Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I was in same situ... family & work responsibilities, etc. ...also of course financially owning a 3rd vehicle didn't seem prudent. I got back into motorcycling 3 years ago after a 20+ year layoff. I bought a GL1100, and then a 2nd one, and then moved up to a 1500. I'm not a small guy, and I still found they are a lot of motorcycle. Once you get used to it tho, it's not too bad, but if you're handling skills leave a bit to be desired, go careful. I used to be a real ricky road racer sport bike guy, but wanted a bike to tour on, and a bike with a more "relaxed" personality. While the big girl can sure dance when you twist the throttle, the engine doesn't beg to be wrung out. The above hints are good ones - I think you'll be OK. I'd recommend going out to a big parking lot tho to get comfortable with getting rolling. The first couple of times I had to do sharp turns (with the 1500) from a stand still were quite the scary experience... especially with traffic in the adjacent lane! Took a while to get comfortable with the sheer mass of the bike... once you get rolling the heaviness really does (for the most part) dissapear. Hope this helps.
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Spending my daughter\'s inheritance one motorcycle at a time :^) In that spirit, bought a Kawasaki... KLR650 sidecar rig.