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Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 12:56 pm
by pmj714
Hey all, my name is Paul. I'm 27yrs old and according to my budget i'll be getting a bike either at the end of this year or the middle of next year.

I've never driven a motorcycle before. My ultimate goal is to be using a Cruiser type of a bike. I plan on obviously going through a bike school and stuff but i just need to know: Can i get away starting off with a cruiser bike, or am i better off getting a dual purpose first and then upgrade to a cruiser when i have enough experience?

I'm basically plan on just using it to get me from point A to point B...and to occasionally make a road trip out of state thus the desire to ultimately be driving a cruiser type of a bike.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 1:35 pm
by Johnj
Take the MSF course, they provide the bike, you get to learn how to ride. Then you can decide what kind of bike to get.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:49 pm
by BRUMBEAR
What John said :D

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:50 pm
by madjak30
I bought my bike first, then took the course...should have taken their advice...oh well, lesson learned. Listen to the guys with experience, they might know a thing or two.

Later.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Mon May 06, 2013 1:56 am
by sapaul
You have plenty of time, take the course first, then find out who will let you ride demo's. You could make a whole fun thing of finding the right bike.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Mon May 06, 2013 8:52 am
by Chabu
Completely agree with replies. I had an idea of what type of bike I wanted before the course and it definitely changed after. I thought I would go with a cbr250 sport bike. After taking the course I thought I would prefer a cruiser (prefer the forward controls and seating position) so I decided on a Sportster. After going and sitting on the 883, I thought better of it and got a smaller cruiser (Honda Shadow 600) as it felt more "controllable" and better weighted. So my advice is to take the MSF and then keep an open mind and then go sit on bunch of bikes as you'll be surprised by the different feeling of each.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 6:31 pm
by HYPERR
pmj714 wrote:a dual purpose first and then upgrade to a cruiser when i have enough experience?
You consider a cruiser to be an upgrade from a dual purpose? I would consider a cruiser to be a huge downgrade from a dual purpose bike. :?

Which is precisely the point John J was making in the quote below.
Johnj wrote:Take the MSF course, they provide the bike, you get to learn how to ride. Then you can decide what kind of bike to get.
Excellent advice. You will not really know what kind of bike you are suited for or will like until you actually learn how to ride.

:exactly:

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:19 pm
by madjak30
I'm considering getting a cruiser (bagger actually) as my third bike...I want my wife to ride with me and if she picks a cruiser, that's what I'll be riding. It really makes no difference to me, since I just love to ride! I'm not a speed guy, I follow the speed limit and the only thing I like about the adventure bikes is the suspension to soak up the potholes and crappy roads I have to deal with...

Go take the course and try out every style of bike they have available...then make your decision. Don't just get the one your buddies have so that you fit in, if they are really buddies they won't give a c-r-a-p what you ride (sorry it PC'd me to crumb)...if a cruiser is what you feel most comfortable riding, then that's for you...maybe a dual sport/adventure bike, maybe a standard is more to your liking...maybe your a closet sport bike guy...you never know until you try it.

Remember that riding is a personal thing and you are doing it to enjoy yourself, not to fit in or impress others...if you are, you are riding for the wrong reasons.

Later.

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:37 pm
by HYPERR
madjak30 wrote:they are really buddies they won't give a c-r-a-p what you ride (sorry it PC'd me to crumb)
I thought c r a p is the polite version. :laughing:

Re: Cruiser VS Dual Purpose

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 1:25 pm
by madjak30
Me too...???