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Warm Weather is here! Lots of cool cars and bikes are out for the first time since last year.

At work (I work outside) I see a lot of bikes riding around. Last year I was really considering one and even started studying for my Riders Permit. I want your opinions on motorcycles.

I know they are dangerous, but I would only ride it locally and probably to work since it's only a few miles down the road. My cousin died on one, and a family friend became paralyzed for life on one. I'm not scared, just I am an unlucky person.

My favorite teacher at school rides one to school everyday and it's very tempting.

(I'm not buying one or even looking at them, just saw a few yesterday and sparked my interest that I had last year).

What do you think about a 18 year old kid on a sport bike that can drive muscle cars responsibly with no tickets or crashes? :lol:
 

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If you think your responsible enough I say go for it.. But best of luck convicing your parents.. also remember the only thing seperating you and concrete at 65+ mph is a little plastic helmet.. if you do end up getting one there are plenty classes that are offered that can improve your driving ability
 

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I have thought about that and I would definitely go to every class and wear as much armor as I could...all of the time.

Though right now I'm financially and physically unable to get one so it would a year or 2 before I would even go shopping for one. Just wanted to see if anyone else rode and what they think of it.

BTW: Looking to get a 4x4, small truck, or commuter import for friggin' college. So that's where my money is currently going. :(
 

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Being an mp I have seen alot of mototrcycle accidents (most of them life taking... no matter how huch stuff they had on) I rode dirt bikes and atv for a better part of my life, and its a breath taking experience, I'd say start off small( dirt bike,ATV, or heck even a scooter) then move up from there once your comfortable.
 

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Life's short, you can spend it in a padded room with a helmet on and still die from cancer, a plane crashing into your house, ect... I've been riding since I was twelve and would never give it up. Its as close as you can get to flying without leaving the ground and I would encourage you to give it a try. Definitely take a riders course and wear your protective gear. Good luck and I hope to meet you on the road.
 

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well if you do PLEASE,PLEASE DON'T BUY A SCOOTER!
:lol::lol::lol:
I swear to you here in North Carolina we have a few people riding scooters and the fastest I've seen them go is THE SPEED LIMIT of 40MPH:lol:
which happens to be their top speed:lol::lol::lol:

I mean it's aggrivating to be behind them:mad:
 

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i wouldn't recommend a sport bike for a beginer. even the smallest sport bikes are capable of getting out of control very fast. i learned on an 1988 Honda Shadow 600 a few years ago and now ride a 2003 yamaha warrior. i have about 4 years of experience on a bike, and don't consider myself ready to own a sport bike for the simple fact that i would ride it at speeds considered illegal
 

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i wouldn't recommend a sport bike for a beginer. even the smallest sport bikes are capable of getting out of control very fast. i learned on an 1988 Honda Shadow 600 a few years ago and now ride a 2003 yamaha warrior. i have about 4 years of experience on a bike, and don't consider myself ready to own a sport bike for the simple fact that i would ride it at speeds considered illegal
:agree:seriously...start off with something tame.
 

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I will say I am glad to hear that you are "considering" it before ever going through with it. I have been riding since I was a kid and have ridden everything from 4 wheelers to dirt bikes to sport bikes and have had 2 Harleys. My .02 cents is take a beginners course that provides motorcycles. Alot of people think it is cool to ride a motorcycle, buy one and realize they do not really care for it and have wasted alot of money. After taking the course if you still want one, then buy smart. Start off with a smaller cc bike like a 600 cruiser. Then practice, practice, practice in places where there is not alot of traffic. Once you are more comfortable with the bike gradually work your way into places with more traffic...so on and so on. Once you are more comfortable with the bike, take an intermediate level course and then an advanced course. It is just like anything else..prepare yourself. It will cost a little bit of money, but will pay off in the future. Once you have been riding for a few years then graduate to bike you really want. Then never forget that people, unfortunately in most places, do not pay attention to motorcyclist on the road. You have to be on your game every time you mount up. It truly is an awesome feeling being on the open road on a great bike. And last but not least every couple of years it is good to go back and take the advance riding course to sharpen your skills...not to mention most credible advance courses provide you with a certificate that insurance companies will honor as a discount on your policy. Apologize for the long post but I have seen to many young adults buy a top of the line, powerful motorcycle and wrap it around a tree because they had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Bikes are awesome and can be a great mode of transportation and recreation if driven smartly.:thumbsup:
 

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I am in the market for n old Yamaha to convert over to a Bobber.

