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MrWesson22
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posted 08-09-2002 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been wanting a crotch rocket since I was 15 (I'm 21 now). I'm currently looking for a reasonably priced 5.0 5sp fox to drive everyday right now, but it shouldn't take me long to pay for it and I'm wanting to get a sportbike after that. I guess with this post I'm really looking for advice, experiences, or just any good stories from all you wise folks here at M&M. What kind of bike should I buy? What should I look out for? Necessary riding gear? etc etc

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 08-09-2002 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get a helmet.

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SuzyQ
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posted 08-09-2002 07:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuzyQ   Click Here to Email SuzyQ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I prefer a Harley between my legs.

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-09-2002 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SuzyQ:
I prefer a Harley between my legs.

I was going to say something really cheesy in response to that but I'm going to be a gentleman.

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Boss302
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posted 08-09-2002 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my dad has a '74 Honda 750 Four. it would kick the crap out of any Harley, and it sounds way better too (dual straights on a 4cyl, don't think fart exhaust) i love that thing.....i agree, a helmet would be nice too.

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SuzyQ
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posted 08-09-2002 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuzyQ   Click Here to Email SuzyQ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Boss302:
my dad has a '74 Honda 750 Four. it would kick the crap out of any Harley, and it sounds way better too (dual straights on a 4cyl, don't think fart exhaust

still a ricer, go Harley, or Indians are nice! they hold their value and are just so much cooler than a honda.

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SuzyQ
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posted 08-09-2002 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuzyQ   Click Here to Email SuzyQ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 69 Sportsroof:
I was going to say something really cheesy in response to that but I'm going to be a gentleman.

and a gentleman you are.

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Boss302
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posted 08-09-2002 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
still a ricer!! i don't think so. the new indians sound like garbage, the old ones are so much kooler, and way too many people own harleys. the harley image has gone down the tube. little skinny punks with leather shoes riding them. its just not right

i was comparing their sounds today, my car and his bike...they sound almost the same, except mine is a lil deeper, and his is louder. i'm blabbing again, don't mind me

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SuzyQ
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posted 08-09-2002 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuzyQ   Click Here to Email SuzyQ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok, I'll take your word on it. However I have to disagree about the harley image, take a trip down to daytona, or myrtle beach during bike week and you'll see it's all alive and well.

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-09-2002 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No offense, but harleys suck IMO. They're the motorcycle version of rice -- all show and no go. I prefer going fast to simply cruising, like my cars. So, I'm not interested in the cruiser style. Anyone interested in sportbikes?

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Neal
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-09-2002 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL, nope, rice is rice.

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SuzyQ
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posted 08-09-2002 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuzyQ   Click Here to Email SuzyQ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harley's go fast enough, IMO jap bikes go ridiculously fast, and they're ugly too.

My husband use to ride trials, that was fun!

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I65Stang
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posted 08-09-2002 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Neal, wait for Ian (Gearhead) to get back, he has been researching and looking at getting one . I looked into it a few months back, but my parents said no til I am out of the house (graduate from college next year ).

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-09-2002 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by I65Stang:
I looked into it a few months back, but my parents said no til I am out of the house (graduate from college next year ).


Then your wife will say no.

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Boss302
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posted 08-09-2002 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got a free bike! not sure what it is yet, my neighbor hasn't dug it out of his barn yet, but i got it for free, all i had to do was haul a load(6) of round bales over to his house, easy enough.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-10-2002 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Boss302:
i got a free bike! not sure what it is yet, my neighbor hasn't dug it out of his barn yet, but i got it for free, all i had to do was haul a load(6) of round bales over to his house, easy enough.


Hey I got a free bike too.It's a 74 400cc small big.It's alittle work,but I'll get it going someday.


Neal,I too was into sport bikes I had a Seca 750 nice fast bike.And then a 750 Katana I loved that bike.0-60 like nothing else I've ever drove.I had alot of fun times riding.I always had a good helmet and pants and boots and gloves and jacket.
I highly recommend you go out a buy a small cheap bike drive it for some time.And then you get something bigger and faster.Also one of those bike riding classes are great.
I 've also ridin many HD and they dont suck.My pops inlaw had his own parts and service Harly shop for 3years.His Harly kits some butt,I've never ridin a bike with that much power before.Yes the ricers will beat it in the mountains roads,and few in the 1/4 too.But for over all cool you cant beat a HD.
If I ever got another bike I'd go with a cruiser for sure.

