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1828 Views 6 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  ducky
hi ive read alot about bikes and im really interested in them, and i think i am going to get one. my dad has had 1 when he was earlier, but did not ride so much but he gave me the go ahead to get one.

i am planing to take the msf course as soon as it gets warm, im in nyc, bit chillly as of late.

i am wondering is is like riding a bicycles? cuz i like bicycles =]

and well from the forums on this site and others ive read that a 500cc bike like the gs500 would be good to start out on, or maybe even a bandit. i dont have much money as im only 18, so im going to get one used.

it would be greatly appreciated if anyone would give me sum good advice in looking for a used bike like the gs500 for maybe under 3000, like maybe which years are good.

and also, should i get all that leather, it seems a bit expensive and id rather put it into the bike.

thx =]
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Don't try to ride a motorcycle as if it were a bicycle. There's a fundamental difference, which I discovered for myself only after riding my first mc for a while then getting back on my bicycle: You control a bicycle largely with body movement, and you control a motocycle with its controls. If you try to force a lean on a motorcycle, or try to use your foot to help balance in a turn, you'll likely have problems. The significant mass of a motor bicycle requires the use of throttle, brakes, and steering to keep it upright. But that comes with a little practice. Just be aware of the difference.
You might put up a signature indicating that you're looking for a GS. If you visit several forums you'd cover a lot of ground.

As far as maintenance, most people buy a Clymer or factory manual, and the rest you can get from the forums. Take a course only if you're interested enough to enjoy it.
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