Just a little insight on safety..

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

While I’m waiting for the parts  to come in for the Jet-Ski I’d life to provide a little insight to fellow readers about the safety of them. I have a lot of friends wanting to buy motorcycles and naturally they all want a 200HP crotch rocket that looks real cool, even though they have never ridden a motorcycle. As humorous as it is to watch them attempt to drive away from a dealership and plow into a bush, I never want to see anyone get hurt! So How do you know which bike to buy? Who can teach you the basics of safety? Well first I’d like to talk about safety and motorcycle classes. Louisiana has an excellent program that offers a basic motorcycle riding class every month to teach new enthusiasts the basics and proper operating techniques. Now this won’t teach you how to lean a “Busa” into a corner at 90mph, but it will help keep you planted on the street. You can sign up for $100 (this includes motorcycle rental) and once you have completed and passed the course you even get a insurance discount! They also offer an advanced course for the more experienced riders that what to improve their skills. Both can be found at: http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html. So, you’ve signed up for the class and you rode your neighbors dirt bike a couple times when you were a kid right?!? well lets pick that bike out!! (assuming you already purchased a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots already.) I recommend a used 500cc motorcycle as your first bike, it will not be too powerful for you but, you will also not get bored with the power soon as you would with a 250cc bike. A used bike in the $1500-$2000 range is the best way to go in my opinion because it will not depreciate much at all if you want to re sell it and upgrade, and you probably wont cry when you drop the thing like you would on a Ducati 996!! Cruiser? Sport bike? Dual-Sport?? Which ever you choose, depends on your preference, but I can make some recommendations for each category: 1) sport bikes: Suzuki GS500F, Kawasaki Ninja 500R, and a Honda 599. 2) Cruiser: Honda Shadow VLX600, Suzuki Savage 650, Yamaha Virago 535, or a Kawasaki Vulcan VN500. 3) Dual Sport: Honda XR650L, Yamaha WR250L, Suzuki DRZ400M, Kawasaki KLR650. Theses are all great bikes that can be found for under $2000 in good running condition. My favorite place to find these deals is http://www.craigslist.org and of course http://www.ebaymotors.com    I hope this will provide a little guidance to any new motorcycle enthusiasts ..

  1. Dad says:

    Excellent safety insight from someone who has obviously been around bikes a long time.

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