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First of all, I love the website and all the information it has.

I am in the process of shopping for my first bike. I really love the warrior and the amount of aftermarket parts for it. My wife really likes the warrior, too. (which is a major plus)

Am I going to be in over my head getting a warrior for my first bike?
I am afraid it might be too much for me to start with...

Should I start with a smaller bike and maybe upgrade in 5-6 months?

Thanks.
Terry
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Hey tmac99! The Warrior was my first bike. Love it. Rode 370 miles on it yesterday starting out a 3000 mileish trip into Canada. This has been asked before and here are some real good "for/against" replies. I say go for it!!!

http://www.rswarrior.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=39033
 

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Never even sat on a bike before I bought mine last year. No regrets whatsoever! Get it - you won't be sorry. Good luck!
 

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I would say GO FOR IT!! Unless you can get your hands on a really cheap disposible bike. These bikes are great. As long as you understand that as a newby you need to really respect the throttle you should be OK. They are pretty forgiving and because of the responsivness they will almost "help" you recover from minor mistakes.

But I will say again, Respect the throttle.
 

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Here's another good one. Just type "Warrior first bike" in the "search" feature under the Forums column and you can find a lot of posts.

http://www.rswarrior.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40629
 

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BY ALL MEANS, get what turns you on, your the one thats got to ride it. My first street bike was a Warrior and I love it. Dont think your going to flog it and get away with it youll be fine. She is a beast but shes nice enough, if your nice to her she can teach you more than a vespa[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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Thanks for all the replys as well as the other posts to review. They have been very helpful.

I passed my rider safety course this past weekend and would definitely take things very slow until I got comfortable on the bike. I would like to get what I want the first time and not have something that I out grow in a few months.

Did I mention that I love this website and forum. You guys rock!!

I guess I need to start shopping for a Warrior now...
Thanks.
Terry
 

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My vote is that a Warrior is not a good first street bike. I'd get something a little less powerful and less expensive and ride it a few months like you suggested. And search the forum like Deathstar said to get a lot more input from others on your question.
 

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The warrior is my 4th bike, I've been on a 600cc, 250, 650 and now this 1700.. I can tell that I liked the experience of those early bikes 'cause now I now what to do and what to avoid... and also because I can apreciate the great difference of this bike and to really enjoy it. It is really a great ride, best ever, but if you have never ride before and you decide to buy this, go slow.. easy on the thrust.. you'll cry as a baby if you get it to the ground the first month... once you get it right you'll never need any other bike, really.
 

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If you can afford the repairs IF you dump it, I say get what you want.
If you have dirtbike experience, that helps a bunch. If you can maintain throttle, clutch, brake control on a dirtbike you'll do fine.
*Dirtbikes, I mean a real dirtbike, not an enduro[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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Again, I appreciate the feedback. Earlier, I thought I had made the decision to get one. However, with some of the newer posts, I am having second thoughts.

If I did get one, I would definitely take it slow and spend some time to get used to it before I take it into traffic on a regular basis. It would be nice to buy just one bike and be done with it. On the other hand, I see the benefit in getting experience on a smaller bike.

decision, decisions, decisions...

Thanks.
Terry
 

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'm with Thor, if you can afford repairs if/when you dump it. The Warrior is great but it does have a lot of power and may get out of control pretty quick. If you take it easy and understand how easy it is to unleash the torque you will probably be ok. Just my thoughts! Good luck!![/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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"Am I going to be in over my head getting a warrior for my first bike?" Maybe. Asked your insurance man how many new riders drop there bike in their 1st year of riding.

"Should I start with a smaller bike and maybe upgrade in 5-6 months?"
Yes, find a decent sized (depends on your size and weight) used bike
and ride it for 6 months, find out if this is something you really like. Unless you are dying of cancer or something then I'd say go for it.
Most likely you can sell the used bike for what you paid for it.

You asked ....

Warrior is my 4th bike.
 

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The Warrior is my first street bike. However I've been on dirt for years so I was nervous (for about 3 minutes) but confident I was able to handle the beast when I first drove it home. I've never looked back.

That power that can muscle you out of trouble can also throw you right back into it if you loose your cool. Just be careful and know your bike like its apart of you, because you need to be watching for the oblivious cagers on (and off) their cell phones.
 

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I started on a honda 250 Rebel for about 6 months. I'm glad I did. I find that going slow is the hardest thing to get used to. that's when you are most likely to dump it. Going fast is easy. I used duct tape on my hands to the bars at first, no problem!
 

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I am still going through the decision process. I love the warrior and the potential it has, but right now, I am leaning towards getting something smaller.

However, before I make a final decision, I am going to go to a dealership and sit on one to see how comfortable I am on it.

Thanks to everyone for your responses. I really appreciate it.

Terry
 
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