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Old 02-28-2014, 03:15 PM   #61
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FAir enough. Maybe i misunderstood when you said this "...but Houston is flat and straight highway." in the context of "keeping up with the bigger bikes"
It's a bit of a problem for me with Houston because you have the combination of long straight flat freeways in great condition and local roads in bad condition.

It would be good to have a larger bike with long legs and wind protection on the freeway and a bike with decent suspension travel to soak up local roads at slower speeds.

Completely off topic post. To the OP, get a Busa. Otherwise extremely important people will make fun of you, which is all that matters in life.
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:16 PM   #62
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It's a bit of a problem for me with Houston because you have the combination of long straight flat freeways in great condition and local roads in bad condition.

It would be good to have a larger bike with long legs and wind protection on the freeway and a bike with decent suspension travel to soak up local roads at slower speeds.

Completely off topic post. To the OP, get a Busa. Otherwise extremely important people will make fun of you, which is all that matters in life.
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:21 PM   #63
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:25 PM   #64
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Not what I meant by long legs.
Long enough legs... it tops at 125-130...
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:32 PM   #65
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Agreed. SV650 is decent starter. Poor Mans Duck. Plenty of upgrades that can be done. Decently cheap. V twin grunt. Cheap insurance. Not so powerfull you'll kill yourself, hopefully..
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Unfortunately (as much as I'm intrigued by the idea) I've never ridden a motard - but I get the idea a supermoto like a KTM 550 in street guise is a pretty difficult bike to ride, no? I like the idea of a motard as a first bike but wouldn't one still want to opt for a smaller displacement bike - even if it is a dirt bike with street tires don't a lot of motards have really aggressive throttle response and touchy brakes? I mean, they're wheelie and stoppie monsters.
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Agreed. SV650 is decent starter. Poor Mans Duck. Plenty of upgrades that can be done. Decently cheap. V twin grunt. Cheap insurance. Not so powerfull you'll kill yourself, hopefully..
Not to mention they crash well and parts are cheap to replace...
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Unfortunately (as much as I'm intrigued by the idea) I've never ridden a motard - but I get the idea a supermoto like a KTM 550 in street guise is a pretty difficult bike to ride, no? I like the idea of a motard as a first bike but wouldn't one still want to opt for a smaller displacement bike - even if it is a dirt bike with street tires don't a lot of motards have really aggressive throttle response and touchy brakes? I mean, they're wheelie and stoppie monsters.
Come out to GSS or MSRH when they have lightweights sessions. I'll let you try mine. I've converted lots of people over to the dark side.

They aren't bad if you are respectful, and some of the smaller motards can be handled very ham fisted without any issues. Some only have like 20 horsepower, seriously. Brakes just take a little getting used to, then you never think of it again.
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Different strokes for different folks. I wouldn't give two about riding a 250. Never ridden one and can't see any reason I ever would want to
The little ninja 250 is surprisingly fun to ride. And this coming from a big guy.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:38 PM   #71
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Not my riding style. Even light to light is a drag race. Don't have to speed but I gotta get up there quick. Can't help it. Lol I need lots of tq or it's no fun
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:25 PM   #72
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Not to mention they crash well and parts are cheap to replace...
True Dat! Anyone ask Psycho Pete about crashing his, snapping the frame, as well as himself. Front end crushed and frame welds snapped but rest of bike totaly good.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:09 PM   #73
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For %70 off road/%30 on try and find a good dual sport. A KLR, DR, DRZ, WR, or XR won't light your hair on fire, but it seems like the best fit for what you want.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:12 AM   #74
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I started on a 600 and I don't regret it. I did lay my first bike down while making a U turn in my neighborhood. Luckily I wasn't going fast. If you think you can control yourself then I don't see why a 600 would be a bad idea.. Honestly though you should take the MSF class first and then make your decision.

Riding the street is completely different than riding the trails. You can make cases for smaller bikes vs bigger bikes but I know a lot of people who've started out on 600's and it's really just based on the user. If you can remember that stopping from 120MPH to 0 is incredibly challenging in sudden traffic AND that motorcycles VS cars NEVER turn out well for the rider then you'll be okay. But then again I started riding last year in around August @ 26 years old and I'm also a EMT-P (so I've seen my fair share of accidents) so I understand how bad wrecks can get.

Whatever you choose though, wear your gear all the time. Someone mentioned before on the boards that you can replace water a lot quicker than you can replace skin so keep that in mind if one of your buddies decides to rag on you for wearing full leathers in the summer. It's your @ss not his/hers.
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everyone is suggesting a motard.
like THAT is better(safer) than a Gixxer.....

The Motard will kill him faster than a SS.


MY suggestion is a KLR, DR650, or an XR650L.

Fast enough to kill him, decent on the roads, decent offroad ( he is used to dirt), can fit a cute little 17/18 yr old girlie, can add luggage, and is just plain COOL.

When he drops it in the parking lot, good chances are nothing gets broken other than maybe a signal light.

Insurance will be dirt cheap.

I have been at this game for a long time, and my experience shows that those who start out on dirt, live longer.
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i was put in a coma going 18 lol not all deaths happen at 120+. when the driver doesnt stop and drive over you in his haste to leave you could be going 6
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everyone is suggesting a motard.
like THAT is better(safer) than a Gixxer.....

The Motard will kill him faster than a SS.



MY suggestion is a KLR, DR650, or an XR650L.

Fast enough to kill him, decent on the roads, decent offroad ( he is used to dirt), can fit a cute little 17/18 yr old girlie, can add luggage, and is just plain COOL.

When he drops it in the parking lot, good chances are nothing gets broken other than maybe a signal light.

Insurance will be dirt cheap.

I have been at this game for a long time, and my experience shows that those who start out on dirt, live longer.
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Tt busa all da way! Jk 70hp or less and not so touchy brakes with upright riding position.
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