Quote, originally posted by Daedalus » (I'm considering taking an MSF course)
Q: What can I expect at an MSF course? What should I bring? What if I've NEVER ridden a motorcycle before? What if I've never SAT on a motorcycle before?
You won't be alone, many people there have never ridden a motorcycle before. It starts very basic, and all of the trials are 15 mph and below. Starting and stopping, riding in circles, turning your head, basic stuff that you need to know.
Quote » Q: Is there such a thing as a newbie bike thats too old (mid 70's)? ARe there features on a bike that should be considered when looking for a newbie bike (disc over drum, light weight, etc...).
Never ridden a 70's bike so I'm not sure. But I hear the harley designs hail from the 1930's, and people still ride those.
Quote » Q: How do you size yourself for a bike (I'm 6'4", 200lbs)?
Basically your feet should touch the ground. It's mostly how comfortable you are. It has nothing, nothing to do with engine size. Don't let anyone tell you that. Your weight is not a problem, but your height may cause some issues. A sport bike is made for someone 5'8" or so. You may find cruisers to be comfortable, or a standard upright like a Vstrom 650. Sit on a few at the dealership, it's mostly a comfort thing.