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    Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Hi There,

    I'm looking for fellow motorcyclist to talk about motorcycle and maybe show their ride.

    As for myself i'm currently in the process of doing classes and earning my license. During class i was able to try multiple types of bikes and now i'm having a hard time deciding which bike i should get for my first one. Before class i was set for the Kawasaki Vulcan S but then i tried the Honda CBR500 and beside for wrist hurting after half an hour(could be because i'm not used to it) i found it easyer to maneuver and now i hesitate to chose my first bike. Any tips would be welcome.

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Yeah I don't think the Chopper type bikes are a good choice to do the license. It might be easier for beginners to not drop it because of low seat heights but on the other hand maneuvering them around traffic cones in the exam with the feet positioned so far in front is harder.

    Now, specifically on the Vulcan S you can reposition the foot pegs and brake/shift levers to the "back" and alleviate that a little bit, but that presents another problem of having a bike that feels like a naked bike, but scrapes the foot pegs very easily when you wanna turn (low ground clearance). I hated that bike, it has an engine that makes it fun to go a bit faster, but then you have to slow down soo much to make the turn without scraping the foot pegs and risking a lowside crash.

    I think the wrists won't be a problem when you ride regularly, whether that is because you'll be less anxious and stiff, improve your posture and/or back muscles, or just the wrists themselves getting used to it, you'll find it will go away. At least that was my experience. If not it's possible and pretty easy in almost every case to mod your bike with a different set off handlebars or even just some risers to solve this issue.

    I think a CBR500 might work, it's a relatively upright seating position, a CB500 might be even better. The good thing is you probably don't even have to test-drive to get a sense of whether the geometry will help you get confidence or not, just test-sit a couple of bikes you fancy in dealerships and then test-drive 2-3 favorites, if possible.

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Get street legal dirtbike like a KTM exc, enduro type. Lightweight, upright posture with mid controls. I never would have passed on my first bike, so I rode for years without a license…

    Early 90’s Harley FXR with a 21 inch front wheel…lol it handles like a chopper, need both lanes to turn around. And, at like 500 lbs, the tipping point requires very strong legs or ur getting crushed, or crushed and burned, depending on which way u lay down lol…

    I have since upgraded to a 800lb touring cruiser, but it handles much better…

    There is definitely something to be said for wind therapy!

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    How fast were you going when your wrists hurt? My Honda 599 does your wrists no favors going 30, but at highway speed the wind holds my chest up and all I have to do is set there. That's the beauty of a naked sportbike. And as you mentioned, more seat time might help.

    I can no longer get my bad leg over a full sized bike, and am now riding a Honda Grom. A 125, how the mighty have fallen. Oh well I'm still riding, and it is a hell of a lot of fun. More than I expected. Everybody oughta have one a these things.
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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    How fast were you going when your wrists hurt? My Honda 599 does your wrists no favors going 30, but at highway speed the wind holds my chest up and all I have to is set there. That's the beauty of a naked sportbike. And as you mentioned, more seat time might help.

    I can no longer get my bad leg over a full sized bike, and am now riding a Honda Grom. A 125, how the mighty have fallen. Oh well I'm still riding, and it is a hell of a lot of fun. More than I expected. Everybody oughta have one a these things.
    I'd get beat up at a Sturgis rally if I showed up with my 1970 Honda C-70 (Peewee Herman style), but my Honda Trail 125 bug-out bike with it's factory round canteen style reserve tank, might get me through, or me running away from Sturgis while they hang it in tree and set it on fire! Some of those Hog riders are pretty rough dudes!

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    You got a C-70? Alright. Mom had one, but didn't ride much and I put more miles on it than anyone else. It eventually got killed teaching kids to ride. Too bad, but it was pretty worn out by then.

    The Honda Grom was made for skinny little dudes to carve up big city's. It's only thirty inch's wide. Though it's really cramped, I got used to it without much trouble. The nice thing about the Grom, is on a backroad where your not going that fast anyway, it's better than a big bike. Sharp steering, strong brakes, the lightest controls you ever worked, it's like steering a feather. Honda didn't dumb it down just cause it's a 125 single.

    With a big guy on it, its good for 50 or so, though I run 40-45 most of the time. That's slow, but not compared to a C-70! Mom's bike was good for 40, but you had to pin the throttle for a mile to do that. The Grom will go 40 up a hill and still have some throttle left. Not much, but some.
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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    How fast were you going when your wrists hurt? My Honda 599 does your wrists no favors going 30, but at highway speed the wind holds my chest up and all I have to do is set there. That's the beauty of a naked sportbike. And as you mentioned, more seat time might help.

    I can no longer get my bad leg over a full sized bike, and am now riding a Honda Grom. A 125, how the mighty have fallen. Oh well I'm still riding, and it is a hell of a lot of fun. More than I expected. Everybody oughta have one a these things.
    It wa closed circuit training. I dont think ive rode over 30km/h (18mph). This week end i start road course so maybe going 50 will be less of a pain. I'll see how it goes.

    Also ive set my sight on the Suzuki SV650A as for my first bike. Need to sit on it to see if i lile the position

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    twenty years ago, Europe considered the SV 650 the best in it's class, and in Europe they ride hard. Was a parts bin special, like the Bandit and my Honda 599, but good bikes just the same. You could do a lot worse.

    I didn't like my 599 at first, the "upright riding position" wasn't very upright. But unless things are way off, it can be fixed. Two inch bar risers are common as dirt. Lower pegs are harder to find, but their out there. A one inch shorter shock was helpfull. My Honda has all these things and for me it was a lot better. So dont be afraid of a bike as long as it's close to what you want. It can be fixed. Remember too, that your a rookie and learning fast. What bothers you now probably wont amount to a hill of beans next year.
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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    Get yourself a used CB500

    1. Upright riding position
    2. Enough power to get you out of trouble , not enough to get you into it.
    3. Used because you will drop it! several times!
    4. Enroll in an advanced riding course
    5. Always wear safety equipment Helmet/Gloves/Jacket (minimum)
    6. Keep the bike for several years before upgrading to a faster model. You will lean much more on the slower bike
    7. Checkout Dandanthefireman has lots of great tips

    My first bike was a Kwaka KR250, kept that bike for 5 years learning how to ride properly before upgrading Triumph 955i sports bike.
    Now that I'm older my back has quit on me so I'm back to an upright bike BMW S1000XR

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    Re: Any fellow motorcyclist here?

    SHADO raises some valid points. Rookies are often hard on equipment, and for what I was doing way back when, I should of started with a smaller bike. It worked out OK, but I learned slower cause the bigger bike was harder to ride, at least on dirt. On pavement the bigger bike was not so bad.

    While a used beaters a good idea, you could make a newer bike work. Dinging a new one feels awful, but unless you really screw up it's not the end of the world. It's machines that are too big, too fast and too high tech you want to avoid.

    Long ago we used the ally cat method of training. We all got bikes and rode out. Some of us came back. As you might imagine, luck had a lot to do with it. That's ok, but as time goes by you need to outgrow needing luck.
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