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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-14-2005, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation ATTN: A must-read for all new riders!

You're a new rider, you've got questions... Read this first!

http://www.chuckhawks.com/good_first_motorcycles.htm
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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-19-2005, 09:50 AM
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Made it stick!

Good info Dan-o!

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post #4 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-19-2005, 11:32 AM
 
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While Dan still gets my worthless vote for emperor of america, I think that article is abit over the top.
1. Whats the guys deal against sportbikes? Good for nothing but the track? Cant commute? Please I've done over 800mi/day on mine and I remember several cruiser buddies begging for a rest couse their arms were going numb. But I'll forgive the guy this point.
2. I am a big proponent of a starter bike. Not starter bikes. IMO the avrg newbe needs a season on something that isnt a race replica. In all honesty one crash (not severe) during that season does wonders. After that most people either figure out that riding isnt for them, or are ready for a full on sport bike if their heart so desires. 125's are great for the msg course, but there is no reason to get one of them, than sell it and get a 250, so that you can than trade it up to a 500. Really, thats way over the top. The GS500 or the EX500 is a fine starter bike. Sure they go 100mph and thats plenty fast to get into trouble. But starter bikes are not a cure for stupidity, just lack of expirience.

My first bike was a 750zephyr, which is a UJM looking standart/cruiser. It would do 120 if you tuck in just right and get some tail wind. It was the first bike I ever rode, and it terrified me when it came time to turn it. It weighed somewhere around 550lbs, and one person could definetly pick it up. Which does bring up a valid point. If you cant pick up your motorcycle, you shouldnt be riding it.




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post #5 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-19-2005, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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While Dan still gets my worthless vote for emperor of america, I think that article is abit over the top.
1. Whats the guys deal against sportbikes? Good for nothing but the track? Cant commute? Please I've dont over 800mi/day on mine and I remember several cruiser buddies begging for a rest couse their arms were going numb. But I'll forgive the guy this point.
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Thank you for your continued support!

I think the author did a good job of defining many of the concerns and realities of being a new rider as it relates to the different types of bikes. Of course, we're all different and what may be comfortable to me may not be comfortable to you. For instance, Vash kisses Tippmann and I'm just not into that.

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post #6 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 12:46 PM
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...If you cant pick up your motorcycle, you shouldn't be riding it...
Wow, bold statement!

Not everyone wants to ride a feather-weight sports bike. eg: Are you suggesting that you can't ride a Gold-Wing unless you can lift it?




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post #7 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 01:24 PM
 
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Yes I am.
I've seen some pretty small guys lift goldwings. It just takes a proper tecnique



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What do you mean by lift?


Just getting a wheel up, or being able to pick the entire bike up?
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From the point where you get up thinking *what the hell did just happen?* to the point where you are on your bike and riding again. I've never tried to pick up a goldwing, but I have picked up some pretty big harleys, and I'm not that big (155lbs). So I think that the proper way to pick up a bike should be toght at MSF (if it isnt already) and that if you are too small (like 5'2" 100lbs) than stay away from really big bikes.



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What do you mean by lift?


Just getting a wheel up, or being able to pick the entire bike up?
Bike's on its side, you have to get it upright.
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