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Old 10-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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New Rider - Bike Suggestions

Hello all!

So I am new to this forum and completely new to adventure riding. I talked to a good family friend and he mentioned this site. He told me that I could gather a lot of good information here, which I already have, but being a n00b to all of this I have some questions. I am now in the process of searching for a motorcycle. I have researched the F800gs and the 1200gs, but I am in need of some other suggestions. I am going to try and buy one used, but I am wondering what should I be looking for in a bike? I'm 6'2" and around 180 lbs so I'm looking for something to fit me comfortably. Most of the time I'll be using it to get to work and school, but I am definitely looking into going on some long trips.

If you all could help me out that would be awesome, any and all information will be appreciated
Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:49 AM   #2
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Start small!!!! By small, I mean 500cc or less..unless you have a death wish, then go with them thar BIG bmw's!

get lottsa practice on a smaller bike..remember, this is something that WILL KILL YOU if you screw up! Last thing you need is a machine that will launch you into Heaven quicker!
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:53 AM   #3
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Start small!!!! By small, I mean 500cc or less..unless you have a death wish, then go with them thar BIG bmw's!

get lottsa practice on a smaller bike..remember, this is something that WILL KILL YOU if you screw up! Last thing you need is a machine that will launch you into Heaven quicker!
+1 You might even want to start with a KLX or WR 250 You will be surprised how easy you can get into trouble with even the small bikes.
Good luck, have fun, but just like when you are up a 40' ladder NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU ARE>
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:14 AM   #4
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I am a new rider, and in the same boat as you.
I was looking into the Suzuki V-Strom at first, and sure the BMWs are awesome as well.
But I have decided that for my first bike, they are just too large, and too heavy. The power isnt all that much of a problem, as long as you have a head on your shoulders. But handling the larger heavier bike as your first bike will be a handful.
I have decided to get a KLX250s. It sounds like an amazing bike for its size, and it FIT me when I sat on it.
I have sat on some of the others, and while I like them, they were just a bit larger than I wanted to wrestle for my first bike.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:34 AM   #5
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Before ANYTHING, take the motorcycle safety course, as the instructors see guys like you and answer the same questions on a weekly basis. They'll also open your eyes to what you need to know on the street and give you a better chance of staying unhurt.

You're smart to ask and smarter to buy used first. Generally, I'd go with the others and suggest starting small. However, my son's a tall guy like you and just didn't fit the smaller bikes. Kinda looked like Jesus on a little burro and I'm guessing a stringbean like you would be all knees sticking out in the wind too.


It's not really small physical size that you want to avoid, it's the big bike weight, acceleration, and cost for the inevitable drops. I'm not sure you'd want to price insurance as a noobie on a R1200GS. Stay away from the cool looking plastic fairings and Ricky Racer bikes of any size at this point, too.

Since Tim's about your size, I'll relate that for him a 1990 KLR650 fit well and he rode it for most of a year. At only 36(?) hp from a single cylinder, the 1987-2007 KLRs are not going to threaten anybody, but they can get you tickets well above highway speeds if you're brave/stupid enough. The bars are wide for you to have good leverage and the thing will go nearly anywhere, especially in Florida. Plus, it's been dirt cheap to buy, fix, and insure.

You can look on Craigslist for KLR prices in your area and used gear. Buy a helmet (buy it new. Get reviews at http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...e-helmets.htm), plus get a good jacket and some pants that'll keep your skin on your legs. You have a lot of sand on those Florida roads and sooner or later will be sliding along on your butt & forearms. An example of protective pants for abrasion: http://www.dragginjeans.com Don't be a squid with tennis shoes that'll shred.

Keep your head turning and have fun!!!
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:58 AM   #6
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I agree with WC with your size and being a noob klr is the way to go cheap when you drop it you won't cry as loud as if you dropped a gs 1200 and you will drop it . second rider training from a good school third look up the meaning of AGATT on this site . fourth enjoy the world of motercycles and if your not happy with the klr trade up and it won't have cost u lots of $ to find out if your ment to be an adv rider .
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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I agree with the others. Take the MSF course. buy something used light and cheap. See if it sticks. Then look for a bike.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:14 PM   #8
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If you start with a 200cc bike you'll be so bored after a month you'll be looking for something else. Take a look at the Suzuki SV650. It's a fantastic beginning bike, crashes well if you tip over, and it has enough performance you'll be satisfied with it for awhile.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:21 PM   #9
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Question Good advice for a new rider, but...

What about someone who has put on 10,000kms and is looking to get into adventure riding?

I am thinking either the V-Strom DL650 or the DL1000...most of my riding will still be on paved roads...commuting, touring, etc...but I would like to be able to continue exploring when the pavement ends (I tried this on my GS500 and the results were okay if I was taking it easy, but I tried to pull a 180 that ended in a 270 high side...oops...street tires not great in dirt/gravel)...I think the 650cc would be good, but I'm 5'11 and weigh in at 275lbs...

What do you think?
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:28 PM   #10
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What about someone who has put on 10,000kms and is looking to get into adventure riding?

I am thinking either the V-Strom DL650 or the DL1000...most of my riding will still be on paved roads...commuting, touring, etc...but I would like to be able to continue exploring when the pavement ends (I tried this on my GS500 and the results were okay if I was taking it easy, but I tried to pull a 180 that ended in a 270 high side...oops...street tires not great in dirt/gravel)...I think the 650cc would be good, but I'm 5'11 and weigh in at 275lbs...

What do you think?

You'll need a suspension upgrade, regardless of the bike.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:17 PM   #11
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A nice, used F650 of Funduro vintage would also be a fine choice, methinks.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:12 PM   #12
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Eh?

I went through some of the pics on the site...there are some people doing some adventure riding on some very street oriented bikes...maybe just keeping what I have isn't a bad plan.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:05 AM   #13
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Since you're already pretty experienced the tires you use will make much, much more of a difference than the bike you chose. For example, I rode a KTM 640 Adventure (probably the most capable adv bike ever made) to South America, but I was really struggling in mud/sand with pirelli scorpion tires that were pretty street biased. A wee/v strom, a bmw 800gs, or even a versys will perform very well off road with good dirt tires. Of course they'll also eat them up on pavement...
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:43 AM   #14
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My first bike was a V-Strom 650 and it was a perfect starter bike for me. It also has the advantage of being able to be kitted out with side cases and stuff for touring and doing longer distance trips.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:18 PM   #15
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+ 1 ~~~ F650gs, great beginner bike, low center of gravity, small enough and powerful enough not to get bored 3 months later. 100% fun factor for beginners.
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