Since I don’t personally know much about this bike, I can only go off what I read in the specs I found online (such as on bikez.com).
It’s a petite and light weight bike- 360 lbs dry (without fluids and gas) and has a low seat height of 27.5 inches… with an optional low profile seat that takes it down another two or so. These two things are going to make it a comfortable bike for someone with a shorter inseam, and also light enough that it won’t feel too cumbersome to you.
As for power, it seems pretty tame from what I can tell. At 34 HP, it’s probably a decent place for you to start. Since I’ve never ridden one I can’t really speak to the quarks of the bike for a new rider, but from other reviews online it seems that it’s a really fun and simple bike to ride. It gets really good gas mileage (or so they claim at 68 MPG) which is always a bonus. I also have no idea how these things act mechanically, if they’re a money pit for maintenance or what have you.
But all the being said, a single cylinder 500cc (ish) light weight and petite motorcycle isn’t a terrible idea for you. But make sure you get formal training through your local motorcycle safety / training organization and for the love of god, buy proper motorcycle gear! Full face helmets are awesome, and so is having proper armor in pants and jackets.
(Photo from whereismaggiemae.com)
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
Today is my birthday! A friend of mine sent this to me and I felt like it was appropriate to share. Everyone go get on your bikes and twist the throttle for me!
In less than a week I’ll be traveling to Maryland for a very exciting project with Cafe Racer XXX and Saint Motor Company. You may recall Saint being mentioned both in the Monster Project (Phase 9: 748 Front End on 750 Monster, Phase 8: Fixing the Tank) and the very popular green cafe racer Ural.
MOTORCYCLISTS HAVE CHANGED.
I Motociclisti sono cambiati; Biker haben sich verändert; Les Motards ont changé; Los Motores han cambiado!
The motto for this years EICMA International Motorcycle Show is pretty simple, it seems. But what does it really mean?
It seems like Portland’s weather was on it’s best behavior for the weekend of the One Motorcycle Show (Feb 8/9/10)- giving everyone (even fair weather riders) a chance to pull their bikes off the tenders, give ‘em a wash and ride them in to the show.
Four years in a row now the One Show has attracted a variety of attendees. As it’s progressed the reach has stretched beyond motorcyclists to include designers, artists, and those who appreciate looking at pretty things. Which is basically everyone, right? Thor Drake has developed an inviting and evolving culture within Portland which can not only be seen in the One Show but also See See Coffee & Motorcycles, one of the main moto hubs in Portland.
The second year of the 1 motorcycle show was inside a somewhat gutted two-level industrial warehouse. While Pabst flew out of the coolers and burn outs were a-plenty… it was dimly lit and fell short of the glory that has been achieved this year and last. An estimated 10+ thousand people attended over a three day period. Shows like this usually gather steam over the course of five or ten years, while the One Motorcycle Show managed it almost immediately.
Prepare for an onslaught of photos. There are even more on facebook. I had my camera on my hip pretty much all day Friday, Saturday, and for most of Sunday even during clean up. This is literally going to be the longest blog post I’ve ever done. So go take a potty break, get a bag of crisps or whathaveyou, because this is going to be a doozie.