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Dec 15th, 2006 8:39 pm
RonKMiller
Quote:
Originally Posted by dougholck
Take a rider safety course, get your license, buy a cheap disposable bike (250 to 650cc) and ride awhile. Then sell/trade up after a few thousand miles.
Its a jungle out there and if you have never ridden, kind of scary, hell, I've been riding for 48 years and I'm still scared (thats a good thing cause just when you think you've figured it out, shit happens).

Good Luck
GOOD advice.
Dec 15th, 2006 7:52 pm
Keith Welcome Ralph, I figure Motorcycling isn't for the faint of heart to begin with... may as well go big. Just keep your head about you, you're a big boy.
Dec 15th, 2006 6:07 pm
kevincook Ralph,

I'm 42 and just a little taller than you are.

I took the MSF course last fall and bought my very first bike ever in May, a K1200LT.

My first ride on the street ever was on an LT!

I have spent a bunch of time in the school parking lot practicing. The LT is probably the worst bike to ever start learning to ride on but so far I have managed pretty well and there are other that have also. That being said, I would never recommend the LT for a first bike, mainly due to the weight and the poor low speed handling. I have practiced enough that I can make full lock turns pretty easily but it takes quite a bit of practice to feel comfortable.

I would be less concerned with the size of the engine/hp with someone our size. If I had purchased a 750cc or less I think I would have been looking for a new bike by the end of the summer.

I think more important than the bike you start with is the training, proper gear and practice everytime you go out.

But what do I know.....I'm a newbie too.

Good Luck,
Kevin
Dec 15th, 2006 4:31 pm
Ted Shred The 1100R is a great 1st bike. Low COG, great handling and quite comfortable. Take an intro level riding course and have fun!!!
Dec 15th, 2006 10:42 am
cfell Ralph.. (tongue-in-cheek warning)
There is this real cool class you can take.. it teaches you about riding skills you may or may not be aware of... One of the most interesting is the thing called a "Throttle". It's use as a switch (on/off) is generally discouraged.

(tongue-in-cheek warning off)

If you are accustomed to wrangling and balancing a lot of weight, the LT should be "doable"..

Take some kind of MC training course.... learn the "basics" ..even if you already know them....

Ride safe!
Dec 15th, 2006 8:14 am
Big_E I was about your age & size when I bought my very first bike, never sat on a bike before in my life. My very first ride was a 850# Yamaha Venture. Jumped right on it & rode away from the dealer. That's why when I hear poeple cry about how top heavy & hard to handle at low speed the LT is I can't figure out what they are talking about.
Dec 15th, 2006 7:33 am
messenger13 Not knowing you personally (i.e. your personality), I think it's almost impossible to give you good, solid advise.

Case & point...
My niece just starting riding this Spring. Knowing her well, I told her to buy a Ninja 250. She listened to her wise uncle, and that's what she bought. A couple months later, she called me and told me, "I finally got it going over 100mph!". I told her, "You haven't been riding long enough to go 100mph!!!". Next Spring, she'll be shopping for a bigger, faster bike. So far, she's without injury. I don't think that would've been the case had she started out on a bigger bike.

Know what I mean?

Use your head...and stay in touch.
Dec 15th, 2006 7:19 am
jwd98056 I don't think size and weight (517 lbs) would be too big of an issue and it is an excellent handling motorcycle. With 80 hp and 71 ft lbs torque it is quite tame compared to the new R1200R. Even the new BMW F800 series with slightly more horsepower, slightly less torque and 100 lbs less weight are considerably quicker than the R1100R. Not that you can't go fast on an R1100R . It's just not considered much of a road rocket by todays standards.
Dec 15th, 2006 6:35 am
tarheel_rider Welcome. Go for it!
At your size, the R11R will be a great fit and a pretty good entry bike. I had the same path as Paul, K75S then the LT. I thought the K75S was a great re-entry bike (probably wouldn't have been a good entry bike for someone shorter). Since the R11R is about the same weight with an even lower COG, I think it will make a good choice for you and you won't outgrow it quickly. Where the 95 R11R bikes are priced at, you won't be filled with despair if you drop it a couple of times in the parking lot learning slow speed maneuvers. Like everyone else says, take the safety class before you ever get on your bike. After that take it easy and slow at first and build up the practice miles. Get a couple of thousand miles under your belt before you join group rides or mix it up in heavy traffic (the miles go on easy on a BMW). You probably know this, but the largest statistical group for accidents are your profile, new riders in their 40s, please don't be one of them. It's too easy to get overconfident on a bike and end up scared to keep riding or worse, hurt. But all that said, have fun and welcome!
Dec 15th, 2006 6:04 am
PMitchell Ralph,
Welcome!
I agree with Doug. If you can afford two bikes picked up the "R" for drooling purposes, but find a smaller "beater" to learn, drop, scratch, ding and gain confidence.

Yesterday, from my office window I saw a "older biker" stop for a traffic light. He lost balance, fell over and was trapped under the bike. Two motorists came to his rescue, but I could tell he was slightly injured (sneakers/chino, etc) and it took him awhile to get back on, start and move on. I almost called 911 due to the traffic hazard.
S__t happens and it better to start on a small machine and work up if you have never ridden before.

After a 25 year hiatus, I found a K75 (750 cc) BMW, rode it for a couple of years (you don't want to know the details) and last summer an LT found a home in my stable.
Good Luck & welcome to this great site!
Paul
p.s.: the avatar is from the French/Spanish Pyrenees . . . spring '05
Dec 15th, 2006 3:53 am
jayjacobson
Quote:
Originally Posted by ralphpaulson
I'm 46 years old and going to buy my first bike in the spring.I'm 6'2 and 240 lbs. I'm looking at a 1995 BMW R1100R with fairing and saddle bags. 1/2 my ridding friends tell me it's two much bike for a first bike and the other half tell me to go for it. Any thoughts???
Ralph,

Welcome to our little site! I think an 1100R will be perfect for a guy your size.

There'll be a few dings and scratches as your learning. But nothing that's not repairable. Take the MSF course and listen very carefully.

Enjoy!
Dec 15th, 2006 1:47 am
dougholck Take a rider safety course, get your license, buy a cheap disposable bike (250 to 650cc) and ride awhile. Then sell/trade up after a few thousand miles.
Its a jungle out there and if you have never ridden, kind of scary, hell, I've been riding for 48 years and I'm still scared (thats a good thing cause just when you think you've figured it out, shit happens).

Good Luck
Dec 14th, 2006 9:58 pm
JPSpen
not too much

Seeing as how it's an RT and not an LT I don't think it would be too much for you.

I went back to bikes after a 25 year hiatus and went straight to the LT..
While it took me a few months to get really comfortable, it wasn't more than I could handle. Although I was a very experienced rider 25 years ago....

Get the RT. Take it to a parking lot and practice, practice, practice.

You'll be just fine...

John
Dec 14th, 2006 9:48 pm
ralphpaulson
New guy

I'm 46 years old and going to buy my first bike in the spring.I'm 6'2 and 240 lbs. I'm looking at a 1995 BMW R1100R with fairing and saddle bags. 1/2 my ridding friends tell me it's two much bike for a first bike and the other half tell me to go for it. Any thoughts???

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