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I learned to ride in August of this year, and bought a Yamaha Virago 250 (2009) and put about 500 miles on it. It was really great to learn on and gain confidence on. I dropped it once and was so glad that I hadn't bought something more expensive. I would have been very upset with myself. But after awhile, the bike was too loud for me, and I didn't like that I had to let it warm up before I rode it, plus I was finding that I wanted some storage and didn't want saddlebags. I traded it in and bought a 2009 Kymco Grandvista 250, and I like it a lot because of its ease and pep, plus the size and the storage, etc., but it's already not starting in my garage after only 80 miles (I think a carb problem). I wish I had just started with the Bonneville that I was so tempted by back in September.

Marge Limbert
Rohnert Park, CA
Friday, March 31, 2017
I was a passenger for the first time on my husband’s brand new 2016 Triumph Thruxton in April. I was scared out of my mind but learned to love the lifestyle. After a few months I decided I wanted to learn to ride so we bought my first bike (on a whim), a 2016 Triumph Street Twin 900cc. I knew it was pretty large for my first bike so I took the motorcycle riders course first.

After a few times on back roads I'm starting to get the hang of it. I just knew I didn't want to turn around right away and buy a bigger bike. It's a little intimidating but I'm taking it slow and easy. Each time I go out I challenge myself to do a little more. Of course everyone is pushing me to "just get out there and ride,” but I'm in no hurry and I want to make sure I'm confident on my own before tackling traffic and higher speeds. My only advice is to follow your gut and ride your own ride!




CN Starz
Guyton, GA
Friday, November 4, 2016
My first time riding a motorcycle was at a course this past July. I would really like a Harley Fat Bob, but didn't want to spend $10k when I wasn't overly confident in my riding skills. I purchased a used 2004 Yamaha V Star 1100 for cheap to practice before upgrading. I'm glad I did—I've already put the bike down while braking not straightened out. I would have been so mad at myself if I'd have done that with a much more expensive bike. I've also learned a few things I want in a bike while owning this one: I want a 6-speed transmission, cruise control, a fat front tire, and definitely better seating (more "in" the bike than this Yamaha, though I'm still researching aftermarket seats.)


Alison Tillman
Williston, FL
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
When I first started riding, yes, I wanted a larger bike and thought with experience I would learn to handle one. It turned out I was wrong. I bought a bike I was comfortable on and could handle. It was a Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster. Yes it was a smaller bike, but I loved it and I kept up with the big boys. After I rode for two years my husband had me try out one of his baggers. It was big and heavy. I could ride it, but never felt like I was ever really in control. I also rode a Softtail for awhile. It was fun, but very heavy. Recently I traded it in for an Indian Scout. Still a "small" bike, but once again, something I can handle and am comfortable with. Please think about something smaller than what you believe you can handle.

Claire Trautmann
HSV, AR
Monday, September 19, 2016
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