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03-08-2008 03:43 AM  10 years agoPost 41
A. Bundy

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Now that I had my disclaimer....I'm 6ft 210.I have rode Harleys,a GSXR1000RR,several R6s,a CBR900RR,and a ZX636.The 600s feel small to me.The sportbikes in general are fun but hard to enjoy on any kind of long ride as far as my back goes.I would buy a bike in a second if I just had to count on me,but no way an I going on the road with the inbread,texting,cell-phone-talking,brain-dead freaks that you need to "share" the road with.I've had one too many times that someone just looks right through you and starts to pull off a side street right in front of you before they notice you coming.Good luck with whatever you decide.

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03-08-2008 07:04 AM  10 years agoPost 42
Justin911

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thanks man. I am really swaying toward the sv650 with the full fearing.. it looks like a superbike which is what i am looking for, but is still a sv650

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03-08-2008 10:57 AM  10 years agoPost 43
bagobitz

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saddleworth,lancs,UK

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with the full fearing..
never has a freudian slip been more appropriate

As A Bundy and others have stated, the tin-box drivers will give you plenty of "fearing"

I suggest you have a careful look at the price of FAIRING panels...If you find a popular model, the aftermarket will produce replica panels at half factory price (or less)

These lumps of tupperware put me right off modern bikes,they need so little damage to write a bike off, financially....one of the main
reasons for astronomical insurance costs.
the other is inexperienced riders getting thrown off when their new toy hits the power-band
Some models have a huge rate of major shunts in the first few miles and the insurance industry virtually kills them stone-dead.

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03-08-2008 01:27 PM  10 years agoPost 44
GMcNair

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Birmingham AL

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Bagobitz, the sv doesn't come with them...lower fairings are an aftermarket item on the sv series anyways. So if that "put you off" modern bikes, what's the alternative, to buy a bike that is so old, parts are no longer manufactured, forcing you to dive through parts bins and bikes at salvage yards?

Justin, don't let the cost of damaged plastic repairs put you off any particular bike. That's like saying you won't buy a particular car because of the cost to repair a fender if it gets hit. Or you won't buy a particular r/c heli because of the cost to replace a canopy. Buy what you like, and insure it, that simple. You can buy frame sliders which do an amazing job of preventing damage to bodywork. I was witness to a local dropping his bike after a stoppie gone wrong, and the only damage was a slight scuff on a clutch lever. And the bike had a brand new paint job! A delrin part, a bit larger diameter than a D sized battery, saved about $1500 worth of plastic and paintwork. I was stunned.

Justin, definitely enroll in a motorcycle safety foundation course http://www.msf-usa.org/ and you'll learn more than just basic skills. Can't wait to see photos of your shiny new ride. Seek out the "up on 2" thread and post photos there when you get it!

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03-08-2008 02:25 PM  10 years agoPost 45
A. Bundy

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Two different kids that worked for me laid down R6s under 50 mph in single bike wrecks and both insurance companies totaled the bikes.They are trying to make them so light that they crash like F1 cars.And if they slide any distance,they wear holes in the engine cases easy.....My buddy had to abandon ship off a 2007 dirt bike last summer and the thing got really tore up for a pretty minimal crash as well.

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03-08-2008 02:26 PM  10 years agoPost 46
Eury

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I'm at the same place A. Bundy is, I rode on the streets for years, and stopped about a year ago when I sold my Kawasaki ZX-9R. I've got a wife and now a 1mo old son who need me, and I had far too many close calls over the years to keep doing it. When he gets older, I'll buy us dirt bikes, but I think my street riding days are over.

Nick Crego

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03-08-2008 10:24 PM  10 years agoPost 47
ket

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there is nothing safe about rideing any bike at hi speeds.. well maybe out west on a wide open highway, but east of the big muddy it just aint there..

I dont know if there will be any or much fuel savings if you are going flatout..let see how fast I cn go..

me I ride a big heavy slow roadking 2003. cant out run anything with it, but will get up to speed limit faster than just about any car and get on average 45mph.. I guess I'm just to old to want to go fast any more..

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03-09-2008 03:00 AM  10 years agoPost 48
fritzthecat

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Virginia Beach, VA

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If you want something cheap, a lot of fun and did I say cheap:

The ultimate urban assault cycle: Kawasaki KLR650

Fritz


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03-09-2008 03:13 AM  10 years agoPost 49
ant_mb

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United States

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fritzthecat

This is a real mans DS!

Honda XR650L

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03-09-2008 03:23 AM  10 years agoPost 50
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Keeerrrisst! $5k+ for a 650 enduro?? Wow.

