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User currently offlineBowflexBrennan From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5167 times:

I am just about to get my motorcycle licence, and I am enrolled in a rider's safety/learner course. I intend to buy a bike within a month or so, and that's where I would appreciate some help. I'm looking for something lower powered, 500cc's at the max, nothing really big and bulky, something easier to handle, just a nice learners bike. My budget is at the most $5,000 cdn. Idealy I would like a sport/racing bike, but due to their price, my inexperience, and the cost of insurance, I can't see that happening for a number of years. I like some of the cruisers and standard bikes, even some of the classics, especially some of the new Triumphs.

So basically, I'd like a nice learners bike, that isn't going to break the bank, is going to be low or relativley low on insurance, and is somewhat asthetically pleasing.

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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

Take a look at a Honda Shadow Spirit. Only thing is, the smallest engine they make is 750 but if you're anything like I was when I bought my first bike way back when (Honda 400) it won't be long before you'll be longing for something with more power. The Spirit has a slightly larger seat than usual and the pegs are slightly forward rather than straight down like other bikes so that your legs are slightly extended while riding. It makes for a nice, comfortable ride. I have the 1100 (1999). Of the 6 bikes I've owned, this one is by far the best. I added a windshield (a must for long trips), a back rest, and some removable bags. It's my primary mode of transportation (mainly due to it's excellent gas mileage and being able to use the carpool lanes).

Also, you might be able to save some $$$ if you buy a model that is a year older (like buying an 06 model rather than an 07). Not a used bike, just one that didn't sell last year that the dealer still has. Good luck and ride safely.


User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5149 times:

I have a Shadow 750. Fantastic bike for the first time rider: You have the engine size to keep up with road and highway traffic while carrying a passenger or bags, and its relatively lightweight which will help as you get used to handling and make dropping it (you will) a more forgiving mistake. It's my only vehicle and let me say it's the best way to get around. I have bags that hold a full order of groceries, and I did my first road trip this past Christmas: 300 miles down to Miami and back.

Get good quality clothing with weatherproofing: You'll need it.

I bought a brand-new previous year model from the dealer who cut me a good deal. Go for that if you can find one.

The Shadow VLX has a 580cc engine, and is about $5,700USD new. That might be a good option to go.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5148 times:

Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
my inexperience,

Motorcycle riders come in two categories, those that have been down and those that will go down. Itsjustme advice is very sound, I don't know if I would start with a 400, in this day and age more power would be helpful. (In Ontario, good bike riding weather 2 months a year  mischievous  ). Pay attention in class, drive carefully..


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5135 times:

Oh bullsh*t on the big bikes to start. You know, this big cc thing is ridiculous. I own bikes from 100-1200cc. Reality is, you can do just fine with 250 in most every situation besides long distance cruising and even then, many still do it.

Brennan, the ultimate beginners bike is a Kawasaki EX250 Ninja. It is in the sport bike configuration that you desire, enough torque to zip you around in city riding, just enough top end for short highway stints, but not enough power to get you in serious trouble.

By learning to ride on a smaller bike, you will learn skills instead of depending on the throttle. You will become a better rider and you will learn how to brake and use your throttle properly. The bikes are cheap, they are proven reliable, the model has been around for many years, parts are plentiful, and they are nimble and FUN. Did I mention 70mpg? They can be had all day long for $1500-2000US used or $3000US new. If you do outgrow it, you won't lose anything on a used bike, they hold their value very well. There is also a 500cc model.

Kawasaki did introduce an upgraded model of that bike in Canada about two years ago that looks very desirable. I'm not sure what they call them there, but here is everything you need to know about the venerable Ninja 250. http://ninja250.kingston.net/board/

I've been riding 30+ years and have had many bikes of all sizes but in the end, I ended up gravitating to the smaller bikes. They are simply more practical and more fun.


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

For what its worth, I started out riding a 50cc two stroke scooter (I had no previous two-wheel experice save for my mountain bike). Roughly 2600 miles later, it still runs good. Top speed in good conditions (zero wind, level ground) was about 40mph. Not a long distance machine by any stretch of the imagination, but perfect for local riding in my area.

But after two years, I wanted more power. I purchased a 250cc 4-stroke scoot several months ago for $5200 brand new. Even though it was significantly more powerful than my previous ride, I quickly adapted to it, which says more about the bike's engineering than my abilities as a rider. The only non-scheduled maintenance I've had on this bike was a tire repair due to a nail. I've had it up to 70 mph and found it very stable, but I prefer cruising at 55mph. Not sure if I'd recommend something like this for a first time rider though, but it is doable.

