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post #1 of 31 Old 06-24-2008, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm 52 and finally getting the bug to buy and ride. A bike that keeps getting recommended to me is the 650. I'm 6'1" and about 250 and never ridden before in my life so I wonder if I'll even fit on the thing. I'm planning to take a msf course this summer before making a decision. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 31 Old 06-24-2008, 01:54 PM
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I'm 6'2" 180, my 07 650 is my first bike, got it new, 9000 miles later probably the best purchase I ever made. Plenty of power for your weight and loaded luggage and a passenger as well. You won't regret it.

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I'm 6'2" 180, my 07 650 is my first bike, got it new, 9000 miles later probably the best purchase I ever made. Plenty of power for your weight and loaded luggage and a passenger as well. You won't regret it.
Awesome! Thanks so much. From what I can tell it looks like an awesome ride!
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I have a 650, about your size and love it. That being said, it wasn't my first bike. I started on a used suzuki savage. It was smaller, lighter, and less powerful. As a true beginner, had never ridin before, that was how I was most comfortable. Smaller and lighter meant easier to handle. Used meant cheaper and less invested in cased I dropped it or worse. That first summer with the savage seemed like an eternity, but I am glad that is how I started.

Not saying this is the right way for you, simply the right way for me and maybe something to consider.

Happy riding - and yes, the MSF is the best way to start.
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I'd definitely like to find a used bike to start off with but the DL650 is so popular no one wants to sell them around here!
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Prushn,

Where in MO are you located? There are several MSF courses run out of the St. Louis area, and you learn to ride on their bikes.

The Wee was not my first bike by a long shot, but it is so far my favorite. I really don't think you'll have a problem with the Wee as a first bike, but regardless of which bike is your first, the MSF class, followed up by TONS of practice, particularly low-speed maneuvering in a parking lot, is a must.

Also, there's a dealer in the St. Louis area who may have a red 2005 for sale. PM me and I'll send you the information, if you're interested in buying used.

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Hey Scuba, I live in Warrensburg which is about 45 miles outside of KC. I checked today and we have MSF classes here as well as in Sedalia. The class uses 250cc bikes here and the Buell 500cc in the Sedalia. Also I learned that there is not a Vstrom within 350 miles of me, I'm thinking God is teaching me patience:rolleyes:
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I'm 6'3" and 280, the bike fits me fine. I've returned to riding after being away for 7 years, but having started when I was a kid.

The MSF class is best $250 you will ever spend on your new bike!

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Dont be such a wimp get the 1000 ...kidding
First bike...should be perfect....and you can have loads of fun without posing...heh

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I'm 6'2" 180, my 07 650 is my first bike, got it new, 9000 miles later probably the best purchase I ever made. Plenty of power for your weight and loaded luggage and a passenger as well. You won't regret it.
WTF?...I thought you were 6'8'' 300.......
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