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Comments on: Mailbag: Kawasaki Vulcan 500 for a starter bike http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=136 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:19:12 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> jands_44 http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=136#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2006 20:54:39 -0800 12555:136@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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Think about what your asking. A new rider&#8230;first bike&#8230;and 100 mph all in the same sentence? Even if you go with the 900 do yourself and your friends a favor and take it easy for a bit and get some miles under your belt. Dont want to be another statistic for those anti motorcyle people now do we. Besides, you miss alot of great scenery at 100 plus.
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Think about what your asking. A new rider…first bike…and 100 mph all in the same sentence?
Even if you go with the 900 do yourself and your friends a favor and take it easy for a bit and get some miles under your belt. Dont want to be another statistic for those anti motorcyle people now do we.
Besides, you miss alot of great scenery at 100 plus.

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100 mph? are you nuts? Riding a scoot isnt about going fast its about enjoying all the things you cant in a cage. 100 is a death sentance.Let me know where you ride so I can avoid the road
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100 mph? are you nuts? Riding a scoot isnt about going fast its about enjoying all the things you cant in a cage. 100 is a death sentance.Let me know where you ride so I can avoid the road

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Colleen, James and the rest are so right. You will find when you get on your motorcycle that you won&#8217;t want to go 100 mph. Learning to ride a motorcycle isn&#8217;t as easy as you might think. Corners and turning are tricky and at high speeds for a beginner can be deadly. We&#8217;ve lost a few beginner motorcyclist in my town this last year just for those exact reasons. You will be much happier starting with the 500. I have a Yamaha 650, and at almost 2 years of riding, I&#8217;m very happy with it. Sure, the larger bikes pass me and so what. I don&#8217;t ride with people who won&#8217;t adjust to my skills or I just let them go ahead and enjoy myself where I&#8217;m at. The 650 has gotten me over the highest mountain range here in Colorado, on the highway, with no problem. Definitely attend the MSF course James mentioned. My husband and I did and we can&#8217;t say enough great things about it. They are very thorough and we loved it. We learned so much. I found a wonderful group of riders by joining my local Women on Wheels group. Go to www.womenonwheels.org to see if there is a group in your area. Good luck and Safe Riding.
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Colleen, James and the rest are so right. You will find when you get on your motorcycle that you won’t want to go 100 mph. Learning to ride a motorcycle isn’t as easy as you might think. Corners and turning are tricky and at high speeds for a beginner can be deadly.

We’ve lost a few beginner motorcyclist in my town this last year just for those exact reasons. You will be much happier starting with the 500. I have a Yamaha 650, and at almost 2 years of riding, I’m very happy with it. Sure, the larger bikes pass me and so what. I don’t ride with people who won’t adjust to my skills or I just let them go ahead and enjoy myself where I’m at. The 650 has gotten me over the highest mountain range here in Colorado, on the highway, with no problem.

Definitely attend the MSF course James mentioned. My husband and I did and we can’t say enough great things about it. They are very thorough and we loved it. We learned so much.

I found a wonderful group of riders by joining my local Women on Wheels group. Go to www.womenonwheels.org to see if there is a group in your area.

Good luck and Safe Riding.

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Why not buy a chopper?
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Why not buy a chopper?

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A &#8216;95 Vulcan 500 was my first bike. I only had it for a year, but in that time I put 20,000 miles on it. I mostly road with my Uncles who both have 15+ years experience each. One has a 2006 Harley Roadking and the other a Honda VTX 1300. While they could easily out run me when and if they so desired, I had no problem keeping up with them when we road. The seat is one of the comfiest stock seats you will ever have the pleasure of doing 500 miles in one day on. Yes you will outgrow this bike, but lucky for you starter bikes don&#8217;t lose much of their cost during your learning curve. I sold my Vulcan a year later for $200 less than what I paid for it, and this is with the additional 20k miles! Go for the Vulcan!
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A ‘95 Vulcan 500 was my first bike. I only had it for a year, but in that time I put 20,000 miles on it.

I mostly road with my Uncles who both have 15+ years experience each. One has a 2006 Harley Roadking and the other a Honda VTX 1300. While they could easily out run me when and if they so desired, I had no problem keeping up with them when we road. The seat is one of the comfiest stock seats you will ever have the pleasure of doing 500 miles in one day on. Yes you will outgrow this bike, but lucky for you starter bikes don’t lose much of their cost during your learning curve. I sold my Vulcan a year later for $200 less than what I paid for it, and this is with the additional 20k miles!

Go for the Vulcan!

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