November 7, 2010 at 10:29 am #4264EmeralDragon10Participant
I’m a 25 year old young man looking at purchasing his first motorcycle. I have little to no riding experience. My price range is under 5k. I’m looking for something that could carry 2 people comfortably for 100-200 miles between stops, would be fuel efficient, and be able to carry minor baggage. I’m looking to commute to work and/or school. Any ideas on what would be a good starter bike for this newbie?November 7, 2010 at 10:32 am #28746EmeralDragon10Participant
Oh, and i’m 5’10” 165lbs.November 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm #28747MunchParticipant
Yea the very first bike you need to get you rear planted on is one of which your nearest MSF course has.
I am a huge fan of training first for anything that has the potential to hurt you……much less you and a passenger!November 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm #28748eonParticipant
2nd Munch’s suggestion of training first, bike second. Not only will it set you off on the right foot, it will give you an opportunity to sit on different bikes and see what you like. Can’t emphasize enough you need to learn how to ride solo before contemplating a passenger, and that takes time and many miles. Personally, taking the responsibility for another persons safety is not something I would do until I was sure I knew what I was doing, and adding all that mass at the back changes how the bike handles enormously. Seriously, I would forget about a passenger for the first year or so. Concentrate on yourself and get good at riding. It also gives you more choice on a suitable first bike.
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