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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Ok first off I'm 36 years old 6'4" and about 350.
I'm looking to buy my first motorcycle this year or next. Been looking at Vics and road stars. My fatherhas a road star and it's pretty nice.
Anyways the fella at the yamaha dealership and some posters on other forums said to get a small bike (650) for a year or two and I was all set to do that till I talked to my father and friend. My uncle, father, and friend all said I would be disappointed in that small bike after aweek of riding and to just get the bigger one noe and be done with it. I can see both points and I'm not sure what to do. So anyways if I go bigger then obviously it's more money. Well if I'm going to spend that much then I might ad well get what I really want (victory).
I don't plan on doing anything but cruising around town and riding short distances. Just looking for other peoples input on first bikes.
Speed is not an issue for me. I just want to relax. And I love the Vegas jackpot lOok. Well I like all the victory bikes look tbh
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 07:44 AM
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In my opinion dont buy a small bike,you will out grow it very fast! I am a first time rider and i bought the Kingpin and very happy with my decision. Victory motorcycles are very easy to ride very well balanced machines. Here are some pics of mine. Good luck!!
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I would go for the Jackpot. Just take your time getting adjusted to the handling. Take the safety class, do some low-speed drills for a few days, then sides streets, backroads for awhile. Within a couple of months, you'll be riding like a pro.
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If you haven't spent much time on a bike I suggest buying something smaller and less expensive to start with. You'll notice in classifieds that many people buy bikes, ride them a few times and sell them with less than 1K miles on them. Some people just can't get comfortable with the risk; they have a couple of close calls with cars and decide that bikes are not for them -- then they lose their @$$ when they sell them.

Find a cheap 650 - 1100 and get some miles on it. When you're ready (and confident) sell it and buy the Victory of your dreams. This way you may only be out a couple hundred $$ and you don't lose your @$$ pursuing a dream that turns into a nightmare. If you do it right you may actually make money on the cheap bike.

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In most cases, I would say get the smaller bike and try it out, but you are too big for a small bike. It will not only make for an uncomfortable ride by being bunched up, but I like to have some extra oomf just in case I need to gas it and get out of a sticky situation. You simply will not have that option with anything less than a 1100cc bike or so. If you're going to be spending that much already, get the bike you want. Even if it is just a weekend cruiser.
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BTW Shooter, if I have to see your bike's pictures one more time, I might have to come steal it! Nice bike!
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In most cases, I would say get the smaller bike and try it out, but you are too big for a small bike. It will not only make for an uncomfortable ride by being bunched up, but I like to have some extra oomf just in case I need to gas it and get out of a sticky situation. You simply will not have that option with anything less than a 1100cc bike or so. If you're going to be spending that much already, get the bike you want. Even if it is just a weekend cruiser.
Of all the posts and all the forums, this post made the most sense to me. Because of this fella, I'll be getting a victory in the near future.
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I hope it all works out for you and you enjoy riding as much as you hope to. Be careful out there, ease you way into it and you'll find it much easier to deal with other traffic.

I strongly suggest taking a motorcycle safety course. The course will teach you how to control your bike better and how to avoid accidents.

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I hope it all works out for you and you enjoy riding as much as you hope to. Be careful out there, ease you way into it and you'll find it much easier to deal with other traffic.

I strongly suggest taking a motorcycle safety course. The course will teach you how to control your bike better and how to avoid accidents.
I'm definantly taking a safety course... Maybe a few
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My Jackpot is my first and only bike. Before I bought Porti I took the MSF class. Before the class I had maybe 1 hour in the saddle total ride time in my life.

If I went with a small "learners" bike I would have been pissed because I would have wanted a larger bike within a few months and would have wasted the money on that small bike.

Buy what you want, treat the bike with the respect it deserves, take it to a lot and learn the dynamics of your bike and enjoy.

Also take the MSF course. Not only is it a great learning tool but you get a big break on insurance.
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