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  • CF MOTO V3/V5 (Baron) Automatic Motorcycle

    CF MOTO V3/V5 (Baron) Automatic Motorcycle

    For those who want sport or cruiser style automatic motorcycles, then the CFMOTO (Baron) is a good bike to consider. I've had my 2006 for a while now and it has met and exceeded expectations. CFMoto has produced bikes and scooters for the European and Asian Market since 1985 and the scooters have been marketed in the US for several years. In 2005 (summer of 2004) the CF V3 and V5 were created for marketing in Europe and the US. The initial 2005s had remote control alarm systems and start...
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  • Honda VTX 1800R

    Honda VTX 1800R

    Let me start out telling you that I am a new rider. Up until my MSF course in May 2007, I had never ridden any thing other than a Summer of riding friends Honda Trail 50's & 70's back in the 1960's...quite some time ago. When I took the MSF course locally, during a bull session while on a hydration/bathroom break, we got to talking bikes with an instructor. This instructor was no namby-pamby weenie, but a hard-nosed ex-military officer who liked to bark at all of us like my old drill instr...
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  • Buell Blasts!

    Buell Blasts!

    There are many great bikes to start on - I could list them and give you really good reasons why they are a good bikes to start on, however, this write up is about a bike I know well - the Buell Blast. Its a single cylinder bike - a Thumper - is the slang term, however, due to its engine mounting system vibration is only noticable at idle to off idle - 1000 to 2000 rpms - and is smooth after that - a tell tale if your lugging it is if you can feel any vibration - lol - oil/air cooled add to its ...
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  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000 - 2 years in

    Suzuki V-Strom 1000 - 2 years in

    Disclaimer the First: NOT NOT NOT a beginner bike. Disclaimer the Second: Probably not a second bike Favorite Feature: The ability to carve up some twisties, then take a shortcut down a dirt road, then stop and pull lunch out of the luggage. Biggest Irritation: Gas Mileage kind of blows (42ish normal usage. Can get down in the low 30's if you get throttle happy) Obligatory Question: Should you get the 1000 or 650? Answer: 650. If I had it to do again I'd probably do the 650. My nex...
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  • 2005 Yamaha 1100 Silverado

    2005 Yamaha 1100 Silverado

    My review and comparison is based on limited experience going from an '04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic to an '05 Star 1100 Yamaha Silverado. Bought used with 1,370 miles from a private party. Physically the 1100 is not much longer than the 650, it weighs at least 100 lbs. more, but feels bigger in size, and has approximately 25 more horsepower. The 650 V-Star is about 39 horsepower and the 1100 about 65. The extra power is definitely noticeable as well as the difference in the sound of the engi...
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  • 2005 Suzuki M50

    2005 Suzuki M50

    I am new to the cycle world but have dreamed of riding since I was a kid. Well, finally I thought it was time to stop dreaming and just go for it. I was trained by a very experienced rider, passed the state test and purchased a Suzuki M50 Black. I realize that I do not have much to compare my new ride too because of the lack of experience, but this bike is awesome. It looks beautiful, sleek, and modern yet still implementing classic cruiser style. I like the chrome and love the way the M50's blacked...
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  • 2004 AlphaSports GT-250 Comet by Hyosung

    2004 AlphaSports GT-250 Comet by Hyosung

    That’s the official US name for the imported Hyosung Comet 250, distributed by AlphaSports Motors. If you buy this bike, be prepared to get asked over and over again “what the heck is an AlphaSport?” Buying a bike from a growing and maturing company is a calculated risk, but it’s one I took because the looks of this bike really appealed to me, and Hyosung is a pretty big South Korean company that should be around for a while. Their track record seems to indicate that they are very serious...
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  • 2007 Vulcan 500 Ltd - First bike

    2007 Vulcan 500 Ltd - First bike

    Bought my first bike in March 09 and thought I'd pass along my comments about it as a first bike. I'm a new rider even though I'm in my early 50's. Wife finally relented. Took the MSF class in 2008. Bike in the class was a Honda Rebel. Since I planned on riding to work (about 25 miles each way), I wanted something a little bigger and heavier so I opted for a Vulcan 500 Ltd. The local dealer had 09 models but they also had gotten a shipment of new 07 models of various Kawa's, including a black 500...
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  • 2005 Honda Aero 750

    2005 Honda Aero 750

    Well, there are a few threads here discussing other bikes, so I thought I'd start one on my motorcycle re-entry bike (and my wifes first bike) the Honda Aero 750. Having not ridden in 18 years, my wife and I decided to get new motorcycles since we have friends who ride. After looking around at many motorcycles, sport, cruiser and standard, we both decided on the Aero 750. A little background on my self to give you an idea of my starting point and why I chose the bike. I rode motorcycles when...
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    1997 Honda VT-600 Shadow VLX I purchased my first street bike in May of 1997, a brand new black/yellow VLX Deluxe. I had been infatuated with the VLX's stylishly symetrical lines for many years, and after passing up the sweet purple/white ones in 1995, I couldn't pass this one by... The bike has a nice usable powerband. It handles and brakes well, in fact I enjoy "blasting" through the back road twisties on it, despite some radical frame geometry it's a real crispy handler that's fun to f...
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    Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic FI (NOT a beginner bike) I rented Harley's flagship for a day, a big beautiful touring bike, and reluctantly turned it in 24 hours later. It was an all black Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic FI. What a nice bike that was! This one had a factory alarm in addition to the standard hardbags/trunk, front fairing w/AM/FM/Cassette/Weather Info, spot lamps, full size engine guard, floorboards and heel/toe shifter. First things first, the weigh...
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    Before looking into an entry level bike for my wife, I had read the June 2001 issue Cruiser Magazine and they compared entry level bikes in that issue (the 250 Rebel, Yamaha Virago 250, Suzuki GZ250, and the Kawasaki Eliminator 125). Their staff picked the V'go and the GZ overall but the Rebel came in as 2nd for all the test riders, so I went with consistency (not to mention history). So I started hunting for a V'go or Rebel for my wife, and ended up buying a VLX instead. She wasn't really comfortable...
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