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#41
Quote by daytripper75
I just bought my first motorcycle a few weeks ago. Now that school is done I'm going to go get my permit so I can start riding.

This isn't actually my bike, but it is the same model:



What's the score in America as far as riding goes? Over here we have to get a provisional license, do a CBT, take a theory test, then do module 1 then module 2.

If you fail any you can't do the next one. CBT is easy, but lots of people are failing Module 1 which is sorta off road manoeuvering of the bike.
#44
Quote by Howard2k
I'm English, but live in Canada.

We have a good mix of sports bikes and cruisers in North America, but very few naked street bikes. I was in Spain last year and noticed they have lots of naked bikes and few cruisers or sports bikes, the opposite


Ahh yeah. I'm hoping to have my full license by the end of the year. My girlfriend's got a full license but she's 20 in September and she passed on her 18th birthday so her 'probation' period for riding up to 33bhp isn't up until then, so i'm hoping to have mine done by then so we can go on a summer rideout across France and into Spain next year - on a couple of 650's.

My mate's dad spent £35,000 modding his Harley Fat Boy >_>

I know what i'd do with that......Yamaha R1, Gixxer1000 and probably a KTM SMT!
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#45
I'm hoping to start riding and getting the license and all that in a year, when I'm 18! I'm in USA.

I'll start off with some used, not too powerful bike and get used to it then move up in the motorcycle world. I really like bikes with simple color schemes, and I particularly like white, so this is like the dream motorcycle for me aesthetics wise (I think the body design is sexy too):

Ducati 1198
#46
If you wanna go on a ride out across France and Spain, get a Honda Pan European.

My dad did a couple of rides down to Slovenia (where he's from) on his and he had no complaints.
#47
Quote by Ikonoklast
Ahh yeah. I'm hoping to have my full license by the end of the year. My girlfriend's got a full license but she's 20 in September and she passed on her 18th birthday so her 'probation' period for riding up to 33bhp isn't up until then, so i'm hoping to have mine done by then so we can go on a summer rideout across France and into Spain next year - on a couple of 650's.


I know what i'd do with that......Yamaha R1, Gixxer1000 and probably a KTM SMT!



Yeah - it's a great way to spend a day. I'll sometimes coordinate a day off work with friends, or we'll take off for a saturday or sunday, and clock in 600km-700km in a day. Riding through Europe would be fantastic.
#48
Quote by Howard2k
Yeah - it's a great way to spend a day. I'll sometimes coordinate a day off work with friends, or we'll take off for a saturday or sunday, and clock in 600km-700km in a day. Riding through Europe would be fantastic.


Yeah it looks amazing - i especially like the thought of actually going, staying somewhere for a week then riding back (obv just me and the missus).

^^ That Ducati up there in white/great looks amazing - never really seen one in anything but red before! I think i actually prefer it.

^ Yeah i would do it on a bigger bike, the pan europeans are like sitting in cars, if not comfier depending on the suspension.
#49
well i currenly ride a scooter but im planning on getting either one of these:

or one of these

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#50
^Mechanixx, just to throw my opinion out there, I think that on looks, the second bike is incredible, the first one, not as much. I think it's the mid-section being closer to the front wheel on the second one, making it look fuller and more aggressive, and also the wheels look less like a bicycle on it.

I really like naked bikes. Cool stuff.

#52
Quote by I Poke Badgers
^Mechanixx, just to throw my opinion out there, I think that on looks, the second bike is incredible, the first one, not as much. I think it's the mid-section being closer to the front wheel on the second one, making it look fuller and more aggressive, and also the wheels look less like a bicycle on it.

I really like naked bikes. Cool stuff.




Stunning...
#53
Quote by I Poke Badgers
^Mechanixx, just to throw my opinion out there, I think that on looks, the second bike is incredible, the first one, not as much. I think it's the mid-section being closer to the front wheel on the second one, making it look fuller and more aggressive, and also the wheels look less like a bicycle on it.

I really like naked bikes. Cool stuff.



ah the first one is a beautiful oldschool british bike (now made in inda though), nothing aggresive or in your face, but a small cafe-racer type.

love that bike in the picture btw, looks insanely cool.
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#54
Quote by Mechanixx
ah the first one is a beautiful oldschool british bike (now made in inda though), nothing aggresive or in your face, but a small cafe-racer type.

love that bike in the picture btw, looks insanely cool.



