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  1. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Active Member

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    which is the better beginner bike

    99-00 Honda f4

    03+ SV650S

    both slightly used...

    Im 6'4" and 175 lbs check the "being prepared" thread for previous riding experience...

    Im not to keen on the idea of the F4 b/c there is more likelyhood that it has been ridden very hard, and carbs and I have generally not had a good history.

    Also, very important to me, how would the transition from V-twin to I4 go say if i got the sv and wanted like a 600rr in a coupla years? Pretty smooth transition or what?

    Thanks a lot guys!
     
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    SV for the newb.

    you could look at an F4i although I'd probably still go SV.
     
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    My heart is set on an F4i, but by that time, I could easily afford an SV or F4 (not Fuel injected).
     
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    I'm a newb. I bought a SV650S. No complaints. I've never ridden an F4i.
     
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    I'm an SV addict so I'd go with that. Look different, don't go with the race replica.
     
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    Sv > F4
     
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    SV for the win.
     
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    both are pretty much at the top for sporty beginner bikes

    the honda has full fairings for that supersport look

    the sv has the MUCH better motor for daily driving and learning
     
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    Im most certainly not going to deny the truth that the SV has a much better learning/commuting motor...

    But most of my concern lies in the scariest part, cornering...

    All the reports i've heard about SV's say that they have a piss poor suspension, and With my budget, i can't be spending hardly any extra cash on modifications.

    From what I hear, the SV's suspension doesnt really promote confidence in cornering, or even uneven surfaces as it is too soft to give a save amount of feedback from the road to the rider. That is my only gripe about the different bikes, pretty much...
     
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    the f4 and even f4i suspension is "soft"... they are set that way on purpose fromt he factory for a smoother ride comapred to 600rr/r6/etc..... it literally takes 10 seconds to change the preload and damping to get good cornering settings ... i dont know from experience but im sure the sv also has fully adjustable suspension
     
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    it doest have fully adjustable...only 1, i forget witch on it is...
     
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    The SV isn't piss poor.

    It just reflects its lower price point. Certainly adequate for the bikes intended purpose.
    One cheap change you can make is heavier fork oil and dial them in properly.

    No need to change things unless you really need to.
     
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    I'm not calling the SV piss poor, just the suspension concerns me, i would want to get a new rear shock...and im not too mechanically inclined (all of my friends are though, so i have good teachers) and the things involved w/ the suspension kind of intimidate me...lol, sounds :greddy: i know...
     
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    The SV gets my vote! The Vtwin lump is a blast. If your a new rider, it will be a long time before you can out ride the SV's suspension and chassis. Thats just my opinion though. Not to mention its fuel injection. I'd take a FI'ed bike over a carb'ed bike any day.

    You can get a cheap Gixxer shock off ebay or one of the forums for a good rear shock if you get to the point that you really think you need one.
     

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