March 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm #1246boutintParticipant
I am a college student and i would like to get back into riding a bike. I have some experience riding and crashing. I slid a 600cc bike at 45 mph and tore my hands and knees up pretty good. Its been a while and i would like to give it another try. I am a 6’2”, 269lb guy and i was hoping that someone could give me some advice on what bike i should purchase and where i can take a good motorcycle safety class. I would like to actually go about this the right way and the not the way i did it before. Any and all help would be very appreciated.March 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm #5318BenParticipant
Sorry to hear about your crash, how long were you riding before you totaled the bike? If you were riding for about a year or less I would recommend starting on something like the Ninja500. It has more than enough power to get you were you are going, and it will be much easier to learn some of the finer techniques of motorcycling. If you were riding for a few years before you crashed and you really don’t want a 500, then the most I would recommend is the Suzuki SV650. Thats a ‘full size’ motorcycle with gobs of low end torque, but it is delivered in a very controlable fashion.
You are probably already going to do this but just in case you hadn’t thought of it, you should buy some motorcycle gear. I recommend a minimum of jacket, full face helmet, gloves, boots, and some sort of riding pants (not jeans). Depending on what type of gear you get (name brand, not name brand) all of that will cost from as little as $250 to as much as $1000.
Check out: http://www.msf-usa.org/
You can find a local Motorcycle Safety Foundation class through that website depending on which state you live in.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminMarch 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm #5335boutintParticipant
Thanks for the good advice. It was my first time on a bike and everything had been going pretty well. My friend was teaching me and we had been riding for about 4 hours before I hit this sandy spot and laid the bike down. Fortunately i had been wearing a helmet and a leather jacket with some armor or it would have been a lot worse.
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