Many of you have seen my question about the Camaro and CL. That's good and all but now that life situation has changed and riding will be the most economic and fun thing I can do. You see, there's a good chance I will be getting an off-campus apartment at my university next year. It won't be far, maybe 3-5 miles on some highway/city streets. I have a car already, but commuting to school and parking in those lots is a NIGHTMARE. If I had lived on campus I wouldn't need to commute but on-campus housing a rip off. Anyways, I'll keep my car and really only use a bike to commute to and from school. There's dedicated motorcycle parking in the lots and bike racks anywhere. I'll have to check the school rules but I think parking a motorcycle at a bike rack is okay since I see people with scooters do it all the time. Since I'm only using the bike on a short commute, good fuel economy and a cheap bike are important. I'll obviously make sure I spend a good amount on protective gear. I'm not into cruisers but sport bikes instead, however a Supermoto or Dual-sport will be good too. I'm actually thinking of a Dual-sport since my co-workers that ride say they're super easy to learn riding on and utilitarian since they can go anywhere. Anyways, I'm about 6'3" and 220lbs so I've been told a 250cc isn't the best and many have recommended a Suzuki SV650-S because of my size. If I do go with a 250, I like Hondas so whatever you recommend from them would be great.
Back on track... How do I convince my parents to let me ride? I've asked them what they think about bikes before and the answer was "NO.", however, considering I'm riding in a chillax evironment I think I should be able to convince them. Either way, bikes are cheap so I can buy one under their noses. Also, about the MSF course, I haven't found good info on it. I plan on doing it late July or in August, but what do I need to do other than sign up and pay? Do I need a helmet? What about the online thing? Thanks!
They're still helping me pay for school so while I have the "get good grades" part down I don't have the "do what we say" part down. They could cancel the loans, but I don't think they would do that.
Also, I'm not stupid. I will get a full face, expensive helmet. Along with full leathers and armored jacket/pants. Plus riding boots and gauntlets.
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this is the way I convinced my parents.. at first they obviously say no to bikes and they told me I can buy one after they are dead. so what I did was up the stakes really high and told them "okay im gonna buy a Nissan GT-R", I showed serious interest and eventually it made it look like purchasing a bike wasn't even half bad since they went through so much with me on going about purchasing and insurance, interest rates, etc. basically I just wore them out. it was all downhill from there, I said "you know what I'll just take the MSF course only just to see how it is", they didn't argue. then after I took it and passed I started shopping for bikes and at that point they seriously just were like "blech... okay fine".
not sure if this tactic will work on your parents, it takes time to wear them down, but I also did have the funds to purchase a GT-R and a motorcycle so it was looking legit serious to them, which probably contributed a lot to them changing their mind, being that eventually they realized a $120,000 car is not worth it compared to a $5300 motorcycle.
after all that I bought my gear first and then took the MSF, buying the gear first and already owning it before the bike was all the more reason to get a bike, otherwise that is more money down the drain and useless riding gear. then I went out and bought a Ninja 300, boom, I played the trust card extremely well and was super safe with my riding and proved it to them over time that I am a damn responsible rider. my parents don't care if I ride or not anymore, they trust me.
im kinda doubting this method will work in your case but buying a motorcycle is something that your parents will either be okay with or you just have to kinda go and do it, regardless of what they say. but don't be reckless about it, take baby steps so that your parents can warm up to the idea little by little and prove to them you are mature and responsible and won't get yourself hurt. show your interest in motorcycles and always be positive. don't try to fight them, just find a positive counter to an argument if need be.
lastly, I think it would be fine for you to start on a 650 or something alike. 250 is good as well, cheaper option too. if you want a small Honda then it would be a CBR250R, craigslist should have a bunch of them.0