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New-to-the-site n' Got Some Questions!

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 6:58 pm
by Slap-Bassist531
Hey guys I'm new here and I've talked to my dad about motorcycles (he's got alot of experience and he's ridden since he was a kid) and im 13 14 soon and I've always been into motorcycles my whole life. I've been riding dirtbikes ever since I was 8 years old and I've always loved it and i found out that in Tennessee you can get your motorcycle license at 14. So I've talked to my dad and I asked him if a 600cc bike was too big for my experience level (Since ive been riding bikes alot of my like and ive ridden up to a 250) and he said I would most likely be able to handle it. I was personally wondering if a Yamaha R6 would be too big for me? I'm 5'9''-5'10'' and I weigh about 150 and I mean im not like skinny because I actualyl have muscle (like for keeping the bike up etc.) So do you guys think that the Yamaha would be too big for me? I test rode a '96 Katana 600cc and it a good thing for me (moms friend owned one). thanks

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 7:40 pm
by bigswifty
wondering if a Yamaha R6 would be too big for me?
whooo- that's alot of machine! whatever you do be careful for chrissakes....

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 7:48 pm
by Slap-Bassist531
f8aw8su wrote:
wondering if a Yamaha R6 would be too big for me?
whooo- that's alot of machine! whatever you do be careful for chrissakes....
of course ill be safe i mean i have sense haha but i mean what do u think would be a good starter bike for me because im not realyl into cruisers as much as im into sportbikes i mean i like the OCC choppers n that stuff but you know what i mean. I haven't been able to give onea test ride but i have sat on one and it is comfortable for me but i know about all sportbikes are that size (like around 33 inches high and like 15 or so inches thick) so just can someone recommend a good size? thanks and sorry if it seems like im just talking about random stuff

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 8:36 pm
by Toyuzu
Slap,

Please start out on something with a little less power. An R6 is not a beginner bike, dude. It's too much bike for most people, even experienced riders. The R6 is way faster than the fastest bike in the world 20 years ago. (GSXR 1100) I seriously doubt anyone would have recommended that as a beginner bike either.

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 9:47 pm
by bigswifty
stick out this thread viewtopic.php?t=100

basically any motorcycle w/more than 250 cc can provide some pretty intense acceleration.(hell, even a ninja 250 does 0-60 in just over 5 seconds..) What i like about my bike (650 nighthawk) is that you have to deliberately rake the coals to get her to go. As a novice i think this is a good feature, since i'm really focusing on basic control skills and traffic management. The last thing I (or you) need is a race bike with a mind of its own.

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 9:56 pm
by Snake
well, any one can handle an R6, if they are VERY carefull. (Don't flame yet). but you cannot learn properly by holding your self back, in fact it would be pretty overwhelming, constantly making micro-ajustments on the throttle and the bike aswell. and any mistake that a new to street rider makes on those things is multiplyed by 4 is the consecuinces. Which is why they are experienced rider only bikes.

~Snake

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 10:25 pm
by Gilfy650a
My friend Jessica just bought a 250 Ninja, and i'm pretty jealous i really like those bikes.

i would suggest you get one of those to start on if you like sportbikes. I would totally have got one if i had not found the Nighthawk, Look for a 250 Ninja man, you'll be the coolest thing on 2 wheels!

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 10:26 pm
by New_R
Slap- you may want to stick this out...

http://driversed.com/driverseducation_s ... icense.asp

According to this you need to be at least 15 to get an Instructional Permit.

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 10:33 pm
by Gilfy650a
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Yeah freakin hot. :D

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 11:33 pm
by Slap-Bassist531
New_R wrote:Slap- you may want to stick this out...

http://driversed.com/driverseducation_s ... icense.asp

According to this you need to be at least 15 to get an Instructional Permit.
i heard from alot of my friends n one of there parents and then he showd me this site http://www.state.tn.us/safety/driverlicense/dlfees.htm and on the type M it says minimum age is like 14 and i aim to call them sometime n stick out the whole deal

also for the 250 i mean ive ridden quite abit of 250 bikes n i mean i know there fast but i also plan to have the bike for like 2-4 years (to then probably get a better bike and hopefully someday a hayabusa) and i wonder would a kawasaki 500 be too big then? is it like twice the power of the 250 ? thanks and dont like flame me or anything im kinda gettin new to the license deal

also (sry im editn so much lol) but that site is for car and car and motorcycle license are different but u can get a license taht has them both.... i was also wondering the MSF course(i think thats it) like do u take it after or before u get ur license and what all do u need to bring to it and if any of u are from TN could u tell me where one is around the Knoxville area?

