Advice on a first bike
March 14, 2009 at 2:10 am #2603
Do any of you ride a Johnny Pag Spyder?
I’m not really into Ninjas and don’t want to be laughed at on a Rebel. Its a 300cc bike and looks a lot better than the other cruiser models available from Honda or Suzuki’March 14, 2009 at 2:27 am #17036
Not sure why you would think you would get laughed at for a Rebel. Alot of bikers get their start on it and it has an almost cult following. However the “johnny” bike I have heard good things about. Never had the financial fortitude to take the risk on an unknown.
What kind of riding do you intend on using the bike for? Inner city? Country back roads? Commuter?March 14, 2009 at 2:57 am #17037
I’m sorry if I offended you or anyone else on this forum, but I am a large man and that is a small bike. There are two 2007 Spyders in my area on sale for $2500 with less than 1500 miles on them. I don’t intend to do much highway riding mainly because It would be suicidal during morning rush with the amount of dump trucks dropping stones on the weekdays. Replaced the windshield on my car twice last year giving a friend a ride to work.March 14, 2009 at 2:58 am #17038MedicParticipant
That sure is a cool looking bike!
The price is quite a bit higher than the Rebel though, and are you going to be able to take it to a quaified shop for service if need be? How about getting parts? Are there any internet forums with riders of those bikes who can answer any and all questions you may have about it? When you get ready to move up, are you going to be able to get most of your money back for it?
There’s just a few things you DO get with a Rebel.
I bought my Rebel because it made sense after all the research I did, and I think its a good looking bike. I could care less what people think about it or me for riding it. Odds are they’re NOT going to laugh at me or say anything to my face. If people want to talk about me that’s on them, I could care less. I know I made the right decision.
But if that’s the bike you want, then by all means go for it. Like I said, I think its really cool looking. If you do buy it, I’d love to hear what you think of it.March 14, 2009 at 3:14 am #17039
Oh don’t think you offended me… it’s a non issue for me. I never had one. Just wanted to see why you thought you would get laughed at. Your reasoning I can understand, you don’t want to look like a circus bear on a uni cycle. Sometimes simple questions can give more information then the answerer intends. Like if you responded “it’s small and weak looking” ..it would let me know your likely more interested in image then learning and being safe.
Anywho, have you actually sat on one? From what I was understanding the Pag’s aren’t much bigger then the Rebels. Although being that your not going to be riding highway I would see no reason why it couldn’t be a good 1st for you . Just make sure you research everything like that which Medic asked.March 14, 2009 at 3:29 am #17040MedicParticipant
Have you checked your local craigslist listings for mid-sized bikes?
Nothing says you HAVE to start on any certain size bike. There are plenty of bikes you might feel more comfortable on so, if you exercise some restraint with the throttle, I don’t see why a slightly larger bike wouldn’t be a reasonable alternative for you.
I don’t know that much personally, but I know there are alot of threads on here about that sort of thing. Poke around some and see what you come up with. I think I could’ve gone a bit bigger myself, but I like the bike I bought so I’m happy with it.
Take your time and see what’s out there. You obviously have a concern with regard to your stature, so get out and get your butt on some saddles, see what works.March 15, 2009 at 12:59 am #17050
Passed my written test this morning and got my permit. Before driving out to take a look, I went to the dealer that the seller serviced the bike at to check out their service rates and to look at the new ones. Found out then that they went out of business this winter. The next “local” dealer is over fifty miles away. That is a little to far away without a pickup to transport. I then went to the Honda/BMW/Ducati/Hyosung/Piaggio dealer. They only had an orange Aquila GV 250 and blue rebel. If they had a black Aquila in stock, they would have made a sale. Hyosungs are new to the area because there wasn’t a dealer. They are nonexistent on craigslist along with the 500 Vulcan that I originally wanted. I’m going to look around for two more weeks before I consider buying new.
March 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm #17090Clay DowlingParticipant
I’m pretty sure I would have been all over that blue rebel. Nice looking bike in blue. Folks might laugh at me, but I’ll be laughing as I drive by them at the gas pump.
For that matter, the rebel rider would be laughing at me, since magnas are not known for their ability to pass gas pumps. Good fuel efficiency, but tiny gas tank.March 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm #17255smokeizfireParticipant
…gas mileage isn’t the only aspect in deciding which bike to get, otherwise, I’m sure many of us would be riding scooters…Lol I’m not a fan of the Rebel simply because of the size. I own the Orange and Black Hyosung and think drivers will see me more eaisly due to the color. Black on black is cooler, but not always safer. To each his own, though.March 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm #17257Clay DowlingParticipant
at the dealership. The bike looks small, but seating position is the same as my Magna. No more or less cramped. So in spite of the small look to the bike, it wouldn’t be any worse to ride around than the bike I’m riding now, and I really like my bike. Of course, when I set out to buy a bike my first choice was the Rebel because I like the look. But the Magna was prettier and the price was better than what you could buy a used Rebel for last year. There are some advantages to a down economy, and the advantage for me was a guy needing cash quick at exactly the same time I wanted a bike.March 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm #17413Jay TParticipant
You may want to look at the Honda Nighthawk. For my size (5’9″ 280#) it works pretty well for me. It is a good upright seating position and I think you can find luggage racks and other accessories for them. Givi may even make a small trunk or saddlebags for the Nighthawk. The motor is the same as the Rebel.April 3, 2009 at 2:26 am #17495WeaponZeroParticipant
learning to ride on a chopped out bike like that you may not be able to grasp the basic fundamentals of riding.April 9, 2009 at 12:04 am #17625April 9, 2009 at 12:23 am #17628
Grats!!!!…Pics….we need pics man!April 9, 2009 at 12:24 am #17627
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