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Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by Mincemeat, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Hey guys,

    My name's Tom and I've been lurking the forums here for a few weeks and have been amazed by the wealth of knowledge and advice here.

    I'm 17, live in Brissie and am planning to get a bike next year when I finish school. I'm a corporate slave at maccas and make about $10/hour and its adding up towards a bike. :p Luckily that’s gonna change next year and I won't be flipping burgers for a year to get my wheels.

    I'm not really sure what to say but I'm looking for a bike around the $5000 mark which I don’t feel like replacing as soon as I'm off my P's (and maybe even customise a little). I've got a few mates together and once we're pretty competent we're going to do a bit of touring together... eventually an around australia trip.

    So what I'm really trying to find out is what is a decent bike for touring, as well as the general commute and highway travel. (And if it is really possible to have a decent tour on a 250). I've been having a bit of a look around and have really been set off course by the massive range to choose from, but the Honda VT250C really caught my eye. Sure, this is mainly due to aesthetics (as well as there being quite a few on sale), but I heard most 250 cruisers are pretty much the same. I'm not restricted to cruisers at all, they just seem to be the type for touring. Please fill me in on anything and everything you feel like. :D

    Thanks guys, you're all a great bunch and seem a lot of fun. Please don't hesitate to fill me in on even the most basic things as most of the things I know about bikes and riding is just what I've picked up over the years. Looking forward to a social ride once i've got my wheels and I'm not a traffic hazard. :p

  2. G'day Tom, welcome and all that. I specialise in smart arse remarks and troll bashing so I'm probably not the bloke for this. I can give all sorts of advice, some of which is even worth listening to but you might want to hear from others first.

    What I can say is spend up big on good protective gear, when it goes arse up you'll be glad you did.

    Catch ya! :)
  3. Welcome to the forum,
    Can't say I'd be too keen on trying to do an around-Australia on a 250 but even on a sports it's still quite feasible to knock over a few hundred kays in a days riding. Cruisers may offer a more relaxed riding position but be careful to check out how well they maintain highway speeds and how much they have in reserve for overtaking.
  4. Welcome, Tom. You've come to the right place.
  5. Welcome to the forum, I agree with Deyago, make sure you spend well on your gear, it will save you.
  6. welcome to the forums tom.. :D
  7. This guy will NEVER fit in here; he can spell, write a grammatically correct sentence, thinks for himself and asks sensible questions. What are you trying to do, Mince, raise the tone of this place??? BEGONNE!!!
    Welcome, of course, and enjoy this great forum!!!
  8. Gday mate!

    As deyago said, get some gear. You should be able to post up a photo of yourself all kitted out in the right gear before you even think of buying a bike. Trust me, the costs of running the bike can swallow you, and you always skimp on your gear down the track - so make sure you have it first...

  9. And I'm not an OFARC? :p

    Thanks for the welcome guys. I'm definately not planning to cut corners on the protective gear and have plenty of time to get it all worked out. (have to get the cash for it anyway)

    And a quick question- can the VT250C carry a pillion passenger? From the seat construction it doesn't really look like it. And yeah, i'm new to all this :p
    Also, would being 6'2" be a problem for most bikes?
  10. Welcome to the forums Tom :)
  11. Gday and welcome

    Cheers 8)
  12. Welcome to the forums
  13. Welcome, you will gain a great deal of knowledge from this forum before you make the bike move to get a bike.
  14. G'day Tom and welcome, this is a great place for information, unfortunately I don't have any at the moment :oops: :wink:
  15. Gyday Tom,
    Welcome to the maddness :p

    The VT250 can carry a pillion but remember that for the first year on your restricted licence, its against the law to have someone on the back. Unfortunatly you still have to register the bike for two people.

    Your large frame might feel a little cramped on the VT250 but then again you will never know until you take one for a ride.

    I'm also in Brisbane so I hope to see you around soon :D

  16. Yes it can... my mate useto carry his wife though the GOR on his first bike :) a VT250C...

    If you want to be realy comfy touring go for something with a fairing... perhaps the old VT250??
  17. Thanks for the answer. And I'll keep those points in mind.
  18. Does QLD still have that oddity that Learners have to be accompanied by a licenced rider, either on another bike or on the pillion?

  19. gday and welcome. ah the joys of high school. thank god there are only 70 something days till i get released! like everyone has said, touring on a 250 can be a little uncomfortable and slow. but it can be done! i'd recommend looking at something with a fairing and a little more sporty. naked 250s aren't really powerful enough to tour on in my opinion. at least my cb wasnt/isnt. maybe with a little screen a spada would go ok. i reckon a zzr or a gpx would go alright. might be a bit uncomfortable but thered be some wind protection to stop you being blown around. and your dreams of going around australia sound remarkably farmiliar. except me an my mates were gonna buy a bus :p have fun flipping burgers. :roll: