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post #1 of 9 Old 08-14-2018, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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New rider on 1100 V star

My wifes friends new husband just bought her a 1100 V star. She has never riden a motorcycle before.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-14-2018, 09:27 PM
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Ask them both to 'Take a pause'! And purchase a use dirt bike for her to learn the basics on!

Give them this little snip-it of advice.

A competent dirt rider makes a better street rider. A motorcyclist makes a better automobile Driver, A large bike as a 1st bike is a recipe for disaster!

Did he also purchase a large Life Insurance policy on his wife?

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..........Give them this little snip-it of advice.......
Hey,,, I've offered my 30 cents so far. The wife did too. All went in one ear and out the other. Didn't come right and call them idiots but came close.

I started my wife on a XT225 in the grass field. Day two she hit 2nd gear. Moved up to a klx250s. Replaced that with a TW200 (her dream bike at the time), then a Savage 650. Then a Versys 650. Replaced that with a Honda 300 "something" and now a NC700X.

Many miles in the field with a headset on while I sat on the tailgate and talked her through it all. Then empty parking lots with cones, on to some trail and gravel after that. Then back roads. That all took a couple of years to really learn well. Started 8 years ago. Now interstate, hugging corners on the parkway, dragging pegs at times, riding my ass. She's smooth and fast in the curves!

I'd never start anyone on a 1100.

There's no talking to them. Gear will not be bought and no training will be signed up for. I think she should try it in the hospital parking lot. Save the ambulance fees.

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Right on. I've always been of the school that you can always grow into your bike, but your bike can't grow with you. "Starter bikes" are a waste of time and money.

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I think it's dumb that Harley Dealers will talk people into 883's all day long. That bike is heavier than the same sportster 1200. That's probably why there are so many good deals on old Sportsters. They get put up in garages after a few sour attempts at enjoyment.
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Right on. I've always been of the school that you can always grow into your bike, but your bike can't grow with you. "Starter bikes" are a waste of time and money.
I think there's a limit. A KLR could be a "starter bike" that was kept after the learning curve is over but a V Star, Goldwing or H2?

Maybe a exception would be made for a very mechanically inclined, physically fit person, who has experience with jet skis, fast cars and other such toys but in this case, that does not apply.

I wouldn't say any of the starter bikes we bought were a "waste of money". Each one was resold and most (if not all) of the purchase price was recovered.

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One of the first bikes I rode was one of those Yamaha full-fairing Goldwing wannabes. I didn't like it but I also didn't have the desire to have a bike like that. I think if it would have been my kind of thing, I would have stuck with it and not had any problems. I just think you can start with whatever kind of bike that made you want to get into riding in the first place and you'll be okay as long as you're not an idiot.

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Gear will not be bought and no training will be signed up for.
Though starter bikes are a good idea, this would concern me far more.


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I think there's a limit. A KLR could be a "starter bike" that was kept after the learning curve is over but a V Star, Goldwing or H2?
there are definitely limits; nobody should learn how to ride on some bikes

I've taught a few dozen people how to ride including my ex-wife (4 year PNWMA Women's offroad champion) and my son (PNWMA Interior series Intermediate champion). I'd echo Paul's comments; there are things you learn riding offroad that you cannot easily learn on pavement.....If you want to be a good street rider (never mind a dualsport/ADV rider), the dirt is the place to start. I have no idea on the size of the wife in question but bikes like CRF150F/230, XR's, XT's, TW's, etc. all make excellent learner bikes.....and gear and lessons are the first things any new rider should invest in.


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