Net-Moto :: Community :: Racing :: :: Racing Videos Sponsor :: Contact
 Forums   Features   Trackdays   Moto Crash Incidents   Race Team   CMSP Training   Sponsors      Donate   Terms of Service 
BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum  Home   UserCP   Register   Calendar   Members   FAQ   Search  AMA

Go Back   BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum > Classifieds > Moto Wanted


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #16
joefj1200
Veteran
 
joefj1200's Avatar
 
Founding Member

Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: East Bay
Motorcycles: Yamaha TDM850
Name: Joe
I don't think OP, at 6'3" and 195#, would have any trouble righting a GS500E if it fell over. You don't need to be able to bench press the damn thing...
I'm with you on smaller, lighter bikes for a new riders ToraTora, but keep expectations reasonable. OP was considering a Speed Triple, he's not going to settle for a CB125...

Last edited by joefj1200; 02-08-2012 at 08:49 PM..
joefj1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #17
daventura
wants you to stop smoking
 
daventura's Avatar
 
Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Port 'O' Lake
Motorcycles: are inherently dangerous.
Name: David
I've got a nice sporty leather jacket I could let you have for fairly cheap.

There's a picture of me wearing somewhere on here, but I can't find it.

__________________
Speed Is Relative...Safety Is Paramount
daventura is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 01:37 AM   #18
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Wink Getting the learning on

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:28 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 05:14 AM   #19
joefj1200
Veteran
 
joefj1200's Avatar
 
Founding Member

Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: East Bay
Motorcycles: Yamaha TDM850
Name: Joe
Sure a 125 2-stroke racebike would be fun, if you weight 100#, and you could ride it on a smooth racetrack. But it's not available here, would be miserable as a daily driver, & isn't the naked bike OP asked for, so the moto pr0n doesn't really address his needs.
joefj1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 06:58 AM   #20
EastBayDave
- Kawasaki Fanatic -
 
EastBayDave's Avatar
 
Founding Member
From the heart

Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Lorenzo, CA "The Mudflats"
Motorcycles: ZRX1200
Name: "Dave"
Just for comparison & excluding mini/dirt bikes:

Started w/a 250 for a couple years, then a 500 for a year or two, then a 650 (x2) for several years, then a 1000 for many years, then many 1100's (x4), finally 2 1200's.

Been on "liter-bikes" since 1981'...
__________________
Enjoy the ride!
EastBayDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 07:29 AM   #21
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Wink Öptiöns

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:27 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 07:34 AM   #22
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Question Going about the learning

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:26 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #23
EastBayDave
- Kawasaki Fanatic -
 
EastBayDave's Avatar
 
Founding Member
From the heart

Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Lorenzo, CA "The Mudflats"
Motorcycles: ZRX1200
Name: "Dave"
Quote:
Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
Not knowing the whole story here I suspect that you started out on small dirt bikes–which is an excellent way to get started.
Yeah started out on friends mini-bikes in the early 60's = Bultaco/Sears/etc. Moved up to HON "Trail" 50/70/90's as friends upgraded. Parents would not get me a bike!

I finally got my first "real bike" the YAM DT1-250 Enduro in 71' when I saved up enough cash. Rode both street & dirt (street to get to the dirt, no car/truck), & I really had a ball on that bike. Really learned to ride "for real" on it. I could tell so many stories from the old "ring-dinger" 250...
__________________
Enjoy the ride!
EastBayDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #24
joefj1200
Veteran
 
joefj1200's Avatar
 
Founding Member

Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: East Bay
Motorcycles: Yamaha TDM850
Name: Joe
I started on Honda 350 twins, then various 550s & 650s, then 600s, then down to 600cc Thumpers, then added the FJ1200 to the mix.

I usually have a "big bike" for long distant freeway commuting and sport touring, and a small bike or two for short hops, backroads, sport rides...

I agree with ToraTora, the smaller the better for a new rider. I still stand by my suggestion of the GS500E as an ideal 1st bike for OP; small & light enough, easy to ride, but amusing enough that I'd still ride one once sorted... and I'm 6'2", 190#... By sorted, I mean rejetting, increase preload on forks minimum. Ideally, cartridge emulators, shock, better seat, good tires, slip-on exhaust of you want it louder.
joefj1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #25
rockd
ShinyMetalAss
 

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Francisco
Motorcycles: Aprilia Shiver
Name:
What do you guys think of a late-90's Triumph Speed Triple as a first bike? They can be had for under 3k, but is it too much motor for a beginner?
rockd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #26
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Arrow Speaking of 本田

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:26 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #27
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Cool Fitmënt

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:26 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #28
rockd
ShinyMetalAss
 

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Francisco
Motorcycles: Aprilia Shiver
Name:
Quote:
Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
Since the CB125 was mention earlier it seemed like the SYM Wolf should be introduced.



In the 60's Honda licensed some of their bikes (and cars) to a firm in Taiwan. These bike have been built there nearly unchanged for some 50 odd years. The SYM Wolf is a 150cc slightly modernized version of the CB125. One of the nice updates is a front disc brake. :P They sell these at SF Moto, and the last I checked they still had some in stock. Dry weight is 260 lbs and they come with almost 15 hp.



Perfect starter bike? Meh, I'm more of a fan of detuned two strokes for first bikes because as you learn to ride it is an inexpensive route to open up the lurking demon–oh and yeah it's easy to work on an engine with no valves.

Another option coming to the States is the Aprilia RS4, at 295 lbs it comes restricted to 15hp, and can be de-restriced/upgraded to 25hp–it's even available with a quick shifter. The RS4 is quite a nice learners bike, and would be even better if it wasn't a 4-stroke. They make a 50cc stroker version of this bike, however they wont be exporting that fine Italian/Spanish (it's part Derbi) machine to the States as a fifty–it will only make it here as a One Two Five.

Can you tell me more about the Aprilia? Do dealers have them yet? Estimated pricing?
rockd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #29
rockd
ShinyMetalAss
 

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Francisco
Motorcycles: Aprilia Shiver
Name:
Also, what's the consensus on the reliability/quality of the SYM Wolf?

ToraTora - you've scared me away from the Triumph. Which is probably a good thing ;-)
rockd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #30
ToraTora
.
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
Cool Sëlëktör

.

Last edited by ToraTora; 06-30-2015 at 11:26 AM..
ToraTora is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.