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Old 08-05-2008, 01:05 PM   #31
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08 Speed Triple will be joining my 97 Sprint soon in the basement.

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I want that Triumph Bonneville you posted earlier!!! Actually, if the truth were known, I really want a new Speed Triple. Triumph has such a colorful history in England, I'm glad they're still selling bikes. I think the R1 is getting a stablemate soon!!

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I want that Triumph Bonneville you posted earlier!!! Actually, if the truth were known, I really want a new Speed Triple. Triumph has such a colorful history in England, I'm glad they're still selling bikes. I think the R1 is getting a stablemate soon!!
That's why I have the Tiger, it's a Semi Enduro Speed Triple.....

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the stealrship around here (one mega store, has almost all dealers in it) only had the shadow 1100 and a boulevard s50 most basic boulevard 800cc. i actually feel more comfortable on the shadow 1100 the bike felt very balanced and actually felft lighter than the boulevard. i think its bc of the rider/engine positions. the 1100 was a hideous black with yellow/orange flame and they said they dont think they will be getting anymore in bc 09 models are coming out soon. but they did have a harley sportster 1200 (used) about half dressed out that was right at the top of my price range. nice ike but not for me. my friend said they supposedly got a boulevard m50 in today that i will go look at. thanks for all yalls help and keep it coming. i'll let yall know when i make a final decision
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:44 PM   #35
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Go find a shadow 600 VLX or a 750 and sit on that. They have larger frames. I felt like I was on laying out on a couch compared to my yamaha when I sat on a VLX 600 shadow.
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:34 AM   #36
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Ok, my "two cents".....

I bought a used Honda Shadow (1986 VT500C) that held up for me for 10 years with NO trouble whatsoever.

Honda makes a bike that will hold up, long term, and the 500, although smaller than some in engine power, has plenty of pep for the highway.

Admittedly it is not as comfortable as buying a Goldwing or a similar bike of that type, but they are heavy and I recommend working up to a vehicle of that size.

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That's not where I was going at all. My manhood was never in question here. Just wondering if a "smaller" bike would fit my larger frame or if it'd be like Grape Ape on a tricycle. I've sat on a few 650-900s at dealerships and it felt like I was all bunched up. Then I'd sit on a bigger bike and be comfortable in my seating position and just "feel" more natural.

Hell, I'd love to have a smaller lighter cruiser... they just don't seem to fit me right...
That makes more sense. My son is large framed too and he was looking at a Suzuki M50 (800cc) bike with wider handlebars and he seemed even more comfortable than on the V-Star 650. So I DO agree that your body frame DOES play into it. I guess I misread what had been posted about size mattering, but thinking it was in reference to image, not frame size of the rider.

Sorry I misread that.

I DO plan on taking the MSF class with my son (to see how he does and to potentially get a motorcycle license as well), so I'm making note of this stuff too!
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:02 PM   #38
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DON'T! Yeah I know I will probably get flamed for this one.
But I just got back from visiting my 24 year old son in the hospital after having a touch with death when his bike (600cc Suzuki) spilled throwing him into oncoming traffic, hitting the guard rail and propelling him into a wooded ravine. He suffered 4 broken vertibrae, and multiple bruises. On a 35 degree bank turn, doing 50 mph a small animal ran out into the road, impossible to avoid, he lost control after hitting it. He is a good cyclist with experience, but some things can't be avoided. His helmet saved his life, as it was split from hitting his head on the guard rail. Luckily he wore full leather, even this summer, when riding, suffering minimal road rash. He will undergo physical therapy and wear a back brace for 6 months. I have ridden much myself, but the dangers just seemed to touch home on this one. If you will ride, just please buy the best gear you can. Do not skimp, especially on shorty helmets, and please be careful.
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Accidents happen as part of living life to a fuller realization than most do....

Im glad your son is doin as well as he is and my thoughts and prayers go out to your family as well as my hopes for a swift and complete recovery

Good on him about the gear....I always wear mine....its a lifesaver...gary
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Ok, my "two cents".....

I bought a used Honda Shadow (1986 VT500C) that held up for me for 10 years with NO trouble whatsoever.

Honda makes a bike that will hold up, long term, and the 500, although smaller than some in engine power, has plenty of pep for the highway.

Admittedly it is not as comfortable as buying a Goldwing or a similar bike of that type, but they are heavy and I recommend working up to a vehicle of that size.

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Honda's are good machines, and of course there are a ton of dealers.. But personally I've had better luck reliability wise with Yamahas. Truthfully all the Japanese bikes are very well built now days, sit on any you are thinking about and make sure they are comfortable to you, and if there is more than one you think will do, chose by which dealer has the best deal and service department. All brands have issues from time to time, and a good service department can be the difference between loving and hating the bike.

And as far as gear... ATGATT!!! All The Gear, All The Time.. Even though I now ride a full dress touring maching, I never ride without a full face helmet, over the ankle boots, armored jacket, and armored gloves.. Admittedly it can be a little warm in the summer here in Florida, But with mesh gear it is not that bad. I have a Tourmaster Intake jacket.. Mesh with a rain liner, and an insulated liner.. I take the liners out if it is over 70, use just the rain liner between 60 and around 70, and both if it is under 60, and with a sweat shirt under that I have ridden in relative comfort down to around 40 degrees.

