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T'was me. It was a difficult decision to make

I'd almost say keep it up there, since we're keeping all bike questions in this one... it'd be the ~one~ thread that makes sense to stay stickied
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it appears to be 92hp, which is quite a bit for a beginner. i would look at something with a bit less power, the SV650 for example (which is still quite fast for a first bike, and has a nice power band)

the sv650 is a bit small for me in general shape, the sv1000 fits me nicely though...
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the sv650 is a bit small for me in general shape, the sv1000 fits me nicely though...
the SV650 is about the most powerful bike that someone new should be on, but if you feel like not taking our advice...
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the SV650 is about the most powerful bike that someone new should be on, but if you feel like not taking our advice...

I'm talking physical bike size, not power, I haven't ridden any street bike around and don't plan to until I'm done with my MSF class.

automay isn't the only place I get my bike advice but it is one of the places and I am interested in people's opinions.

I've talked to a number of friends who ride, some say you shouldn't ride at all, some say start with only a cruiser, others say an sv is a great starter, some say starting on a modern 600 isn't bad as long as you keep the revs down, etc etc. everyone has an opinion and I'm of the mind to gather as many of them as I can before I make a decision
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My list of needs for my first/starter/current bike were
Upright seating position - see better, softer on the wrist
Cheep - i'm broke. easy to insure. no one is going to steal it
No fairngs to replace - in the learning process i may drop it, shit will get scratched
Even / soft power band - I have to work to get the front wheel off the ground. Easy to control
Easy to fix - Its a project on how to take care of a bike.

Nice requirements. Same ones I had when I built my ratbike.
I went with an 80's standard bike frame/engine and started from there. The seating is perfect, easy on the wrists, only cost 500 dollars to build, insurance is ~110 a year, bike is tougher than nails, takes effort to wheelie, and I can take the whole thing apart and rebuild it with the tools that I own and carry in my bookbag everyday.
And yeah, nobody wants to steal it cause they don't even know what kinda bike it is.
I just tell em it's a CUSTOM when they ask.
Then scare em away with the laundry list of parts I used building it.
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That shit is awesome........ Post a pic of your "custom"

Also I was wondering, is it possible to wheelie a Honda CD 250 (It's kinda like a cruiser but not so hardcore).......I havenít tried because my knowledge on the matter is limited (no idea how too) and don't want to fuck the bike over on the first attempt.
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Nice requirements. Same ones I had when I built my ratbike.
I went with an 80's standard bike frame/engine and started from there. The seating is perfect, easy on the wrists, only cost 500 dollars to build, insurance is ~110 a year, bike is tougher than nails, takes effort to wheelie, and I can take the whole thing apart and rebuild it with the tools that I own and carry in my bookbag everyday.
And yeah, nobody wants to steal it cause they don't even know what kinda bike it is.
I just tell em it's a CUSTOM when they ask.
Then scare em away with the laundry list of parts I used building it.
nice, how long did it take you to build it and do you think it would be doable for someone without any real experience?
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finished my MSF course yesterday.... rode 50 miles today Only took it up to maybe 65, small rural roads ftw.
no highways yet i have to wait two more weeks for MSF to send me the cert to give to DMV to get my license.
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finished my MSF course yesterday.... rode 50 miles today Only took it up to maybe 65, small rural roads ftw.
no highways yet i have to wait two more weeks for MSF to send me the cert to give to DMV to get my license.
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That shit is awesome........ Post a pic of your "custom"

Also I was wondering, is it possible to wheelie a Honda CD 250 (It's kinda like a cruiser but not so hardcore).......I havenít tried because my knowledge on the matter is limited (no idea how too) and don't want to fuck the bike over on the first attempt.

Reposted again hehe...





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nice, how long did it take you to build it and do you think it would be doable for someone without any real experience?

It took me about a year. Did the chassis over the winter months (november-march) and tuning the carbs pretty much took all of the end of spring and the whole summer. But I had another bike to ride while I was building the ratbike.

Well, with a good set of tools and:

1. The Clymers manual for the bike you wanna build
2. The Haynes Manual for the bike you wanna build
3. The facroty manual for the bike you wanna build

You should be able to do it without question. Parts listings help but I basically just put on what looked good to me and what actually worked.

What bike were you thinking of assembling/rebuilding?

Sportbikes are good platforms for customization because you can fit all kinds of stuff on their chassis' from other bikes and platforms.
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