Hey guys, new member here. Howdy!
I've decided to enter the wonderful world of bikes, signed up for my beginner MSF course next weekend. I'm getting stoked. I called a few insurance companies to get some ballpark quotes for myself and found Geico to be the lowest at 1400/year. Progressive was 3000+ and state farm wouldn't insure me unless I had another policy with them (vehicle or otherwise). (I told him I'd be on a 500cc bike fyi)
I've read the page on good first motorcycles: http://www.chuckhawks.com/good_first_motorcycles.htm
Comes in handy and scares me off of getting anything stronger than a 500cc. The bikes the guy there advised for in the 500cc range are: Buell Blast, Kawasaki Vulcan 500, Suzuki GS500E and the Yamaha Virago 535. What do you guys think of these bikes?
I've never ridden before and my stats are:
20 yrs old
I'm very calm on the road and don't get overcome by testosterone to drive crazy (in cars) on the road...I think I can handle a bike. After next weekends 3 days MSF course I'll know whether I can or not.
Anyways, I want to start looking for used bikes in the 250-500cc range fairly soon. ( http://www.cycletrader.com/index.html
) or by going to dealerships...do dealerships sell used bikes like car dealerships?
I'm looking to spend under $5000 for the bike alone. What's going to be a good bike to drive in LA and LA traffic (good handling) and hopefully some casual day trips around LA area.
What're some advice on equipment also? is there any online resource that has good reviews of equipment? Any brand names that stick out more than others? how much ballpark does an entry level rider generally spend on a full setup ?(sans bike and insurance)