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 12:09 am
by Toyuzu
The Kawasaki 500 is an excellent beginner bike. I think you'll like it better than the 250 because it has enough power to keep you interested for a long time. It will cruise at freeway speeds and still have plenty of power left for passing. It's also not too heavy, and looks pretty decent.

As for the MSF and license questions, Most states just use an endorsement on your regular car license. I'm not sure how it would work if you are only going to have the motorcycle license. stick with your local DMV on that one. In California, and many other states, riders under age 18 are actually required to take the MSF course before they can get their license.

You can find your nearest MSF Rider Course at the MSF website: http://www.msf-usa.org/

Good luck! 8)

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 12:18 am
by Slap-Bassist531
Toyuzu wrote:The Kawasaki 500 is an excellent beginner bike. I think you'll like it better than the 250 because it has enough power to keep you interested for a long time. It will cruise at freeway speeds and still have plenty of power left for passing. It's also not too heavy, and looks pretty decent.

As for the MSF and license questions, Most states just use an endorsement on your regular car license. I'm not sure how it would work if you are only going to have the motorcycle license. stick with your local DMV on that one. In California, and many other states, riders under age 18 are actually required to take the MSF course before they can get their license.

You can find your nearest MSF Rider Course at the MSF website: http://www.msf-usa.org/

Good luck! 8)
Ahh much thanks for the help and also im just wondering (gonna read the stie in a second) but do u take the MSF course before or after u get the motorcycle license? thanks for answerin bud

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 12:23 am
by Toyuzu
Before. Get your learners permit first, then take the MSF course. Once you're done, you take the certificate to the DMV and you get your license. But as I said before, you may be required to take in order to get your license, since you are under 18.

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 12:39 am
by Slap-Bassist531
alright if theyre open on saturdays (if u could respond on that lol) ill call them n find out all the info and also i think ill get the kawasaki 500 and then when i think i can handle more ill goto the R6 or R1 probably and thanks toyz n everyone else for all ur help and being patient with me

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 11:46 pm
by Telesque
Slap-Bassist531 wrote: also for the 250 i mean ive ridden quite abit of 250 bikes n i mean i know there fast but i also plan to have the bike for like 2-4 years (to then probably get a better bike and hopefully someday a hayabusa) and i wonder would a kawasaki 500 be too big then? is it like twice the power of the 250 ? thanks and dont like flame me or anything im kinda gettin new to the license deal
A 250 dirt bike is not the same as a 250 sport bike.

Plus, if you only plan on having the bike for 2-4 years, it'd be a lot more convenient to buy a lower priced (i.e. not a 600cc) bike to ride on for that short amount of time.

Finally, by the time you're able to afford a Hayabusa, there's going to be something better. ;) If you're 14 now.. think of what will be out by the time you're 24? Think of what bikes where like ten years ago.

I'm not trying to rip on you or anything, just trying to guide you a little in your logic.

Whatever you decide on, ride safe, and welcome to a whole new community! ;)

Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 12:44 am
by Slap-Bassist531
yeah i totally agree with u on the dirtbike sportbike and like i know what ur saying thats why i believe ima get me a kawasaki 500 for a while (of course a used one for a few grand) because my mom already said shed buy it for me (i havent been bale to talk to her so she still thinks the R6 which is like 8 grand compared to like 3-4 n yeah im not really totally sure on what to upgrade on because i mena i know im gonna race it some (whether i take it to the track or on a straight backroad with my dad or friends) i really just want somethin that can get me to atleast like 100 mph (as i said for track(which i mena like drag race it some lol) and my dad is plannin on buyin a new bike (honda goldwing) when i get mine so me n him can go for like weekend trips some weeks right and thanks guys for welcoming me as a friend :D

Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 1:14 pm
by New_R
From what I've read on the Site and the TN Motorcycle Manual (via your link "http://www.state.tn.us/safety/driverlicense/dlfees.htm") you would be limited to a 125cc or lower bike (2or3 wheel) and can only oporate from 4:00am and 8:00pm and within a 7 mile radious of your home. The endorcement you are talking about is the "Class M-Limited" the information can be found on the 4th page, of this PDF link

http://www.state.tn.us/safety/graphics/ ... manual.pdf

Good luck

Re: New-to-the-site n' Got Some Questions!

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 3:55 am
by BlainLee
you should also learn traffic rules. does not matter if you are riding a car or motorcycle

Re: New-to-the-site n' Got Some Questions!

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:53 am
by NorthernPete
Well, considering the op is now about 28 years old, probably pretty knowledge. Lol