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post #1 of 145 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Too much bike for the kid buyer

I was too late for a new 2013 Thruxton, as a guy who had put down a $500 deposit earlier in the week was there at the dealership when I arrived to talk business, and he bought the bike. No problem for me, as I have a better price with a different dealer. However, the guy who bought this particular Thruxton got it for his 19 year old son who has zero motorcycle riding experience. Sorry, but I just think the Thruxton is not the best first learner's bike for a young kid. And think about his insurance.

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post #2 of 145 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 10:38 PM
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When I was in high school I almost convinced my dad to buy me a Honda Interceptor 500. He got to the dealer, said it "looked like a racing bike" and walked out. 5 years later, I was able to buy my own bike and I rode it to my dad's house to show it off, including the registration and insurance. It was the first vehicle I ever bought and I learned to ride it in NYC, in the winter. The 19 year old may be able to handle the bike but he is more likely to take riding seriously if he is responsible for buying, insuring and maintaining it.
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I don't buy into the whole beginner bike thing. I bought my 17 yo son a Speed Triple and now he's 21 and has had no issues with it except a lot of fun. It depends on the kid. But why waste time on a bike you will "outgrow"? Control the throttle!
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my first bike was a 600RR, the way i see it your gonna drop ur first bike....... i dropped and had a minor wreck on the RR, to me the dings and ****ed up fairings gave the bike character. thruxton is just to pretty of a machine to be all banged up
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At 19 I bought my own 1st bike, brand new, paid the insurance, etc., (a Honda 500-4) and it quickly went to my head. 3,000 miles later I'm in the hospital, had to sell the bike, and, well, nobody told me that people often don't see motorcyclists.

Now I assume I'm invisible and haven't been down in years. I rarely even bother to give someone the finger if they pull out in front of me...I just laugh...stupid driver with his head up his --- or his phone in his --- (you fill in the blanks)

(But I do really hate seeing a wrecked Thruxton)
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The Thruxton seems like a good choice to me, I can think of an awful lot of bikes more dangerous.

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The Thruxton is my first bike. Just bought her this past april. I've got almost 8000 miles and no problems yet. As long as he's a smart 18, he should be fine.
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Originally Posted by Triumph-ant View Post
As long as he's a smart 18,
Those are rare.
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post #9 of 145 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 01:48 PM
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My thrux is my first bike. Got it in april. i'm also 24. I spent my life riding dirtbikes. The thrux was a much thought about choice. I got it due to lower speeds than most other "sport bikes". its also very forgiving. Going into a corner too hot isn't as much a death wish on the thrux as it would be on a SS or simular crotch rocket.

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There are plenty of people that will never be "old" enough for any motorcycle. Unfortunately, they often aren't old enough for cars, yet they still drive them.

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