I'm thinking of buying a bike...

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  1. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    After it took me 2 hours to get to school today, I'm really getting fed up with the commute. I love driving the Mustang but I'm not so much "driving" it anymore as I am sitting in it on the 405.

    I'm starting to think I want to get a motorcycle to ride to school. I don't need a powerful crotch rocket, I just want something with decent mileage to get me from A to B faster than a car can in this town. Basically I want to lane share.

    What do you guys reccomend for a starter bike? I've never ridden before, and I'm looking to spend under $3000. I was looking at Suzuki GZ250's, I like the classic styling a bit better than a sportbike style, and they seemed to be cheap and are advertised as first timer friendly bikes.

    What do you guys think, am I nuts for wanting to buy one?
     
  2. Ronin

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    u should be able to get get a 250 for cheap, check around on other bikes and try to get something that is rated good for comfort and fuel mileage.
     
  3. 98formyws6

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    405? is that the one to willimington/LAX area, that freeway is pretty narrow to split lanes (well for me) can you pick an alternative route? a lot of people will say don't get the 250 because it's too slow, it'll get you to 100, i say don't get the 250 because it's a bad freeway bike (feels unstable at high speed because it's so light) try a ex500 or gs500 (honesty never rode either) i had a sv650 and i wouldn't say thats a good newbie bike because of the down low torque and i didn't really like the massive engine breaking when you eased off the throttle (can be somewhat smoothed out w/ a tre mod or rejett if you get a 1st gen) if you chose the sv650 make sure you are damn well comfortable on the streets w/ it before taking it on the narrow 405

    edit- i see you want a "cruiser" look, early model gs500 should fit the bill (looks and price) good luck
     
  4. ragnarok

    ragnarok nuclear launch detected

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    suzuki sv650
     
  5. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Only alternate routes are canyons. And they're both washed out from the rain right now.
     
  6. chakup

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    Sv650 is a good bike. You can easily grow into it but not outgrow it. Unless you are very small I would at least look at an ex505, gs500(or is it 550?), or something along the lines of a yzf600 or katana. Also take an MSF course.

    saw the cruiser thing, look at Buells as well I guess.
     
  7. Antigeek

    Antigeek Who Dat!

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    If you want a cruiser type bike, look at the VLX600 from Honda or the V-Star 650 from Yamaha...

    That Suzuki is about a half a notch above a scoooter.
     
  8. 86 Bird

    86 Bird eh

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    or what Nolafun said the vlx600 or v-star
     
  9. Ronin

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    hmm would a cruiser be really whats best for the situation? what about a naked bike?

    A 500cc class bike would probably fit his needs, I'd say something like a Suzuki GS500. They're not too powerful but they're still probably gonna be quicker than most average cars and with a top speed of around, uhh, i think its 110ish and fuel mileage reported around 45+ (i heard a review where a guy said he got 90). You really cant lose.
     
  10. 98formyws6

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    out here in socal you can't buy a used sv650 for under 3k, maybe a salvage title
    about 3500 should get a good used naked, a bit more for the 's'
     
  11. Lurker111

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    Suzuki S40. Light (350lbs) 650cc cruiser. It is only about 40lbs heavier than the 250.

    If you can handle a heavier bike go for the v-star (470+ lbs) or a Vulcan 500 (440lbs).
     
  12. mitsuguy16

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    i would say no to 250 for long highway commute... i feel its more of a local, backroads bike
     
  13. gixxerfast

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    Great statement.

    Someone else pointed out that you won't get one under $3K, which is true. Spend the extra and get a bike that won't leave you wishing you'd bought something else.
     
  14. Bret The Ripper

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    :werd: I have yet to ride an SV, but i want too. For me I find the twins a lot easier to ride over I4's. And everyone raves about this SV650. The naked bikes are hawt right now.

    I would look for a naked something, whatever you choose. Cheap, comfy, easy to ride.
     
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    check out www.socalsvirders.org they got a few on sale right now in the classifieds from the board members and theyre all in socal (most of em)
     
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    buy mine : thread here

    i'll be forever grateful. $1200/obo
     

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