>all that plastic fantastic
Side car (and qt to place in it) optional.
Beauty of these old bikes is that you can swap out basically any part you want, handlebars especially.
Mine's leaning towards the brat end of the spectrum really. The handlebars are about 2 inches lower than stock, but not nearly as low as clip-on's like lots of cafes have. I prefer to be more upright than leaning over, crotch rocket style.
Pic right there, the rest I took that day are blurry and shit. Here's before I upholstered the seat tho:
No. But really wanted one at one stage. Wanted a sidecar too lel.
Just never got around to it unfortunately since work required that I get a car so no more motorcycle dreams for me.
Unless you find a vintage english one in good nick.
Thing is, the indian company sells two grades: the shit they make for local consumption which is shit (you can rent one for a bike tour of india if you dare set foot on that subcontinent), and they make the export grade models which are much nicer.
They're old school 1950's tech - they haven't changed - so kinda hard to fuck up even for pooinloo's.
But you have to know your way around an engine, was pretty much the caveat everyone gave me when I was checking them out.
Still, I think they're the most effay cycles you can get regardless of origin.
Don't buy a nice bike up front. You're gonna put it down and scratch it up and hate yourself. Buy a good 1-2k starter and ride it into the ground. If you're in the states, take a MSF course before you buy.
1970-1980s Hondas, Suzukis, and Yamahas are as plentiful as they are cheap. Good to learn to ride, good to learn to work on, and good looking.
Stealth XR's get grils
I had even already planned how I wanted to go out:
>sunny day on a quiet country road
>not a cloud in the sky
>aforementioned qt in the sidecar
>her long golden hair streaming out behind her (bad move)
>she reaches out and places her hand on mine on the handlebar
>I turn to see her beaming at me
>I smile back at her
>that slight distraction is all that it would take
>something happens; I'll never truly know
>before I know it, we lurch to the left
>qt's is flung back over the side but doesn't fall out
>her hair gets sucked into the sidecar wheels
>rips off her scalp and half her face
>I'm still wrestling control of the bike
>pooinloo engineering fails me one final time
>crash into fence and go flying 20 feet
>the last thing I hear before it all fades to black are the indescribable screams of someone missing their fucking face interspersed with my failing heartbeat
>before I die of massive internal bleeding, staring up at the blue sky with my one remaining eye, this one crystalline thought will piece through the fog that is my mind shutting down: I don't even like blondes wtf lmao
Alas it was not to be. Maybe I could live vicariously through one of you someday.
Vintage look with modern amenities/parts. This will be my first purchase after grad school.
Cafe racers are not /fa/. They are the r/mfa of motorcycles.
>>generic cafe racer
NICE TRY, but no.
Cruisers have a wide variety of body styles, and so do cafe racres depending on the company...
Most sport bikes look the same with the exception of few Italian sport bikes. The average person couldn't tell the difference between a Japanese sportbike, and an Italian sportbike
This is so true. Literbikes are just perfect, anything bigger just becomes a hassle to ride. I'd even say go for a 600 or even less if its your first bike. Riding a 250-400-600 bike to its limits is much more fun than being scared of your literbike. And modern literbikes can be terrifying.
My bike, do any of you /fa/gs even ride?
you cant beat the look of vintage BMW and Moto Guzzi
triumph bonneville master race
Suzuki's bringing back the SV650 in late respring/early summer.
for your first always go small and light.
lets you learn the fundamentals or riding on something that's easy on corners and manageable.
also the lighter weight is nice when you have to pick it up after you slip on gravel for your first time.
you will dump your first bike at least once, likely at a low speed, but you will go down.
most common way to dump is making a right hand turn at a stop sign in the spring when there is still salt and dirt on the roads.
pic related is my first.
rode this for two years while fixing up a 750f.
my '75 750f super sport.
bought it off of some old timer on craigslist who had stored it away for years under a tarp in a barn.
when i got it it had no no vinyl on the seat and only two cylinders fired consistently.
replaced all the leads for the spark plugs.
replaced the points with an electric ignition.
replaced the valve seals and engine gaskets and it was good to go.