Harley's are so popular I am turned off by them.
 

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xs650....100hp on a 300lb bike is fast enough...
 

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I know they are dangerous, but I would only ride it locally and probably to work since it's only a few miles down the road. My cousin died on one, and a family friend became paralyzed for life on one. I'm not scared, just I am an unlucky person.

What do you think about a 18 year old kid on a sport bike that can drive muscle cars responsibly with no tickets or crashes? :lol:
I first started to ride when I was thirteen, and have owned bikes for about twenty five years. Bikes aren't dangerous, the people who ride them can be. A skilled motorcyclist can go a lifetime without having serious injury. If you do not possess any self confidence, learning to ride will help build that. Riding will also improve your driving skills. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot of defensive on road skills. If you're truly a responsible teen, what's holding you back? I highly recommend taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses.
http://www.msf-usa.org/ Be careful, motorcycles are additive. I now have five. My BMW R1100RSL



KLR 650 (for sale, hint hint) :)



and three '70's vintage Honda's.



 

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I really like yamaha, their older sport bikes are just my style. I sat on some new ones and I was maybe 1inch short. I sat on one with 5000 miles which was only a year old and it was perfect. I was told that you have to break them in and they get a little lower.

Hopefully in the next year I can grow an inch maybe so I wouldn't have to lower the bike (Being 5'7'' sucks). Then again, like cars, I like the older style bike.
 

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I first started to ride when I was thirteen, and have owned bikes for about twenty five years. Bikes aren't dangerous, the people who ride them can be. A skilled motorcyclist can go a lifetime without having serious injury. If you do not possess any self confidence, learning to ride will help build that. Riding will also improve your driving skills. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot of defensive on road skills. If you're truly a responsible teen, what's holding you back? I highly recommend taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses.
http://www.msf-usa.org/ Be careful, motorcycles are additive. I now have five. My BMW R1100RSL



KLR 650 (for sale, hint hint) :)



and three '70's vintage Honda's.




Sorry for Hyjacking the thread, heres my Beemer and my Harley. Harleys a social bike and the BMW's for riding.:lol: Love your bikes.
 

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take the rider's course, state's should make it mandatory!

I've had a 2 wheeler every year of my life since the age of 4 (39 years worth). Been on every **** type of bike possible in that time, and have owned ALOT of fast-ass bikes (GPZ-1100, ZX-10 & ZX-11). Sport bikes are fun, but you'll tire of them quickly, and they're not worth a **** trade-in.

if6was9..........I took my drivers test on a 360 Honda, nice to see some older scooters that are "well kept".

(and don't hold me accountable for ragging on sportbikes, I'm getting ready to purchase a "slightly" used ZX-11 as a 2nd bike). I miss the one I had, its been 17 years since I sold her.


here's my current ride: '04 Texas Chopper w/ 124ci (2034cc's) S&S motor

 

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yes, take the course, I have only been riding for just about 3 years. My starter bike is a 07 honda shadow 750cc. its plenty fast enough for a starting rider(which i am selling now because i want the camaro more lmao anyone interested, see the classifieds in the forums lol) the course helped a lot, and practice, practice, and practice more.
 

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my .02. Deffinately take the riders safety course. And if you like the sport bikes look at the ninja 250r as a first bike. Looks sporty but has a small engine that is cheaper to insure, lighter and very easy to manuver and learn on. But it still has enough to cruise comfortable at 60mph but not on the interstate highways. These bikes also hold their value extrememly well so if you decide to trade up you won't lose to much money.

Watch out for other drivers. I had my 250 for less then a month and got rearended by an old man not paying attention. Totalled the bike and I broke 3 vertbrea in my lower back but was able to walk away. So you must be paying attention to EVERYONE because no one is paying attention to you.

Finally buy and wear your safety gear. (probably saved my life) Jacket with padded shoulders, elbow pads, and spine protection, pants with hip and knee protection. A good FULL FACE helmet, riding boots and gloves.

Just be extra careful, extra aware of your surroundings and it's no more dangerous than riding a bicycle in town. There is nothing you can do about the other idiots on the road.
 

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yes do be careful of the other idiots alot of people dont see motorcycles and thats how alot of the accidents happen.. I had a friend and his wife both lose a leg when they got rear-ended by some one who was not paying attention.. when you do get your safety gear alao make sure its highly reflective ...you dont want to be wearing just a leather jacket at night.
 
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