Howdy from the Newb
Hey all. Here is my obligatory first post! About me...new to the motorcycle world, in fact, I am still a month or so away from picking up my first bike. I had been eyeballing the Versys for a while, and then fell in love with the Triumph Street Triple. To date, I have ridden neither. After much contemplation, and advise from the Ratnet forum, I have decided that the Street triple is probably not a wise introduction to motorcycling.
I took the beginner MSF course back in 2008 (and my endorsement), but never picked up a bike. Now I am almost ready, and in preparation, took the intermediate MSF (both through Team Oregon). I feel as confident as I can having no street experience. I am 5'10', 190, and 47yrs old. I am looking for a commuter bike that I can also just have fun on. Although I feel good about not being full of piss and vinegar at this point in my life, I still want to have a bike that could allow me too kick my heals up when I am ready.
Although all the advise (and common sense) says to buy used on your first bike, there really are not many in the area (Portland, OR) that are within a reasonable distance. There are (2) 2009's locally for $5999 a piece. One is used with like 650 miles on it, and the other is brand spankin'. I am thinking for the same price, I would go new..