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08-15-2017, 03:38 PM,
#1
advice for new rider
looking at my first ride, new rider fresh out of school,only took 58 years lol.

been researching and figure the v650 is a good choice to start with
i like the seat height and overall look, likely buy used to start

my use will be mostly urban not to much highway,untill i get a season under my belt

so any thoughts, comments and advice would be appreciated
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09-19-2017, 02:04 PM,
#2
RE: advice for new rider
Interested in replies here. Just picked up a 2002 V-Star 650 and have never ridden before. Even 52 isn't too old to start! My girlfriend is teaching me. She's been riding for 10 or so years.
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09-20-2017, 08:16 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-20-2017, 08:17 AM by Diogenes415.)
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RE: advice for new rider
I started riding in the 70s when 750cc was the typical engine size for a good do it all motorcycle. Modern bikes of that displacement are far more powerful and reliable than the older ones yet for some insane reason people nowadays think that anything less than 1000cc is a beginner's or "woman's" bike. I honestly don't understand that BS. I've owned Aspencades, Ventures, 1340cc HD's yet I keep coming back to 650-750cc bikes because they have the best balance of power and weight as a one up touring machine and my XVS650 is perfect for my 6'3" 200 lbs frame. Wish I still had my BMW R75/5 or MotoGuzzi V7 Ambassador though.
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11-22-2017, 10:01 PM,
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RE: advice for new rider
I started riding in the early 60's when 650 cc was considered big. Only Harley Davidson built cruisers to any extent in those days. Electric starting was almost unheard of. We somehow did we all wanted to do on our 400 to 650 cc bikes. When Honda introduced the 750 four cylinder bike, our eyes widened. I quit riding à long time ago and in September, I decided to buy another bike. I was flabbergasted to see that three were such things as 1500 cc, 1800 cc etc etc. Then I think I noticed that these bikes were around 800 lbs. This was far away from my 325 lb 500 cc Triumph Daytona. Since I always regretting not buying a 650 Bonneville or Tiger, I decided to buy something along that size for my new acquisition. I was looking at the 750 Hondas when I kept running across the recommendations for the Yamaha 650 V-Star as top cruiser for beginners. I found a 1999 in great shape with less than 20k for only 1400. A guy on my street has a 1500 cc Venture but did not go riding this year because the bike is too heavy for him.
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