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by Thumper
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Beginner Jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 5179

Re: Beginner Jacket

Along with Joe Rocket, look at First Gear, Olympia, Shift... you can get a really good jacket for under 300 easily.
by Thumper
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: First bike, suggestions please
Replies: 6
Views: 3712

Re: First bike, suggestions please

CC wise? I'd try to keep it under 800cc, though I will say that I think my Bonneville (at 865) would not be a horrible first bike. For cruisers, you'd got a heck of a lot of options. Honda Shadow VLX (just under 600cc), Shadow Spirit (or Aero) at 750 cc, Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (if you can find one) or ...
by Thumper
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New bike and MSF course
Replies: 3
Views: 2837

Re: New bike and MSF course

Yep, that is a whole lot of bike. It's pushing 650 pounds, hovers somewhere around 72 HP... would not be my first choice for a brand new rider. The ideal would be if you could store the bike for a while and pick up something a little more newby friendly, but if that's not an option, learning on it i...
by Thumper
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Help a fellow rider win a contest! Please
Replies: 7
Views: 1925

Re: Help a fellow rider win a contest! Please

Your entry is way better than mine...
by Thumper
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: New rider
Replies: 4
Views: 2689

Re: New rider

The s40 is a good first bike and probably won't be a quick turn-over bike. The only issue I know of it is that it runs very lean and has a tendency to backfire, but you can get the carbs re-jetted to correct that, or just live with it. Some riders think it adds a little character :)
by Thumper
Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: new rider, finally chose a bike.
Replies: 4
Views: 3134

Re: new rider, finally chose a bike.

Pictures, or it doesn't exist ;)

Congrats!
by Thumper
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Just Started
Replies: 11
Views: 6112

Re: Just Started

Now...I'm on a Triumph Bonneville. I also have a Suzuki Gladius in the garage but I need to sell that one. After the Rebel I moved to an SV650, then got a Piaggio MP3 scooter... the Bonneville is most like riding the Rebel, and I think this might be *the bike.*

I hope.

I have Fickle Bike Syndrome ;)
by Thumper
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences
Replies: 45
Views: 10060

Re: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences

Piaggio MP3 500? Auto tranny, and you won't even need to hold the thing up at a stop (the tilting mechanism for the two front wheels can be locked). Lean it like a regular bike at speed, get three contact patches as a bonus, it looks like the head of an Autobot, and it's officially cool (according ...
by Thumper
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Start Your Engines - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Just Started
Replies: 11
Views: 6112

Re: Just Started

:waves:

Welcome!

I miss my Rebel sometimes... :)
by Thumper
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Seat Height Help
Replies: 4
Views: 3104

Re: Seat Height Help

I'm not sure about the ground clearance on the Sabres, but in theory you could have a lowering link put on the back, and then raise the forks a little bit to effectively lower the bike. I'm guessing the most you could get is an inch lower (some bikes you can drop the back a good 3 inches, but cruise...
by Thumper
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?
Replies: 9
Views: 4928

Re: Are rider denim pants worth two squats?

I've got a few pair of riding jeans...Australian Draggin camos, Shift jeans, and Icon Superduty. I went down at low speed in a pair of Icons and they held up well, but it was very low speed. The AU Draggin jeans have really good Kevlar coverage (better, I think, than the US version) and are very com...
by Thumper
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Somthing VERY cool about this forms members
Replies: 34
Views: 7258

Re: Somthing VERY cool about this forms members

I don't understand why anybody would care what they ride, That's just it...no one here cares what someone else rides. No one cared for the over 2 years I rode the MP3 scooter. If; I'd replaced it with a TMax, no one would have cared. In fact, if I *had* replaced it with another scooter it would hav...
by Thumper
Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Somthing VERY cool about this forms members
Replies: 34
Views: 7258

Re: Somthing VERY cool about this forms members

what will the hot babes think if they seen me riding a scooter Well, I'm not a hot babe, but I can assure you that a scooter is never an issue when I look at a guy, but the moment "if they seen me riding" came out of his mouth I would dismiss him on intelligence points. Not that I notice grammar or...
by Thumper
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: TMW Merchandise
Topic: Q: Free TMW stickers for SASE or $5 donation?
Replies: 20
Views: 14228

Re: Q: Free TMW stickers for SASE or $5 donation?

I really really really want that orange shirt if you ever get anywhere near where you have them stored ;)
by Thumper
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Anxiety
Replies: 20
Views: 10549

Re: New Rider Anxiety

How long have you guys been riding? What kind of bikes??? Have either of you had a Rebel? If so, what do you think about them? I'm really enjoying the fact that it's lightweight. Makes me more comfortable on my ungraceful take-offs and stops! Rhonda I've been riding for 5-6 years...and I started ou...
by Thumper
Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Anxiety
Replies: 20
Views: 10549

Re: New Rider Anxiety

Sounds perfectly normal to me. I started out on the same bike...and man that felt big for a while (I'd been on big bikes as a teen...but when you have better wits about you, you know that little 250 is a BIKE.) Once I was ready to leave the parking lot (or in my case, the court we lived on) I putt-p...
by Thumper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: TMW Merchandise
Topic: Q: Free TMW stickers for SASE or $5 donation?
Replies: 20
Views: 14228

Re: Q: Free TMW stickers for SASE or $5 donation?

I'm a t-shirt kind of person and rarely put stickers on anything, but were I inclined, I would rather donate...

Weren't there t-shirts at some point? I could really go for a brightly colored TMW t-shirt...
by Thumper
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: what bike to look at purchasing
Replies: 9
Views: 4165

Re: what bike to look at purchasing

Both are good bikes, but after 20 years off a bike I would go with the Shadow (presuming you mean one of the 750cc Shadows and not the VLX, which is a good bike, too...) It would be a little more forgiving of rusty-rider mistakes, but would still be capable of any typical riding you'd want to do--ar...
by Thumper
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: Jewellery on Bikes?
Replies: 11
Views: 9222

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

I wear a crucifix and a wedding ring...never thought about losing a finger because of the ring, though...
by Thumper
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences
Replies: 45
Views: 10060

Re: seriously, motorcyle vs. scooter - non-tech differences

I think a lot of people assume scooters are safer, but the little Vespas and Helix putt-putts out there really aren't. The smaller wheels and shorter wheelbases make them less stable. Move up into the big scooter class, though, and you just have a motorcycle that looks different and doesn't have a c...