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Author Topic: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?  (Read 2326 times)

StephenCB

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1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« on: August 26, 2009, 02:32:13 AM »
After a long (20+ year) hiatus, I want to get back into riding.  I love the look, sound, history, even the maintenance of the older iron barrel kick start Bullet, and I will eventually own one. 

However.....

Should the Bullet be a consideration for me as a first and initially only ride? Or should I go for a cheap bike for the first year+ of being back on two wheels?  As some forums and tutorial sites have said, as a beginner or returning after a long lapse you WILL lay the bike down more than once.  And I would hate to damage such a beautiful machine as this due to my novice ineptness.

I'm asking for honest (even if brutal) opinions.

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 02:37:19 AM »
Get a Bullet.
Sort it out.
Keep off the freeway.
Don't crash.

Happiness will ensue.
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 03:00:15 AM »
I have been riding for a year and my Ironhead is my first bike. I use it to commute to work almost every day.   I have been down this year but I was riding a less than 100% functional KZ650.    The RE is very forgiving with its drum brakes and limited power.  It is a hoot to drive and nimble,  I like the thing more every time I ride it.. Even if it takes some tinkering to keep it in road trim..

I have mulled getting rid of my KZ rig so I can get another RE...   Hmmm....
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2009, 04:47:09 AM »
 My advice would be a test ride at the nearest dealer even if its a couple of hours away.
See if its for you.

« Last Edit: August 26, 2009, 04:57:57 AM by Ice »
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009, 09:39:58 AM »
Get a Bullet.
Sort it out.
Keep off the freeway.
Don't crash.

Happiness will ensue.

  Best advice I've heard lately, simple and to the point.  Will.
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 10:19:17 AM »
My iron barrel is my first motorcycle, I have been riding it for a year, and I ride it most days to work or wherever else I am going. It is great to ride and wrench on. I laid a scooter down last year, by my bullet has not yet gone down. I would suggest taking the MSF course, use their bikes to get the feel of it again.

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009, 10:49:53 AM »
I think the Royal Enfield is a good starter bike.  I just don't like using the term "starter bike" because it implies that you'd eventually "grow into" something else.  I don't think I'll ever want to part with my RE, even if I get something bigger later on.  There's just something about the feel of one of these bikes that gets into your soul.  When somebody asks me why I don't get something heavier, I say, "It's an Enfield thing... You wouldn't understand." 
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009, 01:29:09 PM »
StephenCB,
 When people ask me about RE Bullets I gently steer them towards the newer Unit Construction Engine models C5 and G5.  With E.F.I., modern materials and internal bits they are enjoying a  good time of it now.
 They were designed from the outset to offer the big British single riding experience along with higher speeds greater reliability and minimal maintenance.

 
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

REA #136

"TIMEX", the '06 Iron Barrel Military that takes me everywhere I want to go... and some places I shouldn't.

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009, 03:13:35 PM »
I'll drink to that ^
Run what ya brung

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009, 10:32:40 PM »
I'll have one myself  ;)
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2009, 12:17:23 AM »
Br. Stephen, you can't go wrong with a Bullet.  So, I encourage you to choose a Bullet in one of the three following flavors:

1.  Iron Barrel Engine (used, only) (A)
2.  AVL -- or Lean Burning -- Engine
(new or used)
3.  UCE Engine
(new, at this time)

A.  I have a 2004 Iron Barrel, model Sixty-5 (the first year of the 5-speed tranny)
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2009, 12:41:09 AM »
  Just remember they are all good choices (insert WOWZAA here).  Will.
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2009, 02:38:11 AM »
 :D :D :D
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2009, 02:49:39 AM »
Br. Stephen, you can't go wrong with a Bullet.  So, I encourage you to choose a Bullet in one of the three following flavors:

1.  Iron Barrel Engine (used, only) (A)
2.  AVL -- or Lean Burning -- Engine
(new or used)
3.  UCE Engine
(new, at this time)

A.  I have a 2004 Iron Barrel, model Sixty-5 (the first year of the 5-speed tranny)
Reminds me of a teacher going over a test review....." you might see ...cough..cough.. this on a test somewhere.' :D
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Re: 1st bike / beginner bike /only bike?
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2009, 03:02:21 AM »
 :D :D :D
Long live the Bullets and those who ride them!

Keep the shiny side up, the boots on the pegs and best REgards,

Papa Juan

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