ScottyJ – Another Rookie from Texas
June 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm #1503
Hi all. I found this board by doing a search on the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD which led me to the review which led me to the board and here I am. I am brand new to motorcycles, having only rode a very few times about 25-30 years ago. But I have had the bug for a couple of years and I have decided to take the MSF course the weekend after next and hopefully buy a motorcycle soon after. I have been reading a lot about the Vulcan 900 and the Suzuki C50 but finances may make me settle for a smaller bike, which may be a good thing. Anyway, there you have it.June 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm #7209megaspazParticipant
Hi Scotty! Welcome back to the riding world.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…June 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm #7217
Thanks, spaz.June 13, 2008 at 6:29 am #7297uncle_bernieParticipant
To start out on, even though Texas is a mandatory bigger is better state, go with the smaller bike and move up once you feel comfortable doing so. For a friend of mine here in Houston, who is a 5′ 6″” woman, that desire to move up to a 750 happened in a month, for me it took three months to want to move up to the Suzuki S50. Everyone’s different…
~He who laughs last didn’t get the joke…June 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm #7320
Yeah, bigger “seems” better but it’ll be useless if I’m afraid to ride it. In all likelihood, I’ll get something in the 500-650 range and I’m sure it’ll be plenty for me. And hopefully, I can keep it in good shape and when I’m ready to move up, it’ll have some resale value.June 22, 2008 at 3:07 am #7625
Day 1 of the MSF course was today and it was a lot of fun. Because of the size of our class, we had to break up into groups and my half did their riding in the morning hours today but tomorrow we’ll be riding in the heat of the afternoon.
They had mostly Suzukis and some Kawasakis and Hondas. I chose a black Kawasaki Eliminator with a dent and scratch on the left side of the tank and a missing left rear turn indicator light. Okay, maybe it wasn’t new or perfect but I thought maybe since there was already damage, I wouldn’t make it any worse.
I was actually a little nervous going into the class because it’s literally been 30 years since I rode a motorcycle and those few times were very brief. But almost the whole class were motorcycle virgins so I was definitely not alone in my fears, I’m sure. The instructors were really good and in no time, I was feeling fairly confident, or at least fairly competent. I came away wanting more, more, more.
It’s going to be hell sitting in class tomorrow since I really want to do more riding. My girlfriend asked me a little while ago when I wanted to get my motorcycle and without hesitation, I said Monday. Anyway, I can’t get it Monday but definitely the sooner the better.June 22, 2008 at 3:18 am #7626BenParticipant
The MSF course is a blast, and it really teaches you a lot of good techniques. Post up some pics of your bike when you get it
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 22, 2008 at 3:28 am #7627
Ben, I’ll definitely post some pics when I get a bike.June 23, 2008 at 8:29 pm #7713
Hey all, I finished the class yesterday and today I took the DPS written test and got my license. So I am street legal. Now I just have to get a bike.June 23, 2008 at 11:03 pm #7717megaspazParticipant
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…July 4, 2008 at 3:44 am #8316
I got home a couple of hours ago with my very first motorcycle. I bought an ’07 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom in Candy Plasma Blue. It had .8 on the odometer when I got it and now it has over 20 miles of neighborhood riding. I am so happy I was able to ride it. I know it may sound funny, but I was pretty nervous before that initial takeoff. I obviously have tons of things to practice but a couple of immediately obvious things are making tighter turns from a stop and canceling my turn signal sooner while shifting and accelerating. That multitasking while remaining aware of everything is tough stuff.
Here’s a picture of me “posing” on my bike…July 4, 2008 at 4:08 am #8317hawkeye206649Participant
Wow nice bike looks like you should have plenty of good times with that one. I like the candy blue paint job. Grats on the new bike!July 4, 2008 at 8:54 pm #8349
Thank you, hawkeye.
I read your thread and saw your looking at Ninjas. I can’t help you with your search for a dealer with a first time buyer plan but I do wish you luck. I financed mine through Kawasaki at 6.99% for 24 months. I take it you did not qualify for that. Anyway, best of luck.July 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm #9563
I wanted to check in and share a big milestone with the good people here. 1000 miles! Yea! LOL. I never thought I’d ride a thousand miles in the first 26 days but I did. No big trips. Just some fun solo cruises and a decent amount of commuting to and from work. I am totally in love with riding and I love riding that Custom.
A couple of pics from 7/16/08…August 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm #11267
I hit 2000 miles today on the way to work. Also, I recently rode two-up a couple of times. It is definitely different but I have not encountered any problems yet. Oh, and yeah, I’m still loving it!
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