My current ride: Kymco XCiting 250:

The mirrors on mine differ from the picture, though it is the same color.

If I were in your situation, I'd probably be looking at a new/used scoot in the 125cc range.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5095 times:
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Quoting Mham001 (Reply 4):
but not enough power to get you in serious trouble.

Careful with what you say here. Lots of people die every year on bikes and mopeds, so you can certainly get in trouble without lots of power.



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 6):
Lots of people die every year on bikes and mopeds, so you can certainly get in trouble without lots of power.

We just had a guy die from crashing into a car.

Be careful and start with a bike that has less power. Mham001 has a good suggestion.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

I think the suzuki GS500 is a good starter bike. Yes it is a 500, but the power output is only about 35hp. They are cheap to buy and insure, get good mileage, have good handling, and are light enough to be picked up by one person when you drop it. You can get a decent used one for $1000USD. I agree that you don't want to start out on too big a bike, but you want something that is enough to be interesting. I think the Ninja 250/500 also fit this bill. If you can find a Honda CB550, that is another good one to start out with. Above all else, get good gear. Not only a helmet, but gloves, jacket, boots, the works.


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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
I'm looking for something lower powered, 500cc's at the max, nothing really big and bulky



Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
just a nice learners bike. My budget is at the most $5,000 cdn



Quoting BowflexBrennan (Thread starter):
Idealy I would like a sport/racing bike,

Here ya go brother: Suzuki GS500F




Check out the Suzuki Website: http://www.suzukicycles.com/products/GS500FK7/Default.aspx

This bike is $5149 Brand new. You can buy a used 2005 GS500F for around $4G

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I'm a biker myself. I ride an 06 GSXR 600

Good Luck and be safe

Zaki


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
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I have the ultimate beginners' bike that can still satisfy you when you have a couple of years experience. Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is a fabulous bike to ride as it performs, handles, gives good fuel economy and after 3 years I still have a big grin every time I ride it. The only problem might be the price... it is $ 9,299 Canadian.

And don't take any notice of those who say a big bike is dangerous, a 125 will get you killed if you ride it irresponsibly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/fazer.jpg

Oh and one more thing.... buy a Shoei helmet and Dainese leathers.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5056 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
And don't take any notice of those who say a big bike is dangerous, a 125 will get you killed if you ride it irresponsibly

Exactly. Most motorcycle deaths are car vs motorcycle and then it doesn't matter how big of an engine you have. The car is just as hard when you hit it.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5052 times:
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Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 11):
Most motorcycle deaths are car vs motorcycle and then it doesn't matter how big of an engine you have. The car is just as hard when you hit it.

That wasn't the point I was trying to make. It is the disconnect between brain and right wrist that makes a powerful bike dangerous.



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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
And don't take any notice of those who say a big bike is dangerous, a 125 will get you killed if you ride it irresponsibly.



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 11):
Exactly. Most motorcycle deaths are car vs motorcycle and then it doesn't matter how big of an engine you have. The car is just as hard when you hit it.

I think these statements are somewhat reckless. I can draw a direct corelation between motorcycle deaths and speed at impact. Larger engines tend to encourage higher speeds. Higher speeds take a higher level of skill to manage successfully. A new rider probably has not developed these skills. There is a reason most insurance companies won't write a policy for a new rider on a GSXR 1000, but would write one on a GS500.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5034 times:
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Quoting Lowrider (Reply 13):
Larger engines tend to encourage higher speeds. Higher speeds take a higher level of skill to manage successfully. A new rider probably has not developed these skills.

I fully agree, but it also stands true that it's easy to kill yourself on a smaller bike as well. People just gotta drive within their experience either way.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5025 times:
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Quoting Lowrider (Reply 13):
I can draw a direct corelation between motorcycle deaths and speed at impact.

Most studies (real ones) will show that the vast majority of impacts occur at town traffic speeds and are a result of four wheelers. Anyway we are not here to dissuade Mr Bowflex from the fun of biking. If you ride within your limits (and this applies to most things in life) you should have lots of safe fun.



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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5017 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 15):
Anyway we are not here to dissuade Mr Bowflex from the fun of biking.

Agreed. I just don't want him to get into something over his head so he can enjoy a long riding career.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31576 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

The Bajaj Pulsar Oil cooled 200cc DTSi.
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User currently offlineCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

I had riding exprience previously, but the first bike I bought (in highschool) was a Ninja 600R. It was faster than a raped ape and I have the stack of speeding/exhibition of speed tickets to prove it.  Silly

On a serious note, I got hit by a truck two years later. I was doing about 50 mph, the truck was oncoming at about 15 mph. The bastard pulled out right in front of me, and then took off down the street. I was OK, the bike was totalled.

