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Old 05-21-2007, 09:38 AM
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I haven't ridden since I was in the military, and that was a long time ago. Now, at 61, maybe this is a bad idea, but I have been itching to get a bike for a while now.

One of my friends has a Honda Shadow, his first bike which he's had for 3 or 4 years now. Another friend has a Yamaha Ventura cruiser (800+ lbs that he and his wife love).

I don't have a MC endorsement yet, so I can't take test drives. Not sure if I'll ever get my wife on one, no matter what I buy. She was a passenger in a motorcycle accident before I met her, so she's always said 'no way, don't even ask. Lately she's saying 'maybe. we'll see'.

If I get one, I think I'd buy something a few years old. I nearly pulled the trigger on a like-new Honda Shadow Sabre last year. Waited too long to make up my mind (3 days), and it was sold. Took that as a sign.

Should I stay with a water cooled engine, (eliminates Yamaha except the big V-4 cruisers), drive-shaft final drive, (no chain), and fuel injection (?). I'm average build at 5' 10", 170 lbs., so maybe a mid-size bike would be better than something that tips the scales at 750-800 lbs, and still give a comfortable ride.

Speaking of the ride, I don't think I'd be doing any serious, all-day cruising like my friend. He just came back from a trip on his Ventura: Delaware to Louisiana to Florida to Delaware, all in a week! Said it was a easy ride on his big bike.

Just getting into this, I'm thinking easy handling would be more important than a cushy ride. So, what mistakes did you make in choosing a bike? If you were to do it over, what would you do different? Or should I just fugetaboutit?
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I suggest a "Trike."
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:25 AM
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Check out Moto Guzzi - Great bike. Shaft drive, fuel injected, steering dampers, stainless spokes, tubeless tires, etc. I bought mine new in 99 - no problems and all maintenace is easy (no shop needed) - lots have gone 300k miles. 560 lbs for my 1100cc street bike

Great deals on used ones as I paid 10k plus new and used would be 4-6k
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:27 AM
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I too had an itch for a motorcycle back in '03 and kinda wish I hadn't scratched it!

A friend of mine got killed on his our senior year of high school, and I bascially lost interest in riding any more. Of course I never did really ride much, just out on the backroads in the country where I grew up.

Most guys give up their bikes when they have a child. For whatever reason, I bought mine when Ryan was only a couple of months old. Truth be known, I saw a HD 100th Anniversary V-Rod which matched the '03 Ford HD 100th Anniversary pick-up I had purchased a couple of months earlier. I'm sure some folks are going to be offended that I did that for whatever reason but that's what I did.

I didn't let my ego get in the way so I took a rider safety course just to get the feel of things again. I will admit to riding the bike some just to get the feel of it before I took it to the course on my company truck. I sure did get some funny looks lowering that thing off a Mack with a liftgate, but nobody snubbed me as some rich guy with a new toy. Most just wanted to check out the bike.

The course let me brush up on a few things and also gave me a certificate which I took to the THP to get my motocycle endorsement, something I've never had before.

I say go for it, but leave the wife behind until you get a good feel for the bike on your own. That is assuming this whole thing is not just a plot to scare your wife off!
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Cap Will, I'm 57 and got my endorsement last month. Seems like everyone in Florida rides a Harley (and that's what I've always wanted), so I will most likely go that route. Currently renting the different models to see what I like best. My dilema is I would like to ride a little up here in NJ but the idea of a new Harley getting corroded is dampening the desire to own one.
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:59 AM
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Cap Will, one other thought that might help.

If you enroll in a beginner motorcyle safety class, they provide the bike and you still get a certificate at the end of the deal which will get you the motorcycle endorsement you will need.

