First Time motorcycle buyer, never even ridden one!

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First Time motorcycle buyer, never even ridden one!

Unread post by gasmileagekills » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:32 am

I'm looking into getting my first motorcycle ever. I've never ridden one, but I've always wanted a bike since I was a kid. Plus, you can't beat the gas mileage. I'd need something that I could take on the highway to get to school. Does anybody have any suggestions for a starter bike with good mpg for my price range? (under 2 grand; college student lol)

I was initially looking into a '72 Honda scrambler but I don't know if that's what I need for highway...

any tips/help/suggestions appreciated!

Many thanks!!!

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Re: First Time motorcycle buyer, never even ridden one!

Unread post by dr_bar » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:45 am

Went to my local "craigslist and under motercycles for sale, I found several suitable bikes for under $2000. When I say suitable, I mean after you've taken a training course such as are offered by MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation.)

There was a 600cc Ninja, Honda VT500 Shadow, Suzuki 250 Marauder, just as examples. All three of those bikes are great for a starter bike. There was surprisingly a couple of bigger bikes as well.

So, go take a course then sit on every kinda of bike you can find, which means lots of fun hitting up every dealer showroom in town. then when you think you've found the style of bike you want, hit the local want ads/ craigslist/Kijiji, or whatever you use.

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Re: First Time motorcycle buyer, never even ridden one!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:19 am

:welcome: Harv to not only the best, friendlist motorcycle community around but also to the awesome world of motorcycling! WARNING: Once you ride, it gets in your blood and you'll be a changed man forever!

It's fine to look at bikes, but don't buy one until you do your MSF motorcycle safety course. The course will give you a huge head start in skills and you'll meet some new riders and it will help you decide if you want that 250cc or a 600cc and what style of bike.

There are lots of old $2k bikes out there and that's fine for your first one, just make sure it is as reliable as possible and if you can bring along an experienced rider (who works a little on bikes) to help you view it as well.

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Unread post by gasmileagekills » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:58 pm

Thanks Guys! Yes, I will be taking to MSF safety course before I make any purchases of course haha.

So would I be jumping the gun by getting an old Honda scrambler ('68-'72)? I've seen them posted for about 1200-1800 and I think they look really cool, but I don't know how reliable they are or if they're good for freeway riding. Or am I better off just getting an entry level bike thats not so old? I just don't want to get something that I'm embarrassed to be on!

I will take a look at my friends bikes and see how I like them and do a few test drives from dealers in town as well (after i take the safety course that is).

I really hope I'm making sense, this is relatively new to me haha.

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Unread post by dr_bar » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:09 pm

Just think of parts availability. Not always easy to find parts let alone someone to work on it...
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:26 pm

Hi Harv, welcome to TMW! :wave:

An old bike can be a thing of beauty but you definitely want to be able to work on it yourself or know someone who can. For example, in Calgary it's impossible to find a shop that will service or repair old bikes. That could put a person in a bind if they weren't prepared!

Good luck and have fun. Let us know how the course goes! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by MmeMagpie » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:02 pm

If you're not mechanically inclined, I would stay far away from older bikes. Personal experience speaking, here, and learning from my dad's garage full of dead bikes.

I got my hands on a lemon of an old Honda several years ago, and there wasn't enough sugar in my bank account to turn it into lemonade. Bought a spanking new bike shortly after. Also talked my dad into buying a new Harley, rather than yet another raggedy old bike. I think we both have saved a lot of money, overall, because of this. And Dad's wife is happy to have her garage back.
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Unread post by BobK » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:10 am

Old motorcycles are best admired from a distance.

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Unread post by Johnj » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:11 am

As a general rule most motorcycle dealers won't work on bikes that are 10 years old or more. There are a lot of independent shops that will.
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Unread post by Larry Culling » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:53 pm

I had never rode a motorcycle untill two years ago. I took the course and feel it should be made manditory. I was offered a ride on a 2003 750 Honda shadow Spirit. My sister in law was debating about selling hers. After taking it out for an afternoon, I told her to make up her mind about selling it. I have had that bike for two years now and enjoy every minute of riding it. Last year I put on 12,000 km. Most of my riding is full day highway riding. Last summer 14 of us went from S ontario to Wellsboro PA. for the weekend. One day down, two days of solid riding down there and one day back to Ontario. That area is beautiful riding and the people down there are great. I find the 750 is a guttsy bike and lacks nothing on the highway, I found it an excellant first bike.

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Re: First Time motorcycle buyer, never even ridden one!

Unread post by sapaul » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:36 am

Hey Harv, my advice would be

don't get a bike until you mature a bit. Saving gas is simply not a good enough reason to own a bike.
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