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Old 06-14-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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Possible first bike?? Advice opinions

So having a roommate with a harley has been a terrible experience. I hear him leaving for rides almost everynight and I want to join. Now I have no previous experience on a bike and the thought of a twist throttle makes me crinch (being a quad rider with a thumb throttle).

I went and test rode a late 80's suzuki Katana 600 thinking an older bike would be better for when it falls, gets in an accident, maybe an older bike i can have both feet on the ground, or w/e cuz its inexpensive. I did a lil research and found out they are a lil bit of a piggy: 460lbs ish, not the most power: claim 80hp and around 40ft/lbs, but cheap and a well rounded bike from what i have read.

What do you riders think? I know they are better bikes but this one is very inexpensive to get into. I will most likely be taking the motorcycle course later this yr if I buy a bike or not.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:55 PM   #2
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How about something like an early 90's Yamaha FZR? They are relatively cheap and easy to ride, I had one as my first bike about 7 years ago and no complaints.
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While I hear an early cbr is a great bike to learn on, similiar with the fzr I havent been able to find one priced on the same level
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just buy my RR in a month or so
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No way in hell can I 2 foot a newer cbr. I am way too short for that lol
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my wife can do it , and shes quite a bit shorter then i am..

unless your under 5 foot 5... u should be set
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under 5'5". do you know Zumbo? He's 4 flat
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under 5'5". do you know Zumbo? He's 4 flat
You mean square right?? Cuz doesnt matter if I am laying down or standing up or how wide its 4.



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sry. hah
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Have you thought of going Harley?

Personally, I'd want either that or a Motard.
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hahah ok nevermind then
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:07 AM   #12
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in all honesty, spend as much as you possibly can to get as new of a bike as you can. bike technology advances at a rate not seen in any other auto industry, and that technology directly affects/improves the riders relationship with the bike and the road.

the improvements made to mid-late 90s bikes over late 80s-early 90s bikes are increadable. brakes, suspension, ballance, weight distribution, power delivery and refinement and simple ride-ability are so much better its indescribable. its enough of a reason to spend the extra $1500-$2000 on a newer bike, and thats not even including the obvious reasons to buy newer of reliability and work needed.


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in all honesty, spend as much as you possibly can to get as new of a bike as you can. bike technology advances at a rate not seen in any other auto industry, and that technology directly affects/improves the riders relationship with the bike and the road.

the improvements made to mid-late 90s bikes over late 80s-early 90s bikes are increadable. brakes, suspension, ballance, weight distribution, power delivery and refinement and simple ride-ability are so much better its indescribable. its enough of a reason to spend the extra $1500-$2000 on a newer bike, and thats not even including the obvious reasons to buy newer of reliability and work needed.


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to echo what mike just stated, the newer the bike the better.. advancments are so vast the newer you go.. for example, my previous bike was a 2006 cbr600rr... fairly stock..i now ride a 2004 cbr 600 rr... visualy the bike looks the same.. take a ride on it.. and there is a world of dif. in the two bikes.. now go back a few years more and its even more evident
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I took a Monster out on Ducati-test-ride day.

I luv'd it.
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yup but for 1100 i dont think i can really loose money if i sell it later on. I just need something for me to get use to a twist throttle and wont hurt my feelings if/when i drop it. shes at the house. need to get some ins, my learners, and a plate then some gear from the gf back home and should be ready to rock and roll.
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ahh it even has a hand bag to match. shawn thats awesome. when did you get the new ride?
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I bought the bike the other night for $1100.

I got the bill of sale that night and forgot the vechile reg. He dropped the reg off today at work and said he was in a hurry and left. I look over the reg only to see that its rebuilt.

Dont you have to disclose that as a seller?

Guess I should have asked for that shit first. f#ck
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If its a pita to insure I guess ill find an old quad and do a swap for a sand drag machine.
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or phone him up, yell at him for about 45 minutes, then ghost ride the bike into his house

and beat his ass and make sure you get $1100 worth of fun out of it
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Why is it that I like Jeff's idea best?
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Similar happend to me a few years ago.
"No accidents" on the bike, make a deal, I go get the money, came back and fortunately I took a quick glance at the registration before handing over the cash and saw the same thing: REBUILT. I was like "WTF" and then basically then the real story starts coming out: "it was just the fairings and the fork", and had the nerve to be all offended when I walked.

Buying used sucks, especially when it comes to bikes. You have no idea what the last clown did to it.
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time for some renthal bars, a sawzall, and a can of flat black. streetfighter the fuck out of that thing and it might not be such a bad purchase haha
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