Then you can test drive certain bikes through rentals or whatever.
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Old 05-21-2007, 12:07 PM
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I have 2 of mine on e-bay right now.... I'll give ya a deal on the package.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...0257728&rd=1,1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...0248610&rd=1,1
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I have been looking at the Boss Hoss bikes for a while, I think I have settled on this baby with the 350 v 8

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Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 2:26 PM

I have been looking at the Boss Hoss bikes for a while, I think I have settled on this baby with the 350 v 8

Yeah, that's you Sid, but have you ever owned anything with a V8?
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Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 2:26 PM

I have been looking at the Boss Hoss bikes for a while, I think I have settled on this baby with the 350 v 8
Put the eggs in one pocket and the bacon in the other and that baby will cook your breakfast.

CaptWill, take a look at the Beemer that jloomis has for sale in the classifieds. It's a pretty cool scooter, especially for the price.
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Checked into a MC driver course, and found that DMV offers one that is for beginners; one evening (classroom), and two FULL DAYS on the blacktop. They have one in June, so I'm jumping on that, no matter what I decide to do bike-wise. But in reading the posts, and checking around elsewhere, I'm thinking that something like the Honda Shadow might be a good first bike. Some of the other bikes mentioned here sound interesting, and I will be checking into a few of them, but Sid; c'mon. That is a friggin awesome bike. I know; you weren't suggesting that for me. But y'know, that's waay too much bike even for a lot of guys who have been riding a while.
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Capt Will, I got the itch a couple of years ago after not riding for 20 years and ran down to the HD shop and planted my butt on a couple but then got to thinking about how well I would heal IF it went out from under me. I decided that I would be best served to stick to the "liquid highway" so I went out and bought the "Little Boat"....... About the same money so I felt good about it and now I don't worry about some grey haired Granny pulling out in front of me......
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Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 2:26 PM I have been looking at the Boss Hoss bikes for a while, I think I have settled on this baby with the 350 v 8
Yeah, that's you Sid, but have you ever owned anything with a V8?


Not on two wheels
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:15 PM
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Take the safety course and try and stay objective. Do I or don't I want a bike.
I'd recommend buying used. there are alot of people out there who buy new, keep it a few years, don't ride it enough to justify it and sell it. Let somebody else take a beating on depreciation.
I've owned a harley, if I buy another, it'll be a BMW, Moto Guzzi, or one of the cruiser style jap bikes.
Do a serious evaluation of your time. Will you really use it that much? If your wife doesn't want to ride along, whats she gonna be doing while your gone, worry herself silly?
Goodluck whatever you do
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Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 3:26 PM

I have been looking at the Boss Hoss bikes for a while, I think I have settled on this baby with the 350 v 8

I'm wondering how these things handle. Would LOVE to ride one. I don't think the little lady would care much for it though. She would like to see me get another Harley.

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tinmarine - 5/21/2007 10:10 PM
I'm wondering how these things handle. Would LOVE to ride one. I don't think the little lady would care much for it though. She would like to see me get another Harley.

She couldn't care less about a bike.......she just wants to see you in the chaps, wife beater t-shirt, bandana and Harley leather boots.
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Tireless - 5/21/2007 11:22 PM

tinmarine - 5/21/2007 10:10 PM

Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 3:26 PM
I'm wondering how these things handle. Would LOVE to ride one. I don't think the little lady would care much for it though. She would like to see me get another Harley.
She couldn't care less about a bike.......she just wants to see you in the chaps, bandana and Harley leather boots.



Hey, Who says I don't wear them? I do get funny looks from the neighbors when I walk the dog though.

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tinmarine - 5/21/2007 10:27 PM

Tireless - 5/21/2007 11:22 PM

tinmarine - 5/21/2007 10:10 PM

Captain Sid - 5/21/2007 3:26 PM
I'm wondering how these things handle. Would LOVE to ride one. I don't think the little lady would care much for it though. She would like to see me get another Harley.
She couldn't care less about a bike.......she just wants to see you in the chaps, bandana and Harley leather boots.



Hey, Who says I don't wear them? I do get funny looks from the neighbors when I walk the dog though.
I think the crocs are causing the giggles.
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well if the wife is not going to be riding do your self a favor and get a 04-07 zx10

o and hang on

Mine is all modded up and pushing 181 RWHP
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You might want to go, Radial.





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