Just last year my cousin was killed instantly when a car made an illegal turn in front of him, sending him into oncoming traffic where he collided with a van coming the opposite direction.

I used to LOVE motorcycles, and can understand those who do as well, but after said experiences, you come to realize that no matter how good you are in riding/driving, there's always that idiot who will ruin your day -- or your life.

Quoting AirCop (Reply 3):
Motorcycle riders come in two categories, those that have been down and those that will go down.

 checkmark 

Yep, that sums it up perfectly

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 4):
Brennan, the ultimate beginners bike is a Kawasaki EX250 Ninja. It is in the sport bike configuration that you desire, enough torque to zip you around in city riding, just enough top end for short highway stints, but not enough power to get you in serious trouble.

A buddy of mine had one of those. They're great fun to ride, but a little too light for my taste -- it was a bit twitchy, and you'd feel every gust of side wind.


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 13):
Larger engines tend to encourage higher speeds.

I strongly disagree. Here's a scenario for you: Two bikers are tooling down the open freeway. One guy is on a Honda Gold Wing which has an engine size of 1830c's. The other guy is on a Ninja ZX with a 900cc engine. Which rider is more apt to be riding like an asshole?


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4980 times:

How many new young riders you see on a Gold Wing? Kawi doesn't make a 900 but a 1000 will just about match that GW in horsepower-with half the weight.

I've seen too many new riders scraped up off the pavement because they were in way over their head riding bikes that are nothing more than race bikes with lights. Even that Fazer with "only" 600ccs has a motor from a race bike, just slightly detuned.

Anyway, its not worth the silly bickering. The OP has laid out his criteria. He's proven himself to be quite sensible and he's gotten a couple of good suggestions that meet his criteria. You people pushing him to to larger faster bikes are simply feeding your own small penis issues. He will become a better rider by listening to his own gut. Once he learns skills, he'll know exactly what kind of bike fits his needs and there will be more bikes to choose from than he knows what to do with.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4969 times:

Get a nice Honda Reflex scooter.

http://rideld.smugmug.com/photos/68578403-L.jpg

They're available as a Buckeye powered parachute, too.

http://www.ulflyingmag.com/oct.web/flite.html



User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
How many new young riders you see on a Gold Wing?

Very few but the statement made was, "Larger engines tend to encourage higher speeds" which is not an accurate assessment.

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
Kawi doesn't make a 900 but a 1000 will just about match that GW in horsepower-with half the weight.

Well, I am sorry but you are wrong. The Ninja ZX-9R has an 899cc engine.

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
You people pushing him to to larger faster bikes are simply feeding your own small penis issues.

Back the truck up their Freud. Just because you might have issues with the size (or lack of) of your penis, doesn't mean the rest of us do. The OP asked for suggestions and he was given suggestions - period. No one is "pushing him" into anything. The bike I suggested, a Honda Shadow with a 750cc engine is hardly a "larger, faster bike".

Maybe you should refrain from posting here until (A) you know a little more about the topic being discussed and (B) you learn to play nice with others.


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
You people pushing him to to larger faster bikes are simply feeding your own small penis issues.

Well I was going to keep quiet since he said he only wanted to spend 5k but that statement is way out of line. I ride a Hyabusa almost every day to and from work. That's 1300cc's of pretty raw power. Have for the past year and half. Before that it was a Honda CBR1000. Before that it was a Honda 900CBR. Before that it was a Yamaha 400 which I had to for two weeks before I took it back. Before that, and my first bike, it was a Kawasaki KZ1000. Get that? I started on a 1000cc bike. I've had one accident in 30 years riding. That was due to a miscommunication between the other driver and I, and no I didn't go down so I guess I'm still waiting. Just because a bike has a large engine or is geared to race specs does not mean a novice cannot handle it. It just means they are going to have to use an inordinate amount of caution when operating it. My Hyabusa starts at 0mph just like the smaller bikes portrayed above. The only difference is that it can get to highway speed and beyond a lot more quickly than a 500cc bike. But it is also true that it doesn't have too either. The only thing that keeps it from doing so is discipline. The bike manufacturer does not supply that, you have to provide that on your own. I don't care if you are riding a rebel 250 or my Busa, if you cannot control yourself and give your full attention to situational awareness you are going to get injured or killed in fairly short order. I enjoy the challenge of the Busa. Even after all the other rockets I've ridden and owned, this one still has a new trick to teach me every so often. Let him get what he wants but don't dissuade him against a big bike by tossing out insulting statements like that one. If you can't handle a high horse powered bike then just do us all a favor and keep it to yourself.


