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Old 09-28-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hey all. I'm new to the motorcycle world, but have been doing my research. I've learned that it's not a good idea for a beginner rider to buy a big 1000cc machine as his first bike.

One bike that interests me is the SV650... would this be a good first bike, or is it too much? I do have some experience on 2 wheels as I've been riding a 150cc scooter for a while now, but I'd imagine the scooter is a MUCH different experience than the motorcycle.

Another bike I'm considering is the Kawasaki Ninja 650r. I believe it's comparable to the SV650, but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with either bike, and believe that one is superior to the other.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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Both bikes would be ok started bikes, keep in mind that these are street bikes and they will go very very fast, very very quickly. I am biased to suzuki's since I own one of them, but the ninja's are good bikes too. Go sit on both of them and see what you think
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What Rex said. I own a SV 650S so of course am partial to them ....but they are both good bikes.

Borderline beginner bikes; better choice than an inline 4 or full on race replica, but a bit on the powerful side. If you have a lot of trouble with the friction zone and braking, or difficulty learning throttle control (like in the MSF) you might want to start out smaller. They are terrific bikes though, and you won't outgrow them. Plenty of power for highway use or carrying a passenger later if you want.

Check out http://www.svrider.com for alot of great FAQS on the SV. This is a website devoted to the SV. SVs have a huge cult-like following all over the world, and are very popular in other countries. It's really a fun do-it-all kind of bike.
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:06 PM   #4
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If I was a beginner and picked a bike as big as a 650 I would pick one you are sitting up straight instead of leaning forward like you are in a race...just my 2 cents.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:50 PM   #5
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If I was a beginner and picked a bike as big as a 650 I would pick one you are sitting up straight instead of leaning forward like you are in a race...just my 2 cents.
I've read that both the 650r and SV650 have raised handlebars, and lower seat-height so the rider isn't leaning forward as much (the 650r slightly moreso than the SV650).

Maybe that's not true?
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It's both true and not true. The naked version of the SV650 and the Kawi 650R are fairly upright seating. The sport version of the SV 650... was the SV650S but now its the SV650F (I think) has clip ons and you are more forward, though not as aggressive as say a GSXR.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:18 PM   #7
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i was a beginner when i got my sv650.
i love the way nakid bikes look. also when you fell, there are less plastic to repair (it could get expensive).
it's a great bike and a lot of parts you can use to make the way you like.
there are many helpfull guys and gals at svrider.com like hsarteacher, and there are so much info you can hardly catch up.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:44 AM   #8
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both are great bikes the 650r has move of a upright position, so i would go with that then after a while you can get aftermarket bars so you get that full lean in
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SV650 is a good choice, but it can really scream if you aren't careful. If you want an even more upright bike look at the 650 V-strom.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:12 AM   #10
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If you are completely new, I personally would recommend a Ninja 250. A 650 can easily get away from a newbie. Meanwhile the 250 is far far lighter, and not nearly as powerful. It's perfect for learning on.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:44 AM   #11
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the sv650 has the same engine chasis as the bandit- i got a bandit for my first bike and love it- cant see myself getting bord of it in the next few years! I wa 'scared' for the first couple of weeks after I got it but now its fine! great acceleraton and puts a big grin on your face every time- I also find it fine for motorways and wouldnt want anything smaller!
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:01 PM   #12
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The Bandit is an inline 4. The SV650 is a V2.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:47 PM   #13
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Yep that is correct NickT. The SV650 looks sweet with a full fairing, but that exhaust sound is just not to my liking. The inline 4's make such a sweet sound with a nice aftermarket muffler. I put a Leo Vince on my 600 Bandit and it sounded great. Sounded even better when I took the silencer out! It's pretty loud when going through an area that has walls around you, but it screams performance. It was the exact sound I was looking for. I now have the sound of a GSXR600 without all the added horsepower.
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In my experience its better to buy the bike you want vs. buying a littler bike youll learn eather way (you may learn quicker on the bigger one) but at least you will have the bike you want. I bought a little 250 as a beginer bike but 2 months later i was ready for something bigger and better.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:38 PM   #15
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Make sure to rejet the bike if you get an aftermarket pipe
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My self I bought a 2000 sv650s, as my first bike, I didn't and still don't find the throttle response extreme.... I find that the power is very smooth and pulls through all rpms, and is forgiving with the throttle in the corners.... it is light and super maneuverable....I think it is a great starter bike, I love the bike and the vtwin engine has great torque, but it won't blow you out of the saddle.... I don't think I would want to carry a passenger, I took my wife once on it and she kept sliding forward and squishing my balls on the tank!!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:29 PM   #17
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:30 PM   #18
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:20 PM   #19
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It's a great bike Fuzz!! Glad you are enjoying it!
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i love the looks of these bikes..
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i'm also trying to hit my 3 post so i can start a thread lol...
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They are great bikes, alright. Id' recommend them for sure as a 2nd bike or a first bike for a more skilled beginner.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:13 AM   #23
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It was my first bike as well, was a great choice for sure.
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My first bike was/is a SV650 and I love it! its perfect because it's not too sporty but not too cruise like, a good mix between the two. It is easy very user friendly and man does it look pretty bad ass :-)
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my first bike was a 400, but the first one iv ever ridden was a CBR600. talk about a quick crashcourse(minus the crash)
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I have a 2001 SV650 and it has plenty of kick around town and is not too bad of a cruiser. As far as a first bike, you have to be careful. It is a fun bike but could scare the first time biker if you are not careful.
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I am also interested in getting the sv650, but the sf version. I went to a dealership and found a 2008 sv650sf for $5500. Seems a little low compared to the website price of $6899. It is a brand new model, not used. Anything I should be looking for when buying a new bike?
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SV650s is a great starter bike
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I am also interested in getting the sv650, but the sf version. I went to a dealership and found a 2008 sv650sf for $5500. Seems a little low compared to the website price of $6899. It is a brand new model, not used. Anything I should be looking for when buying a new bike?
what do you mean "looking for"? do you mean "mechanical problems?", or things you should look for to accomodate your style preference?
If you're referring to your preference, just go out and sit on every and any bike you see.

If you see a dual-sport... sit on it!
if you see a sport bike... sit on it!
if you even see a cruiser... sit on it!

when you sit on it, don't just sit and imagine yourself lookin' pretty , but get a feel for the bike's weight, whether or not you're on your tippy toes, the amount of reach/back-bend for you to reach the bars comfortable (without locking elbow joint), can you hold/balance the bike with just 1 foot on the ground.
Kick the kickstand up too, don't leave it down

A 2008 for 5500 would be about right... seeing how the economy is a bit slow, some dealers might be trying to rid their "old" inventory due to the new inventory coming in.

I have a SV going on my 3rd year now. I'm enjoying it quite well.
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In my experience its better to buy the bike you want vs. buying a littler bike youll learn eather way (you may learn quicker on the bigger one) but at least you will have the bike you want. I bought a little 250 as a beginer bike but 2 months later i was ready for something bigger and better.
Very dangerous raesoning. Nothing wrong in changing bikes after two months. A rider on another forum theorised the same way with a bike for his wife. Bought her a Suzuki C50 and right away she overbalances on their driveway and breaks her ankle.
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