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Old 12-03-2014, 11:08 PM   #1
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Talking Future biker here!!

What up guys I, for some reason, made the decision that 2015 was going to be the year I buy a motorcycle. So I did my dutiful duty and signed up for the motorcycle Safety Course taking it at Mancuso Crossoroads (any good?) and will then purchase a motorcycle. Any suggestions? I'm 28 never touched a motorcycle (virgin*** lol) before, pretty quick learner and very mechanically inclined. I kinda like the cruiser style but really like the thought of a sport bike. Well thanks for the suggestion and see you on the road in January!
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:26 AM   #2
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What ever you get make sure you take it easy. People on here are going to suggest you start on everything from a 50cc dirt bike to just jumping on the s1000rr. I would suggest a ninja 250 or sv650 for a first bike. They are cheap and plenty of parts around if you lay it down, plus insurance is cheap. If you live in an apartment get a storage unit or store your bike in a friends garage, your tempting fate if you leave it parked outside over night. If you have any questions just ask. There is a wealth of knowledge (and dumb ) on this website. If you have a question youll get a good answer, you might just have to wade through some BS to find it. All in all ride within your limits, gear up, and keep your head on a swivel and you will be fine. Good luck out there.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:40 AM   #3
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:09 AM   #4
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if youre in between a cruiser or sportbike, look at a naked sportbike. The new Fz07 might be a good choice for you. tons of bikes out there, im sure you'll find the right one with some patience and looking around.

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Old 12-04-2014, 03:03 AM   #5
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:46 AM   #6
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Welcome! I started fresh last year here in Houston. Never ridden a bike before then, but I took the class at Mancuso HD off 290 and a couple weeks later bought full gear and a used Honda CBR250R with ABS. A year later, and with just a couple tweaks to the bike (front sprocket -1T, different foot pegs), I'm much more comfortable riding and having a blast. Just be careful... lots of idiots driving in Houston. Always ride like no one sees you and keep the shiny side up!
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:34 PM   #8
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Welcome and all that funky jazz. Bought my 1st bike when I was 29, so, no biggie.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:23 PM   #9
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I think the first bike you get should be a brand new Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra, at about $45,000 out the door. The thing about getting that bike is that it's so incredibly expensive, you will be terrified to lay it over, and you will ride like a grandma.

If you buy a cheap bike, you'll rag it out and wreck it. Buy a bike that costs what a house costs, and no way will you wreck it.

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Old 12-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #10
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I think the first bike you get should be a brand new Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra, at about $45,000 out the door. The thing about getting that bike is that it's so incredibly expensive, you will be terrified to lay it over, and you will ride like a grandma.

If you buy a cheap bike, you'll rag it out and wreck it. Buy a bike that costs what a house costs, and no way will you wreck it.

Thats an awesome philosophy
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Welcome to the forum.
Here is a advice from Bruce, a Ride Smart instructor that I hope you follow...

"To go right push on the right bar, to go left push the on left bar. This called counter steering and you learned how to do it when you learned how to ride a bicycle. Use your front brake mainly and use the rear brake lightly. Look where want to go, not where you are going. Always look far ahead and when in traffic behind a car, ride to one side of then lane or the other so you look around the car and see whats going on up ahead. Take your advice from riders who have been riding a long time, the older/wiser the better.

You will crash eventually so get geared up. And remember this, there two kinds of motorcycle riders. Those who have crashed and those that are going to.

There are old riders and there are bold riders but there are no old and bold riders."
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:47 PM   #12
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If you buy a cheap bike, you'll rag it out and wreck it. Buy a bike that costs what a house costs, and no way will you wreck it.
That is so messed up and yet pure genius at the same time. I love it!

To the OP, welcome to riding. And my 2-cents is to not worry too much about finding your perfect motorcycle the first time. It probably won't be your last.
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #13
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Sport/touring bike all the way.

For me, riding is all about going fast around turns, curves, corners, etc.
Nothing like the feeling of lean angle.

Cruisers have hard parts in the way that prevent lean angle. For me, that make a very boring ride.

650's, 500's, 300's & 250's are all great sport bikes for beginners.
I suggest saving some money & buying something that already has scratches.

I say to buy something with scratches because you will crash. We have all done it. That being said, always dress for the crash. It's coming and you want to be prepared.

.... And trackdays
Trackdays save lives.
Do as many trackdays as you can afford.
You will learn more in 1 trackday than you will in months of street riding.

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I say to buy something with scratches because you will crash. We have all done it. That being said, always dress for the crash. It's coming and you want to be prepared.
I never even dropped my first motorcycle in 8000 miles and a year or more of riding. I bought it used. However, when I bought my brand new motorcycle... Let's just say it has more repaired parts than original!
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I think the first bike you get should be a brand new Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra, at about $45,000 out the door. The thing about getting that bike is that it's so incredibly expensive, you will be terrified to lay it over, and you will ride like a grandma.

If you buy a cheap bike, you'll rag it out and wreck it. Buy a bike that costs what a house costs, and no way will you wreck it.

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I would recommend starting on a 250 or a 300, gear up each time you ride, take a Motorcycle Riding school to learn the basics and come out to the events to meet other riders.
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:19 PM   #18
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Welcome to the forum.
Here is a advice from Bruce, a Ride Smart instructor that I hope you follow...

"To go right push on the right bar, to go left push the on left bar. This called counter steering and you learned how to do it when you learned how to ride a bicycle. Use your front brake mainly and use the rear brake lightly. Look where want to go, not where you are going. Always look far ahead and when in traffic behind a car, ride to one side of then lane or the other so you look around the car and see whats going on up ahead. Take your advice from riders who have been riding a long time, the older/wiser the better.

You will crash eventually so get geared up. And remember this, there two kinds of motorcycle riders. Those who have crashed and those that are going to.

There are old riders and there are bold riders but there are no old and bold riders."
These words, every one of them, are the absolute truth.
When you finish reading them, read them again. They are important and may just save your life one day.
I'm serious... Read them again, not casually, but think about them and understand what they mean.
If you have questions, ask.
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In fact, I think that post ought to be a sticky in the intro forum.
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