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Old 02-11-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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Need some help

Ok first off I grew up riding offroad and mx bikes.
I have putted around on a few smaller street bikes.
And I have been toying with the idea of getting back into street riding.
I went and looked at bikes a few years ago, and found it to be much harder than I first thought to make my mind up.
The sv650 [zuk] fit me really well..as did the yzf [the naked version].
As well as 10 others lol.
So now im trying to see what I should grab.
I have also looked at shadows v-star 650 and that class.
Im pretty open minded and more concerned with fit and ease of riding as opposed to a sport or cruiser.

Please don't bash me to bad I did use the search feature but I would like some honest opinions.
I'm 5'7" 190lbs.
One other concern is I have a trick knee so weight could be an issue.
For example I went and looked at a Harley 883 a few years ago and couldn't believe how heavy it felt just getting it off the stand.
dam near killed my knee!

Anyway thanks in advance!
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:48 PM   #2
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Which sv did you yuck at? There's also a ninja650, cbr500, amongst other options. List the 10+ other bikes you looked at and tell us what you consider the pros and cons of them. Wouldn't hurt to let us know what type of riding want to do as well.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Are you saying zuk, as in suzuki?
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Why not a supermoto? If ur use to MX u should feel at home on one...
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Are you saying zuk, as in suzuki?
Yes
I also looked at r6-gsxr-cbr etc.
The cbr 500 looks nice as does the little Ninja 300.
What im worried about is not having the time to ride to justify buying new [dropping a lot of coin]..
Or losing the care to ride.
To be honest.

The motard route I was considering but if I do that I have to keep a dirt set up around I know i'll want to ride in the dirt.[Sold my Yz last summer]
Not really interested in track riding.
Just looking for something fun to run around town on and hone my skills[lacking].

Im already a little nervous about riding around Houston with this crazy traffic.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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Sorry forgot the pros and cons.
R6 fit well but kinda worried about that much speed potential.
The sv 650 fit pretty good but seemed to be a long bike compared to others.
There were a few that seemed a little to tall but I can't remember which ones they were.
The shadow fit pretty well didn't seem to heavy but idid not have a chance to actually ride one.
And as stated before the 883 seemed very top heavy.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:00 AM   #7
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Sorry forgot the pros and cons.
R6 fit well but kinda worried about that much speed potential.
The sv 650 fit pretty good but seemed to be a long bike compared to others.
There were a few that seemed a little to tall but I can't remember which ones they were.
The shadow fit pretty well didn't seem to heavy but idid not have a chance to actually ride one.
And as stated before the 883 seemed very top heavy.
strange you thought the 883 was top heavy. it has a low center of gravity. I have a 1200 in my stable. the sv is a great bike. I had the naked sv sold it last summer.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:25 AM   #8
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You are looking at used bikes or new? If used, considering your choices are all over the place I would put more emphasis on what deals you can find.

If new, the CB500x is good value.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:05 AM   #9
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I'd go with the Ninja 300
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #10
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SV is a great all around bike. If it fits you well, I've found a sport/standard seating position to be the most neutral, and more comfortable over long distances than a cruiser position. It also has sufficient power for the experienced rider, as well as being relatively friendly for the uninitiated. For an all-around user-friendly and comfortable bike, that's where I'd put my money.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #11
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Kawi 650r's are GREAT bikes. Friendly, but still enough performance to not get bored of.
If you want cheap, basic, fun motorcycle a Suzuki GS500 is a good one. Basically bullet proof tons of parts, still fun to ride. And Cheap cheap cheap.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:07 PM   #12
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strange you thought the 883 was top heavy. it has a low center of gravity. I have a 1200 in my stable. the sv is a great bike. I had the naked sv sold it last summer.
The 1200 seemed easier for me to pick up off the stand.
I was shocked buy how heavy the 883 seemed I was set to buy one right then and there...until I picked it up.
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