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Guide for New Bikers: Finding a First Bike Made for You
If you are worried about your laptop, consider the damage caused by vibration, bumps etc. to the hard drive platters. Excessive amount of that kind of stress can lead to reduced life of the drive and ultimately data loss. Consider replacing your drive with a solid state drive (aka flash memory drive). Because they have no moving parts, they aren’t subject to problems from vibrations and shock the way your standard spinning platter magnetic drive is.
And more importantly, if you fall, worry about being able to walk, talk, and ride again, not about the laptop.February 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm in reply to: My New Fieldsheer Contour Saddlebags and Roll Bag (And how to attach them) #24605
The FZ6R has a 4 gallon tank, and I get about 45mpg. I’m basically going to be carrying mine and my girlfriend’s clothes and toiletries on the back of my bike, and we are thinking about getting the Napier Sportz X-Treme PAC 2—person Camping Set to go on the back of her bike. I saw a few reviews on it online, and it seems to be pretty good. It’s not too badly priced, and I like that it all packs up into a fairly small bag that would be easy to strap down.February 19, 2010 at 11:12 am in reply to: My New Fieldsheer Contour Saddlebags and Roll Bag (And how to attach them) #24594
But they are enough to stash plenty of clothing and gear to get away for a week in the summer (if all you are wearing is shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops when not riding, and are not shy about wearing some things a few times).
The nice part about these is the shape and size of them means you don’t have to worry about them sitting on your turn signals on many bikes.
Here is the feedback from someone who had them for a Ninja 250, as I know a lot of people on here have those.
I guess they stated they had to play with it so it didn’t interfere with the turn signals.
When you add the roll bag, you gain quite a bit of room. It’s about the size of a normal duffel bag. I forgot to take a pic of it, but the roll bag unzips on the ends and expands out.February 19, 2010 at 12:32 am in reply to: Love my bike, but are all chains this much trouble? #24584
Are you sure the chain is properly tensioned? It really shouldn’t be bouncing around at all…
I would recommend having a local bike shop take a look at it and adjust the chain to proper tension. With only 1800 miles on it, it may have never seen anything but an initial service at 600 miles and may be in need of some attention.
Also, at 190lbs you are not exceeding the weight limits for the bike. I rode one for a little bit in my msf course (in addition to a honda nighthawk, both way too compact for me at 6’5″) and it was pulling me around just fine, and back then I was pushing 300lbs (I’m now down to a svelte 230lbs)
I don’t want to trailer the bikes, but unfortunatly the boss (aka social director / girlfriend) isn’t into riding for more than a few hours at a time. It has been communicated to me that either we trailer the bikes, or we don’t go That might change a little when she sells her suzuki s40 and gets her sportster.
Also, I have yet to figure out how to carry a canoe on the bike
One definite ride I have planned is from CT up to good old Lake George in NY. Lots of fun twisty roads up there, and it’s a ton of fun during Americade. I’m also trailering the bikes up there for a camping trip on the lake (thats right ON the lake, you can rent the tiny islands on the lake to camp on, lots of fun with biking and boating)
I’m also planning on hitting up Laconia this year, never done it as I only started riding last March, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’m planning on trailering the bikes up to Bar Harbor Maine, and taking a few lazy days to ride around Mount Dessert Island.
Lastly i’m planning a ride I saw in a magazine last year following rt 7 starting in danbury ct all the way up to Highgate Vermont, about 300 something miles with lots of fun sights to see along the way.
Hmmmm, tough to say. If it has been dropped a few times, it’s tough to know exactly how much is wrong with it. With possible parts and labor (since you aren’t handy with a wrench) that $800 bike could possibly be closer to a $1500 – $2000 bike. I would be wary of an almost 10 year old bike that doesn’t run and has been dropped multiple times.
I run into that a lot being 6’6″ and trying to find things that are a comfortable size for me. They are not in your price range, but these are maybe something to look at in a year or 2 when you have more experience under your belt, and more cash in your pocket.
Yamaha FZ6R – I have this bike, and everyone one here has heard me rave about it. It’s my first bike, and it was great to learn on. Power was very linear, not to heavy, very ajustable for us big types, nice and sporty looking, and comfortable on longer rides thanks to the more upright riding posure (although a gel seat and double bubble windscreen go a long way). It was fairly inexpensive at 7k brand spanking new. It was my daily ride into work the whole summer when it wasn’t raining and I’m missing it immensely now that snow is on the ground in the north east.
BMW G 650 GS – This bike is a tall guys dream. And I know you look and say BMW, no way I can afford it. MSRP is only 7900, which really suprised me when a sales guy told me to kick a leg over it and i saw the price tag. It’s one of their adventure bikes, so it’s semi off road, but it’s really a blast on road. It looks better in my opinion with givi hard cases than anything else I have seen.
Ducati Hyper-motard – Kinda like the suzuki dr-z on steroids. Better have long legs cuz the seat is high. The bar end mirrors are useless. But the thing will just make you giggle like a kid while you ride it around town or back road twisties.
Suzuki V-Stroms – Ton of people on here have em. Great tall guy bike.
Plunk your butt on it. My girlfriend has one. She’s 5’10” and it’s pretty small for her. If I sit on it at 6’6″ my knees are up over the gas tank. I have a feeling it’s probably going to be borderline ridiculous on you.
It made a great bike for her first season of riding. It’s light, it’s narrow through the middle, it’s very low powered (even though it’s a 652cc bike it only puts out something like 34hp and 30-something ft/lbs of torque). I even took it to work a few times as she isn’t a fan of going out in anything but 75 F weather. It didn’t seem to want to do anything above 73mph on the high way. Thats fine for getting around, but I’m not sure I would venture any sort of long trip with it, especially not on the highway as it is way too light for comfort.
All in all it’s a fun bike though, there is only one thing that I would say is truely bad about it… it sounds like an old toro lawn mower. The single cylinder “thumper” really doesn’t sound anything like what you would think a motorcycle would sound like.
I still go the ghetto route.
I have a bungee net ($3 at ocean state job lot) and and an cheep skateboard backpack ($15 at wally-mart).
I use the buckles on the back to keep a bungee net attached to the backpack and then bungee it to the passenger seat. Used to carry it on my back but realized it blocked the air vents on the back of my jacket, and also when carrying all my work crap could cause fatigue on long rides.
Works out well because it allows me to quickly and easily stow my jacket in the bag and walk around with all my gear while my bike is parked. Just a thought for newbies who are a little strapped for cash.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed mine.
Also for more info and some how-to’s about the bike, they now have a full section for it on the fz6-forum.com website.
Flip ups are clasified as being 3/4 helmets.
To make it simple, I’ll put it like my riding coach put it:
” Do you like your face? Do you like it where it is? If so then where a full face helmet and protect it. If you only like some of it and would rather leave some behind on the pavement wear a 3/4 or 1/2 helmet…”
You could have made the post much shorter by basically saying if you won the lotto you would buy something or just 1 of everything Triumph makes lol
The simple answer is, it can…
Thing with lowering it, is that it isn’t the cheepest thing to do, it can cause some mechanical issues, and it doesn’t do wonders for the bike’s riding geometry.
I found ya a post all about it at
Another idea is choosing a different bike. It may make some sence to ignore fashion for a minute and focus on function and how it plays to your body type and learning to ride a motorcycle. A Kawasaki Eliminator or Honda Rebel have very low seat heights that would make the perfect platform for you to start out on with no modifications.
And to think they used to just make radio parts before WWII…
War… Huh… Good God.. What is it good for… Making awesome bikes (thats how the song goes right?)