Ah, well they're both great looking bikes don't get me wrong, I just would take the second one personally But it's really about what you intend to use it for I guess. And your own personal style and whatnot.
#55
Quote by JackalUK
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I had 2 crashes in the space of 3 months recently because of them. The last one wasn't too bad as I dropped the bike before I hit the car, but I went right into the side of the first one, leaving me with a broken wrist and a written off DRZ400.

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I really like bikes with simple color schemes, and I particularly like white, so this is like the dream motorcycle for me aesthetics wise (I think the body design is sexy too):

Ducati 1198

I love the new Duc's in that pearl white colour.

Give me a Desmosedici over that any day though.
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#56


Badass hog one



My badass hog number the second. On one of my favorite roads to boot.

I wanted to buy a Valentino Rossi replica helmet but I looked into it and they're like $600-700 each.

So I'll pass.

I saw a guy selling an old 1982 450 Hondamatic the other day and I wanted it SO bad but he didn't have a title.

And I ain't gonna buy a title-less bike.

Quote by Ikonoklast
What's the score in America as far as riding goes? Over here we have to get a provisional license, do a CBT, take a theory test, then do module 1 then module 2.


Here you take a written test to get your permit.

Then you schedule a road test after a few months.

Then you get yer license without any restrictions.

The road test (in NYS anyway) consists of 2 figure eights, 2 circles (one in each direction) and then regular street riding.

Piece of cake. Lots of our states don't even have helmet laws
Last edited by Iluvpowerchords at May 8, 2009,
#57


After reading reviews and pro comments etc I think I might go for one of these actually. Good rising position, nice pull through the entire rev range, good mileage. Sounds perfect for a first large bike.

Suzuki GSX650F


Don't forget to personal sticky thread!!!
Last edited by JackalUK at May 12, 2009,
#58
Quote by daytripper75
I just bought my first motorcycle a few weeks ago. Now that school is done I'm going to go get my permit so I can start riding.

This isn't actually my bike, but it is the same model:



Nice Maxim 650. I was looking into those for a little bit.

Then I found out I can't afford it.

So I'll wait until I'm done school and get a decent job. Then we'll see what happens.
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#60
Revival!

I finally stumped up the money and got one of these today



Pick it up on saturday!
#61
Wow i didn't realize i killed the thread

after a hard battle with money BS, i probably wont have a bike this summer either, but you can bet all your asses that i will NEXT summer
#63
Oh hey. I got a little 250 Ninja since my last post in here.

Riding it is a joy but I'm not fond of all the plastic. It makes simple maintenance stuff a real burden. It looks pretty good though. It's one of the 250s from before Kawasaki updated the body in '08.

So even though it is from '02 it looks like it came right outta the 80's.
#68
Started thinking about getting myself one for next summer. Will probably end up being a used 250 of some type or another. Digging around the interwebz so I have an idea on what I'm gonna save up for, but for those experienced here, what's a good starter bike in your opinion?

To compare to, ones I've been looking at is the Yamaha V Star or Honda Rebel.
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#69
If I had to do it again, I'd prolly get a Buell Blast.

Harley shut Buell down recently but you could prolly get a good deal on a blast on Craigslist.

My little Ninja is excellent though. And very polite. I used to give that thing so much bad input but it's so forgiving that I never found myself in any trouble.

Rebels are cute and decent and so are the Viragos and if you're into cruisers then they're essentially your only option for buying new but Japan has produced lots of amiable, small standard bikes over the years that I like more.

If you've got a year, you've got plenty of time to think about what kind of stuff you'd like in a bike.
#70
Quote by Hakael
Started thinking about getting myself one for next summer. Will probably end up being a used 250 of some type or another. Digging around the interwebz so I have an idea on what I'm gonna save up for, but for those experienced here, what's a good starter bike in your opinion?

To compare to, ones I've been looking at is the Yamaha V Star or Honda Rebel.

If you're into cruisers, and you've taken the Beginner Rider Course, I don't see why you couldn't handle a 650cc bike. As far as what's best, all the Japanese manufacturers put out a similar quality product, so it's what fits you best.

I'm in my 2nd year of riding; I have a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R, which was my first bike as well.
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#72
Hey guys, I'm looking to get a bike that's cheap to buy, maintain and insure. This will be my first bike so I was thinking maybe I should get a Honda CG 125 as they have good reviews as beginner bikes. All of the laws confuse me though, what test would I need to take to get a 125cc bike, would a CBT cover it? Thanks in advance.
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#73
I don't have a bike or ride, but I like and respect them.