I actually have a pair of matching armored riding pants I wear if I'm riding any distance.
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FWIW Ricer or Crotch Rocket will get yer ass kicked in the wrong crowd

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that is not true. i have a 500 ninja and i dont know how many time i have walked by people on the supposedly "real" bikes aka harley to mine at some bar and grill and most of the time they say nice bike.

i would go with the 750 or maybe a little smaller. just cause it has a smaller cc does not mean that it will surprise you on the throttle
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please buy the best gear you can.
i hope your son gets to feeling better soon and has a speedy recovery.

(clears throat) buy ICON top of the line street gear.
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Im an administrator on a motorcycle website and a 30 year 600K mile street rider

and Ive owned 27 motorcycles ...I have 5 streetbikes and 3 dirtbikes right now....
That and $10 will get you a gallon of gas and a coffee at Starbucks.
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That and $10 will get you a gallon of gas and a coffee at Starbucks.
I forgot that pointing out anything about your qualifications or experience is bound to put you up for some sort of smartass response

I wont bother to be helpful about subjects I am knowlegeable or passionate about ever again...gary
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that is not true. i have a 500 ninja and i dont know how many time i have walked by people on the supposedly "real" bikes aka harley to mine at some bar and grill and most of the time they say nice bike.

i would go with the 750 or maybe a little smaller. just cause it has a smaller cc does not mean that it will surprise you on the throttle

"wrong crowd"...RIF......Gary
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Guys, it is getting ugly in here..lets keep this on the up and up. Rebel is looking for some advice on a type of bike. Lets keep it to that.

Yes we all know motorcycles are a higher risk....lets leave it at that.
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Guys, it is getting ugly in here..lets keep this on the up and up. Rebel is looking for some advice on a type of bike. Lets keep it to that.

Yes we all know motorcycles are a higher risk....lets leave it at that.
Its the internet I dont get mad...I expect idiots...gary
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Now why do you have to make a comment like that. There is no reason to call anyone an idiot.

You may know bikes, but comments like that are uncalled for.

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Don't be too upset gary, a lot of us here really do appreciate your input and expertise. Some of us even know your resume is pretty impressive Opinions are like..........

I think people should start small and sell for what they paid for it, you think people can learn on larger stuff. Not a big deal, just a difference of opinion. I have just seen too many "kids" my age (21-25) buy a 600cc GSXR or CBR etc. because their "friend with a bike" said they could handle it. Without fail, at least 99% of them are all messed up within a month, because of improper braking, throttle, etc. I just think you are better off making mistakes on a more forgiving bike, and than getting something larger when you are confident you can handle a finiky supersport, or heavy cruiser.
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I would go with the Yamaha V-Star, if that's your price range you can find one in good shape, maybe an 01. I would definitely go with an 1100, a 750 is a woman's bike. I prefer the V-star over the shadow for two reasons. The Shadow is liquid cooled where as the V-Star is air cooled, and the second is directly related to the first. It's hard to change the oil on the shadow, you have to drop the whole exhaust system just to get at the filter. I bought a 2001 Yamaha V-Star 1100 for a little more than 5k, but it was a steal, in mint condition with less miles on it than I put on in a month. Look in auto trader and see what you can find.
Not to rock the boat, but you have your brands confused. You do not have to drop the exhaust on the Shadow to change oil, my wife has one and I change the oil on it. The Yamaha on the other hand you do, but Iam not sure of which model. My neighbor has one and he uses my lift to change his oil because of this problem. I also have seen oil filter relocation kits for the Yamaha. Scooby
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on my way to chatanooga in the AM to pic up a shadow 750 pretty stoked....
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Congrats, awesome choice. Are you planning on taking the MSF class, or just wing'n it? Couldn't have picked a better bike to start on
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taking the class tomorrow.
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Take it easy at first, get a feel for the bike, and remember that everyone on the road is out to kill you. Ride heavily armed accordingly.
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on my way to chatanooga in the AM to pic up a shadow 750 pretty stoked....
I think you'll be pretty happy overall w/ that bike, I had a 750 SS a LONG time ago, which IIRC is more or less the same bike mechanically. It rode pretty nice, although I didn't have it long enough to get truly comfortable on it before I dumped it and decided I needed a few more wheels to maintain vertical hold!
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taking an msf... taz. where are you taking it?
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Took the class today in Cartersville. Learned a ton.

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Congrats on the bike, and the course. I used to have a 750 Shadow years ago. I have two Harleys now. I am surprised no one mentioned the Buell.

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update. i LOVE my bike. the MSF course was great and i recomend it for anyone. i learned a lot and it really helps you learn the feel of your bike, sure you can do this on the raod, but wouldnt you rather do it while your not surrounded by cars going down the highway. but anyways and the state of GA recognizes the MSF course as sufficient so after passing it i got my class M drivers license

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