Is 1200cc too much for a first time rider?

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#41 Unread post by Fargo360 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:04 am

Didn't we just have this conversation with Gixxerkid or whatever his name was? Six pages of everyone saying start small, work up to a bigger bike.

Speaking of which, where did that smarta$$ go?
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#42 Unread post by ChickenLittle » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:39 pm

Ok everyone, so you are telling me that the V-Star 1100 is too big for me at 5'4" and 150 lbs? I have dropped it twice at slow speeds but the seat has been cut down and my bike has been lowered so the center of gravity is much lower than a normal V-Star. I have found this makes it much easier to handle. One last word - if you are new at riding the best way to learn is NOT to take chances. Let the cars go ahead, watch, watch, watch and expect drivers to never follow the rules of the road. Speed is not all it is cut out to be. I would much rather cruise at 65mph on the highway than speed down it at 90mph. To many risks and too many chances of something going wrong.
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#43 Unread post by RockBottom » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:35 pm

ChickenLittle wrote: One last word - if you are new at riding the best way to learn is NOT to take chances. Let the cars go ahead, watch, watch, watch and expect drivers to never follow the rules of the road. Speed is not all it is cut out to be.
I'm getting ready to help a buddy learn to ride and my slogan is "think like a rabbit." Consider everything a threat, and keep your furry little butt away from them.

I am a bit worried, though, that he'll take my preaching to heart and the next time he comes over to my house, I'll find little pellets all over the carpet.
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#44 Unread post by Amdonim » Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:52 pm

RockBottom wrote:
ChickenLittle wrote: One last word - if you are new at riding the best way to learn is NOT to take chances. Let the cars go ahead, watch, watch, watch and expect drivers to never follow the rules of the road. Speed is not all it is cut out to be.
I'm getting ready to help a buddy learn to ride and my slogan is "think like a rabbit." Consider everything a threat, and keep your furry little butt away from them.

I am a bit worried, though, that he'll take my preaching to heart and the next time he comes over to my house, I'll find little pellets all over the carpet.
You're kind of right. Riding does seem a bit like coursing.

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#45 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:48 pm

Lion_Lady wrote:>>Oh, and folks 45+ are the fastest growing single category of motorcycle fatalities in the USA.
i'm not *quite* in that demo yet, but 41 and a new rider is close enough. I'm not purposefully stupid. I took the MSF, spent a long time listening to the good advice shared here, and finally chose an 02 suz vol 800. Before buying it, I checked with a bunch of people I trusted, and based on the bike, my size (i'm extra extra large), and my evaluation process - it was my choice. I couldn't be happier! I think it's about 500 lbs, not looking forward to picking it up if i ever have to, but also have been able to balance it up out of a nasty tilt in parking lot practice.

I'm atgatt as well - i value all my organs (including skin) too much to waste them foolishly, and with all this, I hope that I won't be adding to the stats of 40+ drivers.

thanks again for everyone's sage advice on here!

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Re: Is 1200cc too much for a first time rider?

#46 Unread post by Seanyee2 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:56 pm

Tbh. Yes you should always start out with a 250-500cc bike they will be much more forgiving for mistakes that you would make. I started out on a Kawasaki ninja 650 and that was a mistake and I quickly learned that I needed a smaller engine bike which then a picked up a Suzuki 400cc which was a lot easier to handle. Let go, offer up, and Facebook market are great places to find a used cheap beginners bike that will last you enough time to learn what you need to learn.

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