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Old 09-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #21
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Since your using is for a commuter I would also make sure to consider ergonomics. You want something that is comfortable for you to sit on for the duration of your commute. I know from experience that the SV650 is quite comfortable and it seems based on the reviews I read that the 08+ ninja 250R seems to have a more upright position as well.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:46 PM   #22
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o.. just forgot... KLR650 if you want some dual sport look: cheap, good riding position (not my personal cup of tea though)
or if you wanna spend GS650 also nice
I vote for the KLR650 or KLX250. They are great bikes. My KLR gets about 60 mpg and a normal day and the KLX250 will do better than that. If you want to go to and from work off the highway the KLX is the better choice.

They are not the prettiest bikes or the most comfortable but they are rugged, reliable, tough and can go anywhere. Having a 6 gallon tank is nice as well. You will not even remember the last time you filled up. Also sitting on the KLR you are taller than most SUVs.

Although mines a 2011 and they only redesigned the body to look like this around 2008 so they are around $4000 for a used one. The older ones are basically the same but more dirtbikish, but you can get them for as low as $1000.

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Old 09-16-2011, 10:42 PM   #23
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when making the argument from economics you need to consider things like tires which you will replace much more often on a bike than a car.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:51 PM   #24
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get a Honda shadow. 600 or 750. will get you up to 70 with no worries, comfortable riding position, 60mpg, 75$/ year on liability insurance. I think about 200$ Yearly for full coverage. Can't beat it.. I ride my 600 on a few twisties. My reason for getting it started out as a get-to-work vehicle, then weekend fun.. then both. It's a good bike to start with. But I need more POOOOOOOOOOWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!.. well now i do.
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when making the argument from economics you need to consider things like tires which you will replace much more often on a bike than a car.
What he said is so true you are not going to save any money beleive me you are going to spend more buy yourself a Honda CRX or a cheap old transportation car if you want to save money

You will have to replace tires every 5k miles if you ride it like an old fart, so good luck but really dont think you are going to save money, repairs even if you are so crazy to do it yourself are going to cost you, if you buy an old bike price just a few replacement parts like chain and sprokets every 12k miles, tires every 5k for the rear and 8 for the front, brake pads and lets not talk about if you crash it stay away if what you looking is to save money my best advice and again good luck
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