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Hey all, new to the boards and new to riding.

Well, that's a bit of a lie. I can't say I'm new to riding, as I haven't ridden yet. Not unless you count riding a few times when I was 16 or 17 on an old dirtbike that lasted about a week before my buddies and I destroyed it. I don't.

So, at age 31, I guess I'm coming into the scene a bit late. So, have at least another month or two before I will actually buy a bike, do to several factors in my life at the moment. One of which is recovering from an injury.(almost all healed up:thumb: )

Plan on taking the MSF course ASAP, have been looking around for some riding gear. Though this is proving to be a bit of a problem. Where I live, I have a very limited inventory to check out. So, have to rely on internet, which is nice, except I can't try anything on.

After the MSF course, plan on going ahead and buying a new bike. Again, where I live, options are limited. Have a few dealers nearby(Suzuki, Yamaha, Buell, Kawasaki within a 45min. drive), but, none really deal much in used bikes. Besides, I'd rather buy new. Not enough differece in price between a new and a used bike to make that a deciding factor, and insurance isn't much of a problem either. So, given my options, new it will likely be.

And speaking of bikes, the Suzuki SV650S has really stood out to me. Back when I was first looking around, I got to sit on one, and I loved it's feel. That was a '06 model. The new '08 model has really grabbed my attention. Haven't seen one in person yet, but, from what I see on the web I like.

Anyway, good to be here and look forward to talking with you guys. Have checked in here occassionally and read through and there is a great wealth of knowledge here. Very handy.

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The 650 is a great starter. I'd search for a used one, just not to take as big a loss when it comes time to upgrade. But if rolling around on a shiney bike is worth a grand or two to you, than by all means!


Edit: Dealers rarely deal with used bikes. There isnt enought money in it. The only used bikes they got are trade ins, and they try to get out of taking inventory of those as well. Search the classifieds, ebay, craigs list, and you should find plenty of used bikes. Just be ware of scams. If you see something too good for too cheap, it is.
 

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Welcome :cheers:

Looking for a used SV-anything I'd hit up svrider.com. It will also provide you a wealth of bike-specific information.
 

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Thanks guys.

Riding around on a shiny new bike doesn't really figure into it, really. I've searched and there's nothing within a reasonable distance. So, if I'm going to get one, it's going to have to be new.

Besides, if I'm going to spend 5-6k on a used bike, I may as well dish out the extra 1-2k and get new. I'm going to take a loss either way, so may as well get something I know is in good shape, rather than something that up and decides to quit on me in a month and then I'm on my own.

Right now, though, my focus is mostly on some gear. For the MSF course closest to me, you need to provide your own jacket and gloves, so looking. Saw a Shift Racing jacket I liked today at a dealership. The Streetfighter jacket. It's a leather/textile hybrid. Any experience with that kind of jacket, or advice regarding them?
 

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Welcome to the site! :hello:
 

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It sounds like you're on the right track. Not being able to try on different models of helmets is a huge bummer. It will be almost pure luck for you to just mail order one and have it just right.

the SV is a great bike and the MSF is definately a good move. Starting "late" at 31 is probably going to work to your overall advantage.... other than the missed years of riding but you know what I mean :huh: anyway, welcome :cheers:
 

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For gear check out newenough.com. Cheap prices, pretty good reviews (they review the gear so you get more than just the manufacturers info), and great service
 

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Vash said:
For gear check out newenough.com. Cheap prices, pretty good reviews (they review the gear so you get more than just the manufacturers info), and great service
+1
I've bought and sold with them and been happy everytime
 

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HondaNut! said:
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I've bought and sold with them and been happy everytime
Since their store is only 2hrs from here, I went to buy a few things in person not too long ago. They are really friendly, but I was suprised how small the place was considering how popular they are.
 

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Yeah, I've been looking over NewEnough.com, as well. And others: Motorcycle-superstore.com, Ridegear.com and Cyclegear.com.

As far as helmets go, I've found a couple I really like at local dealerships. Question, though. How -should- a helmet fit?

Same with a jacket. How should they fit?
 

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Pick the smallest helmet you can fit your head thru. It should be pretty damn uncomfortable. It will break in and get comfortable after a few weeks. If you start with a helmet that is comfortable, you will end up with one that is too loose and makes too much noise.

More than any other gear, quality helmets are worth the extra money. Things to pay attention to, weight and lack of protruding things that will wistle at speed. For some strange reason, that high pitched noise causes most of the fatigue. You can literally ride twice as far in a day if you get ear plugs.

Jackets should be tight, but not too uncomfortable so. They too will brake in after a while, but it takes some time to break in a leather jacket. If you are buying textiles, just get in in a comfotable size. In either case you dont want something too loose, it has to keep the armor at the proper impact points and not let it slide around.
 

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Thanks, Vash.

I had figured they should be somewhat tight fitting. Common sense that you don't want anything that's suppose to be protecting you to be loose.

So: Jacket, Gloves, MSF and Bike. Almost there :cheers:
 

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1+ to vash

also, if your jacket is too loose, it will tend to flap around on you and its pretty darn annoying.

Those hybrid jackets from shift are pretty darn good. Very light and flexible. I'm thinking of buying one myself
 
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