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Well my wifes biggest fear is coming to life lol. My son called and said he is interested in getting a bike. The dilemma is he has ridden very little. I had a 250cc bike before my Vegas and watching how out of control he looked on a small bike does have me a bit nervous to say the least. He wants a street bike and seems to want a cruiser. I am trying to get him to get a small cc bike to start with maybe a 650cc or 750cc but even that is big IMO to learn on. He does have the basics but needs to refine his skills. I told him to buy it outright and used so he can at least learn and sell it when he gets ready to move up in size. What do you guys think?

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Best way to learn to ride is to pick up a cheap dirt bike get the oldest heaviest one you can find and go have fun in the dirt for a while.
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Best way to learn to ride is to pick up a cheap dirt bike get the oldest heaviest one you can find and go have fun in the dirt for a while.

That is the only way to learn.
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Maybe an MSF Course will help? A Smaller bike is easier to learn on than larger bikes, that's for sure.. The larger the bike the longer the learning curve. More due to the weight of the things and balance than anything..

But. If he's even average height, and more responsible, a 750 cruiser is a really nice machine to learn on..

The thing is with 250 cruisers is that they are cramped and have no real power. And lack of power to get a person out of the way of situations on the road can be a bad thing.. Nothing worse than cranking on a throttle to avoid a thing and nothing really happens..

Sport-bikes are different. A 350 would be power enough for most, but cruisers - I don't think a 750 and a bunch of parking lot practice to get a feel for emergency braking, tight radius turning, and balance - before hitting downtown traffic at rush hour, is too much of a stretch for almost anyone..

If he is taller and heavier even a larger cruiser is not going to be too much for him to handle..

A 250 though? I personally wouldn't..

People tend to outgrow those machines very quickly. If you do start there, most would suggest that you buy used, learn on it, and resell it for little-to-no loss a few months later when you want to trade up.

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That is the only way to learn.
That's how I learned too.. First time on a bike, I looked at a bush, gave it some gas and parked it there
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I'm with p.hunt.

My first bike was a 1981 Honda CB750C. Yea, a 750, but if you know me that is a small bike Stay away from crotch rockets, and the 650-750 cruisers would be just the ticket for starting out. That, and he won't outgrow it in a month.



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I learned on an old yamaha 125cc bike back in the late 70's. You guy's are all pretty much supporting my thoughts. Thank you.

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Well my wifes biggest fear is coming to life lol. My son called and said he is interested in getting a bike. The dilemma is he has ridden very little. I had a 250cc bike before my Vegas and watching how out of control he looked on a small bike does have me a bit nervous to say the least. He wants a street bike and seems to want a cruiser. I am trying to get him to get a small cc bike to start with maybe a 650cc or 750cc but even that is big IMO to learn on. He does have the basics but needs to refine his skills. I told him to buy it outright and used so he can at least learn and sell it when he gets ready to move up in size. What do you guys think?
I took a Motorcycle Safety Course. The had us on 250 dirt bikes with real temperamental clutches. Right after passing the course I bought a 750 Honda Magna. I found it way easier to ride than a dirt bike. A 750 is large enough even for a bigger guy. If you get him on a small 600 cruiser he'll be cramped up and my guess is he'd be pretty unhappy on it.
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Get in the dirt for a bit, take the MSF course.
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ditto ditto ditto...do it in the dirt!

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