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Old 12-08-2009, 01:31 PM   #21
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First - got by "On the Border" on Spencer - good selection of gear. And some used bikes. Where are you (NE, SE, N, etc...)? That will help with locations....
2nd - have you "tried" on bikes with anyone? Go by the shops and sit on them! If you can't put both feet on the ground, it isn't for you! Take someone you trust (and rides) with you!
3rd - What kind of bike do you want? Sport or cruiser? Fun or commuter or both?

FYI - my wife (115lbs) rides a HD Street Glide, so weight is not as much the issue as experiance and confidence....
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:21 PM   #22
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When you take your MSF class, talk to your Instructor about it. If you're truly planning on staying on side streets and nothing else, I'd go with a Yamaha Star 250 if it was me. From your list, I'd go with the GZ.

If you're interested in the Star 250, let me know. I may know someone that can hook you up.

Enjoy your class.
Might take you up on the offer if the numbers are right. I guess I will get a good feel for what I'm looking for by the end of my MSF class.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:25 PM   #23
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First - got by "On the Border" on Spencer - good selection of gear. And some used bikes. Where are you (NE, SE, N, etc...)? That will help with locations....
2nd - have you "tried" on bikes with anyone? Go by the shops and sit on them! If you can't put both feet on the ground, it isn't for you! Take someone you trust (and rides) with you!
3rd - What kind of bike do you want? Sport or cruiser? Fun or commuter or both?

FYI - my wife (115lbs) rides a HD Street Glide, so weight is not as much the issue as experiance and confidence....
I'll check on that. I was planning to go to Cycle Gear off I-45 South. I'm in the SE part of town near the Clear Lake area.

I have never tried on bikes at all. I do have several coworkers that ride. Thanks for the input on that. I may take one of them along with me.

I prefer a cruiser. Just for fun and commuting, nothing too fast. I've been reading some guy's blog from 2005 and 2006 when he started riding at about age 55. He started on a Honda Rebel and in about 2 years he upgraded to a HD. It was very interesting since he posted every day on his blog for 18 months.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:43 PM   #24
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He started on a Honda Rebel and in about 2 years he downgraded to a HD.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:25 PM   #25
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I commuted on I-45 with my first bike. The poor 1985 honda rebel 250 was old and tired and still managed to keep my heft and large frame up with traffic for about 7K miles. I could easily do 65 by myself, but needed drafting to get higher. Small bikes will teach you a lot of self preservation techniques.
I think I initially killed my 250 due to bent valves from the WOT at 75 drafting every dually and big rig. Then Ike put the final nail in the coffin. Since you are close to half my weight and a foot shorter a Rebel should treat you much nicer than it did me. A member here by the name of Squoddybody started on the reb and could easily do 80-85 IIRC. Don't get the 750 Shadow (as suggested by Comfy) the thing is way too heavy for the power, so performance kinda sucks. I also had a 600, which had similar acceleration to my current 750, but at almost twice the gas mileage.
Have fun, be safe. I also second the sit on bikes recommendation.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:30 PM   #26
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I was just about your build when i got my 2005 R6 (600 CC)back in 04. That was my first bike ever with no bike experience. Just put a lowering link kit if you want to touch the floor. i tried one but didn't like it and sold it. Who needs to touch the floor when your riding.

and at a stoplights you got a massive lean action going on that helps build the Leg muscles! o and if your going to Two up a lot then keep the kit.
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Definately sit on different bikes and see how they feel to YOU. We can all sit back and tell you to buy this, not that, that not this. Take your time and hit the shops, sit on bikes, maybe look into renting a HD sportster and riding it on the backroads to see if you like it. A 250 is not bad to start on at all, just keep in mind if you ever want to hit the streets it is going to be wicked. It is light and wide open on the freeway just to try and keep up with traffic. Hope you find what you are looking for.

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Definately sit on different bikes and see how they feel to YOU. We can all sit back and tell you to buy this, not that, that not this. Take your time and hit the shops, sit on bikes, maybe look into renting a HD sportster and riding it on the backroads to see if you like it. A 250 is not bad to start on at all, just keep in mind if you ever want to hit the streets it is going to be wicked. It is light and wide open on the freeway just to try and keep up with traffic. Hope you find what you are looking for.

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I agree with the limitations of the 250.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:00 PM   #31
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Looking at the date of your thread, you might have a bike by now.
If not, hope you are out doing some research.
250 is a good starting bike for a beginner ,but if you are like most riders, once they got some seat time under thier belt , they look for a larger cc bike.
If you really become a rider, you will want to take road trips, ride with fellow riders ,hit the highway to neighboring towns & counties.
If so , you will want something a bit larger that can carry you, maybe luggage & gear, or a passenger.
That is why a larger cc bike mgiht be more suitable after a period of time. [ your choice really ]
Ride safe , keep us posted.
BTW, I',m 51 years old, 5ft. 6.5 inches, 136lbs. , I ride a 1300 V Star, great bike for sure.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:54 PM   #35
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Thanks for asking !

I got a Honda Rebel.

I've racked up just about 1,000 miles on it so far in the last 2 months even with 2 weeks out of the country. So far so good. I had to replace both tires and the chain. 2 Wheel Toyz did the work and was it was great.

I'm still trying to learn how to shift smoothly but getting better on making right turns. I have no problem turning to the left, even scrapped the foot peg once or twice, but usually have trouble with right turns.

I got up to just a bit over 75MPH on the highway but I like to stay around 65MPH. I bought a Spitfire windshield and saddlebags.

So far it's been a blast. I just went to Galveston today and it was about a 70 mile round trip. I ran out of gas close to Galveston. Had to pull over, switch to reserve and then went got gas in Galveston. It was strange that the engine just cuts out, I had expected the engine would sputter before cutting out so I can switch to reserve while riding.

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Old 02-28-2010, 07:29 PM   #36
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It's like that, just cuts out. Then you go, oh.... reserve! My HD doesn't have one, but I get a "miles left" countdown that is really freaky. If you want do some more riding, I am out just about every weekend. If you are looking for a nice easy route, try I45s to Palmer Hwy (1764) east to Hwy 146 back north to FM 646 to I45 again. Have fun!!!!!
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trust me dude go with a honda shadow 600 i bought 1 for my first bike and still have it today and i love it..
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Thanks for asking !

I got a Honda Rebel.

I've racked up just about 1,000 miles on it so far in the last 2 months even with 2 weeks out of the country. So far so good. I had to replace both tires and the chain. 2 Wheel Toyz did the work and was it was great.

I'm still trying to learn how to shift smoothly but getting better on making right turns. I have no problem turning to the left, even scrapped the foot peg once or twice, but usually have trouble with right turns.

I got up to just a bit over 75MPH on the highway but I like to stay around 65MPH. I bought a Spitfire windshield and saddlebags.

So far it's been a blast. I just went to Galveston today and it was about a 70 mile round trip. I ran out of gas close to Galveston. Had to pull over, switch to reserve and then went got gas in Galveston. It was strange that the engine just cuts out, I had expected the engine would sputter before cutting out so I can switch to reserve while riding.
If I am correct , you have bought another bike since the rebel ?
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Yep.

I sold the Rebel a few weeks ago and bought a 2006 Suzuki M50. Wow, the M50 is definitely much much bigger. It weighs in at around 600 pounds. I can barely duckwalk the bike. So far the M50 has been great. I put about 400 miles on it in a little over a week.
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Cool , hope you are enjoying your bike.
Big difference I know ,but you can go a lot more places now.
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