find a decent one for under $5k so ended up getting a cbr900 instead. Fun so far and no real problems, just gotta show it a lot of respect.
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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-21-2002, 01:56 PM
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Rode all kinds of dirt bikes
Let's see first street bike was and still is a Kawi 250R
Well the 500 is ugly compared to the Canadian 250R
Itís a peg scraping, ride it like you stole it machine.
Another big reason: every one that I've talk to who went out and bought a brand new 600 supersport ended up crashing it. Not to mention that scared themselves enough that they'll never ride a bike again. Hence why it's so easy to find a year old 600 that been crashed or dropped.
I can also push the bike to it's limits and bend some of the laws of physics with ease. Which is really fun.

But now it's time to move on and buy a 600

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-18-2003, 05:49 AM
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My 1st. ride was on my friends home made Mini-bike. No throtle just some wire off a coat hanger. Ran in to a century Cactus in his backyard.
And the dye was cast. I was 8 yrs old That was 40 yrs. ago and since then i have owned a bunch of street and dirt bikes. But i have never been without a bike and don't think i ever will...
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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 06:29 AM
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I'm still on my first one! But, oh, how I wish to upgrade....

I mean, who isn't over all the neons, spinners, and other assorted accessories that fit the latest bikes?

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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 05:50 PM
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A ke100 would have been a great bike except I had to tighten the chain every week put oil in it every two weeks and a whole bunch of other crap that was always wrong with it. Plus when I forgot to turn the gas off gas leaked all over the basment floor and the rest of house smelled like gas for a week. But the good part about all this is a first bike with high maintnace means not only do you get experaince rideing but you also get experaince in fixing it every other week.
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-15-2003, 07:10 PM
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I`ll reccomend the 500 to any one I talk to thats looking for a first bike. Its plenty fast for a beginner, its easy to ride, comfertable seating (if you like that sort of thing), sounds nice with a different exhaust, can do wheelies once you know how it responds to different inputs and what not (only from slow rolls though) and handles just fine for a beginner. I`ve had mine since may, and am finally ready for a bigger one, I just need the $$$ to switch up. The only reason I see to move up from the 500 is real suspension, better brakes, and more options (TIRES!!!!), other than that, I have no problem running the hell out of it through the twisties, and its held up well enough to hit my exhaust on a corner, and drag my fairing (aftermarket) more than once (thats on Pirelli sport tourers, too).

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