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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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I took my first step towards buying my first Victory this past weekend by buying my 1st bike. 2004 Yahama V Star 650. It is plenty big, a little under powered, sounds like an 1100, and is a joy to ride. I've put about 200 miles on it from Saturday thru today and I can't wait to enjoy the open road. My next bike, about 8 months-1 year down the road will hopefully be a Victory Crossroads. I have no idea why I waited so long to start riding. 34 years old, Living in Arizona (Phoenix) from Chicago. I can only ride about 320 days of the year out here....can't wait.
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I applaud you for not starting on a 1600. Welcome to the riding world. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I went from a Honda Shadow ACE 750 to my 2008 Vegas Low. I'll never look back.
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I too came from Chicago and decided its "Motorcycle time" and bought a Harley Vrod. Never felt like it was me so I sold it and bought a Victory Jackpot. AZ. is definitely the place to ride but be careful the snowbirds are brutal to share the road with. Glad you got a bike.

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My first was a 2009 Vstar 950 it only made it 10 months before I got my 2013 Vegas. Good luck and ride safe.


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AzDave, are you going to Bike Week? I'm looking forward to checking it out.
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My first bike was a Vulcan 750. Great starter bike and I even miss it sometimes because it was also a great commuter bike.

Some people allow themselves to be pushed into a bigger bike than they want, or worse, can handle. Many end up riding a lot less than they would if not giving up riding all together. Some even after a bad accident.

At least you started riding in your life before I did in mine. I got a learners permit when I was 16 but didn't start riding until I was 42

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Congrats on joining the fray. I also started late @ 49 but I started with the Ness Cross Country you see in my signature so don't be afraid to step up to the larger bike when you are ready. I have had absolutely ZERO problems riding and/or handling this big girl but a large part of that comfort is rooted in the abilities of this bike. I am also a defensive driver who has never been in any accidents even though I use to drive insanely fast when he was younger (155MPH on the interstate outrunning Mustang's in my prior toy, SCCA racing in my 280z, etc). That defensive mentality has helped me a LOT when riding the bike. A bike is a LOT of fun to drive aggressively but you have to know WHEN to do that and when to NOT drive aggressively. Mountains on highly visible corners...go at it! Driving to the mall through traffic...be ready to dodge that 16 year old who is distracted texting




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Damn you guys are making me feel old, my 1st bike was a 74 Honda CB360!

Don't let people knock you for having a starter bike. A lot of people start with big new bikes a a large number of them find out the hard way that riding in traffic or having a couple close calls freaks them out too much. These poor guys end parking their bikes until they have enough paid off so they can sell them.

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I hear ya my first was a honda CB200 man the years go by..

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Tried to sell it for a friend and decided to buy it. That was 3 years ago at 49 years old.
Look what I got now. Love it! Enjoy your ride and the best to ya!
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