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Old 10-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I'm thinking about buying a motorcycle. I am a complete armature. I've ridden dirt bikes before but that's about it. I'm looking for suggestions on what kind of bike I should get. I'm kinda a big dude (6'6 230lbs). I'm leaning towards cruisers, but I'm open to some opinions..

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Hey all,

I'm thinking about buying a motorcycle. I am a complete armature. I've ridden dirt bikes before but that's about it. I'm looking for suggestions on what kind of bike I should get. I'm kinda a big dude (6'6 230lbs). I'm leaning towards cruisers, but I'm open to some opinions..

Thanks,
Cranny
All comes down to what you want. Dirty, nasty speed? Crotch Rocket. Touring? Cruiser.

I own a harley, and will say that it has caused me some grief. Might look into victory or triumph next time.

Head to a dealership, and start sitting on things. That'll tell you what you like.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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All comes down to what you want. Dirty, nasty speed? Crotch Rocket. Touring? Cruiser.

I own a harley, and will say that it has caused me some grief. Might look into victory or triumph next time.

Head to a dealership, and start sitting on things. That'll tell you what you like.
Yeah, but don't have them tell you what you should like. Do reaserch and test drive if needed, good luck

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:50 PM   #4
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definitely sit on quite a few.

I knew I wanted a cruiser.

I had my mind set on a suzuki savage (ls650), from reading sooooo much online about starter bikes. This is generally regarded as one of the better starter bikes, etc etc. Well, I'm 5'10", 190lbs, and the first time I saw one in person, I almost laughed. I sat on it, and it was soooo tiny. Lots of sites recommended the 250cc bikes for starting out (honda rebel, etc), and they are even smaller.

I used a Honda Rebel when I took my Motorcycle Safety class, and i felt like a monkey f*ggin' a football. It was so cramped.

I was partial to shaft-drive bikes, and ended up buying a suzuki c50 (800cc, but pretty large frame, and long wheelbase). I sat on a new one at the dealer, and then found a used one on craigslist.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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At 6'6" and if you enjoyed dirt bikes then two words. Adventure sports. Think about the bmw GS bikes, even the 650 was a hoot and probably more capable when you fancy hitting the dirt tracks.

I love the triumph tiger and the KTM adventure ( but don't get the black ones as they have issues in hot countries with venting fuel through breather pipes from the tank) and the new Tenere is supposed to be good but I haven't had the chance to ride one.

What are the restrictions for new riders in your part of the world? Here in the UK it is quite a difficult route these days to get a bike licence with a three part test and restrictions for younger riders.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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...( but don't get the black ones as they have issues in hot countries with venting fuel through breather pipes from the tank)...
My shadow does this. It's kind of the point.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #7
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My shadow does this. It's kind of the point.
No sorry, that wasn't clear, the Black KTM tanks get hot and then vent onto the back of the front tyre, have known of a couple that did it. Of course tanks are supposed to vent through breathers but not in such a way as to make riding a game of Russian roulette.

The orange ones absorb much less heat in the tank and don't seem to suffer the same amount of venting issues.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #8
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Hi
6'5 240# novice rider here, new owner of a Kawasaki KLR 650 and loving it! Its a dual sport on off road, loads of fun. Its a big guys bike and nice entry level machine with a nice price tag as well.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #9
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No sorry, that wasn't clear, the Black KTM tanks get hot and then vent onto the back of the front tyre, have known of a couple that did it. Of course tanks are supposed to vent through breathers but not in such a way as to make riding a game of Russian roulette.

The orange ones absorb much less heat in the tank and don't seem to suffer the same amount of venting issues.
Ahhh. Yes. Gas on tire not good. Mine vents under the frame.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:00 PM   #10
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If you got some cash to spend I would recommend a Harley 1200cc Sportster. Great starter bike and has enough power that you won't feel its too weak once you're in your groove.

 
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