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Old 01-21-2013, 05:06 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I have been viewing the forum for about two years now and here is my first post. I would like to start in saying i am a new rider. I have ridden little dirt bikes in my early teens and even owned a 600 for a whole 280 miles before i sold it for free time reasons.

I've got a few questions for you long time riders. I like sportbikes, i like the looks, i like the feel of riding them. Fun stuff, but i know im just not good on them yet with my limited time on bikes all together. I want something a little more daily driverish for now but not too costly. Any suggestions?

Also getting legal ........... sorry but never had a license endorsement for bikes. I see this safety course and some say can bypass dmv stuff with it. Just curious whats all needed and a good place to do it.

One last question on gear. I have a helmet, i have a jacket, i have gloves ..... but shoes im having a hard time with. Any suggestions on riding boots that are not hot and can walk around in with out awkward pain after a few minutes.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:38 AM   #2
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From your description it sounds like sv650 or the like is what your looking for. ( New rider and something more comfortable for commuting)
Motorcycle safety class is now required to get your license(everyone here recommends awesome cycles)
Can't help you with the boots. I only ride in my a-star boots which is more comfortable for me riding but not for walking by any means
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Welcome.

Taking the MSF course will allow you to bypass the road test at the DMV to get you motorcycle endorsement. You will still have to take the written portion but at least you won't have to bring your own bike (probably on a trailer) to the DMV. This means less time at the DMV! Also, the class is pretty fun and you can save $ on your motorcycle insurance because you took the class.
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Hi all,

I have been viewing the forum for about two years now and here is my first post. I would like to start in saying i am a new rider. I have ridden little dirt bikes in my early teens and even owned a 600 for a whole 280 miles before i sold it for free time reasons.

I've got a few questions for you long time riders. I like sportbikes, i like the looks, i like the feel of riding them. Fun stuff, but i know im just not good on them yet with my limited time on bikes all together. I want something a little more daily driverish for now but not too costly. Any suggestions?

Also getting legal ........... sorry but never had a license endorsement for bikes. I see this safety course and some say can bypass dmv stuff with it. Just curious whats all needed and a good place to do it.

One last question on gear. I have a helmet, i have a jacket, i have gloves ..... but shoes im having a hard time with. Any suggestions on riding boots that are not hot and can walk around in with out awkward pain after a few minutes.
1. as someone else stated, an sv650 would be a great choice. Or the new kawa 300.

2. there is a sponsor here that does the classes. seems like you've got all the stuff needed to take the class, just need boots/ shoes that cover the ankles.

3. hard to say, everyone is different. best bet is to go into a shop and try some on!

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for the msf, any boots that cover the ankles is fine. for the street, they will all probably be stiff until you break them in. It took me about a week of constant walking around in it to break them in. I have Dainese boots.
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Welcome, like everyone has mentioned, sv650 would be good.

If you have time, come on out to a meet sometime and meet people and look at the different bikes. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

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650sv and fz6 are girl bikes.. get a SS 600. If you don't have the time or can't make the time to ride at least twice a month then there's no point in buying a bike. Put that money to better use around the house. Kid dream has to go, we all grow up but our situations are all different. Why buy a small bike you can't grow with, instead get something that will have room growing into, a bike is not like like shoes that most can buy new ones every 6 months
Gear, get the best money can buy. Boots, not really needed at $500, my joe rockets look awesome at $>200
Take the MSF class, it'll teach you some and put the M on your license then come and ride with us .. bring the wife too
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:32 AM   #11
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Welp i pulled the trigger and got the bike i liked. 675R and im busy practicing with it.

I think im going to do san jac centrals msf course since awesome is an hour away.

Anyway in a month or so when i get adjusted i hope to meet up with some of ya in south east side
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Hi all,

I've got a few questions for you long time riders. I like sportbikes, i like the looks, i like the feel of riding them. Fun stuff, but i know im just not good on them yet with my limited time on bikes all together. I want something a little more daily driverish for now but not too costly. Any suggestions?

Also getting legal ........... sorry but never had a license endorsement for bikes. I see this safety course and some say can bypass dmv stuff with it. Just curious whats all needed and a good place to do it.

One last question on gear. I have a helmet, i have a jacket, i have gloves ..... but shoes im having a hard time with. Any suggestions on riding boots that are not hot and can walk around in with out awkward pain after a few minutes.
I am still a complete noob but I just went through the process of selecting a first bike, buying safety gear, buying security items, taking the MSF course, getting my license, getting registration + inspection + insurance. All in that order.

The MSF course was $200 dollars for me from a place in BCS. It was a three day long course followed by a written and driving exam. I never had motorcycle experience prior to the course and I found both tests to be rather easy. Passing both exams earns you a certificate of completion.

You bring the MSF certificate of completion to the DMV which will allow you to bypass the driving portion. (I believe the DMV still reserves the right to make you take the test but that is to their own discretion.) The DMV will conduct their own written test regardless. Once you pass the DMV's written test you get your (temporary) license for a fee of $15 dollars. The official card will be sent to you in a week or so.

I bought a used 2007 SV650 from a guy in Austin for about 3k. First I got the state inspection which cost $15 dollars. Then I brought the inspection certificate, title from the previous owner, and proof of insurance to the tax office to get the title transferred to my name and to renew the registration. The total cost of that was $280 dollars (might be more or less depending on the value of your bike). I should also mention that my insurance costs about 275 dollars per year (26y/o, 2007 sv650) through Progressive. That will probably vary greatly depending on an individual basis.

I had zero experience prior to the MSF course and have found the SV650 to be a great daily driver. I have been using it rain or shine to get around town. For safety equipment I bought a full-face shoei rf-1100, s&s gloves/boots, forcefield limb tubes for the knees, armored shorts, a* mesh jacket + upgraded bio armor and frogg troggs for rain gear. For security, I bought a kryptonite NYC chain, xena disc brake lock and a bike cover. I also bought comp insurance.

Sorry for babbling too long...
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Welp passed my msf class no issues. Me and the triumph gettin along good still as well
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Welp passed my msf class no issues. Me and the triumph gettin along good still as well
Congratulations, now join the rides posted here .. great insights and will help you ride better. Also think of looking into doing a track day out of curiosity, they say 1 track day gives you 1 year experience equivalent.
I always suggest to new riders 2 things, responsibility and patience .. don't try to fly when you're barely crawling. Be responsible and control your urge for speed.
enjoy! You bought a bad bike!
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