User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 19):
I strongly disagree. Here's a scenario for you: Two bikers are tooling down the open freeway. One guy is on a Honda Gold Wing which has an engine size of 1830c's. The other guy is on a Ninja ZX with a 900cc engine. Which rider is more apt to be riding like an asshole?

Ok, but if you want to compare apples to apples, make it a Kawi ZX6 with a 636 engine and the ZX9. Or you could compare a GL1200 to the 1800. Now back to the point, I think the OP is right for looking at some of the smaller bikes. I would encourage him to buy a used bike for his first ride as well, for the first time you forget to put the sidestand down.



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25 Post contains images 2H4 : I agree 100%. Poor judgment doesn't care how large the engine is. A more powerful motorcycle will do exactly what the rider asks of it. Nothing more,
26 AsstChiefMark : In the EMS field, we call them "Hey ya, bursa." That's due to the tendency for their riders to suffer bilateral open ankle dislocations when the land
27 Post contains images RJdxer : Well, when I get thrown off, which will be the first time I've ever been thrown off, I'll let you know how I land. Once again, discipline rules. If y
28 2H4 : I've noticed this, as well. For some reason, Harley/Hog riders seem to have a tendency to lock up the rear brake, get sideways, release it, then suff
29 Post contains images KaiGywer : Going home in 78 deg yesterday with non-working AC, I really wanted to buy a motorcycle. Went to the dealer and saw a 1996 Honda CBR 600 with 22,000 m
30 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Buy one of these on eBay:
31 Post contains images KaiGywer : Haha, no
32 Jfkspotter : Whatever you get, get LoJack with it- my friend had his 3 week old bike stolen. He called to activiate the LoJack and it was found 12 hours later, 4 h
33 Post contains images KaiGywer : At least if it is of value. Anything I can afford wouldn't get LoJack
34 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Fine. One of these, then. I understand Kawasaki isn't the best police bike.
35 Post contains images N1120A : No, they are usually old and have bad taste . I agree with Itsjustme, it is about experience and riding within your limitations, not about the size o
36 Post contains images KaiGywer : As long as it has a real muffler
37 N1120A : After a rash of motorcycle fatalities linked to increasing regulation of their noise emission, California lifted most regulation on noise.
38 Post contains links and images BR076 : This is the ultimate starters bike, with 185pk at 172 kg , it will give you just enough power to go along with the highway traffic , but it's not in y
39 2H4 : Kai, your comments regarding motorcycle noise seem contradictory. On one hand, you dislike the "Harley" sound, but on the other hand, you suggest tha
40 Airfoilsguy : Bikes I have owned with the last one being the current one Katana 600 CBR 600 CBR 929 SV 1000S The Katana was a great learner bike for me. Not under p
41 Post contains images KaiGywer : I don't know what either of Mark's police bikes have, but I just know that when a Harley drives by and rattles my car, that's too loud. Especially be
42 AsstChiefMark : If cars were as loud as most Harleys, the car drivers would be cited for noise and exhaust violations.
43 Post contains images KaiGywer : Exactly, which is why I won't discriminate once I become a cop You make my car rattle, you get a coupon
44 Post contains images 2H4 : Ah, right...I forgot about that. If I remember correctly, we agreed that a nice, deep sound is one thing, but that it can be taken too far. 2H4
45 Mham001 : I'm sorry but that bike is no longer sold in the US. My statement was they don't make a 900. They don't (at least not for this market) I also have a
46 Halcyon : Summertime soon! I'll get to see all sorts of motorcycles in strange and various positions. Oh those poor riders! A lot of my friends like them, but
47 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Here you go, Kai. You can use it for work AND pleasure!
48 Post contains images 2H4 : There we go...that's better. 2H4
49 Mham001 : That was a joke?
50 Post contains images KaiGywer : Yeah, I don't mind stock Harleys (hell, our PD has one, sounds great). What I hate are people who will rev their engine simply to hear the rattle, an
51 AsstChiefMark : You forgot the push bumper and light bar
52 Post contains links and images KaiGywer : Like this?  http://members.fortunecity.com/nypolicecars/nypd520.html Click the link, Fortunecity didn't like me stealing their bandwidth[Edited 2007
53 Post contains images Airfoilsguy : What is this guy telling us about the size of his penis?
