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I'm new to this whole riding scene and this is going to be my first bike. But it would be great to hear from others to see what your first bike was!

Include your experience with it and if you'd rather have had a different first bike, or if it was perfect for you! Thanks!!
 

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I had a chinese made 200cc Dual Sport (Enduro)
Honestly I thought it was a great starting bike. Light, not a lot of power, and not worth a lot. I was able to learn the basics of how to ride pretty fast. I owned it for 2 years but I got a suzuki katana about 3-4 months after I started riding.
 

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Ye olde Honda CBR250 was a good bike. enough power for me to get on the freeways and learn my way around the clutch without rocketing out from under me.
 

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I had a BMW R60 /2 that was already a 20 year old classic when I got it. I liked the old-time look and it was simple to work on and putz around on. Looking back, it was heavy and underpowered. The new Rebel couldn't be a better choice for someone looking for a new first bike.
 

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My first bike until now was a Yamaha 850 Special. An '82 I believe. That bike weighs several tons, or so I remember.
Got a Honda PCX150 a few months ago and it has allowed me to ease back into riding, and it's a great commuter. But I have out grown it way sooner than I expected. There's lots of hills around these parts and sometimes you can get into a bit of a jamb without any acceleration left.
 

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My first bike until now was a Yamaha 850 Special. An '82 I believe. That bike weighs several tons, or so I remember.
Got a Honda PCX150 a few months ago and it has allowed me to ease back into riding, and it's a great commuter. But I have out grown it way sooner than I expected. There's lots of hills around these parts and sometimes you can get into a bit of a jamb without any acceleration left.
That's a very large bike to learn on :surprise: How was it ?!
 

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My first bike until now was a Yamaha 850 Special. An '82 I believe. That bike weighs several tons, or so I remember.
Got a Honda PCX150 a few months ago and it has allowed me to ease back into riding, and it's a great commuter. But I have out grown it way sooner than I expected. There's lots of hills around these parts and sometimes you can get into a bit of a jamb without any acceleration left.
Funny how the guys that used to own bigger bikes come back to the smaller CC ones, seen this play out often, not that there's anything wrong with that but its a good indication of how good smaller CC bikes like this are.
 

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Darn... It sounds like it was a "handful" to say the least. How many times did you drop that one ?
 

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Darn... It sounds like it was a "handful" to say the least. How many times did you drop that one ?
Dropped it once, no damage but it is why I got rid of it. Should have laid it down before I bought it, then I would really have known how heavy it was, and difficult it was going to be for me to get it upright. :surprise:
 

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Hm.. never thought of doing that to check first haha thanks for the tip! Me being a small person, If I drop majority of anything I'll be pretty screwed on my own :(
 

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Hm.. never thought of doing that to check first haha thanks for the tip! Me being a small person, If I drop majority of anything I'll be pretty screwed on my own :(
Have you taken any motorcycle class. They teach you how to pick any motorcycle up. There were 110lbs girls lifting huge bikes .
You just need to know what you are doing.
 

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Its pretty simple, as long as you understand weight transfer and what you can use on yourself and the bike to accomplish that, you'll be good for the most part. Unless of course its a Busa, then good luck.
 

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My first bike was a Kawasaki 100 2 cycle. I drove it everywhere, interstate to trails, all times of the year.
 

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My first (and only) "bike" was a Coleman CT200U minibike. Single gear, offroad minibike with a current top speed in the low 30s after a performance upgrade (new exhaust, air filter, rejetted carb, etc).

The new Rebel 500 I'll be picking up as soon as it shows up at my dealer will be my first real bike.
 

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First one was a 1981 honda cb750. historically important bike but horrible first bike. It was very heavy, I dropped it all the time and looked like an idiot struggling to pick it up. The carbs would leak out of the overflow intermittently. I never rode it very far because I couldn't trust it mechanically.

This led to my second bike, a modern fuel injected reliable 2009 yamaha fz6r, the "poser" fake sport bike. If you can get past the ugly transformer headlight, it would actually make a very good first-bike. Its light and very comfortable, more of an upright riding position. You can go fast but not crazy enough to get into too much trouble. I sold it because I stopped riding for awhile, and needed some quick $$ for boring adult responsibilities.
 

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First one was a 1981 honda cb750. historically important bike but horrible first bike. It was very heavy, I dropped it all the time and looked like an idiot struggling to pick it up. The carbs would leak out of the overflow intermittently. I never rode it very far because I couldn't trust it mechanically.

This led to my second bike, a modern fuel injected reliable 2009 yamaha fz6r, the "poser" fake sport bike. If you can get past the ugly transformer headlight, it would actually make a very good first-bike. Its light and very comfortable, more of an upright riding position. You can go fast but not crazy enough to get into too much trouble. I sold it because I stopped riding for awhile, and needed some quick $$ for boring adult responsibilities.
Where in PA you located. Maybe we are close?
 
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