750 Ninja to big to learn on?
January 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm #24161wbsprudelsParticipant
The Riders Edge course tests you at its completion so there is no need to go to licensing branch to be tested (at least in Indiana). Still need to go to the branch to get your endorsement on your driver’s license, though.January 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm #24162IBA270Participant
Riders Edge IS the BRC. It’s not different than other course, just marketed differently.January 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm #24193Sean_DParticipant
… like the dealership tour, treasure hunt for over priced gear and cake.. oh yes.. don’t forget the cake (/remove tongue from cheek)
Just kidding.. just kidding!
I took my course through a private company. Iron Buffalo Motorcycle Training in Colorado. The course was $235 (but I actually got a 15% discount on some special). I was able to get scheduled when I wanted due to the number of classes they run. We were skill tested at the end and the DMV testing was waved. Got a discount on insurance for taking the MSF course, so the cost of the course is moot. Regardless of what the initial outlay was, you will make it back and then some. Also got discounts of up to 50% at some dealers on helmets, jackets, gloves, etc. So again, made up the cost of the course. Taking the MSF was a win-win all the way around.January 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm #24309owlieParticipant
+1 to eternal’s comments.
For my own:
You said that you only have $800-1200 to spend. MSF class aside, you should also figure in another $250-500 for safety gear and $100-800 for insurance depending on how risky your insurance company thinks you are.
If you are running with guys who think high displacement sport bike are cool, you’re going to have to go with the high end on both, so gear and insurance have just eaten up what you want to spend on your bike.
The smart thing to do (and what it sounds like you actually don’t mind doing) is to go with a smaller bike (like a 250 Ninja). It will radically reduce your insurance cost, and if you watch Craig’s List like a hawk, you might find one that will work. However – DON’T BUY SAFETY GEAR USED!!!
Mostly it sounds like you are only interested in this bike for its price and provenance. Skip it and find one that you like for learning on.
OwlieFebruary 4, 2010 at 4:39 am #24392Sean_DParticipant
I would tend to agree with your comments on not buying used safety gear when it comes to helmets. I don’t have any issue with buying other used safety gear such as jackets. You can examine them and tell if they have any damage. If you don’t know if you can trust the armor in the garment it is easy enough to replace and far cheaper than the cost of the garment new. I recently picked up a Vanson ProPerf Drifter (retail $459) for $250 and it looks new. I really don’t feel I have any reason not to trust it’s integrity as safety gear. Guy “outgrew” it and decided it wasn’t worth just keeping in his closet in the hopes it would one day fit again. His “gain” was my gain
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