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Is the 1100 right for me?

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  1. tennjgjzer
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    New rider here, asking in this section because this is what I am leaning towards.

    I am a big guy 6' 325 lbs (yea I am working on that) and looking for my first bike. I want to get as small as I can get to learn and still have enough bike. Although new to street bikes, I am a regular trail rider with my grizzly 700 and have had dirt bikes as a teenager. So the working of the clutch, etc is not going to be a problem although I will take the first safety class I can.

    I am thinking the 1100 will fit the bill, what do you think.

  2. vgink18054
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    I think you are right, the 1100 is a great bike

  3. A1zbordztat
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    I have an 1100 and it was my first bike. I had never ridden before and I really had no problem learning on the 1100. This is my 3rd summer now and I love my bike. I only weigh 190, but the 1100 has more than enough power for your size. I think you will be fine with the 1100, but only you can make the final decision. Good Luck.

  4. flamet196
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    I am 6'2" and 300. and the bike is plenty fine enough. I even ride two up with the GF and the bike still pulls just fine. this bike will not leave anything to be desired.

  5. quicgmicg
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    you would be hard pressed to find a better bike.....beginner or not.

  6. tennjgjzer
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    Thanks guys for the vote of confidence, hopefully will get to go this week and check some out.

    Denny

  7. Shebhertezz
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    What about the 1300? I've read that the 1100 may be discontinued. My husband has a 1300 as his first bike and is glad he didn't go any smaller. Spend some time reading the road reviews on the motorcycle magazines online. There's lots of good info there. And check out the appropriate forums on this site.

  8. tennjgjzer
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    What about the 1300? I've read that the 1100 may be discontinued. My husband has a 1300 as his first bike and is glad he didn't go any smaller. Spend some time reading the road reviews on the motorcycle magazines online. There's lots of good info there. And check out the appropriate forums on this site.
    Good point, even the 950 has some features that seem to be newer, will have to look at that also. Not giving up many CC's for a lighter bike to learn on.

  9. Mige
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    One good thing about this bike is it is very balanced. That makes it a great learner bike.

  10. Jon632
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    I learned on an old Honda Rebel 250 till it died on me after a couple of months but I outgrew it in a week. So when I got my 1100 I was still learning. I didn't want something I would grow out of too quickly and something that I would be able to keep and enjoy for a while. The 1100 is perfect from my experience. Even tho it's a much heavier bike, it actually makes it more stable. I'm only 5'8" but I weigh 250. I sometimes think I could've gone to a 1300 but then the 1100 really doesn't leave me wanting more.

  11. bkman
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    Quote:
    ...Not giving up many CC's for a lighter bike to learn on.
    The 950 is only a few pounds less than the 1100 - I'm talking about about 20 pounds difference (at the most).

    I think that it's all about comfort. The 1100 has enough power to haul just about anyone around, but you need to sit on more than one bike to know if it is right for you. Make sure that, when you are seated, you can comfortably reach the controls and that your shoulders are not hunched over and your arms are not fully extended (there should be a slight bend at your elbow). Make sure that, when seated, your legs are in a position where you think you could sit for hours without extreme discomfort. ILarge people sometimes have difficulty with their knees banging into the tank, so make sure you have some wiggle room. It's sometimes difficult to tell with just a quick test in the showroom, but any dealer worth its salt will at least let you sit on their bikes for a long time before you buy. I found it helpful to have someone steady the bike so I could pick it up off the side stand and sit with both feet on the pegs. I did this at least five times on each of the two bikes I was considering and the V-Star just felt better every time. THAT was the deciding factor for me - even though the other bike (A Kawasaki VN900 Custom) was far more modern in appearance and technology, and it even cost less. It just didn't fit me as well.

    Good luck - maybe we'll see you back here soon!

  12. AiginudNY
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    What do you want to do? I had a 500cc and felt comfortable on it,used to be 350 lb and 5'10".

    I have the 1100 and happy with it, lost a lot of weight via gastric by-pass. Bike is "small enough" for solo rides to work at 52 miles each way, but big enough to take the old lady along, real the love of my life but we're talking bikes here. If you want to do some long drives and overnights with full bags then think a little bigger 1300.

    Take the MSF course, get a license and see about test drives on 650/950/1100 and the 1300. But don't limit your self to one make. I was planning on a Suzuki 800 until I tried my bike and it just fit.

  13. VTvinChic
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    IIRC, Denny, you live up in NW PA, right? You're not too far from that 1100 I found on craigslist:
    youngstown.craigslist.org/mcy/1249519935.html

    $7600 obo for an '08 with 300 miles on it. If I was in the market now, I'd jump all over that one, then consider upgrading in the spring to the 1300 - maybe.

  14. TRaiterJohn
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    MY OPINION -- your results may be different:

    Any of the bikes discussed on this thread would be fine for you as a first street bike. They all will have sufficient power for you, but you will find yourself wanting something bigger as you get familiar with street riding. They all handle well when you get enough practice on them. I passed my rider's test on an 1100.

    The 950 is new and fuel injected, but I think the 1100 is the better choice over the 950 for these reasons:

    Riding position - you are a big guy and you will appreciate a little more room offered by the 1100 over the 950. I test drove a 950 and found it to be a bit cramped and the handlebar/controls were not as naturally comfortable as the 1100 is. JMO.

    The 1100 is being discontinued -- you may be able to get a better deal. Don't worry about service and accessories. There are so many 1100 on the road they will be around for along time.

    I also prefer the 1100 over the 1300 for these reasons:

    The 1100 is air and oil cooled -- the 1300 is liquid cooled. To me, that is another system to maintain.

    Right side cover -- the 1300 (and 950) has that huge side cover that sicks into my right knee. I find myself wraping my leg arond it to get to the brake. The 1100 has an air cleaner there, but it doesn't stick out as far.

    I loved my 1100. Consider the others and make YOUR decision. By all means, take the rider safety course. You don't need to learn how to use a clutch, but even experienced riders learn some good stuff.

    Then, ride that thing!!

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