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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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the last bike i owned was 74 honda 350. it was only 3 yrs old when i had it.
i then joined the army in a unit that left little time to buy a bike let alone ride it. i recently retired and am looking to get back into riding. i took the safety course which up here is 3 days 6 hrs a day riding plus lectures. i'm looking at buying an 06 1500 vulcan classic. i am 6 ft tall and not easily intimidated. is it a good idea to go with this bike with no experience riding a large bike?
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I see no problem with it, especially as you don't appear intimidated by it.

As a kid I grew up riding dirt bikes, and bought my first street bike at 18 (Honda CX500). Traded that bike for a Honda Nighthawk 700S, which I sold in 1986. I owned no bikes until 2011. During the time of not owning a bike, I probably "took a spin" on half a dozen bikes.

So in spring of 2011 bought a Vulcan 1500 Classic and decided in the fall to upgrade to the Vaquero.

As long as the bike isn't too heavy for you to handle, and you are easy on the throttle until you go through the learning curve, I say go for it.

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I believe you can start on almost any bike provided you can easily flat foot it, and you're not the type of person who pushes past their own limits. If you're willing to take it slow and easy and spend a lot of time in a parking lot I see no problems.

Truth be told, the only time the weight of the bigger bike is going to be an issue is at real low speeds, so watch your footing and try to remember to stop straight and in a flat spot, at speed it'll be just as nimble as anything, once you get the hang of it. The only other issue is the power, that's more of an issue with people thinking supersport bikes are good first bikes (these 1000cc sportbikes that they'll run up to 10,000 RPMs and drop the clutch, they're still in the same spot, but the bike is 300 yard away LOL)

You'll be fine. Enjoy! I'd recommend putting some highway bars on it though. It's not all that uncommon to drop your first (or first in a while) bike practicing in a parking lot or at low speeds or something. Better to scratch up some cheap chrome crash bars than to do damage to your bike!

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thanks i'm looking the bike this weekend and i'll see what happens

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the last bike i owned was 74 honda 350. it was only 3 yrs old when i had it.
i then joined the army in a unit that left little time to buy a bike let alone ride it. i recently retired and am looking to get back into riding. i took the safety course which up here is 3 days 6 hrs a day riding plus lectures. i'm looking at buying an 06 1500 vulcan classic. i am 6 ft tall and not easily intimidated. is it a good idea to go with this bike with no experience riding a large bike?
My 1st bike at 63 years old was 2008 suk c109rt (900 lbs +) and had no problems. Yes i had to learn from the very beginning and only dropped a couple (maybe 3) times, one of those was i forgot to put down....yes..... the kickstand. Loose sand was the next time.

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My last bike was a kz400 back in the early 90's. Just bought a 1500 classic back in feb. and have no problems handling the big bike. Just rode 220 miles last weekend with no problems. Just take your time and don't let others push you past your comfort level.

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the last bike i owned was 74 honda 350. it was only 3 yrs old when i had it.
i then joined the army in a unit that left little time to buy a bike let alone ride it. i recently retired and am looking to get back into riding. i took the safety course which up here is 3 days 6 hrs a day riding plus lectures. i'm looking at buying an 06 1500 vulcan classic. i am 6 ft tall and not easily intimidated. is it a good idea to go with this bike with no experience riding a large bike?
Dellema solved I bought the 1500 today.
Thank you to those who inputted.(if that's even a real word)
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Congrats on the new bike. I dropped mine the day I brought it home but thanks to the crash bars nothing was damaged. I got used to the weight quick enough and i'm sure you will too. 01 1500 Classic
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Thanks for the confidance build! Mine made it through the test drive, off the trailer, and up my drive. Foot got stuck under the brake pedal but did not drop drop it thanks to RicDaRulas advice :if you get in trouble disengage the clutch. Will stay in shed until crash I mean highway bars come in.
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