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Old 02-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Officially Buying a new bike!

Hey all!

Its official, I'm looking to upgrade from my first bike ('86 Honda Nighthawk) to something bigger.

I was looking at the sv650 (Naked of course) and Gladius, with of course paying attention to the Honda 599 and bikes of the sort. Problem is, however, I'm wondering if its reasonable to go ahead and shoot for my ultimate goal of a buell lightning. I figure a bunch of you guys have had some experience with a buell, so I was wondering what ya'll thought.

Probably looking at model year '99 to 2003. Particularly for the price. I've been riding for almost a year, and I am very comfortable with my riding habits and skills. Just wondering if its a good jump to make.

Thanks and keep the rubber side down
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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I rode a 1995 shadow 600VLX for a year. Recently bought a 2011 CBR600RR. I smile when I wake up to sunshine, and giggle a little when I get home after each and every ride. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:41 AM   #3
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P.S. If you're gonna keep it for awhile, I'd look for an xb12. The xb9 is super sweet but somedays I just feel like I should have gone all the way.
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I rode a 1995 shadow 600VLX for a year. Recently bought a 2011 CBR600RR. I smile when I wake up to sunshine, and giggle a little when I get home after each and every ride. Hope that helps.
Didn't know you moved up!

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Old 02-17-2012, 05:27 AM   #5
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Look at the Buell's after 2000. I think that was the last year for the tube frame. Very fun bikes, both the xb9 and 12.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:32 AM   #6
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Are you 100% sure you want a naked bike? Have you ever rode a bike with fairings?
The wind will beat you up pretty good above ~80 or so
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:03 AM   #8
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The wind will beat you up pretty good above ~80 or so
One of the reasons i love my 14 so much. I have never owned a bike that handles wind rain and such so well
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The wind will beat you up pretty good above ~80 or so
I don't know about the buell's ergos, but a little forward lean and a bikini fairing go a long way. My 250 had much better wind protection, but the monster isn't intolerable. I commute 30 miles of freeway to and from work at ~85 mph without complaint.
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I have the half fairing version of the SV650 and the full fairing model of the SV650.. Honestly there is a world of difference in wind protection and how comfortable a cruise it is but at the end of the day... i love to ride my naked more than the fairing bike...

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Look at the Buell's after 2000. I think that was the last year for the tube frame. Very fun bikes, both the xb9 and 12.
2002 was last year for tube frame and the first year for the XB. They made both that year.
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Why not an 04ish z1000?
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:38 PM   #13
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Why not an 04ish z1000?
Because he should get a buell.
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I rode a friend's XB12XT, and there were many things I liked about it. I really wanted to love it, but I just couldn't handle the lumpy idle of the Harley engine. I ended up buying an FZ6 because I like the smooth power delivery of the 4 cylinder.

By the way, my son rides a nice Red, White and Blue '86 Nighthawk.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:32 AM   #15
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Hey everyone sorry to take so long to reply.

I'm really leaning toward the naked bikes, I've never cared too much for fully faired rides, but thats just my opinion.

I've heard that the xb12's are way too much lump for commuting, I am graduating in May, and I will keep this next bike for a few years, so would the 12 be a good idea for commuting?

Also, whats the insurance look like? (if anyone knows)
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