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I'm preparing to buy my first motorcycle, and I'm really excited, but I'm not sure where to begin my search.
I used to ride dirt bikes as a kid, so i'm not too worried about picking it back up again. But I don't know what to get. I thought at First I wanted a Cafe Racer, but then I started looking at the Bonnie Triumphs. But without seeing them in person it's hard to tell, yet I'd still like to do some online research before going out and falling in love with some really expensive bike. :confused:
Here's some of my issue: I'm not very familiar with motorcycles in general. I'm 5'3 and 100 lbs and a 24 yr old female, and i'd like to find a bike that is easy for me to handle. That being said, preferably something on the smaller side, not too heavy, and personally i'd like to sit upwards, so i was thinking something like a cruiser style (I think), at least a bike where the handle bars aren't too much of a stretch for me, making me almost lay on my torso.
But I think you get the gist of what I'm getting at.
I could really use some great advice on what kind of bike ya'll might recommend, or anything else of that nature. Even a great place in Austin that has good deals on $ would be super helpful.
My future first motorcycle will hopefully be the result of some excellent help from those with greater knowledge on the topic.
Thanks, for reading and any bit of advice is always useful!
 

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I'm preparing to buy my first motorcycle,
Look for other threads here about "my first bike".
Nothing you have said makes you any different than most new riders.

Get the training first.
Look for first bikes that are small and used and relatively cheap.
That will usually be a 250.

Given your size.....not much different than me......there aren't a lot of bikes you will be comfortable on until you get some experience.
 

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Suzuki do a 250 cc Intruder model over here in NZ and I know a few less experienced riders who have them and absoluely love them. Not sure of prices in your location. Don't know the licence regime either but would suggest getting training at a specialised bike school or similar as generally the advise they give is invaluable. The other suggestion I would make is that you budget for some good quality gear. If you have any unfortunate incident the only thing between you and the road is the gear you are wearing. Treat the safety equipment as an investment in your health. Go to your nearest bike shop and watch the people that come and go and look at what they have on to see what you like and don't like but as a minimum I would reccommend the following.
Good quality helmet.You only have one head so protect it.
Good quality boots. Unfortunately on most occassions your legs cop the brunt in a collision.
Sturdy gloves.
Jacket with good protection and perhaps removable inner for when the weather warms up.(It's the end of winter over here)
Good riding pants. If you want jeans go for the kevlar lined type. They will be good if you want something resonably fashionable and certainly are robust should you go sliding down the road.
The last advise I would give is treat every other vehicle on the road as a threat. People in cars just don't look for bikes so expect them do do something dumb.
Hope this doesn't sound like a lecture but I am over twice your age and have had a few encounters I would rather forget, but I assure you than when riding a bike gets in your blood it is addictive and you will hopefully love it.
 

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Standard advice: used 250cc for about a year, then trade up for something newer and bigger. By the way, you are tiny like my wife, so something with a VERY low seat height will be a must. I rode dirt bikes as a kid also, but still took the MSF course before riding on the street. You really should take some kind of riders' course.
 

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I am riding a Suzuki GZ 250 (upright cruiser style). A very nice light, starter bike. Bought it new just under $5,000 out the door. I am very happy with it and it has been very reliable. I have been only riding two yyears and my best advice is to learn how to SLOW RIDE in first gear. Any one can ride a motorcycle at faster speeds, but when you learn how to control your scoot going 5mph in a tight area it will save your hide when you are out there amongst the cages. You will know what I mean when you go to any busy gas station to fill up. Hope this helps...Good luck
 

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Thanks

I know my topic in post has been discussed a million times, for those of you who mentioned that. I was just hoping for some more specific feedback regarding myself personally; my size, what kind of bike i'm interested in (an upright sitting style i can just cruise around on, for the most part), and some clear-cut ideas on a good starter bike; particularly what brands, models, and engines sizes.
From what I've read here so far, I've surely got a handful of research I can take away from this.
Thanks again, and keep the great feedback coming!
Sam :wink:
 

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If you want specific models...I would say Suzuki GZ 250(mentioned above), Honda Rebel 250, Honda Nighthawk 250, Kawasaki 500 LTD(a little bigger, but still very manageable), Ninja 250. Just try to keep the engine size under 500cc for you first ride. The little Ninja isn't exactly what style you like, but is probably one of the best starter bikes EVER. I started on one, loved it.
Anything that is 250-500cc size CRUISER will be a good start for someone your size. Finding something with a low seat height will be much easier in the cruiser category. They will all be very light and easy to handle. Just find one that is a few years old, been taken care of, and cheap. Don't spend too much on whatever you get as you will most likely drop it very soon. If it has some scratches or small dings, don't let that be a deal breaker, because you will be adding some of your own to it.

Also, wear your gear! I don't care if it looks dorky to you or your friends, road rash looks WAY worse.
 

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I'm excited for you! I'm still new rider myself so I can't really give to much advice, but what I can say is that when my husband and I started looking for my bike we went to this website called www.powersportsdirectoryreviews.com It really helped us cause it gave us all the reviews on anything I was interested in. It's nice to see what the customers are saying about the bike instead of just the one trying to sell it to you. Good luck on your new purchase and ride far and long
 

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Hello CafeSammy: I (38yrs, 160 lbs, male) started at your stage two years ago. This is what I did, purchased a used 2008 Honda rebel with ~4000 miles from a fire fighter in New Hampshire and took it to Massachusetts. Now I moved to New York with same bike, put on ~4000 miles, currently using it for commuting to Manhattan, touch wood no accidents (take a MSF course before you roll on road!). I recommend the same for you, just make sure you buy a good, well maintained small bike (250cc is safe in my opinion). Best, CMX250C.
 

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This thread was pointless to bring back. The OP never returned. limited has a way of puking up old threads mostly with nonsense statements.
 
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