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Guide for New Bikers: Finding a First Bike Made for You
We had to go to the company tent and sign up for a time. Depending on how many people wanted to ride that bike meant you had a long or short wait. It could be 15 minutes or two hours. So once you made your appointments you did not have to be stuck standing in a line like at an amusement park.
The rides were guided and were about 20 minutes each. They had two guides with radio communicators. One would lead and the other would follow. If the group got split, the second guide would lead till the group was recombined. They had a planned route which did include some short highway times, but not Spyder. One of the Spyder employees said their insurance did not allow for highway riding. Maybe if you went to a dealer but we were riding in groups of 4-10.
The rides were free but it was really worth the time because it was not just a ride around the block or in a parking lot.
I live in Dallas Texas and after taking the MSF course I bought a 2007 Vulcan 500. I am 5’5″ and 170lbs. The Vulcan is light and great to ride, even with my highway commute. It is a parallel twin with 4 valves per cylinder so it has plenty of smooth power. I have not ridden an S40 but it is only a one cylinder. I do like that it has a belt instead of a chain. It is also lighter than the Vulcan. But the Vulcan is a great choice.
The bike looks great Okc, I like all you choices of accessories. Good job.
call me old fashion but I like the look.
already submitted it.
Glad to hear it is a Kawasaki thing and not just my bike. In the first month i thought the thing was going to blow off.
other than the weight what are some of the other differences in your bikes?September 19, 2009 at 11:34 am in reply to: It’s not [email protected]#$% if, it’s [email protected]#$% when. #22429
Just wondering. My bike is about the same, 440 dry. I can only imagine riding one of those 700lbs bikes. I guess with experience, but I don’t know that I’d ever want to.September 19, 2009 at 8:49 am in reply to: It’s not [email protected]#$% if, it’s [email protected]#$% when. #22426
Ranette, how much does your bike weigh? Glad to hear you are both OK. I have had one fall too, I was distracted by some people. I could not tell if they were going to walk on the parking lot or not.
Congratulations on the first bike, I like the colors. I also like the sleek look of the S40. I too rode my Vulcan 500 home after just having 2 days experience at msf. Kind of crazy to get on Cooper St in Arlington Texas but I stayed off the highway that day and many more until I was ready. Have fun.
I hope you enjoy your bike as much as I have mine.
I agree that we should always be learning. I also agree with you jmango. I have a bike that can get me to and from work on the Dallas freeways and has great gas milage (I get 57-60mpg) so to get something bigger now would just be for macho reasons. I can only think of getting something different to experience different things like a sport bike instead of a cruiser or to get a bigger bike if my wife and I were to travel on it. Otherwise my bike is paid off and keeping me alive, I love it.
Young rider, I like that Elwood. I can be young again!
It is so great to gain experience and grow in confidence, but we must stay humble and respect the machine and things like traffic/ road conditions. Thank you for sharing where you are at in your biking journey.
If you are ever in North Texas I’d love to meet you. Keep rockin!
I ride a bicycle and hate seeing any trash but especially broken bottles. Lazy lo-life’s always thinking somebody else will clean up after them.
I had only been a passanger on a bike until I took the MSF course on a 250 Rebel. I bought a Vulcan 500 on July 10 2008. You will be able to keep up with your friends. I have nothing to compare it to but I don’t need to. I am short (5’5″) and 165 lbs and this bike is great to me. I can flat foot, it feels light (felt a little heavy at forst since I learned on a Rebel) and the MPG is great. I kinda thought it might have been better to get a sport bike for leaning into the wind but with the addition of a small windshield it all works just fine. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Yea for another Vulcan 500!