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Thread: Found a great 'first bike' for my teenager! Yamaha Majesty 400

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    It's a way of life! oldnslow's Avatar
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    Found a great 'first bike' for my teenager! Yamaha Majesty 400

    After months of research and shopping, I bought my 16 year old a '05 Yamaha Majesty 400cc scooter. It is his first 'street' bike. He has taken to this bike like a duck to water. I think I may have found the perfect first bike! It is a CVT transmission, so no shifting, so less things to detract his attention. It has plenty of pep. Its not some slug that can't get out of its own way, so its fun ride. It will easily cruise at 60 mph or is happy at 30 mph. It has fantastic disc brakes. Relatively low seat height. It handles better than I would have ever imagined. HUGE storage under the seat. (full helmet and his back pack or a basketball or another helmet....) The dual element headlight makes my R1100RT's headlight look like a candle compared to it. LED tail light and brake light. Servicing the thing is a snap. I changed the belt, two air filters, and put in different variator weights, cleaned the pulley surfaces all in less that 2 hours. The tires are cheap to buy. And...get this...he thinks it looks cool!. I will say, it is a sharp looking machine.

    I will add this, he has about 8 years experience on dirt bikes, including some hare scramble races, so he is comfortable on a bike and with lots of things going on around him. He has crashed more times that I can count, so he also knows the results of making a mistake on a motorcycle. Nevertheless, he will be taking a rider course very soon.

    I think these maxi scooters are a hoot!
    Mike Davis
    "Old n Slow" It's a way of life!
    1985 K100RT

    1998 R1100RT

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    Minnesota Nice! braddog's Avatar
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    Congrats to the young man. I was wondering if he was "straight stick" experienced, but since he's ridden dirt, he obviously knows the ins and outs of using a clutch and shifting.

    Good to hear that he'll be taking a course. Honestly, I don't think there's such a thing as too much experience when it comes to riding on the street, or driving a 4-wheeled vehicle on the street, for that matter.

    As I recall, Majesty's have a good amount of storage under the seat.
    Brad D. - Member #105766
    '77 R100RS - Black Beauty (big pipe, baby!)
    '94 R1100RS - Sylvia

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    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
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    Coolest starter bike is the R65.
    Kent Christensen
    '12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S

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    Encourage his safety and get the MSF done soon. Its great seeing your young ones come along like this and you show it too, Dad. My two Daughters are 26 and 30 now, but got their own bikes too. My youngest at 26 took the MSF and soon after shopped the new F700GS, as she can afford it in here career. Its also a fine starter and she has just ridden her first solo trip on it away from home. My eldest girl(also MSF Grad) also started on the F650 years ago and were easy bikes to learn on, SO your Son will want to move up in a couple years, most probable. The 400 sounds nice, enjoy it, promote his well being as "traffic never equals" dirt riding experience. His education here is paramount to his long happy life riding bikes. I did the same thing when young, raced dirt mx and we had no MSF or much help of any kind. At 61 now, riding continually since my early teens, its been a great life. He has so much to look forward to. Happy Trails, RandyGSA1200. Show him whats in his future GSA1200?

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    Registered User argent brick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Coolest starter bike is the R65.
    Agreed. My starter bike was a R60/6 decked out to look like a R90s. I miss that bike.
    MOA #57883
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    Past: 1978 Yamaha XS 750, 1976 BMW R60/6

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    Rally Rat
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    My father in law has a Majesty 400, has been enjoying it for 3-4 years. My son started on a Suzuki GS 500, the naked model. He never rode dirt bike, wanted to learn the clutch and shifting. Fun to share the hobby/sport with your kids!

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    I agree the Majesty is a great scoot and a good learning machine. But who thought "Majesty" was a good name? I know the Japanese manufacturers tend to have very different names for their home market bikes and cars (I once had a Datsun Bluebird - AKA "510" - but I guess someone figured out a "Bluebird" wouldn't sell in the USA) The worst ever bike name from Japan? The Marushin "Lilac" from the 1960s (actually a BMW rip-off) But I digress.

    Great to hear you've got the lad on a sensible machine, not a CBR 1000 like some youngsters like to start off on (and sadly, end on) And dirt riding is the best training any rider can have. Congrats, dad!

    PS- My first bike was a used Zundapp Sabre 200. Cheap and easy.

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    Scooter Whisperer
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    Boca Raton Florida
    The Majesty is a great scooter. Good choice, and the kid is right..scooters ARE cool!
    2013 C650GT
    1964 Vespa GS, 1968 Vespa SS 180, 1964 Vespa GL, 1967 Vespa GT

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