• Bikers of Facepunch
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First thing in order is a testdrive then. If I can focus on both switching gears and not exploding in a ball of fire, then I may choose the RS 50. Safety first!
I found it infinitely easier to ride a motorcycle opposed to a manual car for the simple reason that my left hand is a lot more dextrous than my left foot/leg. You get used to both, but it's much easier to modulate a clutch with your hand at the beginning.
From what I heard is that people get to scared of manual transmissions, apparently they are really straight forward. As as Whatevaman said, way easier than a car.
Got my bike back today. Some kids (probably) had been riding it around and stashing it in the bush, so it's covered in spiders, webs and foliage. I'm right back to where I started though; An unroad-worthy bike in need of a lot of work :/ ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/EmMDX.jpg[/IMG]
I've narrowed it down to these specific bikes in order of preference. One Aprilia and 2 DNA's. [url]http://verkopen.marktplaats.nl/photopopup/521283435/1[/url] (copy protection blah) [img]http://img.2dehands.be/f/preview/111536468-gilera-dna.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.2dehands.be/f/preview/110830227-prachtige-gilera-dna.jpg[/img] Should I decide at this time a manual isn't right for me, I'm hoping to nail the black DNA (automatic) as it looks gorgeous. It's from 2005, but only 1150 KM on the clock plus it's apparently been well maintained. All that for less than 850 euro's.
[QUOTE=anklyne;34304854]Got my bike back today. Some kids (probably) had been riding it around and stashing it in the bush, so it's covered in spiders, webs and foliage. I'm right back to where I started though; An unroad-worthy bike in need of a lot of work :/ ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/EmMDX.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] well at least im happy to see that you found your bike back.
Yeah, I'm happy I've got it back, it's just frustrating that I have to work on it again after I had finally gotten it where I'd wanted it :/ I guess it's just good reinforcement to remember to put my bike somewhere safe over night :v:
what would you guys recommend for a complete beginner? I don't have my license yet but me and my friend are probably going to get it as soon as they offer the course again. I was thinking more of a sport bike but to be honest I have no clue what to look for or anything like that, so I figured you could help me out a bit (what to look for, how much money, etc, etc)
Want a sportbike? Ninja 250 250 too small and you want a 600? Ninja 250 Want to pick up all the ladies? Ninja 250 Take the course, see how you like it and how you do. Honestly, any 250 or 500 is great for a beginner. Stay away from inline 4 supersports and you'll be fine.
[QUOTE=Watevaman;34350050]Want a sportbike? Ninja 250 250 too small and you want a 600? Ninja 250 Want to pick up all the ladies? Ninja 250 Take the course, see how you like it and how you do. Honestly, any 250 or 500 is great for a beginner. Stay away from inline 4 supersports and you'll be fine.[/QUOTE] ok cool, thanks. any recommendations other than a ninja? My cities pretty small so having a few bikes to look for would be better for me.
I'm not sure which ones are available in Canada, but for 250s there's the Hyosung GT250 (a Korean made bike, I think they had bad quality at first but apparently are better now), the Kawasaki Ninja 250, and the Honda CBR250R. For a 500, there's pretty much the Suzuki GS500 (which I have) in both naked and faired form, and the Ninja 500. Both of which don't have supersport styling, but they definitely aren't crusers.
Aprillia RS125 and RS250 are extremely cool bikes too, and maybe a Caviga Mito, those are cool, low cc bikes.
We definitely have the Hondas and Suzukis here, not sure on the Hyosung. The European bikes are most likely not available but thanks anyways!
You could always ride a moose or a maple leaf. [editline]23rd January 2012[/editline] Eh?
If you want super cheap insurance and fantastic fuel you can go with a CBR125. Sure, its not the fastest, but it can be purchased of used sites for under 2k in excellent solution. For riding under 90 km/h, its fantastic from what I have heard.
yeah I was going to ask about 125s because I've seen a few for pretty cheap, but the people selling them are all girls so I wasn't sure if they're deemed "girly." Chances are I wont take it on the highway so going under 90km/h is no problem.
