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Old 06-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Advice on first bike.

Just moved down to the Houston area back in mid-March and I'm looking to get my first bike. There are a lot of different thing I want in a bike (planning on building one in the next few years), but most important is for it to be a comfortable ride and that I don't look like a circus act. I'm 6'5 and over 325 lbs, so I'm going to go with a large framed bike for sure.

If anyone can help or is a fellow big man and knows what bikes are better fit, let me know.

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Old 06-04-2014, 09:31 PM   #2
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Depends on what type of riding you want to do. Cruise, track, dirt, touring, or vest?
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I'm thinking cruiser or tour. I really like Victory and Triumphs as far as body style, and what I researched so far, they both are built well and last.
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I'm thinking cruiser or tour. I really like Victory and Triumphs as far as body style, and what I researched so far, they both are built well and last.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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I would say sit on a lot of them and get a feel. Don't buy the first bike you check out!!
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:03 AM   #8
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Pick a shaft drive cruiser and go. Low maintenance, cheap used with mods, and readily available. Stay away from the Shadow Sabre 1100 unless you're willing to pay a guy on the east coast $15 to machine you a pair of valve cover plugs. Sabres are good bikes, but there's a problem with the valve cover gasket that causes oil starvation. This guy machines and taps plugs so you can blow air through the motor at oil changes and get out the gunk that plugs the holes. Don't get too hung up on cc's on cruisers. A jetted Sabre 1100 with exhaust will outrun a jetted VTX1300 with exhaust and intake.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:27 AM   #10
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Oh so u don't want something like a yamaha fz1?
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Why would he? If he wants to cruise and chill, he sure as doesn't want to wrap it up to 11k just to get enough power to pass a car.
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I have a triumph sprint 955i Ride Smart. I find the triple cylinder power plant just about as good as it comes for cruising or taking it to the higher revs. Truly a wonderful compromise.
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I'm thinking cruiser or tour. I really like Victory and Triumphs as far as body style, and what I researched so far, they both are built well and last.
Good taste. Dunno much about Victory, but Triumph Thunderbird is a real nice ride and should fit you well. Reliability-wise they are fine, but just know that owning a European ride cost a bit more regardless. Parts and services just cost more. Not a big deal though if you don't pile on the miles like crazy.

I know you are thinking cruiser or tourers, but do give the adventure tourers a gander. A lot of big&tall guys choose those for a tourer.
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Hey, that's great advice... but there were two things that specifically addresses, neither of which he said: 1) sportbike, and 2) "not powerful enough for a big guy".

OP, If you're looking for something comfortable, the best advise is to sit on as many different bikes as you can.

I was sold on a Kawasaki Vaquero, talked my wife into it, went and test rode one, and hated it. Between the big twins, I've heard completely countering opinions from guys between Harley and Victory (love one, hate the other) going both ways, etc.

Being a taller guy, I see two ways to go for a "big framed bike": cruiser, or adventure/sport tourer.

The cruisers will obviously be lower to the ground and give you the "recliner" seating position for the most part. Some people find this incredibly comfortable; I do not. Bikes to check out: Triumph America, Thunderbird, or Rocket III (DEFINITELY NOT A BEGINNER BIKE), Yamaha Star line, Kawasaki Vulcan line, Honda VTX line, Suzuki (M, C, or S series in 50, 90, 109, which ever strikes your style and power fancy), Victory or HD, based on style preferences**.

The adventure touring or sport touring will be generally based off a sport platform, with larger displacements tuned more for torque and lower RPM highway cruising with an upright seating position and taller seat height. Bikes to check out: Triumph Tiger, Sprint, BMW GS, Yamaha FJR, Honda VFR, etc**.

There's such a huge range out there, you'll have to figure out first what you *think* you'll like, then start sitting on and riding a bunch of stuff to figure out what you can actually be comfortable riding.

**Note that these lists are by no means comprehensive, just hoping to give you an idea of what's out there, in case you hadn't considered one of these previously.
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Those new bmw sportster I keep seeing the commercials on tv ....man im not a cruiser style kinda guy but dam there nice.
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