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2013-03-10 12:02:33 AM

soopey: Cute.. but my dad rides a Harley that is 5 years old and looks almost exactly the same...

I grew up riding dirt bikes and four wheelers, never had a motor cycle. Thinking about getting one this spring/summer. There's a 2002 Yamaha R6 with 11,000 miles for sale around here for $3600. I'm tempted.. Any worries or horror stories?


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Replace that pipe, and you will be good.  Price is okay as long as it runs well, and no obvious issue.  These are a little under powered by today's standards.  I had a 2003 R1, and really liked it.
 
2013-03-10 12:04:46 AM
For the money, I would prefer a Yamaha Road Star (well, they used to be called Yamaha).
 
2013-03-10 12:11:41 AM
Although I've never ridden one and I'd probably be too big for one, I really like what Honda has done with modernizing their old CB line for 2013:

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They resurrected their classic air cooled inline four, gave it EFI and a catalyst, much better brakes, and it doesn't look like much else.  Not bad for a shade under $10k
 
2013-03-10 12:40:56 AM

humanshrapnel: Although I've never ridden one and I'd probably be too big for one, I really like what Honda has done with modernizing their old CB line for 2013:

[0.tqn.com image 850x566]

They resurrected their classic air cooled inline four, gave it EFI and a catalyst, much better brakes, and it doesn't look like much else.  Not bad for a shade under $10k


Holy farking shiat, they finally bought back the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) to America?  Want.
I'd actually consider
 
2013-03-10 03:18:41 AM

soopey: drewogatory: I'm not current anymore on the foibles of every specific model year, but I give you some general advice.

Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely look at it with a fine eye instead of saying, "oohhh.. shiny." Worse comes to worse I'll ask my father to come check it out with me. He's a mechanic and he's been around bikes and cars all his life.

forgotmydamnusername: Another bit of advice. If you don't have much recent experience, or any, maybe you shouldn't look to get into motorcycling with a 600 sportbike. A 2002 R6 makes 120 hp in a bike weighing under 400 lbs. You won't see all of that if you're careful with your throttle hand, but one mistake and your front end will be in the air as it takes off like a rocket. That's only fun when you meant to do it.

Thanks. I'd like to go a bit smaller but no one makes a bike in between a moped (Honda makes a CBR250 cc with a top speed of 70 mph) and a sport bike (600CC with a top speed of 100+) anymore. I was a casual dirt bike rider that never dumped one. Rode 125's mostly. Small jumps (<20 ft) and trail riding in the woods mostly. Did way more stupid things on a mountain bike.

Definitely need to take a riders course as it's the easy way to get a license here in MA plus it'll be a good re-introduction to staying alive on two wheels.


I would pay extra attention if you see somebody trying to sell a not too badly abused Kawasaki EX 500, or a Suzuki GS 500 or SV 650.  These offer pretty good handling, not unmanageable levels of power, but you can still exceed whatever the speed limit is, should you feel the need. If your dirt bike experience was more recent than, I dunno, 10 years ago, you could very well do just fine without the course. My brother actually had limited dirt bike experience about 10 years before he got his first street bike, never took the course, and it was fine. His first bike was a 500 single, though. The course does indeed simplify getting licensed, and gets you a minor break on your insurance, too. So there's that to consider, even if you can ride the bike without doing anything like dropping it at a stop light, or colliding with a parked car.
 
2013-03-10 03:34:43 AM
jokermachine.com

 really really want!
 
2013-03-10 03:47:20 AM

HotWingAgenda: humanshrapnel: Although I've never ridden one and I'd probably be too big for one, I really like what Honda has done with modernizing their old CB line for 2013:

[0.tqn.com image 850x566]

They resurrected their classic air cooled inline four, gave it EFI and a catalyst, much better brakes, and it doesn't look like much else.  Not bad for a shade under $10k

Holy farking shiat, they finally bought back the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) to America?  Want.
I'd actually consider


I might like to buy one of these too. If the economy turns around enough that I can pay cash and not be terrified that I don't have enough money saved for when next I get laid off, and it's still in production by then, that is. Kawasaki has tried to bring back the UJM a couple of times since the '90s and appears to have given up, at least in the US market. The rightness and elegance of such a product seems immediately obvious to me, but may not seem so to enough other 'Murkins. I guess we'll see.
 
2013-03-10 07:46:59 AM
Looks like every other Harley out there to me.

I've got a Sportster, my self. Kind of a clunky bike. Would like to get rid of it and get that new Honda or a Triumph. Much better bikes in my opinion.
 
2013-03-10 08:30:13 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: drewogatory: What is this "chain" you speak of?

I'm tempted to bite, but I'm a huge (by my standards, not airhead guy standards, mind) BMW airhead guy, I shall not talk shiat about a drive shaft.

Pretty sure he's trying to say most bikes nowadays have a belt instead of a chain.

As for the bike itself, meh. The 883 Sportster I have now will likely be the last Harley I own unless I magically win the lottery. Too much out there that's just as good if not better for half the price. Only reason I got the sporty I ride now is that someone I know was selling it cheap.




