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Old April 2nd, 2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default I think I want a motorbike

I have no plans of cross country travel or taking it off sweet jumps, but wouldn't mind if it was kind of dual purpose so I could take it on some dirt.

I like the Suzuki VanVan because I'm a Suzuki fanboy. This would also be my first bike with an engine, so I'd likely have to get my license on it.

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You can do the motorcycle safety course at a community college for $25 over a weekend. They fill up quick though. I know someone with a drz400 for sale that's street legal but it's more offroad suited so don't know if that's what you want.
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my daughter calls them "Murder Cycles"
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I am planning on buying a Honda NC700X and putting some more aggressive tires on it. I ride mostly street, but live a mile down dirt, and plan on doing some 2 tracking on it. Plus it has a 22 liter trunk where the gas tank usually is, no more backpack for my lunch when I ride to work.
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i been wanting a sportster for a while.
i almost trade my xcr800 for one this winter, but i passed on it.
my sister got a 2014 sportster 48, it is really nice!
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I might get one in the fall, probably cheaper then and I need another vehicle/engine to maintain :/
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my daughter calls them "Murder Cycles"
What does she call Suzuki samurais?
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Bought my first "murder cycle" last week at tsc






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Buy a Honda. You can even buy one that hasn't run in 20 years and fresh gas and new plugs are all it will need.
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He's owned a fiat, now a renault, isn't the logical progression for this, a vespa?
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He's owned a fiat, now a renault, isn't the logical progression for this, a vespa?
I actually kind of thought about a scooter or moped, but I think I would get bored quick on one. I could ride a small motorcycle somewhere taking the back roads, I couldn't ride a moped very far from home.
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I actually kind of thought about a scooter or moped, but I think I would get bored quick on one. I could ride a small motorcycle somewhere taking the back roads, I couldn't ride a moped very far from home.
http://www.vespa.com/us_EN/vespa-mod...super-300.html
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Even better
http://vespaportland.com/scooters/pi...aggio-mp3-500/
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It looks more like a mobility chair than a scooter.
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Honda Supermoto



All the fun of a Ducati Hypermotard with all the Ducatiness problems.
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Most road test for motorcycles are done in a CVS parking lot. And for an extra 10 bucks you can take the test on their rental moped. The moped is easier just because it's a small and slow course around cones
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You should get one so you and @kickstand can do manly things together.
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My first Street bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 and I quickly moved on to a bigger bike simply due to the fact that the bike was so light it was scetchy on the freeway
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I wouldn't suggest buying new, as if you do get "into" motorcycling, you will probably buy and sell a dozen bikes till you find the "right" one, buy used so you don't take the hit on price, you can buy used and sell it off again for essentially the same price.

If you like the new RV200, check out a used Yamaha TW200. Really fun bike, similar to the RV200, but available used for significantly less money. I can promise you though, you won't like it on main roads. 55 mph is a stretch, and not really doable for more than a minute or two. TW200's are similar to a Samurai in that they are kind of a cult bike.

if you have two tracks and gravel roads to cruise, you will love the TW200. If Yamaha would build a TW350, the world would be a better place.

There are a million different bikes out there, and style obviously plays a role in bike selection. Really, the whole market has steered mostly away from "standard" bikes, as they aren't "cool", but really that's exactly what we should all be on. Find an old smaller "standard" bike of any Japanese brand and give it a go. From there, you will be able to work towards a different style that fit's your needs.

As mentioned above, you can't go wrong with an old Honda, but the other brands are good as well. Look at some older 350-750cc models.
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