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Nice write-up! Is the Nuovo a motorcycle or a scooter - from the pics, it looks like you guys have a mix of both...

I had the black one. It is a step through frame, scooterish motorcycle, very typical of what they have in Vietnam. I think there is a blurry line between scooter and motorcycle. They use a lot of Hondas and Yamahas. I asked someone about Chinese bikes and she told me that the Chinese ones are less expensive but have a reputation for low quality.

That is consistent with my experience renting a Chinese bike in Laos. That bike was an ergonomic nightmare. I had to take my foot completely off the peg to shift up or down. I could not sit in such a way that my right toe was above the brake pedal. Here is a pic of a couple the Chinese bikes ridden by my Dutch riding buddies and two girls who went with us. The bike with only one rider has a flat. This pic was in the countryside near Thakek, Laos.

ATGATT SE Asian Style!

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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

ATGATT SE Asian Style!

What's killing me is the flip-flops. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by SplasH View Post

Being bored with a small bike doesn't mean being able to drive a big one... The new Kawasaki 300 ninja is in my opinion the best beginner bike there is today.

Starting with 100+ hp, or even almost 200 on a R-1, on a first bike is complete nonsense. Surviving the first year means either you're only using half of it, rendering it totally useless compared to a cheaper R6 if we stay in sports yamaha, or you're just very lucky.

Everybody can get lucky and survive a few years without a scratch, that doesn't makes it ok to say that anybody can go on and start with a superbike. Telling somebody to go with something according to their skill is just common sense especially when deadly crashes are involved.

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Starting on anything but a <500cc is not a good idea, no matter how well you "survive" it. Telling folks 'hey I started on an R1, I survived, you might survive too' is the height of irresponsibility & bad advice, no matter how much you try to rationalize it. Riding is dangerous enough, no need to worsen the odds with bad advice


I knew this was going to happen. I see that misinterpreting what I wrote is happening already which is typical as most people don't read very well (if you're replying to my post).

I never suggested that people should start riding on an R1. I knew that I shouldn't have put it in my post as people would think that I started seriously riding on that bike which I didn't. It was a trade in at a car dealership that I worked at so I bought it to sell and make some money. I took it for a couple of small tools around the neighborhood (and I had already taken an MSF course) but it certainly wasn't a good "first bike" for me which isn't why I got it anyway. I assume that if anyone has the ability to read that they may understand but I don't have much faith in that.

My first serious bike was a Honda VTX 1300 Cruiser which is the same size as a Harley Sportster. When I got it I had more than one MSF course (beginning and advanced) and many hours of practice under my belt before heading out for any serious riding. The bike was extremely comfortable, fit my 6', 225lb frame very well and the power was perfect. Enough to get me out of any trouble on the road yet not underpowered.

As I said earlier, (and since I need to make extra clear what I stated in my original posts) starting out with no experience on a bike that you can't handle is a stupid idea. Why is that even a part of the discussion? Why would anyone be even getting a bike without any experience? There are plenty of free courses that you can take that will give you some great experience for riding a bike and one doesn't even need a bike.

I could handle my bike (VTX) very well and rode within my experience (not that I didn't have a lot to learn - even after several years there's still much more to learn). I wasn't "lucky" and surviving "a few years" with "a superbike". A VTX or Sportster is far from a superbike. Plus if my (or anyone's) skill level matches that of a Sportster or even something like a Deuce I really don't see the purpose in wasting the money buying a Ninja 300 when it's not something that they like or want to ride and they can easily skill-wise handle a bigger bike with more cc's (like a Sportster, Bonneville, Honda 1300 , BMW 800 or 1100 enduro) I'd say go for it. I'm so glad I didn't waste my money and I loved my bike. I knew my limits regarding experience and $. To each his own.
Edited by Tck13 - 8/14/13 at 9:35pm
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What's killing me is the flip-flops. smile.gif


They're carbon fiber

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Repurposed BMW R65.  Totally impractical/impossible to ride over 20 mph yet eye catching

 

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So i tried youtube for motorcycle jacket reviews, so i could see them on people under normal lighting, not stock photos, and the only thing I could find is this entire culture of leather daddy's that post vids of them smoking in leather gear... what in the fuck, i don't even... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUU_2XEXy3s

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Ooo damn, that custom leather seat looks so much better than most attempts you see. Love the choice of leather, too.

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Repurposed BMW R65.  Totally impractical/impossible to ride over 20 mph yet eye catching
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That's cool--although it seems like a better solution would be a mini trailer (use the board as the frame--attached to the bike on one end and with a wheel strapped to the other end).

Do those BMWs have trouble if they get tapped in a parking spot (by a parallel parking car) or knocked over? Seems like the cylinders would be especially vulnerable.
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Do those BMWs have trouble if they get tapped in a parking spot (by a parallel parking car) or knocked over? Seems like the cylinders would be especially vulnerable.

 

You may end up with some scuffs on the valve covers if you're trying to scrub chicken strips. rotflmao.gif

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

So i tried youtube for motorcycle jacket reviews, so i could see them on people under normal lighting, not stock photos, and the only thing I could find is this entire culture of leather daddy's that post vids of them smoking in leather gear... what in the fuck, i don't even... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUU_2XEXy3s

Revzilla's videos are good.
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Funny moment while out today - passed a guy wearing a Scorpion Hat Trick jacket just like mine, down to the colors ("Phantom"). I didn't even realize it until he was past me and I saw the shape of the reflective stripes...
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Anyone have any recommendations on black kevlar jeans that don't fit like a tent? I want something to replace my Levi 511s that has some level of abrasion resistance. I'm seriously considering trying women's jeans shog[1].gif
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Anyone have any recommendations on black kevlar jeans that don't fit like a tent? I want something to replace my Levi 511s that has some level of abrasion resistance. I'm seriously considering trying women's jeans shog[1].gif

Deth Killers has a black kevlar-woven jean I believe.
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Anyone have any recommendations on black kevlar jeans that don't fit like a tent? I want something to replace my Levi 511s that has some level of abrasion resistance. I'm seriously considering trying women's jeans shog[1].gif

No need to get all drastic. Draggin' Jeans has a model for men called Slix that sounds like what you're looking for, though they're a bit pricey. There is a review of them on Pipeburn.
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