Motorcycle for a Character

First off, I’d like to say that even though I would love a motorcycle, I know jack shit about them. Of course, this post isn’t so much for me as it is for a character of mine I am currently developing. So, if any motorcycle enthusiasts or people who know anything at all read this, can you please tell me what are the most popular bikes for beginners? This character I am working on is a teenager, and so would not have anything overly fancy (if fancy at all), but for the story’s sake I do want to be as accurate as possible. Besides the models (my favorites being Yamaha and Suzuki because some of the models I’ve seen are short people friendly), what basics must one know about them? Maintenance for example, brakes, steering, etc.? Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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2 thoughts on “Motorcycle for a Character”

  1. Honda CB’s are pretty good beginner’s bikes. CB250, CB400, CB650, CB750 are affordable and simple for youngsters. Back in the ’70s and ’80s they were VERY popular bikes that people would ride as is or even build into choppers or cafe racers. Now you can find them on Craigslist for $500 so that would be a pretty common bike for a teenager. The main regular maintenance on bikes besides oil changes would be checking/adjusting chain tension, clutch and brake cables (on one of those older Hondas) or fluid, and tuning or jetting the carburetors. I would also look up some dual-sport bikes (street-legal dirtbikes), like the Yamaha DTs or Honda XRs. I’ve seen lots of kids on those bikes and I had one for a little while when I was younger. My favorites are Yamahas and Triumphs, but I don’t think Triumphs are real popular with kids and they’re not as common in the states.

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