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    If you see it listed here, you won't get any argument from a BBO member about it being good for you. If you don't see it here, then it probably isn't. Note: This only covers fairly new bikes, at least 7 yrs or less in age and currently available. There are MANY older bikes that could be listed, but would make the list large and unwieldly as to be unusable.
    Chad Wilson

    1984 Honda Shadow VT700c

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  • #2
    Very nice list!
    Matt - '05 Suzuki GS500F
    Motorcycle 4 A Month
    http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/
    Originally posted by LoDownSinner
    Respect doesn't control the motorcycle, skills do.

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    • #3
      Excellent work!!!
      2009 Yamaha FZ-1 The Hematoma*
      2008 H-D FXDC The Hematoma (sold)
      BBOer Favorite Motorcycle Magazines
      Originally posted by mz33
      In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

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      • #4
        I am sorry to point out that you missed a very good starter bike. I bought a HD xl1200c. I have no complaints. I am 50+, male, short 5'5", 155#. Sure it is a little heavy but a very good bike. I might be in the wrong place because I have not seen too many people here who ride HD, most seem to ride Hondas. If I am out of place please let me know.

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        • #5
          Hmm, the Kymco Venox didn't make the list...

          Originally posted by philidor1958
          I am sorry to point out that you missed a very good starter bike. I bought a HD xl1200c
          The Sportster (in either size) does not get the general nod of approval for beginners, mostly because it's faster than many of Harley's bigger bikes. Overall weight is another factor that follows behind the power.
          Sent from your mom's phone
          "If I wanted a windshield and tunes, I'd drive my car."
          Ride Safe, Chop Safer
          "Unofficial Beginner Bike Chop Shop"
          "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
          Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
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          3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com

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          • #6
            I need to ask the mods to lock this thread from responses. I really should just be for reference and all questions should be a new thread.

            Oh mods!
            Chad Wilson

            1984 Honda Shadow VT700c

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            • #7
              the list is in flux and about to be updated. The graphic points to an image that I can update without having to update this thread itself.
              Chad Wilson

              1984 Honda Shadow VT700c

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              • #8
                Originally posted by philidor1958 View Post
                I am sorry to point out that you missed a very good starter bike. I bought a HD xl1200c. I have no complaints. I am 50+, male, short 5'5", 155#. Sure it is a little heavy but a very good bike. I might be in the wrong place because I have not seen too many people here who ride HD, most seem to ride Hondas. If I am out of place please let me know.
                See the Dyna in my sig line? Yeah, don't worry. There are plenty of H-D owners here. The Sporty is strictly an "at your own risk" beginner bike and won't get any recommendations around here but it won't get you ostracized either. Welcome to BBO!!!
                2009 Yamaha FZ-1 The Hematoma*
                2008 H-D FXDC The Hematoma (sold)
                BBOer Favorite Motorcycle Magazines
                Originally posted by mz33
                In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

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                • #9
                  Can't edit so... it should read, "won't get any beginner bike recommendations around here."
                  2009 Yamaha FZ-1 The Hematoma*
                  2008 H-D FXDC The Hematoma (sold)
                  BBOer Favorite Motorcycle Magazines
                  Originally posted by mz33
                  In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by caeman View Post
                    I need to ask the mods to lock this thread from responses. I really should just be for reference and all questions should be a new thread.

                    Oh mods!
                    I disagree. There's nothing wrong with talking about it.
                    2009 Yamaha FZ-1 The Hematoma*
                    2008 H-D FXDC The Hematoma (sold)
                    BBOer Favorite Motorcycle Magazines
                    Originally posted by mz33
                    In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

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                    • #11
                      Well, the list can always be discussed at the original thread (which I found after posting here):
                      https://www.beginnerbikers.org/forum/...ad.php?t=26354

                      Should the thread be locked, I suggest any traffic be redirected there for commentary.
                      Sent from your mom's phone
                      "If I wanted a windshield and tunes, I'd drive my car."
                      Ride Safe, Chop Safer
                      "Unofficial Beginner Bike Chop Shop"
                      "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
                      Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
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                      3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com

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                      • #12
                        nice list....................good general all around bikes listed.

                        Mark
                        09 Versys Blue and 2011 V-Rod
                        08 KLR 650 Red (sold)

                        Retired Eagle Driver, long live the eagle.

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                        • #13
                          Graphic updated. You have to click on refresh to see the update.
                          Chad Wilson

                          1984 Honda Shadow VT700c

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                          • #14
                            The Suzuki Savage (LS650) is no longer produced, but still falls within a bike that was produced within the last 7 years (2004).
                            2007 Suzuki SV650 Naked - Daily Rider
                            1994 Honda Nighthawk 250 - First Bike
                            1981 Honda CB650 Custom - Project Bike

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TJinPgh View Post
                              The Suzuki Savage (LS650) is no longer produced, but still falls within a bike that was produced within the last 7 years (2004).
                              It is called an S40 now.
                              Chad Wilson

                              1984 Honda Shadow VT700c

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