So today I came home with my first grown-up motorcycle! A 2006 Suzuki Boulevard S40 that's been sitting idle for at least five months - possibly longer.
I grew up riding in Wyoming - but we weren't allowed to ride on a road so it was strictly prairie poppin' and scaring the antelope. About three years ago I started looking at getting a motorcycle for my commute to work (I drive a little over an hour each way, four days a week), so I took the motorcycle class at our local community college. I'm about 5'3", so my short legs and short arms made winking a bike I was comfortable on was harder than I expected. Plus I turned out to be really picky: I actually expected to maintain highway speeds...even on the up side of a hill!
Now that I have my motorcycle, I have a couple of questions.
1. Does anyone have suggestions for jackets? I'm short and round, and all the jackets I've tried have arms that are WAY too long for me. I've been looking for several months now, and not having any luck. I'm not willing to ride the bike to work (at 65mph) without a jacket.
2. The bike has been sitting a while, and I'm getting a fair bit of popping and backfire (which I know is somewhat typical for the S40), so I'm looking at getting it tuned up. How much does that usually run? I ask because I'm fairly knowledgeable with cars, and I've had mechanics try to massively overcharge me because...to be blunt...I have breasts and therefore they think I won't know any better. I don't want that to happen with my bike.
Thanks for the help!