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Hello

Thinking about getting a Midnight Warrior within the next few weeks.
Would be the first bike for myself, and for my wife. /emoticons/emotion-1.gif

Going to take the MSF course and if we pass.. Warrior here we come.
We don't want to buy any bike, if we can't pass that course. Wouldn't trust ourselves..

We even have enough saved up to buy a brand new one outright for cash, wouldn't want to worry about what the previous owner did or didn't do with the bike.. again, feel safer that way /emoticons/emotion-1.gif

Looking forward to spending some time here and learning about the bike.
 

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Welcome to the best **** forum in the world. Not to burst your bubble but the warrior is a lot of bike for a first time rider. There will be many here who will disagree as it IS their first bike. For what what it's worth (my advice is free and you get what you pay for) get a beater bike, do the MSF and learn what it's like to ride. Solo AND two up. That way when you drop the bike (even tho it'll be lighter) you won't have to say %^&*#@ Lookit my ride. Then maybe a bigger bike and then the Warrior. Only my $.02, I've been riding 30 + yrs and I'm definately old shcool when it comes to riding.
 

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bubble's not burst, we both realize it
we wouldn't buy it unless we felt confident we can control it.

nobody is suicidal here /emoticons/emotion-2.gif
 

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I don't see it as a problem as a first bike. That's very cool how you've planned this out and set limits. I have no doubt you guys are responsible enough to handle it. Good luck with the course!
 

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Great course and they normally teach with 250 rebels or Viragos.. Atleast the one I went to in Florida did.. By the way I had been riding for 15 years prior to takeing the course and still enjoyed it.
 

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Ditto from me on this...[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
quote:Originally posted by RatPhlem

I don't see it as a problem as a first bike. That's very cool how you've planned this out and set limits. I have no doubt you guys are responsible enough to handle it. Good luck with the course!
 

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Sounds like you both have your heads on straight to me! Great planning and you will learn alot in the safety course. But it won't get you ready for what it feels like when you climb on "Your Warrior". You'll understand after the first ride.................and it only gets better!!! Welcome aboard!
 

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I went the exact route you're thinking...only a little different. MY WARRIOR WAS IN MY GARAGE FOR 3 WEEKS UNTIL I COMPLETE MY MSF COURSE!! HaHaHa!! I bought my bike from my bro who decided he wanted a HD King Classic. He brought it to my house and I vowed not to ride it until I took the class and passed. Well, with high marks in the class I felt pretty comfortable. Uh, the beast puts you in your place the first time you ride. From 250cc to 1700cc, WOW!!! But, you take your time, don't get in a rush to tame the beast, but learn it's power, you can do it. Yes, a lot of nuts on this bike. But, I watched my dad, at 63 buy a small bike(1100 shadow) only to get sick of it and buy a VTX 1800 3 months later. I went for the gusto. F it!!! Now, I can't imagine having any other bike and don't want any other. This is it for me until I out grow it or a bigger Warrior/Star comes along. I had only riden a friend crotch rocket here and there, no experience. Now, I've been riding for a year and heading to Canada in 9 days. I don't feel like it's been the wrong idea AT ALL!! Go for it!!! [/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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heh.. neither of us would be able to keep that vow, so its for the best if we dont buy it until we pass MSF [/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]

glad to hear we're not alone in thinking something along these lines..
quote:Originally posted by DeathStar

I went the exact route you're thinking...only a little different. MY WARRIOR WAS IN MY GARAGE FOR 3 WEEKS UNTIL I COMPLETE MY MSF COURSE!! HaHaHa!! I bought my bike from my bro who decided he wanted a HD King Classic. He brought it to my house and I vowed not to ride it until I took the class and passed. Well, with high marks in the class I felt pretty comfortable. Uh, the beast puts you in your place the first time you ride. From 250cc to 1700cc, WOW!!! But, you take your time, don't get in a rush to tame the beast, but learn it's power, you can do it. Yes, a lot of nuts on this bike. But, I watched my dad, at 63 buy a small bike(1100 shadow) only to get sick of it and buy a VTX 1800 3 months later. I went for the gusto. F it!!! Now, I can't imagine having any other bike and don't want any other. This is it for me until I out grow it or a bigger Warrior/Star comes along. I had only riden a friend crotch rocket here and there, no experience. Now, I've been riding for a year and heading to Canada in 9 days. I don't feel like it's been the wrong idea AT ALL!! Go for it!!! [/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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Besides the fact I agree the Warrior is a bad choice for a beginner it goes double in your case. You and your wife.. What ever you do take the MSF course first, that way if we decide we don't really like this we won't have to sell our bike. Not to mention heaven forbid one of you likes it and the other doesn't. If it turns out that you both like riding get two bikes and enjoy some independence.

Happy Independence Day
 

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Good for you...Go for it....just take baby steps at first. As long as you have total respect for this powerful machine you should be good to go.
 

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Welcome to the site.

Take the course and respect the beast, and you'll be fine. The Warrior is my first bike, and ****, I even started riding before I took the class.
 

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This was my first bike and the thing you have to learn before anything else is respect. Remember that this is more bike than you are rider and can get away from you easily. I was clueless when I bought it but wanted something I wouldn't outgrow in a week (and at my size, it had to be big.) Take the MSF course and learn to respect the ride. Oh, and go ahead and take it into the middle of the yard and knock it over- statistically, first time riders will drop their bikes within the first six months of owning it. Best to go ahead and get it out of the way.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Spudly

Oh, and go ahead and take it into the middle of the yard and knock it over- statistically, first time riders will drop their bikes within the first six months of owning it. Best to go ahead and get it out of the way.

hahaha

will have to do that /emoticons/emotion-2.gif
 

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The Warrior is my first bike too, but I agree with many of the experienced riders that for a beginner it might be to much bike (even when you keep saying the "gotta respect the power montra"). Practicing slow maneuver with a long heavy bike like the warrior was somewhat frustrating so I practiced on my friend's GS 650 BMW for about a month prior to purchasing the Warrior. The issue is not just the power of the Warrior but that both the static and dynamic characteristics of the bike make it difficult to really master and perfect your riding skills. My advice as a new owner and rider is to get the Warrior and if you have access to a smaller bike build your skills and your confidence in parallel so when you jump on the beast you can just enjoy the ride. And of course the MSF course.
 
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