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Old 08-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hello

Hey All,

I am very new to the motorcycle world. I will be signing up for my beginner class at Awesome Motorcycles next week. Hopefully I like riding.

I have so many questions for all of y'all from safety gear to buying my first bike.

Also, I will be looking for some people in the Woodlands area to possible ride with.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Welcome, I hear that awesome cycles has a great program. Remember, get insured before you ride the streets.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:28 AM   #6
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Welcome to MH.

I live pretty much in the woodlands, so hit me up when you get a bike.

As for some basic questions newbies normally ask about gear and first bikes.
Gear the more you spend on quality gear the "better" protected you are and the longer it should last you. When you first start buying gear you could be looking at $500 to $1000 in gear a lone. Leathers the best to have but we live in Texas so a lot wear textile with armor inside. Get yourself a good pair of riding pants, Jeans DO NOT hold up in a crash. If you plan on commuting look at some riding jeans or the things that go over top jeans to give you the added protection.

As far as getting the perfect first bike, there's no such thing. I know some guys feel that they are to big for a 250 and end up starting on 1000cc it all comes down to the individual person and how much self control one has. Personally I think the best starting bike is the 650cc has more than enough power to get you in trouble but wont rocket you every time you hit the throttle. I know a lot of people who have 250 and they wish they would have started a little bigger, most seem to get bored with them fast. That being said there are a lot of people who love the out of them and will blow past you on the curves. As long as you stick with major brands you don't have to worry about reliability as much. Each company is going to have the drawbacks but for the most part the bikes they produce are solid. As a first bike I would stick with bikes as Italians and others cost more to maintain, the intervals between maintenance is also quicker and can be more difficult at times to work on the engine.

Stay safe out there
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Welcome to MH.

I live pretty much in the woodlands, so hit me up when you get a bike.

As for some basic questions newbies normally ask about gear and first bikes.
Gear the more you spend on quality gear the "better" protected you are and the longer it should last you. When you first start buying gear you could be looking at $500 to $1000 in gear a lone. Leathers the best to have but we live in Texas so a lot wear textile with armor inside. Get yourself a good pair of riding pants, Jeans DO NOT hold up in a crash. If you plan on commuting look at some riding jeans or the things that go over top jeans to give you the added protection.

As far as getting the perfect first bike, there's no such thing. I know some guys feel that they are to big for a 250 and end up starting on 1000cc it all comes down to the individual person and how much self control one has. Personally I think the best starting bike is the 650cc has more than enough power to get you in trouble but wont rocket you every time you hit the throttle. I know a lot of people who have 250 and they wish they would have started a little bigger, most seem to get bored with them fast. That being said there are a lot of people who love the out of them and will blow past you on the curves. As long as you stick with major brands you don't have to worry about reliability as much. Each company is going to have the drawbacks but for the most part the bikes they produce are solid. As a first bike I would stick with bikes as Italians and others cost more to maintain, the intervals between maintenance is also quicker and can be more difficult at times to work on the engine.

Stay safe out there
Thank you for dropping some knowledge.

I figured I would be spending between 750-1000 on gear, for me it is worth the extra money I want to be as safe as possible.

I've been looking at used bikes, there aren't as many out there as I thought there would be (in the cc range I'm looking at). I may have to go new if I cant find what I want used, but still 4-5k is not to much.

I am hoping while in class I can ride a couple of different types of bikes and can get a feel for what I want.

Thanks again.
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Thank you for dropping some knowledge.

I figured I would be spending between 750-1000 on gear, for me it is worth the extra money I want to be as safe as possible.

I've been looking at used bikes, there aren't as many out there as I thought there would be (in the cc range I'm looking at). I may have to go new if I cant find what I want used, but still 4-5k is not to much.

I am hoping while in class I can ride a couple of different types of bikes and can get a feel for what I want.

Thanks again.
Welcome! Spending good amounts of money on gear is worth it. It IS your life protection..literally! Donte has a few good pointers
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Thank you for dropping some knowledge.

I figured I would be spending between 750-1000 on gear, for me it is worth the extra money I want to be as safe as possible.

I've been looking at used bikes, there aren't as many out there as I thought there would be (in the cc range I'm looking at). I may have to go new if I cant find what I want used, but still 4-5k is not to much.

I am hoping while in class I can ride a couple of different types of bikes and can get a feel for what I want.

Thanks again.
Welcome and good luck with your MSF course. I took mine at Awesome Cycles good group of people. Dont think you will get much of a selection there cause if I remember correct most of the bikes are 250 cc class ..even the sport bikes they have. They have some old cruisers and some older ninjas I think.

As far as bikes, I went to the dealerships and asked to sit on different bikes to get a feel for riding position. This forum has a wealth of knowledge as you will find an owner of just about any sport bike on the market. I was even offered by some members to go with to check out used bikes. I bought a new Ninja 300 but I have met some of the peeps that offered to help and it was a genuine offer ... top notch group of guys.

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