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Offline ArthurY

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Hello from Seattle
on: May 22, 2020, 04:53:26 AM
Hi there,
I'm new to motorcycles and I'm here to learn from you folks.
Looking fwd to soak it in from an MFS class (2.5 days long) which I registered with Harley. Hope they don't cancel the class because of COVID-19.

I'm a car guy, so I repair and maintain my own BMWs. I drive stick-shift cars for years. I bought my first car from a dealership 30 years ago when I drove home my stick-shift car after fiddling with it at the dealership for less than 15 minutes without knowing how to drive stick-shift before. So, you know, I'm a little bit of an adrenalin junkie. :)

Where do you suggest I go to start narrowing down a short list to purchase a bike? So far, I have gone to the manufacturers' websites, watched YouTubes.
I intend to use my first bike this way:
    weekend rides
    longer-distance rides (when I get comfortable with it) - day trips
    eventually go out on out-of-town few days trips

Currently, I'm looking into these categories of bike:
ADV: Honda CB500X, NC750X
Cruiser:
- Honda Shadow Phantom or Aero
- Harley Street 750 or Iron 883

What are your thoughts? Suggestions?


Offline Twempie

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 05:34:43 PM
Welcome.

I bought my 2018 500X at Brothers Powersports over near Bremerton, and got a good deal. Worth at least an email or ferry ride.
https://www.brotherspowersports.com/

Make sure you shop around, I was asked to pay four figures more at another dealer.

Offline Swanny

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 08:34:46 PM
Hello mate  :400:
Life... It's Just a Ride  :305:

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 11:07:45 PM
 :400: to the forum - plenty of searchable reviews and suggestions to keep you busy  :152:

Offline ewryly

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #4 on: May 23, 2020, 01:24:49 AM
:400: I would not get a cruiser as my first bike (though I did, so I say this from experience). You have much more control with a bike like the CBX with your feet under you rather than in front of you.

Offline Steve T

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 08:19:55 AM
Hi & Welcome.

We ain't you - You is you!

Go ride what you fancy and buy whatever floats yer boat once you've tried a few.

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Offline Yuletine

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 11:00:03 AM
Welcome to the forum.

I have read your post, and after careful consideration I can thoroughly recommend a CB500X - in Red!

you are most welcome  :001:

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 12:33:32 PM
*Originally Posted by Yuletine [+]
Welcome to the forum.

I have read your post, and after careful consideration I can thoroughly recommend a CB500X - in Red!

you are most welcome  :001:

or stand out from the crowd and order another colour! Black! for instance.

you are most welcome  :001:

  :401: to the forum by the way.....

Offline AJC500

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 01:55:15 PM
Hello!

It's hard to fault the easy handling and comfortable riding position of the 500X, and it has enough power to have fun without scaring yourself on your first bike!  I downsized from a 650 V-twin, but don't miss the reduced performance too much.

The Honda 500 Rebel is the cruiser version if you like that sort of bike.

I did look at a Harley before buying my X, but I didn't like the riding position of the Sportsters I was looking at.  They are pretty agricultural too, although I can still see the attraction.   :034:

I also looked at Ducati Scramblers, but the dealer was a snooty b*****d, and not very helpful, so I left!!  Nice bike though.....

Just off the top of my head, others to think about might be -

Suzuki SV650 - these are used by some riding schools here in UK, and are easy handling bikes
Kawasaki Vulcan 650 - another cruiser which is a bit smaller and lighter than a Harley, and gets good reviews
Triumph Speed Twin - a classic option
Yamaha MT07 (or Tracer) - great reviewed bike which I didn't like that much (!), maybe a bit fast and furious as a first bike

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2017-2019: 12000mls recreational use - 89.73mpg UK; 74.72mpg US; 3.15litres/100km

Offline Swanny

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Re: Hello from Seattle
Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 07:19:53 PM
*Originally Posted by DHCBX [+]
or stand out from the crowd and order another colour! Black! for instance.

you are most welcome  :001:

  :401: to the forum by the way.....

Didn't they have any red ones when you bought yours?


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