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    I am interested in getting a bike, I live in rhode island. It probably won't be until next spring or summer, but I figured I would post my potential plans to see if any of you had any good ideas to add. I want to take a motorcycle safety course, and then probably buy a kawasaki ninja 500r/ex500. I also want to get riding gear like a nice jacket and pants, something that I could use when its cooler, but also use in the summer when hot, I won't be riding in winters or cold weather. Gloves and helmet of course, and I would imagine boots as well. how does all of this sound? anyone know of any other bikes that would suit me well? from what I've read the ninja 500r is a good bike to start on.
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    Suzuki Gs500, Vfr 500 interceptor, 86-89 Fz600 (air cooled=simple and light weight), and LOTS of others just gotta find the right one in the RIGHT condition for the price you can afford

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    get an SV!

    as for gear, i've got a Joe Rocket Meteor jacket... it's served me well from the hight 30s to the low 90s. (all within 2 weeks, heh) i should have my JR Ballistic pants by tuesday...
    JR cordura is pretty easy on the wallet, as gear goes. (and like Jankster reccomends, it has a removable lining, vents, and 'armor')
    sounds like ya got the right idea, tho. good luck, and hope ta see you on the road soon.
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    [Edited on 4/19/02 by twrayinma]

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    I think the Suzuki GS500e is perfect.(note sig)Heh. Go to the major makers web-sites. I know there are small cruisers out there but don't know names or cc's or stuff. Cruisers= lower seat height. Tour Master makes nice affordable weatherproof jackets and pants and stuff. Do a search for motorcycle apparel, you'll get the phone book, look for removable liners in jackets w/vents and armour(pads). Leather or Cordura. As for helmets remember: if you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet!heh. Help? Need more? Come on guys welcome Igneous to the flock!!

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    I am thinking about finding one of those bikes used, probably anywhere from 2 to 3 grand or so, I think thats where my budget is set for now. Have you done anything to your passat? I drive a 95 golf sport.

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    http://www.beginnerbikes.com/ has a bunch of ideas for entry level bikes as well... maybe a wee bit conservative, but fairly accurate.

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    Just don't get a cruiser if you're tall.

    TWrayinMA kind of told me last weekend that I look like a monkey humping a football on my SV...

    If I had a cruser I could pedal around with my knees on the ground at stoplights. I almost bought a Vulcan 500, I'm glad I got the SV instead, I would have ended up strapping a bunch of phone books onto the seat of the Vulcan.

    They are way too low for a tall person, and there is no friggin way you'll be able to stand up or shift your weight around on the seat.

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    oh my GOD, ben... that's such an image i don't need...

    i think there was just one odd-looking moment... i'll be sure to shut my trap next time.
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    bwaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha....

    i thought it was more of a mongolian cluster fuck...

    ben... dont listen to t, he's just jealous.

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    ben... dont listen to t, he's just jealous.
    and why i should it be? my bike's the faster, silver color.

    plus it fits me. :-P
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    you need some more shiny chrome to make it really FAST!

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    Heh.. but the Naked SV accelerates a little harder due to the larger sprocket...

    Haha... you think I'm bad wait till you meet SilverSurfer. He's a friggin giant compared to me.

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    [Edited on 4/19/02 by benSV]

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    you need some more shiny chrome to make it really FAST!
    true 'dat. hey ben, you know of anyone who makes chrome frame sliders?

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    A guy I work with just lucked into a 92 GS500 with ONLY 1400miles on it.. the thing is like BRAND new!!! AND he only paid $1,000.00 for it... one of the carbs needs cleaning but that's it.... he was gonna use it for his wife but she wants more of a cruiser type bike.. now the jerk is going to try and sell it for 2300.00.... BASTARD

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    I'll offer $1,500 on the GS....

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    Rich if you want a GS I have a 93 9200 miles brand new chain and sprokets good tires runs great.. I'll let you have it for $1400

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    Ok... Lemme sell the 929 first and then I'll talk wid ya. I am NOT going without a bike for another summer, ever again!


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    Igneous,
    A Golf sport?? What the hell is that?? My Passat has H&Rs w/Neuspeed Bilsteins, GIAA chip, clear corners, side markers, little stuff...You on the Vortex??

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    igneousgolf is my vortex name

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    a golf sport is just a gti 8v, except they didnt make gti 8v's in 95, they made the golf sport instead. Mine has a TT chip, TT adjustable cam gear and cam, neuspeed p flo, turn 2 poly motor mount, magnaflow catback exhaust, weitec GT 40 mm suspension kit, autotech front upper strut bar, and bonrath single wiper

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    Cool! I recruited somebody!! Just went to your web page. Never heard of the sport, neat, rare, real cool.

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    oh nice, your the guy from the motorcycle forum

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