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  1. iqpalinc
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    Hi everybody I am a new rider and I need some serious help, I will be buying my first bike in a matter of months and can not decide on the 950 or kawi 900 classic. Need some advice and is liquid cooled better than air cooled, By the way I live Maryland.
    here is all you need to read
    motorcyclecruiser.com

  2. Shebhertezz
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    Go to the 950 vs 900 thread. Lots of info and web links re both bikes. Rode my new 950 Tourer yesterday for the the first time. What a great bike - great ergonomics, smooth ride with no vibrations, and easy to handle. And this is my very first bike!

  3. dheziek
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    Riding is better than not riding, so congrats on the new ride. Be safe and remember, everyone is trying to kill you, so ride that way!

  4. BrentaH
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    First:
    Take the MSC course!!

    I hadn't been on a bike in over 25 years when I decided to start riding again. The amount of stuff that I had either forgotten or just plain didn't know blew my mind.

    I'm also on the buy a starter bike for your first bike group. The 950 is a nice bike but it's alot easier to find parts for something like my 6 yr old 650 Custom than a new model like the 950. Add in the fact that aftermarket items are also easier to find for older models. Resale on the used smaller bikes is almost always equal to what they sold for earlier. I paid $4k for my 2003 Custom with 4k miles on it 18 months ago. I recently found a 2002 Custom with about the same mileage for the same money. I like my Custom enough that I'm planning on keeping it when I upgrade to my current "dream" bike, a RS Venture, preferably the 2006 black cherry .

    As for the Kawi's, I can't say much. Oddly enough, the ergonomics on nearly all of the Kawis don't fit me. It's not the seat height, it's the control placement. The pegs, or in the case of the 900T, the footboards are in the wrong place. I have to stretch to reach them. There are enough things to buy to trick a bike out. I just don't believe in spending money just to get it to where I can ride it! The only change I've made in that department on my 650 was risers on the handlebars as it took me awhile to figure out I needed them farther back .

    Shebhertezz

    A 650 Custom or Classic/Silverado should have no problem keeping up with your hubby's 1300. There are more than a few "better halfs" [aka wives/ female SO's] around riding a 650 to their "other halfs" [aka hubbys/male SO's] 1100 or larger bikes. Outgrowing it would not be part of the equation. I can keep up with just about everything out there so long as whoever is on it isn't trying to set world land speed records. I've had mine up to 90 with no problem. What it can do now that I've done the RAK air box mod [dead easy btw] and rejetted the carbs has yet to be seen. The 650 could also be better financially, especially if you decide later on that you want a 1300 too! I'm watching what I'm spending on mods/add ons for my 650 as I'd rather spend the serious bucks tricking out my RSV after I get it.

  5. micg10
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    Hi everybody I am a new rider and I need some serious help, I will be buying my first bike in a matter of months and can not decide on the 950 or kawi 900 classic. Need some advice and is liquid cooled better than air cooled, By the way I live Maryland.
    if possible test ride both to see which feels most comfortable for you.
    cheers mick

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