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Old 01-03-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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I'm looking into buying motorcycle, I've never owned/ridden a motorcycle and don't know what to expect or look out for, any suggestions?
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Hi Daunte! (this is a former student of mine

I've already told you my thoughts, you're going to going to get hit with a bunch more (I still say no more than 600, it's a lot already. Gear: helmet, gloves, knee guards, boots, jacket with impact points.)

Did you take the license course yet? Do it through Awesome Cycles if not.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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Are you always on here? Lol
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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I was going to take it this weekend, classes were full
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:20 PM   #5
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Are you always on here? Lol
Not lately, I'm selling a helmet so keeping track of that. It is weird that I saw you joined!

Wow, I'm surprised that in this season the class was full, so cold!
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Hi Daunte! (this is a former student of mine

I've already told you my thoughts, you're going to going to get hit with a bunch more (I still say no more than 600, it's a lot already. Gear: helmet, gloves, knee guards, boots, jacket with impact points.)

Did you take the license course yet? Do it through Awesome Cycles if not.
I say listen to this guy, Don't get a super sport of any type. and don't skimp on the gear.

Here is a good recourse
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=169778

Awesome cycles was good, I took their class. I would recommend it.
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Heres another good one

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2576
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I say listen to this guy, Don't get a super sport of any type. and don't skimp on the gear.

Here is a good recourse
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=169778

Awesome cycles was good, I took their class. I would recommend it.
Uhhhh that guy is a gal , now onto the important stuff. Gear is critical and you get what you pay for and do the msf course of course
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to each his own

you have to get what you feel comfortable with.

i took my motorcycle class (never have ridden a motorcycle before) and a few weeks later i purchased a Yamaha R6. two months after that i sold it for a CBR1000RR. i felt like the cbr was much better in handling and i loved the additional power as well. I ride within my means but i feel i can keep up with most riders. i have since then converted my cbr to a track bike only and still enjoy riding.

moral of the story is don't get a bike you won't like, get what you want and enjoy it just ride responsibly. the more you ask the more suggestions you'll get.

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open mouth, insert foot.
I wasn't going to bother correcting, you're not the first, won't be the last. Plus, I'm sure Daunte got a good laugh.
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yeah i always wondered the same but i saw a cool guy on here screename is rod and i read on a old thread about them being a couple thats rides track together so i knew who was what and so on ..... lol
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If you still havent bought a bike, just a heads up, on craigslist someones selling some store credit for texas yamaha.
says he has 10 $500 gift cards and is selling em for 4,000 obo and is willing to meet at the store to verify?? again just a heads up.

Good luck and as all the others have said, take ur license course first! It would suck if once you actually got on a bike it scared you shitless or you just werent as interested as you thought youd be ya know
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Get something that is at least 1000cc's. I'm thinking a Busa.

When you get it, let the clutch out really fast. It's fun.
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Ninja 650 or an SV 650 would be perfect starter bikes. 250/300's are outgrown pretty quickly unless you are on the smaller side.

You could ride a Ninja 650 for a year and still be learning and having fun.

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Get something that is at least 1000cc's. I'm thinking a Busa.

When you get it, let the clutch out really fast. It's fun.
I hope you're being tongue in cheek with what you offered, Daunte is still in high school, is about 5'9" and light build. He actually wants to ride the bike, not the show off stuff, as far as I know.
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I hope you're being tongue in cheek with what you offered, Daunte is still in high school, is about 5'9" and light build. He actually wants to ride the bike, not the show off stuff, as far as I know.
You'll have to excuse mr. Shelnutt, if you read under his screen name ... you will see he doesnt have much to work with, and that includes common sense he couldnt even size on a jacket and tell if it fit right.

Daunte my friend , take the course and see how a small bike feels and if your comfortable with it . If you feel its not enough power to start off with then a sv650 is what you should look into. They are fairly cheap and parts and upgrades are readily available. One of my future goals is to buy a 650 and streetfighter it out and use it as my daily commute
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I hope you're being tongue in cheek with what you offered, Daunte is still in high school, is about 5'9" and light build. He actually wants to ride the bike, not the show off stuff, as far as I know.
Yeah sorry I keep forgetting no one can tell when you are just joking around on the internet. I'm hoping He realizes that no one in their right mind would reccomend a 1000cc+ sport bike to someone who is learning to ride.

Daunte- If you're still in high school, why not get a ninja 250 or a 500...or if you don't like kawasaki, what about a gs500? Or a honda cbr250/500? It will be cheap, lightweight, unintimidating, cheap on insurance and good on gas. If you absolutely must get something faster I would say SV650 or ninja 650 at the most. These bikes are still reasonable bikes to learn on, but make no mistake they are fast and need to be respected.

I would say a 600cc SS is way too fast to learn on. I'm sure it's doable, but far from ideal. You can drive a car with no hands, but does that make it a good idea?
A 600cc bike isn't THAT much slower than a 1000 when you are talking low speed acceleration. Also the brakes are going to be very sensitive because they are designed to slow the bike down from triple digit speeds. To make a long story short, they are sensitive and easy to screw up and crash, even if you are trying to be careful and go slow. They are fine tuned for racing, not cruising in the street/learning to ride. If you don't have excellent self control, it's easy to get in over your head and go faster than you should. Sure you don't have to use it's speed, but if it's there, the temptation may be too strong. Trust me I know. I broke my femur racing dirtbikes when I was in high school and now have to deal with pain all my life because of something stupid I did for just a few seconds. that's all it takes.

Aside from all that, they are expensive and there's a decent chance you might drop it when you are learning. If You're buying second hand and don't know what to look for due to lack of experience, getting a deal on a super sport might be hard because people tend to ride them fast and sell them when they are worn out. The last thing you want to be doing is making repairs when all you want to do is get some riding time to learn.

What's your price range? Do you have any specific criteria that must be met?

I would suggest that you take the MSF course, get a full set of gear, THEN buy a motorcycle...in that exact order.
You will get lots of coupons to use from your MSF course when you graduate. You can use them for gear...I even got a discount on my motorcycle because they were affiliated with awesome cycles.

When you are taking your MSF course, hang out with the instructors during breaks. Towards the end ask them what their opinion is of how you are picking up riding. Tell them the kind of bikes you are interested in and ask them for advice. Use this time while you're selecting gear and taking the class to do research on exactly the kind of bike you want.

Once you get your bike, repeat the exercises that you did when you took the course. Especially if you decided to get a heavier, faster bike.

Take your time and don't rush into anything.
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