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mustangs68
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posted 08-10-2002 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking at a Harley 1200 C a few months back but my "wisdom" kicked in

Several friends have HD's and I like them.
One fellow at work just totaled his "crotch rocket" after only owning it a month even the new VA Plates haven't arrived for it yet..his fault..messing around on back road at a high rate of speed and missed the curve in the road..he's ok but that bike was a mess.

Big Ray would be mad if he hears you bad mouth Hawgs now and big Ray is BIG
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Boss302
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posted 08-10-2002 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got my bike today!! '72 Honda CB450. MINT condition. it needs a little engine work, but the chrome is nice. i'm gonna paint it flat black

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-11-2002 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess I'll jump in on this one. Last year in May, I purchased a new motorcycly. Earlier this year after seeing it parked in the basement for 3 months because it was too cold to ride it, I sold it to my nephew. Anyway, It was a 2001 Honda Shadow Spirit. It was a very nice bike. My wife and I rode it around all summer and the first of fall. My wife's brother-in-law has a 95th anniversary fat boy (which fits him to a T). The thing is, I didn't have to take out a 2nd mortgage on my house to get the Honda. For the price he paid (over 18 grand), I could have bought a Honda for me, my wife, and her sister and had money left over.

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-11-2002 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I don't know of any stock harley that would currently take any 600cc or better class sportbike in the 1/4 mile or anywhere else. From what I've seen, most harleys push 55-60hp and weigh in excess of 600lbs. A new 600cc sportbike will typically weight around 400lbs and push 75-80hp, from what I've seen. Of course, they cost less than half what a harley does as well. I'm not trying to offend anyone here or turn this into a cruiser vs sportbike thread here. I just don't like any vehicle - car, motorcycle, boat, whatever - that is all show, no go.

So, anyway, I'm looking at trying to get in on an early 90s CBR 600 as I like the honda's styling and ergonomics and know I can pick one up for a reasonable price ($4K or less). Any experience with something like this?

One more thing. Does anyone know of any good sportbike forums? Thanks all.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-11-2002 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neal I found the 600's to be alittle small to me.Have you sat on one yet.i'm only 5'10 but I felt alot better on alittle larger bike.They have plenty of power either way the 600-750.I still really like the looks and style of the Katana from Suz,.What are looking for a, road racer,street runner,cruiser,all around fun bike???

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posted 08-11-2002 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a CBR 600 and it was a blast. I suggest buying a good quality helmet BEFORE you ever get on the thing though. Good kevlar riding gloves are nice too (and comfy). I didn't always wear boots and long sleeves/long pants, but if I had ever laid it down I would have wished I had.

I've crashed many dirt bikes and atvs and it hurts. Just imagine what it would be like on pavement. Dirt is much more forgiving than asphalt.

That said, my only other suggestion would be to either learn on a slower bike like Scoop suggested, or take it very easy until you are confident in your riding abilities.

I rode a lot of different bikes before I got my CBR and some of them were race ready(CR500 and a Tecate 250 atv, both very fast), but the CBR 600 surprised me the first time I rode it.

Be careful and have fun

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-12-2002 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 600s are a little short for me too, but I want a slower bike to start out on and learn to ride. I'm looking for an all around street bike with good handling, ride quality, and acceleration. Top speed isn't important to me at all, I just like getting there fast.

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Fastymz
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I know I'll date myself here but the older 600 VFR's were great bikes too.They are real cheap now and a good starter bike.If you can say a 600 rice racer is a good SLOW starting bike.
I'd start on a 400cc you can get one for $500 and run it all summer long.And then look around for a nice all around bike and still sale it for $500.
Neal,Thats just the Father side of me talking there.

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posted 08-12-2002 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plus you won't mind getting road rash on the $500 bike, I'd imagine.

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