Fancy something different than the usual post-test hacks? Visordown offers up five big bikes for beginners
WHICH FIVE bikes would you recommend to a new rider once they've passed their test? Honda's Hornet, Yamaha's Fazer 600 and Suzuki's SV650 are all worthy contenders. Trouble is, not every wants, or is suited to a middleweight commuter.Article originally posted May 2008, updated July 2013Some riders are just too big and need something a little roomier, while others simply prefer the torque of a big capacity engine over a high-revving, bhp-sniffing 600.We've listed five big bikes we think would be ideal for level headed beginners armed with enough nous to respect them. None of our chosen five are race reps, just big capacity machines that'd make a better proposition than a middleweight. Some models were made with optional ABS - worth considering for peace of mind.
Continue reading Visordown's guide to big bikes for beginners
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Biggest bike I ever owned was a RD250 back in 1981 and had not ridden any bike since for over 25 years
Made a return to motorcycling last year April with a Bandit 1200S
I had been a little concerned about what I had done when I first brought the bike , but the concerns were soon alleviated the first time I rode it, It just felt right . So easy to manouver and gave plenty of initial confidence whilst not being intimidating at all.
A handfull of throttle can quickly remind you of just what you are sat astride though and it can soon show you why it has a bit of a hooligan image ,
for a first big bike? why not, just treat it with respect.
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Posted: 27/02/2008 at 07:29
This is an interesting article, not least due to the rather odd mix of bikes chosen.
Why the ZRX1200S and not the ZRX1200R? What makes the S version any more appropriate for a beginner, other than the fact that it's ugly?
Just about any of the big 'retro' bikes are as suitable as any of the bikes on this list. ZRX1100/1200, XJR, CB1300, GSX1400, the list goes on. All have really flexible engines, & go as fast or as slow as you want to. The only real drawback is weight, but the same could be said for any of the bikes in the article.
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Didn't have a bike for 2 yrs after my DAS due to personal/work commitments, then bought a Honda CB600F2-Y half-faired Hornet. Hated it and sold it within weeks losing £500. It was far too small for a 6'3" guy, and I couldn't see anything but elbows in the mirrors without becoming some kind of contortionist! From the sitting up-right with excellent mirrors of the CB500 DAS training bikes which really inspired confidenced, the Hornet was a disaster... it shook my confidence and I felt vulnerable riding it. Have recently bought a 2006 Fazer 600 which I took for a 1 hr test-ride and it's spot-on. Full confidence is back and I'm loving every minute of it to the point of turning down extra shifts at work just to spend the day riding. Due to my extreme case of 'lack-of-self-control', the 600 does me fine at the moment, but my advice to any newly qualified riders is that just because your 500cc training bike was ok, don't assume a slightly bigger bike from that manufacturer will be the same. Whatever your bag is, make sure you get a good test-ride (not just a spin round the block), make sure you have plenty of room and are comfortable, but most importantly, make sure you can see clearly in the mirrors as to have full confidence when riding, you need to know what police/dizzy women/boy racers/general nutters are sitting on your ass!
Posted: 30/06/2008 at 23:13
Took my DAS after I retired 2 years ago at the age of 66, and then it was decision time. I'd always hankered after a big Harley, but the budget only allowed for a Sportster & I didn't think I'd be satisfied with the performance, so I took a test ride on a Buell Lightning & came back grinning. Terrified, but definitely smiling! Two years later & absolutely no regrets. It's a bit critical at a standstill due to leg length(!) but I love riding it & there's plenty of grunt to satisfy my ability & ambition!!
Maybe when I'm old enough (only 68 now), & if the lottery coughs up, I'll consider a Road King. Meanwhile, I'm taking the Buell to Spain with me....
Posted: 01/07/2008 at 11:49
As my first big bike (well I wouldnt count my MZ301 big before that illegaly on L plates pre-das) I got a '86 GPZ1000RX, cheap to insure, lots of power, didnt bother me to much if droped or broke anything. Once I had that droping and bolt rounding faze behind me got the ZZR11 and later the ZZR12.
I think for a first bike best to get something old to learn on, better than dropping your brand new bike eh
Posted: 01/07/2008 at 20:46
Ducati Monster! What I ride now after 18 years since passing my test and having gone through all the sportsbikes and raced for the past 7 years (current race bike is GSXR1000).
Monsters are light with quick steering. They have plenty of power for the road if you get a reasonable sized one (750 or above). I guess the only deterent to a newbie maybe that it needs kid gloves when it comes to getting it serviced / looked after. I have an air cooled one to overcome this problem somewhat .
My S2R 800
Posted: 31/07/2008 at 10:40
Atlas Riders are 5 biker mates that go on Ride Outs and capture the trips on camera. We've just started a website which documents our trips and has Bio pages which tell you a bit about us. The Sites not completely finished yet but is up and running with more pictures of Ride Outs, Past & Present Bikes and General Bike stuff being added as and when the other guys email them to me!! If you fancy checking it, I've put a link on the bottom of this post, feel free to check it out, if anyones local to us and fancies coming for a Ride with us, feel free to contact us via the "contact us" page. Like wise, if you know of any bike meets/events that happen and you're looking for bikers to attend let us know and if we can make it we'll rock up!
Posted: 12/08/2008 at 16:12
I thought It would unleash mayhem at the merest breath of throttle but actually found it very soft and forgiving if you treated it with respect. However on the M2 I thought I'd see what It was capable of.
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