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Old 08-31-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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Since I dont have time to work on the miata my attentions are diverted to more ways to kill myself. I want a bike. I want to stay below 3 grand and recommednations? Im a pretty big guy 250lbs and have ridden motorcycles since i was 13. I dont want a pure crotch rocket but it definitly has to handle.

Right now people have me looking at some used Suzuki sv650.

Lets hear recommendations and links are always apprecaited. I would do the reserach myself but I have been putting in 12hr days at school and I could use the help.
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if you go to 4k you'd get a lot more for your money and a bike you won't grow out of too quickly.


Actually i would say it more depended on your riding abilities. If you know how to handle a bike half decently you'll be happy you spent the extra money, if not get the cheapest bike you can to learn on, then dump it to get something nice.

SV650s are ok, the handle well and are easy to manage but you'll get bored with it pretty fast(slow)

ok well i'll add some more. A lot also depends if you can hunt down a bike for a good price, i've seen some great deals out there.
i haven't been watching the bike market lately but here's my rough guess of what to look for.
cbr F2 2500-3500
cbr f3 3000-4000
97-00 gsxr 600, 96+ zx6r f4/f4i 3500-5000
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Yeah I really dont want crotch rockets tho, and 4k is not an option 3k max.
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i love my vf500c i have about 75 whp now and at 225lbs plus helmet it pulls me to low 12's at the strip while still handling quite well they where only made fo r2 years though 84-85. The magna 1100 or vf1100c 83-86 is also a good option it is the only one with a good power to wieght ratio hte 750's are all to heavy and do not make enough hp to justify the purchase to me. The aerodynamics of either will limit topend as well as the ***** ya got to go flat out you guys probably thought i was a comic book guy huh i gues you learn something new everyday. btw my 500 wieghs 390 full of fluids and on the road it has a ptw comparable to the new 600's. The biggest issue of the bike is am only gettin a little better than stock performance out of it since i weigh so much if i wsa 150-160 lbs like the test riders of every objective bike magazine it would be quicker remember htat as well it is important ot get personable info when comparing something as personal as a bike.
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An SV650 is pure crotch rocket, just without the fairing. At 250, you might want to think about a bigger motor. I'd say (if you like the looks of the SV) you were in the market for a Suzuki TL1000S or or Honda VTR1000. A stock mid-nineties example with medium miles will be around $3k.

If the part of a crotch rocket you don't like is the riding position, just get a bar-riser kit to solve your problem.
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I havent been on the SV650 but it doesnt look bad especially compared to my cousins ninja or roomates cbr for riding position. Im not going to mess with any of the bikes. I want a bike to mess around with and give myself a thrill.

At the end of the year I will sell it and buy my real bike, so investing anymore money into it now is a waste.

Thanks for the comments and ideas, i am looking at all the bike you guys recommend. Unfortuantly some **** came up and Now im down to a 1000 budget till i save up some more.
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The SV650 is a great bike, I highly recommend it.
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[QUOTE=samnavy;42649]An SV650 is pure crotch rocketQUOTE]

i don't consider a crotch rocket at all, with a v-twin and a less agressive riding position and 30 or so less horsepower and a single disc brake up front. lacking fairings still weights a little more than a modern 600.

I'm not saying it's a bad bike i just don't want anyone to expect too much from it.
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i don't consider a crotch rocket at all, with a v-twin and a less agressive riding position and 30 or so less horsepower and a single disc brake up front. lacking fairings still weights a little more than a modern 600. I'm not saying it's a bad bike i just don't want anyone to expect too much from it.
That's ridiculous. In fact, they're so good and so popular they've got their own class in most motorcycle race bodies. Go tell these guys not to expect much from an SV650 http://www.sv650.org/

Calling a motorcycle a "Crotch Rocket" is just a term of endearment given to all SPORTBIKES. Would you say this bike isn't a crotch rocket because it only has one cylinder, one brake rotor, less power, and less weight? http://www.onyerbike.net/2006/aprilia/rs125.htm Let's not split hairs here man! Obviously it won't keep up with a modern 600cc SUPERSPORT, but as for it being a potent machine... we all know that 90% of going fast is in the rider. If Hayden were on a Honda Shadow and I was on a CBR600r, your money better be on him. I've been trounced by plenty of SV650 riders in the hills on my 1000cc Aprilia Falco (120whp, Galfer waves, pipes/chip, Diablos, etc...).

And now that his budget is down to $1000, it doesn't matter anyways. You can't get crap for $1k.
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well i consider crotch rocket=supersport.

like i said they're not a bad bike, and like you said so much depends on the rider. and i agree for 1K just forget about it, you're probably going to end up with something that's just more dangerous than anything
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for a grand ill just get something old, as for it being dangerous? Ehh as long as it has good tires and brakes that work, ill be fine.

im trashing the bike in 9 months anyways for a ducati

But sam navy, I dont agree thay they are crotch rockets because of the riding position but I do agree that they are good bikes with impressive capabilites specially for the price.
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if you don't have time to wrench on the miata, buying ducati wouldn't be a good idea.
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if you don't have time to wrench on the miata, buying ducati wouldn't be a good idea.
haha too funny. what ducati were you looking at purchasing a year from now?
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Go for any of the big fours in-line 4 bikes. I have a Yamaha600R and it is way faster than an sv650. I do like the SV's though, they are just not as mind boggling fast as the in-line 4's. Good luck to you.
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if you don't have time to wrench on the miata, buying ducati wouldn't be a good idea.
In a year from now i will, and in a year from now i wont have a miata with any luck
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Go for any of the big fours in-line 4 bikes. I have a Yamaha600R and it is way faster than an sv650. I do like the SV's though, they are just not as mind boggling fast as the in-line 4's. Good luck to you.
Thanks, unfortuantly any of the inline 4 bikes are away above my cost range at least for now.

As for what ducati I havent decided yet, Ive always just been taken back by their style. I might just stick with a Ninja tho, Kawasaki is sorta my familys brand.
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i want a dual sport.

a bmw f650, in particular.

i have a few friends with ducatis. love to look at them, love to hear them, hate to hear the owners bitch about fixing them.
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i have a few friends with ducatis. love to look at them, love to hear them, hate to hear the owners bitch about fixing them.
Yeah thats really all i worry about.
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zrx1200. I loved it. its enough tht you wont grow out of it and its a standard so no crotch rocket twitchy steering

this was mine, round headlight is from a buell
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I'll second the SV650. I have one myself, and it's great. I guess you could say it's slow in that it will never join the 200MPH club, but it's more than enough for blasting around town and on the freeways at sub-warp velocities.

The thing I love about that V-twin is that even though it'll happily rev to 10k if you feel like it, you dont *need* to do so. It's got so much torque down in the middle of the band that I almost never find myself pushing it past 7 or 8,000 RPM.

I also find the fitment quite good. I'm about 6'2", 190 pounds. The bike feels (and is) light and nimble, but with the lower pegs, more upright riding position and wider, taller bars, it doesn't give the elephant-on-a-tricycle sensation that I'd feel sitting on a Ninja 250 or a Buell Blast.

I looked at all the other naked contenders- the Kawasaki 650R, the Honda 599, and the Yamaha FZ6, and none just felt as "right" as the SV.
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