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Old 07-04-2011, 11:00 AM   #21
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If you're going to get an SS, go with the R6...looks pretty
I wouldn't get the R6 for commuting. I commuted my R6 for a while and wasn't too comfortable. Get something more comfortable. I had a gsxr and those were actually pretty comfortable.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:18 AM   #22
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I think a FZ 600 might be a great next step, of the GS 500 would be much faster than the 250 but not as bad as the 600,s, and both of those would be low maintence and more upright, and cheaper than any of the ss bikes
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:52 AM   #23
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what a bout the ninja 650r/500r????
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:54 AM   #24
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what a bout the ninja 650r/500r????
Both good choices, the 650R is a much more up to date bike than the 500

Check the Suzuki 650 Bandit as well.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:02 PM   #26
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You can to a point, with risers and lowering the pegs.. on some but not all bikes.
On all bikes there are handlebar conversions, and I know several adjustable footpegs that will allow you to move over 2 inches in any direction the foot position.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:06 PM   #28
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Get a Bandit 1200. I put a lot of miles on my old 2001. Well over 100k on her through college. I rode it everywhere. Plenty of MANAGEABLE power, sporty enough, super awesome 60-80 roll on accelleration. Can hang some with the faster bikes. Comfortable enough to take it to Big Bend in a straightshot (18 hrs? but don't really remember right now). Its fast enough yet allows more room for error correction.
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Either the Ninja 650, GSX650F or Yamaha FZ6R. More upright position than a SS and very forgiving power but still have enough to be perform in the highway.

http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs...z6r-89460.html

I particularly have an FZ6R which I sometimes use for commuting 40 miles round trip (mostly highway). Very comfortable imho and if you open the throttle you'll pull ahead easily and steadily.
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Yep, definitely read the article above and go sit on as many as you can. I commute 50 miles each way and the GSX650F is as comfortable as can be. I sat on a ton of bikes before locking in on it. not sure on the FZ6, I didn't look into those, but 650Rs and 650Fs should be pretty easy to find at a reasonable price.
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I commute 45 miles a day on my GS500F. It's comfy, has plenty of power for commuting, only notice the lack of power when riding with my friend and his R6. I had been debating selling my bike because I'm in a financial pinch right now. I love the bike. It's awesome on gas too. I've been getting 50mpg+ commuting. I rode a GS650F, not as comfy as the GS500F, and waaay heavier. Power was alright. I didn't notice a huge gain in power, not in around town riding at least. If I had to ditch my GS, and get a relacement commuet, it'd be an FZ6, or a Honda 599. My wife's FZ6R is a good bike too.
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Sounds like you need more seat time on your 250.
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Can anyone recommend a good bike to purchase after the ninja 250??

Looking for a sport bike with a little more power, but not looking for anything that will send my front end flying if I accidentally pop the clutch.. Will a 600cc be a huge jump from a 250??

Suggestions??

Only interested in the sport style bikes.

BTW: The main use for the bike would be commuting on the highway. Not looking to stunt, race, or do anything crazy.
This... You are not ready. Learn to ride the 250 good.
The 250 will do 100mph. fast enough for tracffic.
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And then there is is. You dont even ride off of surface streets.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:40 PM   #38
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Ya, agree with John. 250 it up for 3 - 6 months and really learn how to ride it. Anything 600cc will get you in trouble quick if you are still unsure of yourself.

Then get an SV650. It's upright, torquey, but not all that fast. Best urban commuter bike around is the SV naked, in my opinion.
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There is always the ER-6n. Have a friend who just got one and she loves it. Its a naked ninja with an upright riding position like your 250.

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