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Old 10-15-2008, 08:57 PM   #21
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Welcome to the Fam!

Good choice on an older, cheaper bike w some miles under it.

Keep in mind, we recommend getting the bike looked over by a skillful eye before your purchase. Motorcycles Unlimited, a sponsor here, offers free checkouts for bike buyers/MH members. The initial purchase of the bike wont be the only thing you buy. Bikes are neglected(I know, can you believe it?) And chains/sprockets are commonplace.

Second, gear is the difference between pain and much more pain if hit or going down. A 600cc SS bike is a CMRA class... dont be fooled, ensure yourself that you have enough patience to learn at a comfortable pace for you... and not among people trying to show off and run fast around you; that almost always puts new riders into higher speeds then they can control, whether they know at that time or months down the road when they miss a turn.

Back on gear... a good jacket(recommend leather); a good SNELL and high Highway Patrol crash rating; gloves(cuz work is hard w stumps for fingers) and I always recommend a 7-spline back support and riding boots(shoes are first to come off in an accident.) All in all, that may be close to $1000 dollars; but how much is your life worth to you?

Full coverage insurance, cuz if its stolen or damaged you want to be covered. Not to scare you, but new riders are at risk for going down or being hit. It takes time on the road to play 'avoidance' instead of aggression when on a bike. The more you plan happening around you, the less risk you put yourself in.

If you read all that, understand Im not preaching anything that wont be told(they call me brother lol...) but I have a heart for providing opportunity for new riders to gain experience through rides w a set pace and not faster then individuals can sustain. We call ourselves the Forest Gnomes; and we have rides regularly.

As for a bike, come to some meet and greets and sit on our bikes. Some are lowered, modified... the more questions you have the more complete your decision can be made for a bike to fit what you're looking for. A lowered bike handles differently then an oem height one.

That's what MH and the community is here for. So, get on the road with us, come ride on the back of some of these bikes; I have a 600 you're welcome to practice on WHEN you are legit w your license.

I'll get off my soap box now.... Welcome to the peanut gallery lol...
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:58 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the info! I have a buddy that has had several bikes that is coming with me to check a few out and make sure they are cool.

Also I have already been gear shopping and think I already found everything that I need (after 8 stores in one day one would hope so).

Oh yeah and signing up for riding classes tomorrow that start next week. Yay so excited! I am looking forward to some nice easy rides in the future with y'all
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:02 PM   #23
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:18 PM   #24
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:29 PM   #27
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Hey I think I have seen you on tech right?
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:49 PM   #28
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:17 PM   #29
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Hi....I would research a lot. Like Weight of each bike....mine is hard enough as it is to pick up and I'm pretty sure its one of the lightest! Also look at height of the bike based on your inseam.

I read a lot of reviews before I bought my bike and the majority of women preferred it b/c it was narrower and gave more ground clearance.

GL with the search...if you have any questions feel free to ask. I was the newbie not to long ago.
you have a heavy gsxr =p the new Honda she wants is awesomeness in a box!
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:03 PM   #30
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:16 PM   #31
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:00 PM   #32
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:12 PM   #33
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