My friend wants his first bike--A Monster 1100s

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by jesse v, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. jesse v

    jesse v Motorcyclist

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    Well, if anybody is interested in an update... After many weeks of me boasting about how much fun motorcycling is, especially with my recent trip to the Black Hills (see the report in Day Trippin'), my buddy is potentially going to go with an '01 SV650 that his co-worker is selling. Apparently the thrill of motorcycling is finally overtaking the image! hahaha. I'm gonna help him look at it (read: test drive it!) tomorrow. If it's good, I hope he goes with it and signs up for the BRC.
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  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    You can't beat a pre-gen SV650 for value/performance.. having owned pre-gen, FI and Gladius... carb-ed SVs are the best value.
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  3. KiLeR06

    KiLeR06 Been here awhile

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    I completely agree with this statement, a knowledgable and intelegent person can have any bike as a first bike and have it be a safe and enjoyable one. It's the person holding the bars that makes that determination, not the bike or the HP or the multitude of other factors.
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  4. ADV8

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    Maybe on a KLR,they don't have enough HP to pull the skin off a rice pudding. :lol3

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  6. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Cool.

    But, I agree with Dakez. You're not his mama. It's his decision.
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  7. jesse v

    jesse v Motorcyclist

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    True. And he did get the SV650. We had a little maintenance pow-wow at my place yesterday (it hadn't been ridden in 1.5 years) so that was a good time.
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  8. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Maintenance help is a solid favor he'll come to appreciate. Most new riders have to learn bikes aren't like their cage appliance, and it's good he has you there to help him out. :clap

    No bad habits started with regard to maintenance is a huge benefit for a new rider.
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  9. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    A new rider can get killed on 400cc single if he's a idiot. The Monster is far from being a deathtrap, and I don't see anything wrong with the guy buying what he wants if he can afford it. I would strongly suggest taking all the MSF courses, and enjoying the Monster.

    It sounds to me like the OP doesn't like the idea of his buddy having a much nicer bike than his :rofl


    I get this. I'm a mediocre guitar player at best, but I've got some really beautiful instruments, and I know it drives some of my buddies who are much better players crazy!
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  10. Will Allen

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    I waited until I was 34 to get my license or ever swing my leg over a motorcycle. My first bike was an '81 Honda CM400T that I rode for about 3 weeks before picking up a Suzuki M109R, followed by a ZX14, followed by a Hayabusa...all within the first year. The shear mass and/or power of all of those bikes forced me to be mindful every second I spent in the saddle. Ironically, my current ride is an '81 CB650 with a whopping 44hp and I am far more of a hooligan on that than I have been on any of the high-hp bikes I have own. Of course, I've never even tried to wheelie, so maybe I'm in the minority, but as others have said, anyone can ride almost any bike ( physical limitations, aside ) in a safe manner, but you've got to be honest with yourself about how well you'll be able to stick to that philosophy.
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  11. jesse v

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    Thanks. I'm hoping he'll return the favor by going in on a track weekend with me in the future. :D (He has a towing capable vehicle, I do not. :evil )
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  12. jesse v

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    You got me :D. Funny that you mention the guitar thing... I'm a musician by vocation, but none of my guitars/gear are really top-of-the-line. I probably wouldn't like you :freaky
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  13. Sir Not Appearing

    Sir Not Appearing That's no ordinary rabbit

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    I agree! 1100 is way too much! I had never ridden until I took the MSF from 4/28/00-4/30/00 and on 5/1 I started calling around for either a new VFR 800, Ducati 900ss or Triumph Daytona 955i. I got lucky and found a deal on a leftover 98 Daytona at a dealer 100 miles away. I did what any reasonable newb would do and bought it 5/6/00 and rode it home. 12 years later, it has never been wrecked and I still have use of all limbs. I could have been dumb and bought an 1100, but I bought a 955cc instead.
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  14. scrannel

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    So right -- that 145cc -- difference between life and death.
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    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    You'd like me! I let my friends play all of my guitars, and I'll let them take any of my bikes when we ride.
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  16. deejay_xr

    deejay_xr Been here awhile

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    Somehow you can never reason with certain people about not buying the biggest, baddest thing the have their heart set on right away.

    A friend of mine bought a '90's GSX 1100 R as his first motorcycle, no matter how much I reasoned with him.

    Sure he still thinks it's kick-ass, but all it does now is stand in his shed. And he secretly keeps admiring my supermoto XR600R. Whenever I bug him to go for a ride he always has some excuse.
    I think it's just too much of a bike if you want to go for a fun ride, sure he'll blow me away on the straights, but he's really come to dislike his GSX for it's lack of manoeuvrability and it's weight in tight cornering
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  17. mrphotoman

    mrphotoman Long timer

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    lol the gsx 1100 r is a great handling bike but way too much power for a newbie. i would guess he is just scared of it, which is a good thing.
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  18. deejay_xr

    deejay_xr Been here awhile

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    I've ridden it , it's a heavy sumbitch if you ask me.

    But then, I'm used to a different kind of cornering
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  19. dino1

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    He should get the 1100 monster








    So that I can buy it after a year for $4500
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  20. scrannel

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    OK, the only thing interesting about this thread is the break-down into two camps:

    1) Those who think you should get what you want and...

    2) Those who think you should get what others think you should want (that, is, them).

    When I got back into biking after a 15 year hiatus (to bring up my son so I could live long enough to help him with his math homework) my biking buds recommenced two re-entry platforms: Blubber Bombers (HDs, Goldwings etc.) or Dick Weasels (anything under 650cc). It didn't matter that I didn't want one of those fucking things. They were righteously right! So, I bought a new K1200R in 2006. Which I love. Have not had an accident, but have had great (and trouble-free) riding ever since. And, gosh, guess what? My friends dropped out of riding.

    Get what you want. And if you make a mistake, get something else. But if you get a bike that you don't want from the beginning...? WTF?