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Old 06-22-2010, 04:48 PM   #21
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Thanx man, and your suggestion is exactly what I'm looking for.

In fact, I'm trying to decide between:
08 Ninja 650r
08 sv650 SF
08 gsx 650f

All very comfortable bikes. All with great seat and handlebar positioning. All with excellent torque and not too much power for the street. ETC



A buddy of mine got a 2010 zx6r for his 1st bike. Its been a month. He already laid it down. I know how that goes
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I have the same ninja, and I'm currently selling it to pick up either:

Buell xb9/xb12
Suzuki sv650
Triumph speed triple / speed four
Yamaha fz6

Strange list I have, but all of these will be in my price range. I'm leaning towards the buell because I love the sound/torque.
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sv has all the sound and torque, plus reliability
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I've got an awesome SV650S I would sell to any of you guys.

'05 w/ 4k miles in mint condition.

Unfortunately I'm in Ohio, not very convenient...
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I <3 my SV650, and my SV650 <3 corners.

'05 with 14k miles, been down half a dozen times, still runs like new.

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Taking it to Mid-Ohio next monday and tuesday for a track day!! It's sheer joy to fly by the liter bikes when dumbasses park them in the corners.

(Dont worry, all the pretty stuff comes off when i go to the racetrack. It's in 'ugly form' in the trailer right now.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:29 AM   #26
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I used to love my EX500, fun to find the limits with, but I was GLAD when I stepped up to a real bike. Kawasaki was pushing it to get 50hp out of that motor, and they weren't good for a bit more. '80s tech, but simple and easy to maintain.

I later went to a Triumph Daytona 955i, and loved it. Powerful, comfortable, competent handling, and dependable. Working on it was not easy though.

How long have you been riding (years/miles)? How big do you want to go? I firmly believe in taking small steps, and either a 650 or older 600 will be considerably faster, but easy enough to learn to handle.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:43 AM   #27
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I've had MY OWN bike since december and riding it a whole lot every day. About 6-7 years ago I used to work for a bike performance shop, so I got to ride a **** ton of customer bikes. My bro has had bikes for years too, so I'm no stranger to bikes.

I must say, its a whole lot different having your own and riding it far and not just taking a friends out for a quick spin, so I consider myself a n00b in a way.

I'm not looking for a crotch rocket. Or anything extremely fast/uncomfortable.
That's why I listed the bikes I listed in my previous post: each is considered a "middleweight" and not a super sport. Each looks great, but is fairly comfortable. the sv adn 650r and pretty light. all are peppy but not insanely powerful.

I want something torquey. I don't want to have to wind out the motor to ungodly rpm to get moving. obviously a v twin is great for that, which is why an sv is my 1st choice. 650r is my 2nd choice, because even though its a parallel, its torquey as hell and fairly light. GSX I just threw in there,but probably won't get one because its insanely heavy, not torquey, and very hard to find.
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You Ninja 500 owners need to cut that crap off the tail...they look sooooo much better without that stuff hanging down over the rear wheel.
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My weekend bike...



I love the perks of working at a motorcycle dealership .
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I've had MY OWN bike since december and riding it a whole lot every day. About 6-7 years ago I used to work for a bike performance shop, so I got to ride a **** ton of customer bikes. My bro has had bikes for years too, so I'm no stranger to bikes.

I must say, its a whole lot different having your own and riding it far and not just taking a friends out for a quick spin, so I consider myself a n00b in a way.

I'm not looking for a crotch rocket. Or anything extremely fast/uncomfortable.
That's why I listed the bikes I listed in my previous post: each is considered a "middleweight" and not a super sport. Each looks great, but is fairly comfortable. the sv adn 650r and pretty light. all are peppy but not insanely powerful.

I want something torquey. I don't want to have to wind out the motor to ungodly rpm to get moving. obviously a v twin is great for that, which is why an sv is my 1st choice. 650r is my 2nd choice, because even though its a parallel, its torquey as hell and fairly light. GSX I just threw in there,but probably won't get one because its insanely heavy, not torquey, and very hard to find.
Go try the new Yamaha FZ8. Just got them in yesterday. It's a hot bike. Going to be a big seller.



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My friend has a 650r, and I have quite a few miles on it. It's amazingly comfortable, and amazingly torquey. Kawasaki took that bike, stripped the fairing off, gave it some higher bars, called it the Versys, and that bike won Bike of the Year from Motorcyclist magazine. I don't see how they could make his more comfortable, but somehow they did. Make that your #1 choice, 650r or the Versys.
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A friend of mine also has one and has had nothing but problems. Broken coil packs, been through 1 transmission and he waited 6 mo for those coils to arrive.

Kawi has terrible after sales support. There is a reason they're cheaper than others, it's because they're actually a lot cheaper. Since working for Yamaha, I've never seen one bike come in with a hole in the block. Whereas when I was at Kawi, multiple zx10's and zx6's with nice gaping holes. We're not talking one or two... try like 10.

I dunno... after working there I don't think I would ever buy a kawi.

The Japanese bike hierarchy goes like this.

Honda = Yamaha
Suzuki
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The Japanese bike hierarchy goes like this.
$$$$$ = $$$$
$$$
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Get what you pay for I guess.

To be clear, my friend has had ZERO problems with his beyond worn out tires from riding it so much. It's an '06 with 25,000ish miles. I knew a guy who brought a brand new Yamaha quad home that ended up having a pinhole leak in the head. Casting flaws, they happen.
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Not saying Yamis and Hondas don't have problems... everything does. BUT if you ever do, you'll get taken care of quickly and without much pain. I hope your buddy got a new quad. I have no idea how the techs would miss that during the PDI. Unless they knew and wanted to send it off anyways...

And pricing isn't that far off on them anyways.... MSRP, yes. Acutal selling price, not so much. It may be different in teh USA, but up here I don't think I've ever sold a Yami at MSRP. BMW's... yes. Because they will pay it . Yamaha.. when there are 8 competing dealers within an hours drive it gets crazy.
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Put my vote in for the sv650 or triumph 675.
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To me the Ninja 650 was the natural step up after the 500R. Much newer technology, great ergonomics, more modern looks, better power and suspension, and they make great sport tourers as well as good looking street fighters. I kind of regret not trying one, but I got a great internship the summer I sold my bike and ended up with enough to throw around for a litrebike and couldn't resist. Going from 50 to 130whp was nuts, and it took me a loooong time to really be comfortable on the Triumph, and that was only because it was a very composed bike. I'm a firm believer in incremental displacement steps, and had done pretty well before...CM400T, XS650, XV500.

I don't think you'll go wrong with an SV either. I actually prefer an inline since I grew up on metric bikes like that (XS650 was a GREAT bike), and I'm a Kawi fan. They did a lot of things right on the 650R, and everyone I know with one loved it, and was able to mold it to what they wanted with it filling the bill well.
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Yeah I want a middleweight/comfortable/not too fast bike. The 500R honestly felt GREAT. I just want a LITTL more torque and full fairings. Oh and DEFINITELY want a fuel injected bike.

That's pretty much the only reason I'm looking at the sv adn 650r..


A buddy of mine got a 2010 zx6r about a month ago. WAYY TOO FAST for a beginner and uncomfortable as ****.

I told him its way too fast for him. He laughed at me and said "I'm not riding a little 500"



Saturday night he laid it down.
I've been pointing and laughing at him ever since
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Saturday night he laid it down.
I've been pointing and laughing at him ever since
WIN

Just make sure you're laughing with your leathers on.
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Just make sure you're laughing with your leathers on.
+1

I don't wear the things I wear because I plan on falling down...


...I wear them because I plan to get back up
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