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Old 06-08-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Bike recommendation and question

I'll be taking my first MS course either this weekend or next (I'm in Cypress if anyone has a solid recommendation on which class to take). If I do well, then I plan on purchasing my first bike shortly thereafter. I've held a permit for over a decade, but only recently felt that I was at the right point in life to start riding. My plan is to spend the summer training on the bike, then ride across a few states. I've done this on bicycles a few times, but have always been fascinated by the idea of doing it on something motorized.

My coworkers all ride pretty aggressive sportbikes, but I was thinking I'd start with something the lines of a Triumph Scrambler 900. It has a big displacement, but makes around 60hp.

What do y'all think? Should I find a 250cc first or is the classic layout and the relatively lower power of the Scrambler suitable enough for a beginner?

Thank you for your advice and guidance,

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the scrambler is a neat idea...but buy used..you WILL drop your first bike. its law of the land.
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Welcome to riding! Hard to recommend a bike for you without meeting you and seeing you ride. Once you have your license, you'll be able to get a better idea of what you want, since you'll be able to test ride all kinds of bike and see what you prefer. MRH Rider Training is in Cypress. Give us a call at 281-897-7121 or 713-880-5666.
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Never dropped my bike Bryan??????
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The Triumph could be a nice choice. You could do A LOT worse.
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Hi, I have a 600 shadow and started on it. It is a lot more comfy for cruising imo because it has you sitting upright or leaned back a bit. it has plenty of power to get around the city and power through racer's road at 75 mph. it does top off at 85 though.. =P. So, starter bike.. It works... but needs another gear. lol. It does, however, give me good practice on maneuvering and techniques. Have fun, let us know what you decide with.
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If your going on long rides then a sportbike may not be the most comfy.
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I took my MSF course at MRH and had Jim and Nora as instructors. They were awesome and I had a blast doing the course. I have started out on a H-D Iron 883 that I'm already bored with after 2 weeks and only been riding 3 weeks, so I'm converting it to a 1200 . Once she's paid off I'm getting a sportbike or a track I find myself at 80-90 too much on roads like Telge to only own a cruiser

I like longer rides though, and I commute so the cruiser was a good choice for me for practical use and enjoyment. Starting out on a 883, you'll find a Shadow 600 or similar to be rather...lacking. Sportbikes on the other hand, high demand and more to learn like leaning into corners and such. Start on a 250 and work your way up, you can flip a 250 quickly and not lose much, if any, of your investment. Important thing is to learn the skills and just enjoy being on two wheels! Whatever you decide, make sure it is what YOU want because it makes YOU happy! Just remember to be safe, wear your gear, and watch out for those dumbasses in 3,000 ramming machines haha

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Some more common suggestions...

sv650 (sporty, but cheaper on insurance, and not quite as forward a position)
650r or er6n (Very upright, but different bars available)
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In the end, you just need to go around and sit on a bunch of bikes and research then as you come across them.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:46 PM   #15
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Thank you for the welcome!

Done! Looking forward to the class.

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Old 06-12-2011, 07:53 PM   #16
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Thanks y'all!

I appreciate the information, links and advice.

Regarding bikes, which do y'all think is safer:
A) less powerful bike, no ABS no traction control
B) more power bike (~+20hp), ABS and traction control
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I am not really interested in the extra power of a larger engine, but the ABS and traction control usually are initially offered on the more powerful bike (for obvious reasons). I certainly use these features on my car both on the road and at the track, especially in inclemental weather or in an emergency situation. I'd love to find a ~500cc "beginner" bike with ABS and traction control in an Urban/Semi-Sporty setup.

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http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=169778

Great info and very well written.
Enjoy and best of luck on your first bike.
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I would ask how tall are you and your weight, I think that depends alot on what type of bike. I am 6'5 and 260, Had no idea how to ride a bike and I got a sv1000s, Awesome choice and loved it since! I really enjoy the sv series. It doesnt really matter as much as how many cc's a bike has, you can go 20 mphs on a hayabusa. ITs about control and self focus! good luck mate!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:07 PM   #19
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Helios: Thank you for the link. I've now read and re-read that article and am considering several of those bikes.

Trumindgame: I'm 5'10" and 150lbs.

Speaking of 1L bikes, I sat on a Monster 1100 EVO and it was something else! I had all sorts of justifications running through my head...

I'm looking forward to the MSF.
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I appreciate the information, links and advice.

Regarding bikes, which do y'all think is safer:
A) less powerful bike, no ABS no traction control
B) more power bike (~+20hp), ABS and traction

Cheers,

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Neither. Bikes aren't safe, make sure u understand that.

Car can kill u on a 250 just as easily as on a 1000.

Less power usually will allow more foregivness if u up. Go with less hp
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