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a little bit of a reccomendation

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Hello, my name is Girth. I have been riding motorcycles since I was around eleven years old(just so you know I am almost 19 now) and I have been riding mostly harleys and dirtbikes all of my life. I love my harley and my dirtbikes, but I am seriously considering selling the harley and going to a sportbike. Don't get me wrong I love my bikes but I feel it is time to quit with the loud and boring and start with something a little more faster and a little more fun. I am above average for a rider my age and was considering a suzuki gsx series bike; and i know what your thinking "Just another little punk that wants to look cool and get a little bit from the ladies" but that is the farthest thing from it. I just want to be able go out and have some fun by myself out on the highways around here. Well i look forward to your responses(sp?) and all of your advice. - Girth

P.S. I should probably tell you where I stand for bikes. My harley is a '96 soft tail custom that I have been riding for about four years now and I have a '89 kawasaki 125cc dirtbike. the engine has been rebuilt within the last 4 years so it is fairly new and I have been riding that since I was eleven.
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Hi Girth,


What would you like to hear? If you've been riding for 8 years, and feel that you are a better than average rider, then I would recommend:

1) Take the MSF course. Even if you have years of experience, the course will help correct some bad habits. If you think you're up to it, take the Advanced Riders Course, or if you've never taken an MSF course before, start with the beginners course.

2) Make sure that you have a complete set of gear. A leather jacket and "brain can" helmet may look cool on a Harley, but you should be wearing proper gear with DOT or CE protectors (jacket, gloves, pants and boots) as well as a DOT/SNELL approved full-face helmet.

3) Get a bike that suits your needs. You're no noobie, so I won't tell you to start with a Katana or Bandit ... if you want a Gixxer, then test ride both the 600 and 750. Even the Gixxer 600 will be light-years away from your Hardly-Drivable in terms of accelleration and handling.

4) Consider the insurance costs, too. You're only 18 years old, so the insurance on a sports bike will be pretty expensive - and if you choose the Gixxer 750 or 1000, it'll be even higher (more horsepower and more expensive bike).

Hope this helps ...
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