54 Post contains images VonRichtofen : Yeah needing high power to keep up on the highway is typical North American macho bullshit. It's the same with guys who say you need a V8 in order to
55 RJdxer : None of your reply mitigates your original insult. I went back and reread the posts leading up to yours and I do not see anyone "pushing" him to buy
56 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : A nearby police department has two Honda Silverwing police scooters. They have red/blue strobes in the front and rear turn signal housings, a 100-watt
57 Post contains links KaiGywer : I of course can't answer for ShyFlyer, but they do indeed have a dealer network: http://www.kymcousa.com/dealers/dealerlocator.asp
58 RJdxer : For how long? And when did your ass and hands stop vibrating once you got off? Are you seriously suggesting that a 125cc bike could go say from Bilox
59 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Those 250 cc Silverwings and Reflex scooters do 75 mph. I have a 1984 Honda Aero 125 cc (two-stroke) in desparate need of a tune-up and I cruise alon
60 Post contains images KaiGywer : I love your shopping basket Mark
61 Itsjustme : Someone forgot to tell Burbank Kawasaki that. They're advertising a 2002 ZX-9R for sale. Best of all riding worlds in CA. We have the freeways, mount
62 AsstChiefMark : That's not mine. However, mine is the same without the basket.
63 Post contains images KaiGywer : Riiiiight
64 2H4 : Well said. After switching to moderately louder pipes on my Ducati, I noticed a drastic reduction in the number of drivers that would attempt to merg
65 RJdxer : But for how long and under what conditions? Afternoon heat in west Texas? Up winding hilly roads? I have a feeling you'd be dropping metal parts befo
66 Post contains images ShyFlyer : Thank you. Yup. ABQ. I've had my 250cc Kymco up to 70mph in my neck of the woods (highest elevation 7200ft) without difficulty. Hills don't present t
67 RJdxer : See ya. And I'll even throw in a second person on my bike. I'm talking a 500 mile day, 7-8 hours on the road. Long term, long cruises at high speed w
68 Post contains images ShyFlyer : I think it may boil down to how well a person cares for the machine. When doing research prior to my purchase, I found a couple of trip reports of pe
69 AsstChiefMark : Christ, man. You could tow a boat with your bike.
70 Post contains links and images RJdxer : Suprisingly, you probably couldn't tow much of a trailer. It's geared for speed. There is a lot of low end torque but not as much as a big V twin or
71 Post contains images Andz : He obviously meant new. The ZX-9 was replaced by the ZX-10. In Thailand the cops have bikes that are fitted out with a gadget on the back for towing
72 Itsjustme : I think it's a safe assumption that the police unions and their membership here in the U.S. would have a slight problem with this.
73 Beta : Any words of wisdom about BMW bikes? Thanks.
74 Airfoilsguy : Yes, they are great and I plan on getting one!
75 Post contains images KaiGywer : If the tow truck drivers have a union, I have a feeling they might have a slight problem too Interesting concept though
76 Post contains links Airfoilsguy : This is the bike for you. One with a jet engine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efID00W3F7I[Edited 2007-03-30 14:18:54]
77 Post contains images Andz : If I had the money this would be my next bike:
78 Post contains images MD11Engineer : Go for a BMW R45 (built from 1978 to appr. 1983). I have one in my garage, which I'm currently restoring (unfortunately I had to store it in my grandm
79 Post contains images ShyFlyer : Now that is cool!!
80 Post contains links and images AsstChiefMark : The California Highway Patrol loves their R1100RT-P motors. They been buying them for ten years.
81 Lowrider : That is beautiful. A true classic. I hope you get it running again soon. I have ridden both K and R bikes, and while the K's are fun, and fast, the R
82 Post contains links and images 2H4 : The search ends here. Your chariot awaits: WWII Drop Tank Space Ship Harley Street Rocket 2H4
83 Post contains links and images Andz : This is the bike for an aviation enthusiast....
84 BowflexBrennan : Lol, I can just see the looks on everyone's faces if I pull into school in that thing.
85 Post contains images SJCRRPAX : I say forget the whole thing. Everybody who starts riding ends up addicted for life. You'll end up just like me with a wife that bitches all the time,
86 Post contains links and images 2H4 : ....While we're giving advice, I feel obligated to present: 2H4
87 Andz : Been there done that. My wife and I rode a bike many years ago then some unlicenced prick in a pickup turned in front of us and down we went. We rode
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