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    I have been riding for 2 seasons now. I wasn't sure when I started my journey as a biker whether or not this was the right thing for me to do. I was uncomfortable and felt scared every time I thought of getting on my bike. But that is all changed. This is the reason why.

    First off, I love classic cruisers!! I love the look of the big beefy bike. So, when a friend of ours decided they were selling their Honda ACE 750cc with all the trimmings for a great price, we jumped on it. My hubby (who is a veteran rider of 35 yrs) took it for a test drive and came back saying things like "it's really light in front and turns really easy'". Well to me, an inexperienced rider who hadn't taken the MSF course yet, that sounded like a good thing. My hubby is very patient and has helped me tremendously throughout this process but, this is why this bike site is so important. What the experienced will say, needs to be translated to those of us who don't know so we can make the right choices. What I needed to understand was "light in the front end and turns easy" really means that you will need to give her some gas around the corners and that you may need to countersteer a little (another term that is discussed alot around here as the concept is a little strange until you get the hang of it) to keep it under control.

    Well not knowing this at the time and not having taken my course, we bought the bike and I started practicing in a parking lot. Didn't go so well, I decided to wait until I passed my course. YOU MUST TAKE THE MSF COURSE, NO EXCEPTIONS!!! So, I passed, then I started to practice again. Well, it still didn't go so well and after being bounced on the pavement a couple of times, it was time to get rid of this bike. I was sad as I really wanted a cruiser but didn't think I had a choice. Then I joined Beginner bikes and read about the Suzuki GZ250.

    To make a long story somewhat shorter, me and Zelda (see my pic) have been happily cruising along for 2 seasons. She is exactly what I need right now. She isn't too heavy to hold if I get off balance at a stop. She isn't torque-y (in other words if you turn the throttle too quickly, on purpose or otherwise, it won't throw you off the back), it's a great beginner bike. I have been throwing my leg over a couple bigger bikes now that I have gained confidence on a bike that allowed me to do that. Had I stuck with what I had, I wouldn't be riding.

    The moral of the story is to RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. Don't let your friends or family try to guilt you into a bigger bike than you can handle. Take the MSF course first, test drive as many bikes as you can. Find a salesperson who understand the concept of graduated bikes and not one that is more interested in the commission. I now have a really nice rep at a place that carries many different kinds of bikes. He is very understanding of my situation and you can be sure, when I buy another bike, it will be from him. Also, read, read, and read again, David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling, next to your MSF handbook, and your MOM (motorcycle owners manual), the most important book a biker can have.

    Ride safe!!!
    Kat
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