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Date Joined Oct 2011
Total Posts : 7
| Posted 10/16/2011 5:46 PM (GMT -7) |
|Okay so im 15 and been very confused with my options lately, I have a ttr 125 yamaha dirtbike that i can ride very well so i am used to clutch and shifting and everything, but i know a motorcycle is alot diffrent , What shaould i do, 1 get an old bike (my original plan) like a kz550 1982 or something like that and learn how to ride on that and stuff as i get my permits, but then face it not being reliable, or 2 save up through christmas and what not and all the other money ill be makeing soon and by a nice sportster. But would this be easy to learn on? i dont wanna wreck it. Or 3 possibly by and older amf harley davidson of a family member for only 400 and ride that for now and learn on that (i think what i mostly want to do)? thanks for your help.|
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Date Joined Aug 2004
Total Posts : 5959
| Posted 10/16/2011 7:03 PM (GMT -7) |
|if you think a kz550 is not reliable, an amf harley is even worst imo. if i was in your shoes, i would take the msf course first then pick out a bike second. i know several people that spent $1000 or less on their first bike (including me) and it did the job well in terms of reliability, mechanically sound, etc. all those bikes were japanese brand bikes so reliability wasn't a big concern even at those price range. there are good learning bikes for very little money relatively but make sure it's not abused and is mechanically sound and safe before buying. used and cheap is my preference when it comes to first bikes. bottom line is do what's right for you, good luck!|
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The teddy bear of doom,,,
Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 4099
| Posted 10/17/2011 5:43 AM (GMT -7) |
|AMF got out of HD almost 30 years ago. Unless we're talking about a time capsule/barn find, the odds are pretty good that most of the 'Harley-itis' on that old war pig has been fixed by now. A new 1974 Harley was generally a kit bike that needed finishing and most buyers expected a new motorcycle to be ready to ride, and that's how they got the rep - but once the things were sorted they were Ok. Once sorted a '74 shovel was no worse than a Pan - and nobody calls Pans junk.|
HOWEVER - OP, you are a neophyte. An AMF vintage HD is not really a motorcycle, it's a rolling project/labor of love for an expert, which you are not (yet). Your best answer right now is small, cheap, and japanese. You have enough to learn just becoming a rider - you don't need to learn to become a rider of and 800 pound touring rig AND a mechanic/restoration specialist all at the same time.
Early 80's UJM like that Kz were awesome. My recommendations:
1 - take an MSF BRC. You don't know what you don't know, and that's a great first step.
2 - Have somebody who knows what they're looking at check it out and ride it and if all is well buy the silly thing.
3 - Get some decent gear. DOT helmet, good gloves, sturdy boots, paddy jacket. This doesn't have to cost a lot of $, just get decent stuff and wear it every time you ride.
4 - Ride safe, ride a lot, have fun.
The world's a funny place,
full of funny people,
doing funny things.
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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 22123
| Posted 10/17/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -7) |
Just a small tip, for if you have a Second Hand Book Store then wander in & look around from some used m/c mags. Basically because you pick up some of the suggestions, to the lingo & so more of an understanding.
The regulars, on this board will give you some suggestions, & with an understang of what they are saying ---well this bit of ready will have given you some help in understanding.
ALSO may I suggest you take the MSF Course for though they will be at slow speeds then you will be learning this & that from most being good instructors & some of them are regulars on this board.
Mind you I think you have to be 16 yrs of age & not 15 to obtain a DL on a m/c be it the bush, in town or on the paved roads to even some of them being of gravel.
Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.
Post Edited (Smitty) : 12/27/2011 2:02:56 AM GMT
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