Most bikes still have chains. The only belts you will find are on Harley's, one or two cruisers from the Japanese and two Beemers. Everyone else uses chains or maybe a shaft.
 
2013-03-10 10:14:12 AM
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I like retro styled cruiser bikes. (Keep your crotch rockets)

Triumph America - MSRP $8,299
 
2013-03-10 10:22:49 AM

TV's Vinnie: Harley's only doing this because Polaris Industries is coming out with the first Indian bikes manufactured in decades, like the Chief.

[www.moto123.com image 470x265]


Yes, beautiful bikes.

But they start at $26,000 and go up to $37,000!!

That is really going to limit the buyer pool. . . .   it at least eliminated me.
 
2013-03-10 10:26:27 AM
My EMT instructor calls them Donorcycles.
For a reason.
 
2013-03-10 12:51:06 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: My EMT instructor calls them Donorcycles.
For a reason.


Yeah I have seen Biker Boyz too.
 
2013-03-10 01:09:20 PM

The_Philosopher_King: TV's Vinnie: Harley's only doing this because Polaris Industries is coming out with the first Indian bikes manufactured in decades, like the Chief.

[www.moto123.com image 470x265]

Yes, beautiful bikes.

But they start at $26,000 and go up to $37,000!!

That is really going to limit the buyer pool. . . .   it at least eliminated me.


The Indian bikes are priced much lower than Harleys, but are comparable in quality. That's the edge that Polaris has, and that's what's making HD crap their pants in fear.
 
2013-03-10 01:34:04 PM

The_Philosopher_King: [images.motorcycle-usa.com image 640x480]
I like retro styled cruiser bikes. (Keep your crotch rockets)

Triumph America - MSRP $8,299


Been perusing the Triumph website. Love the styling, LOVE the prices.
 
2013-03-10 02:08:09 PM

John Buck 41: The_Philosopher_King: [images.motorcycle-usa.com image 640x480]
I like retro styled cruiser bikes. (Keep your crotch rockets)
Triumph America - MSRP $8,299
Been perusing the Triumph website. Love the styling, LOVE the prices.


They look good in person too. I am lucky enough to be a couple miles from a dealer. I've have stopped by after hours to window shop on more than one occasion.

In fact, I am going there now to do just that. I've got the bug again thanks to this thread.
 
2013-03-10 04:02:00 PM

The_Philosopher_King: John Buck 41: The_Philosopher_King: [images.motorcycle-usa.com image 640x480]
I like retro styled cruiser bikes. (Keep your crotch rockets)
Triumph America - MSRP $8,299
Been perusing the Triumph website. Love the styling, LOVE the prices.

They look good in person too. I am lucky enough to be a couple miles from a dealer. I've have stopped by after hours to window shop on more than one occasion.

In fact, I am going there now to do just that. I've got the bug again thanks to this thread.


Closest dealer to me is an hour away (Augusta ME) Just bought a new car and will be paying off another until October so I don't see a new Triumph in my immediate future.

Happy shopping.
 
2013-03-10 06:30:37 PM
Wow, only $18k.  For that money, you can buy his and hers of these...


/has a 2013 with 230 miles
//200 of which were this weekend


ultimatemotorcycling.com
 
2013-03-10 08:43:25 PM
Everyboby should only like the style motorcycle that I like, and we should all ride the same color too.
 
2013-03-11 09:08:29 AM

soopey: Any worries or horror stories?


Way too much as a first bike.
Get a really good term life policy and include me as beneficiary.
 
2013-03-11 04:06:36 PM

farkstorm: Everyboby should only like the style motorcycle that I like, and we should all ride the same color too.


You mean, that I like.

/me
 
2013-03-11 04:40:46 PM
meanwhile...


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2013-03-11 05:12:59 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: My EMT instructor calls them Donorcycles.
For a reason.


Uh no.
That's not a media culture reference.
My actual Emergency Medical Technician instructor, a career paramedic and firefighter in the actual world, actually does call motorcycles "donorcycles" based on what he's seen in his professional life experience.
He also says, "There are two kinds of donorcyclists. The ones who have crashed and the ones who will crash." He says this without a trace of irony.
 
2013-03-11 09:11:32 PM
Retro?

This is retro HD:

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2013-03-11 11:19:17 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: HotIgneous Intruder: My EMT instructor calls them Donorcycles.
For a reason.

Uh no.
That's not a media culture reference.
My actual Emergency Medical Technician instructor, a career paramedic and firefighter in the actual world, actually does call motorcycles "donorcycles" based on what he's seen in his professional life experience.
He also says, "There are two kinds of donorcyclists. The ones who have crashed and the ones who will crash." He says this without a trace of irony.


While an accurate statement as far as it goes, not everybody who crashes dies. Dear Old Dad spent some time as a fireman. He got to be first responder at several motorcycle accidents. He never said not to ride motorcycles, nor did it ever stop him. He did say, "Don't be an asshole. Wear a full-face helmet." I've ignored a lot of the man's advice over the years, but not that piece.
 
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