I has a few questions about owning a bike.

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  1. ///M

    ///M New Member

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    Starting in the fall, my daily commute to school alone will be about 65 miles round trip, 5 days a week. Driving my car, that'll add up mad quickly in fuel costs, so I think I'm gonna get a bike.

    I've ridden some small 125/150cc Hondas and Kawasakis back in the past in India, and I'm comfortable with the controls and other things on a bike. Of course I'll be taking and MSF course (just signed up about 15 minutes ago :cool:), so I should be able to polish up on the skills needed to ride in traffic and stuff.

    The bikes I was looking at were the Kawasaki 250 and 500. I'm 6'2"/280lbs :)o) so I don't know if the 250 will be able to move me up to highway speeds (commute is entirely highway) quickly enough. I also haven't test-sat on anything to see what fits best.

    Anyway, my main questions are what type of maintenance do you typically have to do and at what intervals? Also, would the 250 be sufficient enough given my weight? What kind of MPG should I expect after a bike is past it's break-in?

    Thanks in advance :cool:
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    I'm 6'2"/185lb, and just picked up a $400 1989 EX250 with ~20k on it. No bodywork. Hasn't been used in months. It'll pull me up to just past an actual 90. I have to rev the piss out of it to move much (I've gotten used to a 700cc I4 and a 650cc thumper), but it's fast enough for freeway.

    I don't know about maintenance on the new 250, which is supposedly a bit slower than the old one (probably about the same as mine), but the old one:
    oil/filter when needed, you can feel it in the tranny when it is... 4500 or so for me
    valve adjustment every 6k
    lube various parts supposedly every 12k, many people never do this

    I think that's it, other than tires/chain/sprockets of course
     
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    ///M New Member

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    so would you say the 500 would be a better choice for me given i have 100 lbs on you? :rofl:

    also, what about spark plug life, what's that typically like?
     
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    I have a new 250 and at 6'2 190 I feel I'm pushing (if not exceeding) the size limit on it. And I dont recomend it for long highway driving at all. I'd suggest at least a 500 or 650 for you but I have little experience with either.

    For maintance theres oil changes every 3-5k, tire changes every 8k? (not totally sure on that), chain lubrications every now and then and maybe some engine adjustaments every 12k? and if new a 500 mile breakin/service
     
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    oh and is most maintenance pretty easy to diy if you, for example, do all the work on your own cars?
     
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    My car requires valve adjustments every 15k... they aren't hard to do, but it does require pulling the valve cover. ever do one before?

    Also, realize that everything I'm saying is about the old version of the 250, not the new one - on it you have to pull the cams to adjust the valves, which fucking blows...

    Pull the plugs to make adjusting the valves easier (easier to turn the engine with no plugs in), and $5 for a pair of new ones makes it not worth putting the old ones back in.
     
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    yeah, i did a valve adjustment on my old civic a few years ago

    i was just trying to figure out if it was like with a car--shops charge ridiculous amounts to do basic maintenance, hence making it more worthwhile to diy
     
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    no. I'm 6'2"/235lbs and have ridden a 250 and it would piss me off if I had to ride that thing on the highway all the time.

    Oil, filter, belt (on mine), brakes.....it won't cost $200 to maintain every year.

    Better than 50mpg, that's for sure. But exactly what depends on what bike, how you ride it, your size (will be lower because you're bigger).

    Get the 500 or a 650.

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/good_first_motorcycles.htm
     
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    If your commute is all highway you'd be happier on the 500.

    I get 53 highway on my 675, the 500 probably gets 55-60.
     
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    Netwit Pass the Kerbango

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    Bikes and MPG

    1. Yamaha XT250 67.8
    2. Kawasaki Ninja 650R 65.3
    3. Suzuki SV650S 58.3
    4. BMW G650 Xcountry 56.4
    5. Yamaha FZ6 52.8
    6. Suzuki DR650SE 52.5
    7. Ducati Multistrada 620 Dark 52.0
    8. BMW G650 Xmoto 51.8
    9. Kawasaki Ninja 250R 51.2
    10. Buell XB12S Lightning Long 49.9
    11. Kymco Venox 250 49.2
    12. Kawasaki KLR650 48.2
    13. Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom 47.9
    14. BMW F800ST 47.8
    15. Ducati GT 1000 47.7
    16. Honda XR650L 47.7
    17. Kawasaki Versys 650 46.5
    18. Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 45.4
    19. Ducati Monster 695 45.0
    20. Suzuki GSX650F 44.3
    21. Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 44.1
    22. BMW R1200R 44.0
    23. BMW R1200S 44.0
    24. Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport 43.3
    25. Yamaha FJR1300AE 43.2
     
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    I find it amusing that the 650R got so much better mileage than the Versys. Don't they have the same engine?
     
  12. i64X

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    Pretty much.

    I have an FJR1300A (not AE, which has an electric shift but is pretty much the same thing) and I get around 48 with it consistently. I don't trust that list.
     
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    There's a review I read comparing the sv650s and the ninja 650r from back in 06

    they were saying they observed 37 mpg on the 650 :hsugh: although they didn't specify if that was in the city or after their track day that the preceeding part of the article detailed :dunno:

     
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    I just went out and got an R6...maybe not the smartest idea, but hey...it's fun. I'm 250, 6' 1" and it's fine for me...plenty of power and plenty of suspension left.
     
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    I think twins are generally less fuel efficient than fours, dunno why exactly. Triumph's triples have typically been even more fuel efficient than the fours :dunno: and mine even runs on 89
     
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    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    get a Prius?
     
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    I started running my Monster on 87 now....runs fine.

    Also, SV650 is a twin and it's near the top of that list
     

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