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I am new to the site, obviously. I am currently in Afghanistan on my first deployment. I have been saving my money and want to buy a motorcycle. I will obviously take the required classes and get the required licensing done to ride my bike on post. But, I don't know that kind of bike I should get. I have been researching it for almost a month and I am torn between a cruiser, Classic Cool, and a sport bike, new age. I will most likely be able to put a large downpayment on a new bike, or pay for an old bike outright in cash. I dont know where to go with my money though. I expect used cruisers are less likely to have been treated as roughly as a used sport bike. But I am also having trouble finding a used cruiser that I like. Sports bikes, within my price range, dont really have many differences but a big thing is that I am an inexperienced rider. I have rode quads before and small dirt bikes before but never a street bike. A friend of mine owns a Harley of some sort and I really like the name, and a few of their bikes but I think that Harley might not be for me, especially for a first. I joined the site to learn more and to absorb some of the knowledge here.
Btw I am 5'10''-6'0'' depending on the day and who is measuring lol
I am currently 160 working on gaining weight (muscle hopefully lol)
 

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Oh, are there any military discounts that are available to me from dealers? I know that some 'special military rates' are scams aimed at new soldiers but it would be nice if there were some discounts out there.
 

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Oh, are there any military discounts that are available to me from dealers? I know that some 'special military rates' are scams aimed at new soldiers but it would be nice if there were some discounts out there.
When I came home from Desert Storm, Harley-Davidson had deals for returning vets... A buddy of mine ordered his HD from the PX in Germany (we stopped there for 2 days on the way home) and his bike was delivered to the dealership in his home town by the time he got home on leave....

I don't know if any other makers offer anything similar now.

As far as first bikes are concerned... stay away from the Super Sport bikes. By Super Sport I mean newer ZX, CBR, GSX-R etc. These bikes are a bit much for a new rider. In a sport bike I would look into the Ninja 500 or 650. Both are fast enough to learn and grow into but won't try to kill you every time you grab a little too much throttle.

If you are leaning towards a cruiser, pretty much any will suit your needs. You can find old school UJMs all over craigslist for less than $2k. These would be great bikes to learn on for a season while you figure **** out....
 

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Triumph has deals for military as well. I agree with Recon on the bike choices and recommend a used bike at first. You might also think about a sport tour bike or a dual sport. They both have good handling characteristics and comfort for longer trips plus the ability to carry lots of stuff and customize. Check out the Triumph 800 Tiger, I can personally vouch for the handling of it. Thanks for your service and try to stay safe.
 

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Turns out I posted this in the wrong forum... I totally didnt read the rule before I posted. It takes forever to load pages over here and I got impatient lol. I guess I will be moving this to the proper forum.

Thanks for your responses.
 
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