Aloha from Honolulu
January 18, 2011 at 6:25 am #4316rj4398Participant
47 yr. old , 6’2″ , 200 lb guy looking for suggestions for a beginner bike.
Just completed my MSF and need a good bike and could use some advice.
MahaloJanuary 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm #29087madjak30Participant
You have already completed our usual first suggestion, training…to help you with some bike choice suggestions, what type of riding are you planning? Commuting, hiway, off road, just cruising?
Some bikes will combine a few of those…a dual sport would be my first suggestion for someone over 6ft, since they give decent leg room and offer the broadest range of riding capabilities (DR-Z 400S or the supermoto DR-Z 400sm)…but some don’t like the look of the bike…the next would probably be a standard style bike…(Ninja 250/500, Suzuki GS500, Honda Nighthawk 250)…then a cruiser, which also offer good leg room for pretty much everyone…you just have to go down to a dealer and sit on all the bikes to see what fits you and the type of riding you are planning…
Let us know what type of riding or what style of bike you prefer and we can try to help you out…but ultimately it will depend on how the bike fits you and how you feel riding the bike…
Later.January 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm #29089rj4398Participant
thanks for the comments.
I’m looking to avoid the highways and stay with city driving (to / from office, riding around town, etc), and will occasionally have my wife on the back for cruising on the weekends.
I want to avoid the racer/sport bike – a standard bike will fit my conservative (inexperienced) riding skills.
Mahalo!January 19, 2011 at 4:11 am #29091madjak30Participant
The Ninja 250/500 and the GS500F look like sport bikes, but are standards…you can tell by the seating position, not the faring…if you prefer the look of the standard naked bikes, you will want to check out the GS500E, Honda Nighthawk 250…there is a 750 version of the Nighthawk but it may not be the best choice for a starter bike…too heavy, and more power than you need to start with…low weight and low power are your friend right now…
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