My mate has a VTR-1000, pretty nice bike.

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#74
Quote by I.O.T.M
Hey guys, I'm looking to get a bike that's cheap to buy, maintain and insure. This will be my first bike so I was thinking maybe I should get a Honda CG 125 as they have good reviews as beginner bikes. All of the laws confuse me though, what test would I need to take to get a 125cc bike, would a CBT cover it? Thanks in advance.


For a 125 you first need a provisional license

Then you need to book and take a CBT test which allows you to ride on the road with L plates. You can't go on motorways or carry pillion passengers whilst on L plates. The CBT lasts for 2 years and you have to retake if you havn't got a full license in that time.

CBT test - Easy enough to pass, 2 days of training on basic handling, turning, stopping, emergency stop, figure 8, gear usage. 1st day is off road, 2nd day is off road.

If you are looking to get a full license you have to pass your theory test first and then you can put in for your practical tests.

Module 1 - Off road

This is basically an extension of your CBT and will feature things like manual handling, figure 8, turn in the road, emergency stop, slalom and the infamous high speed dodge.

Module 2 - You will first be asked some basic matenaince questions and safety checks followed by 30-45 minutes of examiner following on road riding, you will be asked to follow directions and stop at the side of the road a few times.
#75
Been some time since anyone posted here but anyway

Thinking about swapping the stock exhaust with another, is it simply a case of unbolting the old one and sliding the new one on or is it a little more complex than that?

Slip on muffler, not the whole thing.
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#76
You prolly gotta re-jet yer carburetors if yer gonna play around with the exhaust.

You'll prolly need to jet up a size or so.

And the addition of new air filters will help too.

You gotta plug chop!

Really. I did this for my moped and it was kind of a hassle (kinda worth it too, though) and that was with an easily accessible carby.

If you gotta sport bike you'll prolly have to take most of the body apart just to get to the carbs.

You gotta decide if it's worth all the effort.

Personally, I prolly wouldn't on a proper motorcycle. But my puch really needed it to function.
Last edited by Iluvpowerchords at Jul 7, 2010,
#77
How is this for a naked bike?
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#79
All right, So I've read a lot of posts and done some research on this, and found out that this is generally not a good idea. But it's probably all I've got and I can't afford a different bike. So I got my permit a few months ago, and I started the motorcycle safety course yesterday and passed the written test today. The actual riding part of this course is this Saturday and Sunday morning. I'm a big guy, 6' 2" and about 315 pounds (lost 35 pounds from last summer!) and I'm probably gonna get stuck on a 250cc bike for the course, don't how that's gonna go, but o well.

Anyway, my dad has like 5 bikes. Every single one of them except for one are old English bikes (they still have kick starts) but all of the controls are switched. So the throttle and the brakes are on the left side, and the clutch and gear shift levers are on the right. I'm not sure what size engines they are, but it doesn't really seem to practical for me to ride these bikes for a while and develop muscle memory on them, but later on when I get a newer bike I'll basically have to relearn everything over again because of the controls being on the opposite side, I'd be used to the old English bikes opposite side controls.

But the one motorcycle that my dad has that does have the controls on the normal side as is kinda newish has a 1500cc engine. It's a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic, and he's planning on helping me learn how to ride it after I pass the MSF course. It will just be around the neighborhood for the first days. A couple other people in my family is telling my dad not to let me ride it yet, but he's convinced I'll be fine. His reasoning is that it's a heavy bike. The dry weight of it is 644 lbs. And as I've said, I'm about 315. Add a full tank of gas on that's and we're getting close to 1000 lbs. And apparently that's a lot of weight even for a 1500cc engine. My dad said with him on it, it's top speed is about 100 mph. So I'm guessing with me on it, being more than twice his weight, it'll barely be able to hit 80.

So basically my dad thinks since the bike will be so heavy, I should be fine on it. What do you guys think about it? Is it a good idea or bad idea for me to start on a 1500cc bike so early? I'm not gonna be a jack ass driver either, I don't have any plans to die any time soon. The bikes a cruiser by the way.
#80
Hey motorcycle thread, I'm a motorcycle-lover without a motorcycle. I'm bad at motors and stuff, but I love driving. I'm currently driving a moped I also hate naked bikes.

Dream bike, a Triumph Daytona 675.
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