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My New Motorcycle

Sun May 13, 2007 2:47 am

So as some of you already know, I have been looking into motorcycles and wanting to start riding for the past year or so. So last week I bought some riding gear, and took a safety course that gave me my M2 licence. I bought a 2002 Suzuki GZ250 Marauder, and I just had it delivered last night. It is in beautiful shape, only 5,600 km, and its great to ride. I'd like to thank everyone who helped me out and gave me tips and advice regarding motorcycles and biking.

Here's some pics of my bike;

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x194/BowflexGZ250/DSCN2653.jpg

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http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x194/BowflexGZ250/DSCN2651.jpg

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RE: My New Motorcycle

Sun May 13, 2007 2:51 am

enjoy it ! Nice bike !
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Sun May 13, 2007 4:20 am

Nice bike, have fun with it
 
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Sun May 13, 2007 4:26 am

How much did you end up paying for it? Nice bike
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Sun May 13, 2007 10:27 am



Congrats. That wide tank is pretty cool looking.  Smile


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RE: My New Motorcycle

Sun May 13, 2007 11:06 pm

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 3):
How much did you end up paying for it?

$4,200 cdn -- a bit more than I wanted to spend, but the bike was in perfect shape and only had 5,600 kilometers.
 
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 4:43 am

I had the same bike! My first and only. I crashed it twice in the space of a couple months, breaking my collarbone. I got rid of it. It was fun being part of the biker community for that short time, even if it was considered a 'girl's' bike by some people. I think mine was also a 2002, but it was green, and didn't have that backrest on the rear seat. I think it is a good bike to start on, I just never had any learner's class, and maybe wasn't meant to ride motorcycles. Enjoy it -I miss mine.
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 6:20 am

Quoting Vulindlela (Reply 6):
I just never had any learner's class

So how did you get your license? Or didn't you?  Silly
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Mon May 14, 2007 6:39 am




Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 7):
So how did you get your license? Or didn't you?

A learner's/skills course isn't required to get your endorsement.


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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 6:41 am

I also really want to buy a motorcycle. With the gas prices being what they are and the amount of driving I do, I can afford a loan payment with all the gas money I save.

I've been looking at one of these:

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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 11:46 am

Congrats man. Nice choice. No bike should stay that clean for long. Get out and slaughter some bugs. I don't see a centerstand on there. May I suggest a swingarm stand? It will make chain mx and oil changes a lot easier.

Since I don't know how to include images off of my hard drive, here is the same year, make and model of my bike.



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Mon May 14, 2007 12:08 pm




Quoting Lowrider (Reply 10):
Get out and slaughter some bugs.

Quick bug removal tip: when you return from your ride, drape a wet towel on your helmet/windscreen/headlight and leave it overnight. The next morning, the bugs will wipe right off.


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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 12:18 pm

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 10):
here is the same year, make and model of my bike.

Lowrider...Hard to tell from the picture. What year and make is that?
 
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 12:50 pm

Quoting T56A15 (Reply 12):
What year and make is that?

Sorry, should have found a better pic.
It is a 1995 Honda Nighthawk 750
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Mon May 14, 2007 12:52 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 8):
A learner's/skills course isn't required to get your endorsement.

He's listed as being from Germany, where you need a class and driver's training
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Mon May 14, 2007 1:05 pm




Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 14):
He's listed as being from Germany, where you need a class and driver's training

Ah, I didn't realize he was riding in Germany.

Well Kai, you're next. When will you be joining the A.net motorcycle gang?  eyebrow 

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Mon May 14, 2007 1:14 pm

We really should have a ride out to Oshkosh or something.
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Mon May 14, 2007 1:43 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 15):
Well Kai, you're next. When will you be joining the A.net motorcycle gang? eyebrow

Talking to my bank tomorrow Big grin
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Quoting Lowrider (Reply 16):
We really should have a ride out to Oshkosh or something.

I'm going to try to be there on Sunday and Monday.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 17):
Talking to my bank tomorrow

Keep us posted.

You know, if this keeps up, we're going to have to think of a name for the Anet motorcycle gang....


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RE: My New Motorcycle

Tue May 15, 2007 12:22 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
Keep us posted.

Applied for the loan. Waiting to hear back.
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Tue May 15, 2007 12:38 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 9):
I've been looking at one of these:

Is that a Kawasaki Intruder? Assuming your loan works out, allow me to be the first to welcome you.
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Tue May 15, 2007 12:51 am

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 20):
s that a Kawasaki Intruder?

Kawasaki Vulcan 500
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Tue May 15, 2007 12:46 pm

Nice Bike.
I was thinking more of the lines of the Pulsar:-



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RE: My New Motorcycle

Tue May 15, 2007 8:30 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
Keep us posted.

Well, I got approved for the loan, only problem is that my credit union uses the NADA Low Retail value, meaning they would give me $1,060 for that bike....right. Test drove a 2005 Honda Shadow VLX 650 yesterday, 1400 miles on it. Beautiful condition. $4,200. Hopefully I can get a loan to cover that one.
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Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 23):

Be sure to monitor Craigslist. Great bikes show up on their all the time.


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Wed May 16, 2007 5:36 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 7):
So how did you get your license? Or didn't you?



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 14):
He's listed as being from Germany, where you need a class and driver's training

I never rode in Germany, just the states. And no, I didn't ever get a license. I meant to, but I kept procrastinating, and then I crashed a couple times and decided to get rid of it, so never got the license. But I do now recommend that people get a license and learner's course.  Wink
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Wed May 16, 2007 5:49 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
You know, if this keeps up, we're going to have to think of a name for the Anet motorcycle gang....

Well about keeping it up, I too am looking at getting a bike in the next week or two... Does anyone have any insight on what type of bike I should get. I am 6'4 and am looking for a bike to start off on. Hopefully in a few years I will be able to go out and get a sports bike but right now I would just want something that is cheap and easy to ride. Any suggestions? O yea I want something used just because I wont cry when I drop it when I am learning...
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Wed May 16, 2007 7:07 am

Quoting Vulindlela (Reply 25):
But I do now recommend that people get a license and learner's course. Wink

Haha, good idea  Smile

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 26):
Hopefully in a few years I will be able to go out and get a sports bike but right now I would just want something that is cheap and easy to ride. Any suggestions? O yea I want something used just because I wont cry when I drop it when I am learning...

Get an 80s Honda Shadow. Look good and can be had for 1500 bucks or so.
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Wed May 16, 2007 7:29 am

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 26):
I am 6'4 and am looking for a bike to start off on.

Kawasaki KLR650. Its a good dual purpose bike. If you can't get there on it, you probably shouldn't be there anyway. If I can ever get my wife to let me have two bikes, my second will be some sort of dual sport like that, but I am only 5'9", so the KLR is a little tall for me. Throw some slicks on it, change the springs, and you have a great motard style bike.
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RE: My New Motorcycle

Thu May 17, 2007 2:12 am

Damn bank! Either I have to find a cosigner or pay $1100 out of pocket.

I'm gonna look at new bikes. Yamaha has a "first-time buyer" program for people with little credit. I might look into that.

In the $4-6000 range, what can be suggested? I have looked at (online) the Suzuki Boulevard S40, Yamaha V-Star Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 500 and Honda Shadow 650. All but Kawasaki has some sort of special financing deals going on.

Suggestions?
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Thu May 17, 2007 5:02 am

For Yamahas, I like the FZ6. Like an R6, but without all that plastic hiding the engine. But that will probably be pushing your budget. There are a few here http://mankato.craigslist.org/mcy/ worth checking out that you might be able to scratch together the cash for. I bought a bike off of craigslist and it went well.
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