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Greetings, All.

I have been a bike enthusiast since I saw Evil Kenieval jump a Harley as a kid.[8D]

I looked at Harleys, but as much as I love them, I want to ride in the 21st century...and ride period, instead of just look good, if you know what i mean.[/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]

Anyway, your advice, suggestions, comments on why a Warrior is or isn't right for me? I want a cruiser that I can take anywhere, that's reliable, and stylish. I'm 35 btw, and have ridden before, just haven't owned a big bike.

(I'll be bustin' my ass at a warehouse this summer, so I don't want to spend my hard earnings on a beater, either)[^]

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baron, as with any bike common sence is the real factor on if this bike is right for you. lots of guys on here started out with the warrior as their first bike. it is an awsome bike with TONS of power for a crusier. let you'r own judgment be the factor on whether it it the right bike. by the way welcome to the maddness.
 

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I've had 5 bikes and I'm glad the Warrior wasn't my first. My first bike hit the ground twice and it was much smaller than this one. No accidents, but I dropped the bike and I would have had a helluva time picking this one up. If you have a lot of experience riding I'd say go for it, if not, I'd get a smaller bike first.
 

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I'm a proponent of buying a beater first. You can get something decent for about $1000 and in a year you can sell it for about the same (as long as you don't mess it up to bad). Other's have started with a warrior, so it can be done, but everyone drops their first bike. It's usually in your own driveway on gas station at 2 mph (mine was in my driveway [/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]) You'll be happier with yourself if it's not brand new when you do it.

Either way, do yourself a great big favor and take a Motorcycle Safety Course first. It will help you stay alive.

Good luck.
 

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Yeah guys...thank for the response.

I have this drill in my dreams where I'm navigating a chopper with apes and a long front through a parking deck splattered with puddles of oil.[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]

Yeah, first time I drove a bike (CBR Fireblade), I made the mistake of turning into a slow, decending radius curve while braking. Needless to say, the bike lost all inertia, and I felt the tank succumb to the laws of gravity and physics. Lucky for me, I saved it -mostly becuase my sister's then boyfriend weighed as much as the bike, and bikes don't have short tempers![/emoticons/emotion-1.gif]

Anyway, advice heeded. I'll be a Warrior someday, but a little time spent as a 'squier' isn't a bad idea either. After all, a knight in shining scuffed armour is a sad sight to behold.

Cheers!
~The Black Baron
 

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One more thing...I've lurked around other motorcycle forums for a long time, and never thought of joining one until now. With a nice layout, easy navigation, and cool people, I think it has to be the best one I've ever known. Proud to be a part of it, and I can't say that about the others. Just 'cause you ride a hog, doesn't mean you have to be a pig!

Don't be surprised to see my ride in three months![/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]It may look mighty familiar to y'all!

-Cheers!
 

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My Warrior is my first bike, owned & ridden. I taught myself how to ride on this beast, and learned to respect this beast early. After a month or two, I took the MSF safety course. Respect the Warrior, and she'll treat ya well. Be stupid, and she'll drop you fast. If you are confident in your ablilities, I say go for it.
 

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Thanks alot, Ray. The more I think about it, the more I figure that I should get what I want the first go-round and take it easy.

Then, after I have some experience points, mod 'er and fire up that beastie! Woo-Hoo!j/k
 

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Welcome to the site Black-Baron. Good luck with your decision, I'm sure that at the end of the day it'll be what's best for you. The best piece of advice has got to be taking the MC Safety/Riders course that Sangathor mentioned, especially if you are determined to dive straight into a Warrior. View it as 'refresher training', you won't regret it and they'll teach you how to handle the Warrior. Best of luck mate.
 

