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Just brought my first bike!

Discussion in 'Welcome Lounge' started by Neckface, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. So I got my first bike on the weekend, after having my learners for the past 4 years and not sitting on a bike once! I am a long term car club guy and I love forced induction imports. It is getting crazy expensive to park and drive into the city every day so I thought it was about time I got a bike :)

    I went out a couple of weeks ago and did Q-Ride beginners course at Brookside QLD with Ridesmart. We were stuck on crappy Honda 125e's that I felt rather unsteady on but I still loved it.

    So this weekend I bit the bullet after doing lots of research on different LAMS bikes I had the following criteria

    - Must be comfortable for a big rider - im 193cm and 110kg
    - Must be a bit sporty for the twisties
    - Has to be comfortable for day to day commuting, no crazy forward lean and crazy high rear pegs
    - Priced between 6-9k ride away

    I had a few different options that I looked at .... I Was super paranoid of dropping a bike test riding at the dealer so I just went and sat on a bunch and didn't do any test riding

    Hyosung GT650 - comfortable to sit on but couldn't get past the stories of average build quality
    Ninja 300 - I felt like I was sitting on a kids bike
    Yamaha MT-07 - I loved this one but a bit out of my budget

    I settled with a Honda CBR500R ABS, had a super comfortable seating position for commuting with sport bike looks. A Few people were telling me to stay away from the ABS model ( experienced riders) saying how it actually increases braking distance, but for my piece of mind being a noob rider I wanted to be able to panic and grab a fist full of brake and know the bike will stop! I Actually ended up buying it without test riding it ( see above paranoia )

    I have had the bike 5 days now and absolutely love it, I don't regret anything about picking this model. Even after 5 days I have lost 2/3 of my nervousness about riding around. I know have so much to learn, I don't have any close friends who ride bikes so I am going to come to a few meets and see what I can learn. Its great riding around and seeing other riders give you a nod or a wave, half the time im too slow to return but I do smile inside my helmet every time!


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  2. Welcome and well done.
  3. Welcome mate. The red ones go faster!!
  4. welcome aboard nice looking bike :]
  5. Welcome Neckface.

    A solid choice. You can't go wrong with a Honda.
    I'm 6'6" and have sat on all 3 versions of this bike. They do feel super good for tall blokes. I'll be tossing up between the CB500X and a V-Strom 650 next year.

    As a new rider, how do you find the relatively low redline? Most reviewers seem to agree that it's intrusive.
  6. Welcome to Netrider!
  7. Well its the second bike I have ever riden apart from the 125E I did my q Ride on so I dont have much comparison. From what I can feel it has a boatload of torque and it pulls fairly well from low rpm - has no dramas pushing hard from 2-3k rpm. you dont really need to rev this bike high to take advantage of the engines power
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  8. Hi Neckface. Nice bike. I'm new to riding too. Got my L's 3 months ago and first bike not long after. I see we have the same great taste.
  9. Welcome to NR...

    Nice bike... ;)
  10. Welcome to Netrider..... Red is the best colour for a bike....looks great :)
  11. Hi NeckfaceNeckface, welcome to the forums and life on two wheels :) Nice choice of bike, but I'm biased ;) Love my CBR500RA, very well balanced, stays planted at high speed, reliable, comfortable on long rides, goes the distance between drinks, simply perfect. Enjoy your ride and stay upright!

    Edit: just noticed the date of OP.... You'd be very experienced rider by now :ROFLMAO:
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  12. Congratulations on your new bike, you will love it.
  13. Good choice on bike. I just picked up a silver cbr500r on Monday. Before this I have been riding a 1999 KLR 250, it's the boyfriends before he brought a vfr800. He told me upon picking up my bike I quote " now you know why you had to learn on a dirt bike" I think I was the only girl in world still kick starting.
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  14. Welcome to NetRider and to the wonderful World of Two Wheels!