So I've been wanting to wanting to get into bikes for a few years now, and Sunday my dad got me a a jacket and gloves (<3 my dad) so I could take the motorcycle safety course (required for a license in CA if you're under 21). (warning: I'm not photogenic in the least) [t]http://i.imgur.com/tdQAP.jpg[/t] Looking into bikes to get, was recommended a CB250/500, and found [url=http://motorcycles.oodle.com/view/1970-honda-cl-100-scrambler/2787415116-san-jose-ca/]this[/url]. My therapist also says her son is looking to get rid of his bike (all I could get was 80's Suzuki cruiser), and may be as cheap as $500. It's sat for 12 years, though, so it'll need at [i]least[/i] a fluid change to run. Either bike I'd probably end up taking apart and putting back together.
[QUOTE=biodude94566;34370288]It's sat for 12 years, though, so it'll need at [i]least[/i] a fluid change to run.[/QUOTE] After that long: fluids changed, filters changed, carby cleaned, rubber hoses/seals checked/replaced and, unless it's been sealed up the entire time, the exhaust checked for blockages (spiders, rodents, birds, etc.) Do a lot of research, ask a lot of questions and you'll hopefully have a lot of fun fixing up whatever bike you get.
[QUOTE=anklyne;34370565]After that long: fluids changed, filters changed, carby cleaned, rubber hoses/seals checked/replaced and, unless it's been sealed up the entire time, the exhaust checked for blockages (spiders, rodents, birds, etc.) Do a lot of research, ask a lot of questions and you'll hopefully have a lot of fun fixing up whatever bike you get.[/QUOTE] I assumed it would need more, but I didn't really know where to start. Thanks for the info. It's been in a garden shed/garage type thing, supposedly covered, so it's not been out in the weather. It's work I wouldn't mind doing in the least, I'd love to get into vehicles of any sort.
Oh, battery (if it has one) and spark plug too. Plus check any fuses. Once all that's done, see if it turns over. It may take a bit, but hopefully it'll start. If it doesn't turn over or start, then you've got bigger fish to fry. Also try and find out why it was sitting for so long and if/how well it was running when it was last used. Hopefully it was running fine and was just put away from disinterest.
This is mainly for future reference as I still don't have my license but is the Yamaha Vmax a good bike? I'm still going to buy a Honda cbr or a ninja as my first one (maybe an Aprilia because you [I]can [/I]get them here apparently) but if I like riding then maybe a future purchase will be a Vmax.
I just fixed my 1996 Vulcan's air box, bit of a bitch to do though I was able to do it good enough, I think that the hoses one the air box should stay for quite a while so I will not worry about that. Rode it again and i must say with 89 gas it runs fantastic just so damn good. Now all I have to do is get my motorcycle license and I should be good to ride where ever I need to go.
I don't know why, but choosing a shifter vs automatic is becoming a deadlocking issue for me. I've found two great options and I would get them both if I had the cash. But alas, I have to choose between them, and I really don't want to choose one and find out I've made a [b]terrible[/b] mistake. [img]http://fotos.marktplaats.com/kopen/f/54/ujpnGkLJG1JZXKdnWe0EKg==.jpg[/img] Aprilia RS 50, shifter (actual photo of the specific bike). Plusses are: Rebuild 2000KM/1400 miles ago including: - New paint (*drool*) - Engine revision - Frame checkup. Close to home, like 15KM close. Looks gorgeous. Only 900(!) euros/1200 dollars after negotiations. The rebuild wasn't done at a dealer but at home by him and his father, with new original and replica parts. I've spoken to the person and explained to me that his father was in the motorcycle business for around 40 years and is a real motorhead, so I have faith that it's been done properly. The only two reasons I didn't jump on this like a middle-aged fat housewife on a Black Friday is because it's a manual. Never driven one before, but I'm willing to learn, and it may just be great. There's also the thing that I'll mostly use it in cities so there's a lot of start/stopping (shifting) with traffic and traffic lights. The other one is potential issue with discomfort due to riding position combined with my 1,92M height and my heavier weight. Not having a storage compartment for my helmet is also a small issue, but nothing major. The alternative would be (not the actual bike in picture): [img]http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/1912/02042010110.jpg[/img] Gilera DNA, automatic scooter (Not the specific bike in the photo) Plusses are: Rides just like a sportsbike, handeling wise, AKA great. Looks very nice in my opinion Storage compartment big enough to fit a helmet in, and then some. Possibility of raised steer, for better comfort. Weirdly, I could attribute it being an automatic as a negative point too, as you can have great fun and excitement with a manual, or so I've heard. I wish I knew someone close to me that knew what advice to tell me, but no one in my familie or friends have any sensible advice regarding scooters. So, Facepunch. Could you experienced bikers give me some feedback based on the information I gave you and your own experiences? Cheers!
[QUOTE=DarkWolf2;34414775]Weirdly, I could attribute it being an automatic as a negative point too, as you can have great fun and excitement with a manual, or so I've heard.[/QUOTE] Part of the fun of driving/riding manual is learning to become a smooth driver even when in heavy traffic ;) My Suzuki Across has a large glovebox in front of the seat where the fuel tank normally is (under-seat fuel tank) so I completely understand how ridiculously handy it is to have. I'm also a lover of manual transmissions and think you'd have great fun learning to ride manual, so I'm in half a mind to say get the RS, but the practicality of that scooter-bike thing is hard to go past, especially if you're mainly riding in the city.
[QUOTE=DarkWolf2;34414775] I wish I knew someone close to me that knew what advice to tell me, but no one in my familie or friends have any sensible advice regarding scooters. So, Facepunch. Could you experienced bikers give me some feedback based on the information I gave you and your own experiences? Cheers![/QUOTE] It depends if you want to ever race it. I'd go for the Aprilla if you want to ever try racing with the bike, if you want an amazing commuter, you should buy the DNA. It's more practical for commuting with it's built in storage, and automatic transmission. I'm looking at both of them right now, and I'm pretty torn which one I would buy. [editline]27th January 2012[/editline] I'd pick the DNA I think after reading about it more. Goes just as fast, and still has a wonderfully low center of gravity, great control and breaking. Apparently the Aprillas can have some issues with their engines.
[QUOTE=OogalaBoogal;34417363] Apparently the Aprillas can have some issues with their engines.[/QUOTE] The RS 50 has a Minarelli AM6 engine, which is really reliable if you treat it right.
[QUOTE=OogalaBoogal;34417363]It depends if you want to ever race it. I'd go for the Aprilla if you want to ever try racing with the bike, if you want an amazing commuter, you should buy the DNA. It's more practical for commuting with it's built in storage, and automatic transmission. I'm looking at both of them right now, and I'm pretty torn which one I would buy. [editline]27th January 2012[/editline] I'd pick the DNA I think after reading about it more. Goes just as fast, and still has a wonderfully low center of gravity, great control and breaking. Apparently the Aprillas can have some issues with their engines.[/QUOTE] It's not going to be for racing or stunting. I'm looking for something, in order of importance: - Fun. So it doesn't get boring to drive on long rides or in the future. - Comfortable. I'm hoping my long length will not hamper this - Practical. Not having to carry your helmet everywhere would be great - Sporty looking. Everyone drives an Aerox these days. - Reasonably fast. So I don't hold up traffic and ties in a bit with the fun part I was hoping that shifting would prevent boredom of the bike, particularly on longer stretches of open road. Honestly, I'm neutral about shifting (pun intended). If I can have just as much continuous fun on an automatic, then I'm not bothered in the slightest.
Last night I went to a movie, after that I drove my (manual) bike all night long untill I had to go to reserve and headed home, I don't think I would've done that on any other bike.
[QUOTE=Dutchlike;34428026]Last night I went to a movie, after that I drove my (manual) bike all night long untill I had to go to reserve and headed home, I don't think I would've done that on any other bike.[/QUOTE] Stop making it impossible for me to choose [B]GRARGH![/B]
Have you driven either one of them? That's really the easiest way to choose.
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