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Old 07-14-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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Sold the GS500, now what?

Okay. My 1st bike was an 06 GS500F. Great bike. It fits what I needed perfectly. Cheap, reliable, great on gas, comfy. I commute 50 miles a day, and I loved riding the GS to work. Some financial hardships dictated I sell the bike. My brother-in-law was in the market for his 1st bike, so we made a deal. I still have my wife's FZ6R to commute in, but it is her bike. I'm not going to immediatley replace the GS. I believe I'll be ready to get another bike sometime after Christmas. I want my next bike to be comfy, sporty, have a bit more power than the GS, and affordable. Here are my choices:

1. Yamaha FZ6. I love my wife's FZ6R. I like the idea of a more aggressive version of it. More power, better handling, less weight. Still upright and comfy.

2. SV650. I'm partial to the fully fared version(but the naked is cool, too). I like the wind protection. I like the V-twin, and it's a Suzuki, like my beloved GS.

3. Ducati Monster. It would have to be an older one to fit my budget, but they are cool bikes.

4. Honda 599. Just a really cool bike. Kinda hard to find though.

5. GSX-R 600/750, CBR 600 F4i/RR, or R6. haha, yeah I know, not comfy. But I find a deal I couldn't pass up, I'd just daily the FZ6R and use the SS when I was riding with the wife.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:11 PM   #2
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I would get the SV. I'm partial to twins. Torque is nice for commuting. I don't like inline 4s for commuting. The engine is screaming when you are trying to keep some power on tap for passing and what not. The compression braking on twins is nice for commuting too. You can make it all the way home without having to brake much. Might as well get a 1000 though. In my opinion the power of the SV1000 is perfect for the street. Not too much, not too little. I had one for a few years and it was my favorite bike for commuting. Plus they sound evil with a nice exhaust. So does the 650 though.
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Okay. My 1st bike was an 06 GS500F. Great bike. It fits what I needed perfectly. Cheap, reliable, great on gas, comfy. I commute 50 miles a day, and I loved riding the GS to work. Some financial hardships dictated I sell the bike. My brother-in-law was in the market for his 1st bike, so we made a deal. I still have my wife's FZ6R to commute in, but it is her bike. I'm not going to immediatley replace the GS. I believe I'll be ready to get another bike sometime after Christmas. I want my next bike to be comfy, sporty, have a bit more power than the GS, and affordable. Here are my choices:

1. Yamaha FZ6. I love my wife's FZ6R. I like the idea of a more aggressive version of it. More power, better handling, less weight. Still upright and comfy.

2. SV650. I'm partial to the fully fared version(but the naked is cool, too). I like the wind protection. I like the V-twin, and it's a Suzuki, like my beloved GS.

3. Ducati Monster. It would have to be an older one to fit my budget, but they are cool bikes.

4. Honda 599. Just a really cool bike. Kinda hard to find though.

5. GSX-R 600/750, CBR 600 F4i/RR, or R6. haha, yeah I know, not comfy. But I find a deal I couldn't pass up, I'd just daily the FZ6R and use the SS when I was riding with the wife.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
it happens that i have my fz6 for sale
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. I want my next bike to be comfy, sporty, have a bit more power than the GS, and affordable. Here are my choices:
Anyway, let me know what you think.
here are some choices you may have overlooked..

Honda VFR. they have been made for a long time, so you should be able to find one that fits your budget. more comfy than the GS. awesome commuter, plenty of room for tank/tail bags etc which is handy for commuters. WAY more sporty than the GS, with plenty more power. they call them sport touring bikes, but its like a 80/20 split, mostly sport unlike most sport tourers which are more like 60/40. this bike easily pulls double duty as a daily commuter and then putting in overtime as a weekend warrior through the twisties. sounds like it fits the bill pretty well. they dont call them Interceptors for nothin

Suzuki Bandit. the 600's pretty much are along those same lines, maybe not quite as cool, but they fit the bill too i think. the bandit 1200's are beasts though. its a real sleeper in the lineup...i had always kind of dismissed bandits as boring standard bikes...until i rode one and holy . they will suprise you.

bolded the honda, cause honestly i think it would be perfect for ya.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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Years back, 2006 to be exact, I was real close to start riding. My friend(been riding a long time) went with me to a used motorcycle dealer. I saw a mint 1997 VFR750. I wanted to buy it on the spot. My friend(wisely) talked me out of it as a first bike. I didn't start riding until just recently, but that VFR has always been on my mind. Thanks for reminding me. It's on the list.
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you should look at 1st generation Yamaha FZ1s.
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I'm in love with my FZ6. I've ridden an Sv though and I think they are just as fun (unless you spend most of your time putting highway miles on the bike).
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you should look at 1st generation Yamaha FZ1s.
They are in the discussion, but the FZ6 is pretty similar, has enough power for me, and gets better gas mileage. That's why I didn't mention the Honda 919 either. Gas mileage is a factor as well. I have a 30mpg Corolla as my daily driver cage, so I want a 40-50mpg bike.
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Get an older f800s or st. They have good power and mileage. Plus the belt drive = less maintenance.
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The F4i isnt an SS and is very comfortable. Plus you get Honda reliability.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:26 AM   #15
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Get an older f800s or st. They have good power and mileage. Plus the belt drive = less maintenance.

A little to old for me.
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I can dig it.
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Be different...650r

267957 241350935876518 194804603864485 1051014 1059691 n

Or it's equivelant, ER6N

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That er-6n is nice, but if they came out of the factory like that Kawasaki would be the overall market leader.
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That er-6n is nice, but if they came out of the factory like that Kawasaki would be the overall market leader.
The only thing I can see thats different about that ER6N from the factory is paint, exhaust and an Ermax Bellypan (I think). It doesn't take much to make them look good. Fun, reliable, economical, easy on the body...

Or a Z1000 would be another great bike with more sport/power.
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He said he wants a reliable bike.
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