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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-25-2005, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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I need to buy a bike (motorcycle) where to begin? LOS ANGELES

I'm thinking to get motorcycle. but i don't know where to begin?
how to learn? or how am i going to take the test at DMV?
i don't know anybody who has bike therefor i have to learn somewhere....
anyone?... any info?. thank you


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Look for instructional classes. Some shops are very helpful pointing you too good schools and picking out good bikes.

You are one Crazy person to ride in LA.
I like the fact that you never get caught up in rush hour traffic by spliting lanes. But I don't think I'll ever be that brave.

Just go check out some bikes and ask around, you will probaly be surprise how many school/classes there are for cycles.

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thanks for the info. buddy/
i have 2 reason to buy a bike
1- soon im going to transferring to university and it's 55miles away from me so i can take carpool.and* every semester i have to pay big buck for parking and finding a parking spot is hassle by itself.
2- my GF loves bikes , she says if you are not gonna get a bike i will so i don't want to be THAT GUY who gets a ride from his GF. u know LOL

yeah i guess i have to check out a bike shop first.



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Look for instructional classes. Some shops are very helpful pointing you too good schools and picking out good bikes.

You are one Crazy person to ride in LA.
I like the fact that you never get caught up in rush hour traffic by spliting lanes. But I don't think I'll ever be that brave.

Just go check out some bikes and ask around, you will probaly be surprise how many school/classes there are for cycles.
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Now here is my kind of subject. Its different from state to state with laws. What kind of bike do you like bro?* I like smoking and sucking my cigar while riding my hog. Flexin for the ladies on a clean bike gets them every time. I even get the guys, haha

Or do you like one of these?



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Re: I need to buy a bike (motorcycle) where to begin? LOS ANGELES

Definitely take an MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) class http://www.msf-usa.org/.
Do any of your relatives/friends ride? Get as much info from them as possible. Join (or lurk on) some bike forums (gixxer.com, odfu.com, svrider.com, etc etc) to learn more stuff.
Is there anywhere to dirt ride around you? Riding on dirt will teach you a lot about how to handle unexpected stuff on the street!
Start out small, displacement-wise. Don't go any bigger than 600cc's for your first bike, just to be safe. Get really comfortable and skilled on that, and only THEN move up to a bigger bike.
That's all I can think of now, but feel free to PM me with any other questions...
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Just remember that the 600cc bikes that are out today have as much and in some cases have more horsepower that the 1000cc of 5 years ago. So the old saying of "start out on a 600cc" doesn't apply as much today.

What kind of bike are you looking at? (cruiser, street, etc...)

How old are you?

How long have you been driving a car?

Are you getting a bike because you "have the passion" or are you just wanting "to be cool"?

How old is your girlfriend?

How long has she been driving?

What kind of bike does she want?


I ask all these questions because they really do influence what type of person you are and what some of the real reasons are for wanting a bike. Remember that a bike is a huge responsibility and the risks are huge. That being said, the freedom and enjoyment of riding is awesome!! It truly is a passion! Make sure that you are getting a bike for the right reasons and not just because you want to be cool and impress others. You have to crawl before you walk. You just can't go out a buy the biggest and baddest bike right away. I know it's tempting because "image is everything." Just be sure to take an MSF course, buy and wear the proper gear...always!! And be sure to respect the power of the bike...any bike. They are awesome machines but they can kill you!

I agree with the other person who said to check out some bike forums. You can get a whack of your questions answered there.

Good Luck!!

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I'm 24, she is 24 as well
driving about 4 years.... she is about 6 years.
i'm not a show off person, just want to get it for myself and more imp. make her happy. that's her dream to have a bike but she can't afford one yet.
i'm looking for a street bike , not to fancy not very expensive like ducati.. something like Yamaha 2006 YZF-R1 , as long as satisfies me with my needs , and i said i'm going to use it for my almost everyday transportation b/c i do conisder myself a safe driver.


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The things guys do to get the girl. lol


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You aren't going to take the DMV test. You are going to take MSF. Should be required by law.

A 600cc bike today is EXTREMELY powerful... I started on one, but I would NOT recommend it, nor would I do it if I was to start again. Also, sport bikes in general are hard to control beasts, especially at lower speeds, so be careful with them, if you were looking at going that route.

In MSF you'll work with 125cc standard bikes (Nighthawks, primarily)... jumping from that to a 600cc sportbike as I did is a move I would not recommend.

And in case I haven't said it enough:

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