Post # 1
I just got into it. My FI has rode of years and I started riding on his but decided I wanted my own. Managed to find a little 250 Honda Rebel, so I have been driving that around with my FI. We are planning our first little road trip soon as he just got a new bike. I can’t wait :).
I am thinking mine is a bit on the small side though. So looking at upgrading this fall but I am not sure what to buy. Thinking either a Yamaha V-star 650 or 950. Anyone have one or rode one? The other one would be a Suzuki Boulevard M50 but I found it a bit wide at the gas tank and not the most comfortable (I am tiny, 5’3″ 110lbs)
Post # 4
Not YET, but hopefully soon. My partner and I are very much looking forward to riding together, but as of now he is the only one with a bike. He has a Yamaha Fz6r (a sportbike). I personally prefer cruisers…in fact it’s funny you mention the Honda Rebel and the Yamaha Star, as those are the two bikes I am deciding between (though the 250 Star).
I’m leaning more toward the Rebel. It’s a classic learner bike, and I don’t want a large displacement engine just yet. I may want more power when I have more experience, but for now 250 ccs is fine by me. I am 5′ 4” and I also want something small enough to allow my feet to be flat on the ground when I need to balance.
For now while we are saving up, I must settle for being a passenger. It’s fun, but I can’t wait to have my own bike. I don’t want to ride bitch forever haha!
Post # 6
I ride on FI’s Harley…sometimes. I’m not really a fan…wish I was, though!
Post # 7
@AvaAdore: Look on craigslist or whatever source you have for used options. That is where I got my rebel, it was dropped by the previous owner but it does the job and at less than half the price dealerships sell them for.
I think I am happy I started with it because it is so small and manageable, not intimidating whatsoever but after literally a month I have outgrown it. You may want to look at a Suzuki Boulevard S40. Very similar weight to the honda rebel and cruiser style, yet still small but more power. So I would say it is one that a person might keep for a year rather than upgrading after a month or two.
Post # 8
I’d love to! I had gone on the back of my uncle’s bike years ago and would love to get a motorcycle license. I’m not quite certain my husband would be cool with that, but oh well 😉
Post # 9
@REchick: I sold my bike right before moving to Australia. I had a Honda CBR600RR and it was so much fun. It was my first bike and it was perfect. I rode a Yamaha R6 before buying and felt the seat was too high and bike was too heavy for me, but I was 100% more comfortable handling the CBR600. It was a 2009 Black and Graphite one….it was so damn sexy!
Can’t wait to get back into it when I get back home!
Post # 10
@islandlily84: I don’t think I could ride one of those as a first bike! And agreed the R6 I am way too short for so even trying it is a no go.
I just went and looked at some bikes for my upgrade this fall. There is a CTX700N it is new for 2014. The gas tank is low and runs under the seat and the v-twin lays down so all the weight is really low on the bike. I am not a huge fan of the way it looks because I prefer the cruiser style with the chrome. But I was blown away by how light and easy to maneuver it was!