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post #11 of 145 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 12:56 PM
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Unless you grow up riding dirt bikes etc, I personally think most (not all) people benefit from getting some "driving experience" in a car before moving to a motorcycle. It gives you an opportunity to learn the rules of the road.. without trying to learn how to ride at the same time.


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true joey. I also think that everyone who has a car DL should have to take some form of MSF Course, or Motorcycle awareness course. They don't need their M1 license, but it would help regular cagers be more aware of the challenges motorcycle riders face every day.
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Wow, if I had a time machine, I would give 19 year old self a Thruxton.
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My initial recommendation to the dad and his son, with respect to their question about how a Thruxton compares to a Bonnevile, is that for a learner, a Bonneville is a bit easier to ride due to the wider handlebars and overall seating position. I further endorsed the Bonneville SE edition with the smaller cast rims, thinner set, and lower seat height. And, this kid was 19, had limited car driving experience, and no motorcycling experience. If his motorcycle safety course is as challanging as I found mine to be (criss-crossing the orange cones placed too close to each other, and at a speed too slow for reality), then he will be challanged aplenty with steering at super slow speeds on a Thruxton.

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I'd still have bought my RG250. That thing was fun!...Apart from changing plugs every week.
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Im 20 and i just bought a 2013 Thruxton. This is my first bike but after the MSF Course the phrase "don't buy a bike you will outgrow" finally made sense. If i had a 250cc or 500cc like what we were riding in the class i would be bored out of my mind by now. But the 900cc isn't too crazy to where I'm scared to even drive it. I got so comfortable on that bike I can't imagine riding anything else. It is "very forgiving". trust me I know haha
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I reckon a Thrux is a good first or second bike. I find it quite a nice slowish bike that's fun to ride at slower speeds. Now my CB1000R or a S1000RR would be WAY too much as a first bike....but a 230kg 69hp lump should be fine.

I suppose it depends on the kid...you can account for people just being morons...
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The base Bonneville is often recommended as a first bike. I can't see why a Thruxton isn't as well. Except for the clip on handlebars making it a bit tougher to turn at slow speeds. Still.. a BRAND NEW bike ... lucky kid's gonna cry when he drops it. (heck, I'm gonna cry)


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I think a thruxton is not a bad first bike to buy. My first bike was a 2001 kawasaki ninja.
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new Thruxtons don't have clip ons.

I dropped my bike in my driveway. Not hard but i still did it. I wasn't that crushed since it didn't really do any major damage, but it was only weeks after getting the bike. i got out of my routine and thought i'd put the kickstand down and i hadn't. idiot.
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