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    First bike for larger guy

    Hi

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum, feel free to re-direct me.

    I'm looking at buying my first bike and I'm aware of the LAMS restrictions etc.

    I'm 6'3 and 115kg and am wondering what larger riders have found to be good to ride.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    First bike for larger guy

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackJacket View Post
    Hi

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum, feel free to re-direct me.

    I'm looking at buying my first bike and I'm aware of the LAMS restrictions etc.

    I'm 6'3 and 115kg and am wondering what larger riders have found to be good to ride.

    Thanks for any advice.
    What’s your budget? What sort of motorcycle interests you? What kind of riding are you looking to do?

    These days there’s plenty of larger LAMS approved bikes. There’s a lot of larger 650cc bikes that could accomodate a larger rider. It’s not like the days when 250s were all you could ride on a RE licence

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    You could also save yourself a packet on your first bike and get a Hyo 250, they are pretty cheap around $1k-1.5k, they have a 650 frame, so you'll spend less money and not be cramped, more money for your upgrade

    Or something like this little beauty

    https://www.perthstreetbikes.com/for...d.php?t=187388

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    I am 6'3 but topped out around 95kgs when I had LAMS bike. I had a cbr250r, the new 300s look good though and are cheap these days. Would have a look at those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneville View Post
    You could also save yourself a packet on your first bike and get a Hyo 250, they are pretty cheap around $1k-1.5k, they have a 650 frame, so you'll spend less money and not be cramped, more money for your upgrade

    Or something like this little beauty

    https://www.perthstreetbikes.com/for...d.php?t=187388
    I was going to link the same ad

    I've actually nearly worn out a couple of the unfaired version in the days before LAMS when they were a good cheap full size bike. Over 130,000kms on one and 90,000kms on the other, both bought low kms used and nothing but regular oil and filter changes and tyres and chain as required.

    I'm a similar size and while they won't set your world on fire they're a good bike for clocking up kms on a budget with a reasonable level of comfort and handling, which is pretty much what a learner should be looking for.
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    I'm your height. I started on a CBR125.

    Any bike will "fit". Focus on one that is comfortable and confidence inspiring to ride.
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    At your size I would probably go and have a look at a 500 or a 650 LAMS machine from any of the big manufacturers. (Possibly not the Triumph Street Triple as they are quite a small bike). It will really be a question of what you find comfortable to sit on.

    If you are going to buy second hand, please be careful if the one you are looking at has been modified, because it may make it non-LAMS compliant (especially exhaust systems!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneville View Post
    You could also save yourself a packet on your first bike and get a Hyo 250, they are pretty cheap around $1k-1.5k, they have a 650 frame, so you'll spend less money and not be cramped, more money for your upgrade
    Pretty much this, but I would go the 650, and only if you are starting out and plan to upgrade once you have your R’s.

    I match your height/weight and started on the 250. They are plenty roomy, but the rear swing arm would actually flex a little when cornering. It didn’t affect my riding while I was learning. In fact I didn’t even realise until a friend following me pointed it out.
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    I have a brother in law that’s on the large size. He rides a Kawasaki KLR 650. Plenty big enough for him and good enough poke to let him keep up. He’s got another 40 kg on you.


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    I top a tonne and got around fine on a Suzuki SFV650, great Lam's bike. Forgiving and dead easy to ride.

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    Before even opening the thread I thought Hyo250, due to it being the 650 with a smaller engine and prior to LAMs being the go-to bike for the taller rider.

    Now with LAMs the options are far greater, comes down to budget, style and whether you want it just to start off with before getting something decent.
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    +1 for KLR650 very easy riding position. Plus road and trail bike if that's what you like.

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    Its all about the budget. You can ride anything with a shadow, so if you have one, get something you can keep after you get your R lic. I did my riding lessons on a CBR250, just way too small for me. I couldnt do full lock u turns because the handlebars hit my knees. Generally cruiser and trail bikes will give you the legroom. I bought a Honda xr650L to ride after I got my lic
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper humper View Post
    Its all about the budget. You can ride anything with a shadow, so if you have one, get something you can keep after you get your R lic. I did my riding lessons on a CBR250, just way too small for me. I couldnt do full lock u turns because the handlebars hit my knees. Generally cruiser and trail bikes will give you the legroom. I bought a Honda xr650L to ride after I got my lic
    A lot depends on whether you have long legs or a long torso.


    No, you can't. You can't ride R class bikes with a shadow until you have an RE license.

    Anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thro View Post
    No, you can't. You can't ride R class bikes with a shadow until you have an RE license.

    Anyway.

    Thats not what I said
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumper humper View Post
    Thats not what I said
    You literally said:

    Its all about the budget. You can ride anything with a shadow, so if you have one, get something you can keep after you get your R lic.
    If you wanted to not include R class bikes in that, your choice of words was somewhat careless.
    “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa

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