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So I want to get a motorcycle. I've wanted a bike for ten years now and never did but now I want one. I'm 27, have taken an MSF course when I was about 20. I love the Thruxton and heard that tall guys will not have a problem.
I'm 6'4", and have a 36" inseam.
Soooooo....Is the Thruxton a good bike for first riders?
I read the 0-60 times and it didn't seem too intimidating.
I live in Southern California and will avoid the freeways as much as possible.
Did any one go through Triumph financing? Good or bad idea?
And full coverage on bike? Yes or no?

I dig the Thruxton, and the cafe style bike. But if it dosen't make a good first bike I'll get something to beat on.
Anyway thanks.:eek:
 

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Sweat is half right.
The Thruxton makes a great first bike. I didn't realize that until I got it.

My first bike was my BSA, with the exception of everything vibrating til it broke, it was great. Not nearly enough power to get myself into trouble with (or get onto freeways).

When I got the Thruxton I was so happy it was easy to ride, reliable, and comfy. The amount of power won't cause immediate trouble, but it will keep things interesting.

Unless your driving record is total crap (lots of tickets/points, or a DUI), insurance on it won't be too bad. $50 a month TOPS (with a clean record). They aren't too expensive used either.

You can't go wrong in my opinion.
 

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You'll like the bike, might be better off buying used as theres always some around. I'm 6'2/34 inseam and w/ the rear sets and heli bars added Im pretty comfortable. They add about 4-5 in in height and 2' outward. You wont be so hunched over.

I would definitely ride it on the freeway as it is a 900 and capable. The more you ride in unfamiliar areas the more comfortable you'll get. Good choice, just spend more time riding it than talking about modifying it and you'll really like it.

Good luck and stay safe
 

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Do yourself a favor and take the MSF course again. 7 years is a long time and it's better to dust off the cobwebs on someone else's 250cc bike.

I love my Thruxton, but I'd recommend buying a used Japanese bike to get yourself familiar with riding again and maintaining a motorcycle. SV650's are always plentiful in the used market and easy to re-sell.

Good luck!
 

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These bikes are well designed and built. I'm convinced a cared for bike goes 100,000 without major work. When I bought mine used bikes were not that common, but I would only buy used today because of the great value.

I commute, play in traffic on the interstate, take long weekend jaunts, and spend time on the track now and again. The ONLY time I the Thruxton feels underpowered is at track day playing with the liters. I'm only 5'10, but know a handful of guys bumping 6'2" and they are fine on the Thruxton. But it ends up being about the style you prefer. I had the Tiger with the fairing and windshield and hated all that crap between me and all the fresh air.

Don't worry about buying a ninja first to start out. Get the Thruxton if you like it. I'll probably end up with another bike to satiate power lust, but I'm keeping the Thruxton. Its just great fun. As you'll see if you look around, the twin can be turned into a pretty bad boy if you're interested.
 

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My advice:

1. Take the MSF course again. This is not up for debate.
2. The Thruxton was my first bike. I'm glad I got it now instead of some faster sportbike where I would have killed myself.
3. Buy a used one. You will save money. You will drop it at least once.
 

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My advice:

1. Take the MSF course again. This is not up for debate.
2. The Thruxton was my first bike. I'm glad I got it now instead of some faster sportbike where I would have killed myself.
3. Buy a used one. You will save money. You will drop it at least once.
nekkid is absolutely right.

i took the course twice and learned just as much (if not more) the 2nd time, and it was only a few years apart. the Thrux is fine for your 1st bike, but the key word here is FIRST BIKE, not LEARNING BIKE. if you still feel sketchy controlling a motorcycle i would say buy a $2000 that you can drop and not care about, then pick up a Thrux after a few months.

good luck!
 

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I agree with everyone that suggests that you take the MSF course again. I waited only about a month after taking the class to buy my Bonneville, and I was surprised how rusty I had become in just a month. Truth be told, the MSF course is great, but the total time on the bike is not that much.

I found a dealer with a nice used Bonneville, and they let me take it for a test ride. I rode it around the block a few times, but it scared the heck out of me at first. It was so much heavier and more powerful than the little Honda 250 Rebel that I rode in the MSF course. I nearly dropped it the first time I stopped. It was embarrassing, but after a few laps around the block, I was more comfortable and smoother on the controls.

