looking for bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by chevyjlewis, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    ya the 400 super motos seem perfect for me. my gF gave me the OK so now i just need to look for the perfect bike in missouri. any help is appreciated
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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I've been using searchtempest.com. It searches craigslist and eBay at whatever radius you choose. I've been seeing a few DRZ400SM bikes per month in California. I bet you'll find one pretty quick near you.
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  3. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    Thanks Herb. i will check out the website. i have been on craigslist locally and found some good ones. just have to get a motorcycle liscence and a motorcycle safety class on scedule before i buy one. and i need helmet and safety gear before that.
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  4. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Hey man, welcome to the obsession and good on you for finding the greatest motorcycle resource much earlier in your motorcycling career than I did!

    I have two pieces of advice:

    #1. The search function here generally sucks....unless that is you want to search a specific thread for something relevant. For some reason the "search this thread" feature works great. I don't ask I just accept :D

    Otherwise if you want to search all of ADVRider for something (a bike, specific piece of gear, etc.) type this into Google:

    site:advrider.com WhatIAmLookingFor

    #2. Buy used! What you want and how you ride are probably at least a bit different then what you think right now. There are SO many factors that go into this: what you actually end up enjoying, individual bike ergonomics, where and what your buddies ride, etc.

    Just watch the market and don't get taken on your first bike (it's OK to bring a friend!) As long as that purchase goes OK you can always sell that bike (or keep it!) and get the bike you know you will want and need after you get some experience.

    Good luck man. I hope your experience is as fulfilling as mine has been.
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