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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Watertown New York
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He is in Southern California, State requires he take the course before he can even get a permit.
Hey there Dubdub, I am David I oversee the California Program. Once you complete your class there are a few questions you need to determine before getting that first bike.
1. Aside from Riding to school and work will you be doing more riding for pleasure? If so what type of riding interests you?
2. What style of bike, cruiser, Dual sport, Adventure, Sport etc.
3. Budget, as this is always a key.
Since you will be on the highway I would suggest you consider a 450 to 500cc bike. For a first bike I recommend a bike with a more standard seating position even if you want a sport bike style. I also recommend a cheaper used bike as this will likely be your first bike and not your last. You do not need the newest of best for the first bike.
Some of my choices would include the Suzuki GS500, they come in a naked standard and a full faired version both with a nice neutral seating position with an air cooled twin cylinder. If you like the looks of the sport bikes you can also find the Ninja 500 used at a relatively good price. If the cruiser suits you better there are also a couple good ones in that area, including the Yamaha Virago 535 and the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (LTD). There are many other great bikes and your local Craigs list will be a good place to start. When you go to look at bikes make sure to take a knowledgeable person with you.
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