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My plan is to have a motorcycle next year...

So I will have 90% of my bills paid off this yr, my truck and my camper will be paid off next yr also. Now since I been on here for almost 5 yrs I thought i would finally get a motorcycle. I will be looking up classes at COD (what do I look up on the website?). I am thinking of getting a sport bike w/ 600cc, but I don't want anything fast at all. I also want something that on the cheaper side with insurance. My 1st bike will probably be used and I will wear gear also.
SOOO any ideas what i should look at? how much does helmets, jackets, and other riding gear cost? how much does insurance range? how much does classes at COD cost, how long are they? I tired looking up on COD's website but I can't find anything.
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Used SV650, FZ6, new Kawi 650, or a better option might be a used GS500.

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SV650 would be a good choice or older early 2001+ 600cc. I would try to stick with a fuel injected bike

Gear will depend on your preference really. You can go rather cheap or spend life's earnings

Helmet around $100+ Jacket I would go leather around $200+ Gloves around $100ish. Any boot that is not steeltoe will do just make sure it's leather.

Insurance depends on record/age/location...try State farm or Country Companies.


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Do I need a permit or anything to take classes?

BTW I will probably be asking dumb questions, you think after being on this site for 5 yrs I would have learned something...

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Since you are going to start riding next year, wait until the end of year closeouts. Or shop Ebay for jackets and gloves. I bought a $500 shift jacket for $125 shipped. I also bought $50 shift gloves for $15. My helmet came from www.newenough.com for $90 and it retailed for $190, but since it was last years colors I got it for a song. They have jackets and gloves there too.

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SV650 would be a good choice or older early 2001+ 600cc. I would try to stick with a fuel injected bike

Gear will depend on your preference really. You can go rather cheap or spend life's earnings

Helmet around $100+ Jacket I would go leather around $200+ Gloves around $100ish. Any boot that is not steeltoe will do just make sure it's leather.

Insurance depends on record/age/location...try State farm or Country Companies.
Hey Chey, why no steel toe? That's what I wear. I trust your opinion so if you don't mind to elaborate? I'm always willing to learn something new. Thanks, Mandy

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Do I need a permit or anything to take classes?

BTW I will probably be asking dumb questions, you think after being on this site for 5 yrs I would have learned something...
Yes you will need a permit beforehand


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Hey Chey, why no steel toe? That's what I wear. I trust your opinion so if you don't mind to elaborate? I'm always willing to learn something new. Thanks, Mandy
There is always that chance of your boot getting caught under the shifter, also better feel without the steeltoe


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Yes you will need a permit beforehand
I went on line and it says I need to take a class before I can get a permit.

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No way jose...you just have to pay the state and take a written test to get a permit.

http://www.ridechicago.com/permits/ here is the link and also may want to check out ride chicago great place to learn


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No way jose...you just have to pay the state and take a written test to get a permit.

http://www.ridechicago.com/permits/ here is the link and also may want to check out ride chicago great place to learn
I know the classes at COD fill up quickly, maybe I will use this as a back up. The prices are too bad either. THANKS!

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Mandy walked into the DMV and got her permit. I think it was ten dollars, and good for a year. And next year, my 996 will be for sale. Perfect starter bike.
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If you take the MSF course you don't need a permit.

Thanks Chey, for the answer. I had no doubt that you had a good answer to my question.

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you can take the class at cod through the NIU web site. go to www.niu.edu and look up msf. The class costs $20 and is on a friday night saturday all day and sunday all day but is totally worth it. I took it and learned a ton. Make sure you register as soon as it opens because the classes fill up fast if you don't get to register you can always go there and try to get a lotto spot if someone does not show up. Hope this helps
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The MSF course offered at COD can be found at: http://www.outreach.niu.edu/mcycle/

Registration opens in Feb - log on IMMEDIATELY when it opens so you have a chance of getting into the course early in the season. I had friends at work who waited about 10 minutes after registration opened and it was filled thru fall already. You always have the option of walking in as well and from what I recall from my instructors, COD and CLC are triple courses so there is more of a chance of getting in. It's a lottery system so show up 5-10 minutes to get your ticket if needbe.

