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Hi all, new here. I'm Danny, I'm 23 years old and I'm from Florida. I've been wanting to buy a bike for some time now but I'm not sure what kind to get. I have never owned or even rode a motorcycle before so I thought I'd join this forum to get ideas and advice from you guys. First off, I'm really into Harley's, I just love the looks on their bikes. I don't necessarily care about sport bikes or speed bikes like the Ninjas. I like the "muscle" or "manly" looking bikes and just want to enjoy the freedom of riding around. However, a lot of the Harley's I'm looking at seem small, like the street bob for example. Considering I am 6'4 at 220lbs, I don't want to look like a clown on a small bike nor do I want to be uncomfortable. With that being said, can anyone recommend any bikes that fit my taste/size? They don't have to be Harley's of course, I just enjoy their looks.
 

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Take a MSF beginner rider's course so you can learn the basics.

Hmm...how about those Harley Dynas? They weigh in the 600 pound range I think.
 

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Yes take the course first. I believe it is mandatory in Florida
 

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Welcome to the forum 'Louie' and I hope you enjoy the place.

As the others have said, take the safety course first

If you have "never owned nor ridden a motorcycle," I'd suggest something used and lighter and maybe a 750cc or so cruiser, that will 'FIT' a large rider like yourself.

I'm 6ft-5in and :surprise::surprise::surprise: Pounds and most cruisers are comfortable.

Just GOOGLE what bike interests you and there will be links for sales and road test reviews.

Sam
 

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I've been riding since June 2018. Since then I've experienced everything from Groms, to tiny two stroke enduros, to my beloved Goldwing. Something I've learned is that you really can't go wrong with two wheels!

I would recommend something like a Suzuki GS or Honda CB. These things are cheap, plentiful, and their engines come in a plethora of sizes. And there are so many versions of them from ones that look like Harleys to ones that look a quick fender change away from a cafe racer.

But yeah, to echo everyone else, do the MSF! It's so fun and you learn a lot!! It's free in my state so I basically recommend it to anyone who asks what's something fun to do during the summer. :)
 

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Highly recommend the MSF course. Most Harley dealers offer it. If your handle is accurate, you are probably required to complete it before riding, anyway.

From there, the advice of the others above is solid. Your first bike is a learning machine. You want something that will not result in manly tears when it falls over. Because it will. Based on your stated dimensions, a used V-Strom or Versys might be a good fit. Don't over spend.

Ignore the bias against ABS. Get a bike with ABS. It only has to save your life once. Can you even buy a car without ABS these days? I don't think so. There is a reason for that, and it goes double for motorcycles.
 

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My son for his first bike brought a 650LAMS Honda has 50 Crank BHP putting 39HP at the rear wheel has ABS and is a good sized bike.
Everybody years ago knifed the rice burners true they were lacking in some ways but right now the packages you can get show good value for your hard earned $ my son is now looking at an MT09 of which I am trying to hold him back this may sound unfair considering what I have in the shed.
But as he has only been on the tar for just over a year my aim is to keep him alive he is only 20 and does not have the experience nor restraint I feel to ride such an angry bike but did I ever listen to my Mum & Dad well sometimes I did...............:rolleyes:
 

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My son for his first bike brought a 650LAMS Honda has 50 Crank BHP putting 39HP at the rear wheel has ABS and is a good sized bike.
Everybody years ago knifed the rice burners true they were lacking in some ways but right now the packages you can get show good value for your hard earned $ my son is now looking at an MT09 of which I am trying to hold him back this may sound unfair considering what I have in the shed.
But as he has only been on the tar for just over a year my aim is to keep him alive he is only 20 and does not have the experience nor restraint I feel to ride such an angry bike but did I ever listen to my Mum & Dad well sometimes I did...............:rolleyes:
Good luck with that! I know if 20 year old "me" had had a bike like that, then it is unlikely that 50 year old "me" would be here to talk about it! :devil:
 

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ANY bike that Yamaha produces with their 3 cyl, 900cc engine, is no bike for a new and inexperienced rider and even some that consider themselves "experienced," as it is very quick and lifts the wheel in the first 3 gears:surprise:

The MT07 seems a good choice MAYBE. An Adventure bike called the '700 Tenere,' is coming soon and looks really nice!

Sam:nerd:
 

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MSF course is mandatory in FL and is a good idea even if it wasn't. If you are riding without the endorsement that you can get only after passing the MSF course it is a misdemeanor and can include some time in the pokey. Don't screw around with that.

After taking about a 30 year break from 2 wheels and then mostly on the dirt I took the course a little over a year ago. The next day I picked up a Honda Shadow Aero because I loved the way the bike looked and felt. (classic cruiser styling) I'm not near as big a you so it may be a little on the small side for your preference, but I love it and love that I am riding again.

Good luck.
 

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Welcome. I'm your size, actually heavier, and I have ridden sport bikes and such my whole adult life. I think you'll find those Harleys to be bigger than you think once you sit on one. I suggest you get an inexpensive Japanese version and ride it for a year or two before you buy the bike of your dreams. Something like a V Star 650, Suzuki Boulevarde, etc. It hurts a lot less to drop a $2000 bike than a $20000 bike
 

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Welcome to the forum 'Louie' and I hope you enjoy the place.

As the others have said, take the safety course first

If you have "never owned nor ridden a motorcycle," I'd suggest something used and lighter and maybe a 750cc or so cruiser, that will 'FIT' a large rider like yourself.

I'm 6ft-5in and :surprise::surprise::surprise: Pounds and most cruisers are comfortable.

Just GOOGLE what bike interests you and there will be links for sales and road test reviews.

Sam
Face it Sam, you're like a trained bear on any motorcycle.... Sorry brother, I couldn't resist... Just kidding of course.
 
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