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03-09-2008 03:27 AM  10 years agoPost 51
ant_mb

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Keeerrrisst! $5k+ for a 650 enduro?? Wow.
Most people would say the same thing when you tell them how much you have in that little toy you fly!

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03-09-2008 03:37 AM  10 years agoPost 52
GimbalFan (RIP)

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I guess I'm thinking back to around '85 to the last enduro I bought, a Honda XL 350 with the four-valve head. I think I paid all of about $900 for it brand new.

A 400% price increase (adjusted for displacement) over 22 years? Wow still.

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03-09-2008 04:04 AM  10 years agoPost 53
Justin911

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back on topic to street bikes! haha

I am really liking this one above, but in a black color...

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03-09-2008 11:00 AM  10 years agoPost 54
hondaboy945

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My daily driver/rider is a 2008 CBR600RR "Graffiti" and I love it. I have had 5 different CBR's and have enjoyed everyone of them. If you are careful you can ride anything. Buy what you like and what you will enjoy riding, get frame sliders, and ride with all of the right gear (helmet, gloves, leathers, boots, not jeans, shorts, flip-flops). I ride, my wife rides, and we love it. IMO you should ride because you enjoy it not just because you want to save money. Riding is safe as long as you are protected and pay attention.

Check out the Ducati "Hypermotard" it is badass.

Oh yeah, if you get a bike try wearing earplugs after your first ride. You will be amazed at the difference a little foam in your ears makes.

Ride safe.

GO FAST, OR GET PASSED!!

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03-09-2008 11:04 AM  10 years agoPost 55
hondaboy945

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, get full coverage insurance. Here in Fl Sate Farm is who I use and they have been great. Full coverage = $34 a month. And the MSF class is a must. Even though I said in the previous post, get the right protective gear. You will thank me for it.

GO FAST, OR GET PASSED!!

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03-09-2008 05:38 PM  10 years agoPost 56
electriciancarl

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East Mesa Az.

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After almost two years in storage mine goes back on the road this week.

Treat me good, I'll treat you better. Treat me bad, I'll treat you worse.

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03-09-2008 05:59 PM  10 years agoPost 57
easyrider1

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when i was taking a road trip about 3 yrs. ago i got a flat tire out in middle-of-nowhere wyoming.the last town was 40 miles back and the next 60 miles ahead. a guy from san diego stopped to offer assistance,he was on a kaw.klr650. he claimed he got 55 m.p.g. crusing. said he rode it to work in san diego about 70-75m.p.h. didn't say what top-end was.he had it setup pretty nice w/saddle bags,a bag on the back rest and a tank bag,a faring and pegs. i'll probly be getting one fairly soon cause me and the wifey will be hitting the road this summer full time in our travel trailer after we sell the house. i'm hoping the klr650 will fit on a bumper ext.but an on road-off road bike that can get 55 m.p.g. sounds like a lot of fun.

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03-09-2008 06:07 PM  10 years agoPost 58
easyrider1

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i like the look of the older klr650, i think early 1990's looked a little more sporty with a lower front fender and nicer paint and graphics.

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03-09-2008 07:05 PM  10 years agoPost 59
A. Bundy

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Fritz,I had a 93? KLX650 desert racer similar to that.Awesome power,but at 285# it jumped like a Sherman tank.That bike was picked up in a trade and scared me every time I rode it.I ended up trading it in for a 98 CR125.

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03-10-2008 03:30 AM  10 years agoPost 60
dg512055

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Get a Gold Wing 1800. You can have more fun on this bike than you can imagine. I have one of these, plus an XR650L, a CRF 450, an XR200 (wife's).

Just kidding about the 'Wing. Most other guys on this thread are right about the Suzuki 650 V-Twin. You can't go wrong. I would have a V-Strom 1000 or 650 if I could find one used. No one parts with them. Must be a good reason for this. If you pick a high-strung 600 sport bike, you will be sick of trying to commute or run around town. They have minimal low end power, making for poor ridability. They are track equipment and this is the only place they are comfortable. You need a bike with good low end and midrange power delivery. If you are new to riding, this will help you on the street. These type of bikes require less attention to operate, leaving more attention to the idiots in the cages you will share the road with. If you MUST have all the bodywork, take a look at a Honda VFR (Interceptor). A more civilized sport bike with more upright seating and neat V-4 engine. I had one of these and they will do it all from easing around town to touring. Good resale I think, but a crash will mean $$$$$$$$$$$$$. Good luck with you decision.

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