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Old 09-19-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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I'm set on getting either an old ducati monster or an fz6 - or maybe a 650, but the 650 rides closer to a SS than the other two?

I got pretty comfortable on taking curves on the zx6r. Although I'll have to refresh on riding period, I'd hate to have to re-learn how to take curves on standard bikes.

I will most likely NOT track this bike. I will most likely NOT ride with the ultra-fast people.

Why not go back to a 600? I don't think I can use 100% of a SS. Plus, I think I'll be sucked into riding with fast people and get addicted again. 500's are underpowered. 250's are expensive to maintain.

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I'm set on getting either an old ducati monster or an fz6 - or maybe a 650, but the 650 rides closer to a SS than the other two?

I got pretty comfortable on taking curves on the zx6r. Although I'll have to refresh on riding period, I'd hate to have to re-learn how to take curves on standard bikes.

I will most likely NOT track this bike. I will most likely NOT ride with the ultra-fast people.

Why not go back to a 600? I don't think I can use 100% of a SS. Plus, I think I'll be sucked into riding with fast people and get addicted again. 500's are underpowered. 250's are expensive to maintain.

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dude where in the have you been!??

I gotta a naked standard bike after 6 years of riding sport bikes and I love it for the street!! I would probably buy another SS bike for the street but would most likely still have a standard naked as well. For the track there is no other bike I would rather have but for the street as you say get a standard.

I would def get a V-twin or some sort. Whether a Duc or Ape or whatever. I love the power delivery, sound and torque of a twin. Check out the Motohouston for sale section. There is a Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 for sale
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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So are older Ducatis
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #4
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how are 250's expensive to maintain?
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sounds like you need a sv650 or ninja650
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:18 PM   #8
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If you think 250s are exp. to maintain, a duc ESP. An older duc will make you pass out.

A 650 would be your best bet

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:15 PM   #9
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SV1000 for the win.

Get all 100 or so hp under 50mph, and sound like a beast doing it.

Did I mention 65 lb/ft at 3,000 rpms? I'm addicted to mine. Ride 600's at the track but no more I4's on the street.
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SV1000 for the win.

Get all 100 or so hp under 50mph, and sound like a beast doing it.

Did I mention 65 lb/ft at 3,000 rpms? I'm addicted to mine. Ride 600's at the track but no more I4's on the street.
Little sad that they went I4 with the Versys1000. Was thinking about picking one up in a couple years.
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Just get what you are comfortable with and don't "get sucked in" to someone elses riding style or pace.

Ride your own ride...

Standards usually don't have a screen so for longer rides can get tiring.
They also have the bargain suspension, so if you do get the urge to step it up they aren't very comfortable at the pace.
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Love my small block Moto Guzzi 750 between 5000 and 6000 rpm when the tractor like torque kicks in and the light weight bike flies....agree on don't get sucked into a high performance bike you don't need. Why not a new Ducati Monster 795?
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Just get what you are comfortable with and don't "get sucked in" to someone elses riding style or pace.

Ride your own ride...

Standards usually don't have a screen so for longer rides can get tiring.
They also have the bargain suspension, so if you do get the urge to step it up they aren't very comfortable at the pace.
true, thats why i bought the bike i did, top flite susp. and perf. w/ upright bars.

though its not cheap.

i would do an FZ8 too
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:19 AM   #14
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Thanks for the responses. I know of the multi quote but am on my phone so things can get messy...

Anyway... I sold my bike last September because school was getting in the way... or is it the other way around... i may not have graduated if I kept the bike lol...

Racer: by getting sucked in, I meant getting addicted to speed and getting in trouble. I'm pretty confident about riding my own ride.

250s are expensive to maintain because the manual states you must get the valves adjusted every 5k miles. For us who don't have garages to work in, that's at least 300$ for a shop to do.

So older ducs are expensive to maintain? :( was looking at 02-05 monster :(
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:23 AM   #15
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So older ducs are expensive to maintain? :( was looking at 02-05 monster :(
Call Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited (281 444 0545) and ask his opinion on bikes with low maintenance costs
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:31 AM   #16
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The service interval on older air cooled Ducs is short and brutally expensive. Newer air cooled Ducs are better, but not great. If you are worried about maintenance costs stay away.
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Kaw 650r are cheap to maintain, and plenty of fun on a budget. ER6n if you like factory naked... or strip a 650r yourself.

They sit VERY upright stock. Toss on some LSL superbike Low bars and you get a perfect balance. Or some lower sportbars for the clip-on feel.

SV650 will have the same power, but more SS ergos.

Personally, my top bikes right now are Triumph Street triple, Duc Monster 796, or recently... maybe a hotrodded sportster.
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As much as I'd love euro bikes, I have a feeling insurance will kill me. An uncle is selling his 03 minster with 10k miles for cheap - that's the only reason I considered it.

Ill probably be looking at the ninja 650 or if I get extremely lucky, an sv.
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