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Old 05-23-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about buying a bike for my daily commute. It'd save me gas and, more importantly, the parking spaces at work for 2-wheelers are a lot more convenient than the ones for cars. So I thought I'd seek out some advice from any bikers lurking around here.

I don't have a clue what I'm looking for. I've only ever ridden once. So I need something that wouldn't take too long to get comfortable with.
I'm 6'2" and 300+. So I need a fairly big bike to hold me comfortably and move me down the road.
I'd like something that could at least carry a little cargo if I wanted to hit the store on the way home.
I don't need a status symbol.
I'm not looking to prove my manhood or look macho.
I'm also not filthy rich. So no bling bikes.

Further complicating the issue is that my wife would also like her own bike at some point. So it would be nice if there were a smaller bike for her from the same maker as mine. Just to keep parts searches simple.

I like the idea of a dresser/bagger. Although that seems like it might be a bit hefty for a first bike. I've looked at dual-sports too. But they all look a bit light and underpowered for my girth.

Feel free to chime in with any thoughts or suggestions. Or let me know if there's any more information I can add to help narrow down the choices.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=I don't have a clue what I'm looking for. I've only ever ridden once. So I need something that wouldn't take too long to get comfortable with.
I'm 6'2" and 300+. So I need a fairly big bike to hold me comfortably and move me down the road.
I'd like something that could at least carry a little cargo if I wanted to hit the store on the way home.
I don't need a status symbol.
I'm not looking to prove my manhood or look macho.
I'm also not filthy rich. So no bling bikes.

Further complicating the issue is that my wife would also like her own bike at some point. So it would be nice if there were a smaller bike for her from the same maker as mine. Just to keep parts searches simple.

I like the idea of a dresser/bagger. Although that seems like it might be a bit hefty for a first bike. I've looked at dual-sports too. But they all look a bit light and underpowered for my girth.

Feel free to chime in with any thoughts or suggestions. Or let me know if there's any more information I can add to help narrow down the choices.[/QUOTE]

Im 6'2 180 and I ride to work every day. I always feel like I start my day off right with a nice ride. I have a giant defy1. It's a solid strong bike for around 1k. Your best bet is to go to the bike store and ride as many as you can. Get a feel for seats and position on your bike. It makes a BIG difference when riding over 5 miles. Also get the most expensive bike in your price range. It costs alot more to add parts to get it to the bike you want when you could have had it for much less overall. I added a bag set for my commute after just backpacking it. I love it. Make sure you get a small pack for a repair kit. You will have to change a tire tube on the road. It's not hard with some practice.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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I need to work on how to quote
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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Look at a Kona Jake, they have several in that line, looks cooler than a road bike and they have mounts for racks and fenders, some come with disk brakes which are great for bad weather.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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I need to work on how to quote
I think you need to work on more than that...
preeettttyyy sure OP was talking about a motorcycle....
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I think you need to work on more than that...
preeettttyyy sure OP was talking about a motorcycle....
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:48 AM   #7
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Why would you want a motorcycle? Get a bike which is short for bicycle, how can it be short for motorcycle? They haven't been called motor bikes for over a century. Get some exercise.
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Why would you want a motorcycle? Get a bike which is short for bicycle, how can it be short for motorcycle? They haven't been called motor bikes for over a century. Get some exercise.
They've always been called bikes, and still are to this moment. Usually the meaning--whether it be a bicycle or motorcycle--is implied by context: in this case, dresser/bagger, duel sport, etc.

Anyway, OP, I've looked into the HD Sportster as a newbie bike. It's "cheap," has decent power, and it's by HD, so you know you have as many options as you want. Plus, it looks pretty slick. You can find some with a couple thousand miles for a few K off of new, but all HD's hold their value for a long time so it's still an investment. Used streetglides are nice as well. I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend.
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6'2" and 300? you'd look cute on a Sportster
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650 to 1000 cc. Maybe start looking at 750. I'm thinking cruiser. More comfy. Upright seating. Cheaper to insure than any other. And sometimes just because the bike co calls it a dual or standard, the ins co still calls it sport and charges more.

Honda has a great rep for a reason. My Suzuki has done me well.
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