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post #81 of 90 (permalink) Old 06-04-2008, 12:53 AM
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it all depends on what style you really like, If you like a sporty kind of bike, with only having to go 45 or so, the king of commuter would be the ninja 250r, even the gs500 or ninja 500. I have the gsx650f and it has really good gas mileage. Not to sure about the cruisers if thats what your into, but with your height and such, not many bikes will necessarily feel uncomfortable to you. I know my cousin is 6'4 and he rides the sv650 and it fits him nearly perfect. The best way to solve this issue is to go to a local or near dealership and try out a few bikes. I believe the best for your money IMO is either suzuki or kawi. But as i said, its all preference..
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Need advice for a sportbike to get

Hey everybody

Ok, so I am thinking about the next bike I am going to be getting in the near future and I wanted some advice from people who know. I am interested in a 600cc or greater sportbike.

The MUSTS are:
-Lightweight
-Top shelf, adjustable suspension
-absolutely prime time handling/agility/cornering

Beyond that I would prefer not to get a really high revving 4cylinder that doesn't come alive til 12000 rpms. I am more interested in a wide powerband, perhaps twin, perhaps not. I cannot break the bank but I am willing to invest a bit in a bike that can really perform. I prefer naked bike looks but I am not wedded to them. To give you an idea of my line ot thinking, I have always been hip to the Buell XB12R's jive, but I just keep hearing that the engine is ****.

thanks for any help anyone can give

have a great day!
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if you want a great bike that has a lower to mid powerband is the suzuki sv650. It doesnt have the best top end, but in the twisties its one of the best because the low end power is geared right. Its also 650cc bike, so its in the range you wanted. Now what we need to know is what experience do you have with bikes, if you have experience, then you can go for whatever bike you want because you driven bikes before, but if none to just alittle bit, then a ss bike (cbr, zx-6r or bigger, r6, r1, and gsxr) would definitely be way to much power. Its something that you have to be truthful on because a bike with to much power can hurt you or worse. The sv650 though is good for a beginner but has the power your talking about..
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You know its funny that you mention that because I currently ride an 07 SV 650. I agree it is a great bike, and I give it high marks across the board except for one major thing...the SUSPENSION. I have no idea why Suzuki made this bike so affordable and when deciding what areas they would need to scimp on to save money they decided to give it totally mediocre (if not straight bad) suspension that is not adjustable in the slightest. I went to a professional to get the suspension sport tuned and he told me it is impossible, can't be done, and the only alternative is to switch out the entire front end with a gsx front end, which will make the suspension superb, but costs major dollars.

I have been riding for two years, and I have a very good feel for riding, though I am by no means the fastest guy out there by a long shot. I am not ready quite yet but I can see myself perhaps even by the end of this season being ready to move up in power, not by a ton but this thing is only about 70 hp and I could go a little more than that, and also I can tell now very accutely that the suspension is affecting how far I can push my performance.

I am definitely thinking about the suspension upgrade for now, but there are a few pure bred carving machines out there that I feel are calling to me.
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A friend of mine has an SV for a track bike. I believe he has the GSXR forks on it and had a GSXR shock on the rear . That would make the suspension much better and completely tuneable. I believe he said he has an aftermarket shock on it. Check on some the SV boards to see what all they have done for suspension unless you're dead set on another bike.

Actually my only bitch about my Ninja 500 is the same as your SV, cheap, non-adjustable, suspension. The bad thing is mine's sprung for a 120 pounder (I'm closer to double that). I have the fork springs though, then I'll buy a shock.

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if you want more power but still nearly the same bike with better suspension, you should definitely look into the sv1000. I rode one my friend has and its the sv650 on steriods. I had a 05 sv650s and it wasnt much at all to change out my suspension with a gsxr. But as i said, look into the sv1000, i think you will like it
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The Hyosung GT650 Comet may be a good choice, too.

Nuff said.

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Cool

I just bought my first bike and i got a CBR600. I love it so far but i do understand what everyone means about "twichy". Its like the bike wants to take off like a rocket! Like Jax said above, it just takes some self control. I have been practicing around my neighborhood and i don't plan of going on the highway until i'm good 'n' ready.
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so whats the difference in laying down a 120hp bike rather than a 70hp bike? they all go over 100mph... seems like a self control issue.. I mean, if they are going to wreck either way...

I think its the point of which bike gets to 100mph the fastest, that tickles their balls.
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Street manners refers to the fact that 600cc and up sport bikes don't like putting around at legal speeds. They want to run at high RPMs and at high speeds, they are nimble enough that you might call them "twitchy", they are really more suited to a race track than a public road.

Bikes among this class that are easier to ride on the road and within the confines of the law are said to have better street manners.
I have ridden both the 06 cbr600rr and the 07' and both i find to be much more accomadating to normal traffic driving than many of the other bikes i have seen.

Many of the supersports i have ridden have trouble keeping a steady pace at say 35mph. The cbr however is easier to control and just seems more responsive to the driver.
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