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04-06-2012, 08:48 PM #41Support Comm2A
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04-06-2012, 08:59 PM #42
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04-06-2012, 09:16 PM #43
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- May 2008
- Saugus, PRM
Mine was a gen 3, before the 2009 redesign. They kept that 80's look until the redesign in 09. I'll never use the full potential of my current bike, and it's an air cooled twin. I have yet to reach its top speed on the highway,and I most likely never will, because wind starts to be a problem on a naked bike once your past a certain speed. You'll know full well when you hit triple digits on a 350 lb bike with no fairing.
The Duc 1198 on the other hand puts out 195 hp, which I can't even imagine trying to handle. The power to weight ratio is insane on some of the superbikes. It would be the equivalent of my F250 pickup truck putting out 3300 hp.
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04-06-2012, 09:45 PM #44
The 250 duel sport I started on topped at about 70-75, it was of course geared low.
I agree with what others have said, it was a great bike to learn on. However, I wanted a more powerful bike almost right away.
On the other hand, A new, or even 10 year old 600cc sport bike is too much bike for an absolute novice.TY73127
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04-06-2012, 10:01 PM #45
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- Feb 2009
Most bikes don't get 'ridden' so you can pick up a used one on the cheap. I sold my last bike with 30k on the clock and most buyers balked due to mileage.
I only read down a couple posts, so if this has been covered my apologies.
04-06-2012, 11:55 PM #46
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04-07-2012, 08:48 AM #47
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04-07-2012, 09:21 AM #48
04-07-2012, 10:49 AM #49
I haven't had much street experience but, I can tell you this - Riding in the dirt makes you a better rider and you don't have the cars/traffic to worry about while learning.
For a first bike I'd go with, getting laughed at on the street and get a, used dual sport. Spend some time in the woods/pits at first, then take it to the road. Plastics are much cheaper to replace than sheet-metal as you will put it down. Buying used takes the hit out of the purchase and you won't feel so bad when you scratch it up.
I'm diggin that KTM supermotard someone posted earlier - if some bada$$ leather clad biker give you crap, you can tell him to take it to the track.
If you've never ridden, take a lesson, talk to bikers, and practice in the dirt.
04-07-2012, 02:23 PM #50
I think that there are only 6 total 250cc bikes in MA and they get bought and sold every few months to new riders who own them for 6mos to a year and then resell them to the next new rider. Buying one new will put you upside down in debt.... if you want a 250 to learn on there are most likely a few out there in the want ad for about a $1000. I never recommend a NEW bike to a new rider because the chances of dropping it or laying it down in a turn are probably 30%. There are a lot of great used older bikes out there that can be had for a value. The older 600cc bikes are not "fast" as the newer ones so look for a good clean used bike. Look for a seller that talks about maintenance and what he has replaced and stay away from the seller who talks about how easy it is to do a burnout and wheelie it.
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