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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-22-2013, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Been doing research, wife's letting me get a bike but within a price range.... Don't want to out grow it too quick. Been looking at shadows and boulevards. Found a 04 KP for a little over 4k. Your thoughts
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Any riding experience at all ? Dirt bike, maybe ? And how big of a guy are you ? My first bike was a brand new Wide Glide. But I had off road experience, and I'm 6'3", 220 pounds. So there really aren't any bikes that make me feel as though I can't handle them.

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Any riding experience at all ? Dirt bike, maybe ? And how big of a guy are you ? My first bike was a brand new Wide Glide. But I had off road experience, and I'm 6'3", 220 pounds. So there really aren't any bikes that make me feel as though I can't handle them.
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Not too big as a starter bike, because of it's low center of gravity and low seat, it will feel and handle like a much smaller displacement bike. The Kingpin is a solid choice and you should be happy on it without outgrowing it in 6-12 months.

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If you know how to ride it doesn't really matter if it's a Honda Rebel or a Boss Hoss. If you're 6'/280 you should have no problem with a KP.

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thanks for the advice guys.....i think ill just go get a XR and have the wife nag at me while riding on back! lol
they are one sexy machine
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It all depends on the loose nut holding the handlebars. Maturity and listening to the voices in your head (the ones that tell you not to do that, you do anyway, then regret it later), realizing your limitations and growing with your ability are a lot of it.
Weight is relevant as it is pretty much gone when in motion, and 600 pounds or 1000 pounds are too much to hold on to if it breaks balance anyway. You'll take a chance of hurting yourself. Invest in a good set of engine guards if it doesn't have them, then trust the investment.
Take your course and your time with it. Don't let someone drag you into something you aren't ready for. You can catch up faster than you think.
Use the device between your ears, your maturity, and good judgement, and you should be fine.

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I did have experience as I had ridden in the past. Mostly trail and dirt bikes as a kid into my 20's. My first street bike was a 450 Rebel. I sold it in my early 30s and had not ridden since. My first bike back was a 04 Kingpin, after 20 years of not riding. It was a good bike to start back with, as CrossRoads said they are low and pretty easy to maneuver. If you take the MSF coarse that should give you an idea of how much bike you can handle. I started out slow on it sticking to low traffic and day time riding only until I felt comfortable. It is a fairly heavy bike but I think for a guy your size it should not be a problem.

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well the one i was looking at is gone! but probably for the best. thanks for the help guys hope to be back here when i get one
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there is always several in eBay. Don't know where you're from.... Your info isn't posted under your user name. But to have a bike shipped from one side of the country to the other is typically 600 dollars. If you find one you can't live without, the 600 dollars would be a fair price, IMO.

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