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RonK
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PostSubject: So you want a bike?   Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:18 pm

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Just to get things going here, if you are considering a new (to you) bike, the first thing to do is visit a dealer and JUST SIT on all the bikes you can. The most important thing about riding is having something you feel comfortable on. It is NOT having a bike that you think you look cool on.

First off, most of the time, other people will not notice what brand or size bike you have. Bikers will notice whether you have a dirt, sport, or cruiser bike, but normal people (?) won't know anymore than "Wow, that sure has a lot of chrome
!". I don't know how many times someone has said to me "Is that a Harley?". I mean, if they don't even know what a Harley looks like, or what the difference is, then why should they care? Well, actually, I'm being a little hard here, as they are just trying to make conversation and they think bikers always want to have someone who knows a lot about bikes (like they are pretending to) to ask a "biking" question.

Write down what bikes felt good to you. Then talk to a sales person about the differences in the ones you liked. If you have friends who ride, call them up and ask them what they like and why. Try to go to a number of web sites on motorcycles and read the posts in their new rider/new bike sections and get some ideas on the differences and what might work for your anticipated style of riding. Check on Ebay as to what it costs for typical bikes in the catagory you like. Then go to a different dealer and sit on some more bikes and start talking turkey.

Good luck. study

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PostSubject: Re: So you want a bike?   Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:25 am

The above is good advice. Also get someone to hold it upright so you can get the proper riding position.

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PostSubject: Re: So you want a bike?   Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:26 am

Magna 750 wrote:
Also get someone to hold it upright so you can get the proper riding position.

taken out of context this post is quite amusing
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PostSubject: Re: So you want a bike?   Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:53 am

firebos7 wrote:
Magna 750 wrote:
Also get someone to hold it upright so you can get the proper riding position.

taken out of context this post is quite amusing


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PostSubject: Re: So you want a bike?   Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:03 am

Holy s word It is funny isn't it . Dang Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: So you want a bike?   Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:01 pm

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That's pretty good. There was at least one response before the hijacking started.

Actually, you don't need someone to hold up the bike real bad at first as you should be able to hold it upright with your own legs. If you can't, then it's way too heavy for you or way too tall. If it's too heavy, it will fall over and crush your leg off--which is why you see a lot of one legged bikers. If it's too tall, that's not so bad, but you always have to stop next to a curb in order not to have to jump off the seat every time you stop (or have your stool carrying person--referred to as a "stoolie"--follow along so as to put the stool down in the vicinity of where you want to get off).

You can get an idea if the gear shift lever is reachable by how well you can place your right foot in a comparable position on the right side even while the bike is on a kickstand which flips down on the left side. If it's in a position straight down under your butt, then you are probably on a sport bike and have to position your body so that pretty soon you'll be talking an octave, or so, higher, after riding for a while.

Cruisers and other larger bikes are made with larger seats for those riders with larger seats. Those are the riders who are sort of laid back and slouch enough so's they get curvature of the spine at an earlier time of their life. But much more comfortable. Rolling Eyes

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