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I watch my dad buy a Honda Shadow as his first bike when he was 62 years old. 3 months later he got sick of it being "too small" then went for the VTX1800. I didn't want to deal with that prob. I'm 34. My Warrior is my first bike. I didn't ride it until I finished the riders safety course. Then I only rode with other people around me until I felt comfortable. I took it easy until I felt I could handle the beast's power. Now, I'm lovin life!! At our age, we have nothing to prove by being aggressive. Just take it easy and get what you want the first time. [/emoticons/emotion-5.gif] Welcome to the 4M!! [8D]
 

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Thanks again for all the support. I've never been to a site where i was greeted as friend right off the bat. Most try to rip the newbie a new one. Do you guys all work for Yama marketing?[/emoticons/emotion-3.gif)]j/k

Brit, your bike is the doggie's dangles. I'll fatten mine up after a year of tire shredding. Inspiring. Cheers, mate.

At my ripe young age, I have nothing to prove, and a lot to lose -so I vow not to do my worst. To live to the fullest, without fear is my credo.

Just can't wait to see the look on me aging mum's face when I tell her I've gone Warrior, and went riding with Death(star)![/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]

Cheers all,

~Baron
 

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I rode a Honda 250 Rebel for nine months then got my Warrior. I dropped it once (forgot to put the kickstand down) but still have the Joker smile. Go for it, great bike great site!
 

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I'm a beater proponent also but it's your money so go for it. I have a buddy that him and his dad just bought new Roadstars and they never had a bikes before. Can't keep them off of them, but really didn't like seeing them riding without helmets and no protective gear.
 

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Hey mark, what did you do with your Rebel after you bought the Yama?Hope you didn't smash her up too bad. Note to self...don't ever forget the kickstand!

lagalaxy 8, I won't be riding without a helmet and jacket/gloves...Armour is sexy!

How do I expect to maintain that "mysterious rider" image in shorts and Nike's?/emoticons/emotion-4.gif
 

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quote:Originally posted by Black-Baron

I won't be riding without a helmet and jacket/gloves...Armour is sexy!

With a name like 'Black-Baron, you've GOTTA wear Armour! [/emoticons/emotion-2.gif] Specifically a helmet with breastplate & shield.
 

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It won't be a problem if you ride using your head for something other than a hatrack! I strted with my Vstar 1100, but wished within a coupla months I had gotten the Warrior. Just ride sensible and you'll do just fine!
 

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I'd agree with most and say take the course first and then Get That Warrior! [/emoticons/emotion-4.gif]

I bought a crotch rocket as my first bike and about 2 months later bought my Warrior. In that 2 months I dropped the sport bike twice and had 3 or 4 close calls. Really stupid things too. Like just sitting stationary and next thing I know I'm falling over! I guess I didn't get it at first that bike will only hold itself up when MOVING - LOL! I also almost dropped it at a gas station - but the pump broke it's fall. Etc etc. Dumb stuff. But I'm proud to say I learned and have yet to drop the Warrior (knock on wood). Anyway - I guess if you get a Warrior and have a brain fart and drop it - that'll be an excuse for your first "mod"!

Did I mention - take the course first??
 

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Okay doodes..I found the MatteBlack crew, and let me just say that I'm in love! I will definitely be getting one of their modded beasts come next year. That will give me plenty of time to take a few courses and get a ton of experience. I'm even thinking of buying a dumped 4cyl and making a learner/streetfighter out of it. That way, I can have samadhi re-work the sheetmetal on the streetfighter while I learn to handle the Warrior, then I will have a sportbike and a cruiser!

This site has me stoked...looks like it's gonna have me broke, too! /emoticons/emotion-4.gif lol,j/k
 

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The warrior was my first bike and I'm 36 years young. I took the compulsory Q-Ride course in Queensland Australia which basically, puts you on a 250, then a 500 to pass your test, which was quite vigorous and competency based.

Yes, the bike was huge and weighed a lot more than the 500 I passed my test on - it was also bloody powerful! That said, it's only as powerful as much as you twist the throttle - respect that and you'll be ok.

I've now got loads of km under my belt and love the bike. I took some time out in car parks and quiet roads to test it out and know my limits - now I feel confident and feel like I need more power![}/emoticons/emotion-1.gif]

Fiery.
 
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