Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
You just can't help some people. She sounds like she's dumb as a bag of hammers, and not getting any good advice from her SO.
"I didn't want to have to get a bigger bike in a year or two" - Why the f!#$ not? It's not like selling a big and getting a new one is some huge problem. If you start with a good used bike, you don't even have to lose much on the deal, and even if you have to pay sales tax on the purchase of a used bike, the price is generally pretty low and so the taxes aren't a big deal. But again, how do you talk sense to someone who spends $12K on a bike that they don't have a clue how to ride, and then says that $200 for a training course is too much, or who hasn't bought insurance? Probably not licensed to ride a bike, either.
I may not be the smartest or wisest guy in the world, but when I started back in to the street riding world in '95 or so, after I dropped off my new used bike at the dealer for some servicing, the first thing I did was head over to their gear department. Picked up a pair of blue and white riding boots on clearance that may have been a little goofy looking, but did the job. Likewise for a nice heavy leather jacket, again on clearance. Spent less than $300 for both, and a pair of gloves, and a nice Shoei "Chimo" helmet (essentially an RF200). Now, I had been an enthusiast, albeit without a bike, for years, and had read a lot of bike magazines and absorbed the message about gear.
Last edited by V-Strom Ry 2; 08-31-2018 at 12:05 PM.