So, I'm trying to decide on what bike to purchase as my first. I'm 30 years old. I've never ridden a motorcycle. I am taking a basic training course in November. I attempted to take a course last year, but it filled up and life got in the way. Back then, I was dead set on a TW200 for my first bike. This was due to the fact that I wanted to ride trails and the TW is known as a great beginner bike. This time around I'm not interested in trails. Since a dual sport wasn't necessary I started to look at street bikes. Eventually I came across the duke390 and became convinced that this was the bike I wanted/needed.
Now, after much research and thought I'm completely unsure. So many people online recommend a used beater that you don't mind dropping as a first bike. If the only reason for the used bike is dropping, I don't think
I necessarily need a used one. Unless I'm going to be completely destroying the thing.
There seems to be so many different opinions on whether or not the duke390 is a good first bike for a beginner. The things I like about the 390: ABS, small/light, good tires, power to grow into, aesthetics.
But there are also things that worry me very much. Articles such as this: negatives of the duke 390
. There are many other articles/comments with similar claims. There are an equal number, if not more, articles praising this machine as the ultimate entry motorcycle. Being unfamiliar with motorcycles, it's hard to know what's what. From everything I've read, it seems like if you are in India the duke 390 is a horrible beginner bike, but in the US it's one of the best there is. Seems this has to do with the difference in traffic.
If it makes any difference: I'm 30. I'm not trying to impress anyone, do wheelies, or quench my 'need for speed'. I really just want to travel around town and explore. Eventually working up my confidence to be able to go fast, but in no rush to do so.
I'm torn. I've been looking at TWs again, and just can't make up my mind. I flip flop back and forth constantly. Perhaps the only way to know is to get my license and go test drive both of em? I also don't know how I feel about a used bike. I have no experience, so for all I know I could be buying something that is going to give out on me in a couple months. Any help/advice is appreciated..
first bike = duke 390 or TW200 (or equivalent dual sport)? Why? My personal preference is duke, but my practical side says TW after much readings on the internet.