I decided that I could get used to the bike pretty quickly, so I decided to buy a Bonneville. I did not care for the color of the used bike I rode, so I ended up buying a new 2007 model. I rode it carefully around the country rodes near my house until my skills got better.

I am extremely comfortable riding it anywhere now, on highways or city streets or backroads. I have absolutely no regrets buying a Bonneville. It is big enough and powerful enough that I do not feel like I need to move up to another bike, and I did not waste money on a learner bike that I would never ride again.

The Thruxton should be very similar. If you refresh your skills, you should be fine on a Thruxton. As always, be careful.
 

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Buy One

I bought a brand new thruxton for my first bike. I think it makes more sense to buy a brand new one from a safety standpoint (this coming from a safety engineer). Who knows what a person did with the used one, and you are not familiar enough with bikes to figure it out.

I like the Thruxton as a first bike because its not too powerul for a first bike, but its also not too small and weak, so you won't be sick of it in 6 months.

I went through Triumph Financing because that have a 3.8% interest rate special on all leftover 2008 models.

My insurance in Massachusetts is around 35 a month, full coverage just to give you an idea. I also received a 45 a month quote with a little better coverage (medical payments).

Hope this helps
 

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Great first bike, even with clipons if you get a pre-'09. Especially for a guy your size. I'm 5'8" and have no trouble it's not tall. If you accidentally lean on the throttle over a bump when you're learning you won't take off and kill yourself. Same with the brakes. And you can keep it forever!

Why not ride on the freeways? It's much safer than riding in town in LA, which is possibly the most dangerous thing you can do on a motorcycle short of riding in Manhattan . . . !
 

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I am going to add another "Buy It" to this thread. The Thruxton has been my first and only bike (exception of a Vespa) and I always have and always will love it. I usually shy away form buying a starter bike just to go through the hassle of trying to get rid of it so you can get what you really want. I say just get the bike you really want first and save the trouble. Then respect that bike and don't be a j*ck*ss for a while till you are completely comfortable.
Also, I usually go for new, but you can get a good used one with some mods that you will probably want to do and save a few bucks. Just don't be in a rush. Here in Austin, just recently I have notice used Thruxtons starting to pop up on Craigslist.
Plus getting a used one means you can get an 04-06 that doesn't have raised bars. I am 6'2" and love the aggressive riding position. Granted, it is not the most comfortable on long rides, but you have to stop for gas sooner or later.
 

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So I want to get a motorcycle. I've wanted a bike for ten years now and never did but now I want one. I'm 27, have taken an MSF course when I was about 20. I love the Thruxton and heard that tall guys will not have a problem.
I'm 6'4", and have a 36" inseam.
Soooooo....Is the Thruxton a good bike for first riders?
I read the 0-60 times and it didn't seem too intimidating.
I live in Southern California and will avoid the freeways as much as possible.
Did any one go through Triumph financing? Good or bad idea?
And full coverage on bike? Yes or no?

I dig the Thruxton, and the cafe style bike. But if it dosen't make a good first bike I'll get something to beat on.
Anyway thanks.:eek:
My 2008 Thruxton was my first bike as well. I also took the MSF course - December 07 - picked up the bike January 08. I think it was a great choice for my first bike. I was in love with it from the first time I laid eyes on it.
I'll second the posts about it being ideal because it's not too powerful and not too weak. Heck it's been barely more than a year and I've already put 12,000 miles on it (important to note that I'm in NY so it's been all-season all-weather riding for me).
If you think you love it then chances are you probably will and I say buy it. That's what I did!
 

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The thruxton is a good choice... I've got a modified scram myself that was my first bike, nothing but good times. I would suggest getting it used as there are alot of good choices/deals out here in SoCal... I'll shoot you a PM with a link to a friend of mine selling...Good luck and have fun!
 

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Thanksss

You guys are great. I'm definitely going to get the Thruxton used or new in less than two months. I'm going to stick to this site and read as much as I can about the bike.
I just looked around and found that you can't bring your own bike to the class. Oh well. Seriously though you guys fuggin rule.
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a better learner bike is definitely the hayabusa. after you can ride that, then u can hop onto anything with the utmost confidence LOL.

j/k but as most people say on here, the thrux has easy power to control. i have a bonnie, but same power plant for the most part.

go for it dude, triumphs in vegas selling mad cheap right now too!
 

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