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I would expect to pay at least 500 for gear. You can always find deals around but seems like its about 500 minumum. Helmet, gloves, jacket, boots, pants.

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Mandy walked into the DMV and got her permit. I think it was ten dollars, and good for a year. And next year, my 996 will be for sale. Perfect starter bike.
perfect starter bike? idk about that... he said he didnt want to go too fast, but he'd look funny on a 250... im thinking a ninja or something

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5 Years and 2,500+ posts and you don't have a bike?!

GS500e for $1,200 would be a great POS to start on.

An SV650 for $3,500 will last you a lot longer though...

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5 Years and 2,500+ posts and you don't have a bike?!

GS500e for $1,200 would be a great POS to start on.

An SV650 for $3,500 will last you a lot longer though...
That's exactly what I was going to say...though I didn't know the GS500e can be had for so cheap! Cool!

I started on an '01 SV650. Great bike! The fuel injected ones (in regards to what Chey was saying) are '04 and later (maybe '03, the '03 model was a weird inbetween model). Fuel Injection helps with starting etc.

Take the class as COD. In fact, take it THIS YEAR. As the season progresses, many people who are waiting for their date to get into the class have either just gone out and taken the DMV test or get lazy and don't go to their date...so there are more and more openings as the year progresses. DON'T waste your time at midnight in Feb trying to get a spot in the next years classes...just do a Walk-In at COD and you'll get in after a couple tries...or maybe first try like Peanut did.

I don't recall needing your permit to take the class at COD, but as mentioned previously it's only $10-$12 bucks and a quick test that's super easy to pass if you've read the IL motorcycle safety manual. A friend of mine who I was teaching to ride read the manual in line for the test and passed first try.

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perfect starter bike? idk about that... he said he didnt want to go too fast, but he'd look funny on a 250... im thinking a ninja or something
I'm waiting for a comment from Tony...

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5 Years and 2,500+ posts and you don't have a bike?!

GS500e for $1,200 would be a great POS to start on.

An SV650 for $3,500 will last you a lot longer though...
Does a 10 speed count? I use to work w/ Tony so i felt i had to join this site
But in all I did learn a lot on here about safety and looking our for bikers when i am driving.

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That's exactly what I was going to say...though I didn't know the GS500e can be had for so cheap! Cool!

I started on an '01 SV650. Great bike! The fuel injected ones (in regards to what Chey was saying) are '04 and later (maybe '03, the '03 model was a weird inbetween model). Fuel Injection helps with starting etc.

Take the class as COD. In fact, take it THIS YEAR. As the season progresses, many people who are waiting for their date to get into the class have either just gone out and taken the DMV test or get lazy and don't go to their date...so there are more and more openings as the year progresses. DON'T waste your time at midnight in Feb trying to get a spot in the next years classes...just do a Walk-In at COD and you'll get in after a couple tries...or maybe first try like Peanut did.

I don't recall needing your permit to take the class at COD, but as mentioned previously it's only $10-$12 bucks and a quick test that's super easy to pass if you've read the IL motorcycle safety manual. A friend of mine who I was teaching to ride read the manual in line for the test and passed first try.

DO EET!
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So for all you people who use gear when riding, do you guys ride when it's 85 and up out?

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So for all you people who use gear when riding, do you guys ride when it's 85 and up out?
at that point I'll go helmet, gloves, jeans, over the ankle boots and omit the jacket. It's the choice I make.

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No need to forgo the jacket in the heat just get a mesh one.
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I hate mesh and would never recommend one, just my opinion though


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So for all you people who use gear when riding, do you guys ride when it's 85 and up out?

I wear full leathers even if it is 85 degees out. Go mesh id you want it melted into your skin. Thats what happens when you crash with a mesh jacket on.

For your first bike i would get a SV 650. Perfect all round bike. 99-02 would be perfect and you can get good deals on them also. I would not pay over 3 grand for one. I recently found a nice one for $1900 but is sold before i could contact the seller.
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