Beginner bikes you want to hear about
May 25, 2009 at 9:02 am #2891
As promised in this other thread, I’m putting together a spec sheet for all of the recommended and borderline beginner bikes we tend to discuss. I want to make sure I get them all, so I’d like you guys to suggest ones I might have missed.
Here’s my list so far (I’ve only bothered with current models):
NOTE: LIST UPDATED AS SUGGESTIONS COME IN!
– KLX 250S
– Ninja 250R
– Ninja 500R
– Ninja 650R
– Vulcan 500
– Boulevard S40
– V-Strom 650
– V-Star 250
– V-Star Custom/Classic/Silverado
– XJ6 / Diversion
– Pegaso 650
– Monster 696
Again, I know some of these are pushing it, but we get A LOT of questions about them.
Any others you guys would suggest?May 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm #18924briderdtParticipant
…you might as well include the Hyosung 650’s as well. Similar V-twin 650’s.May 25, 2009 at 4:09 pm #18926eonParticipant
You might want to put this on sliding scale of some sort. Otherwise it looks like the Ducati 696 is as friendly as Honda Rebel (how did the Ducati get in there anywany? did we really recommend that as a beginner bike?)May 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm #18929
No, the Ducati is not a recommended beginner bike, but then again, neither is the SV really. I wanted to get the specs for all of the bikes we (or I) typically get asked about, then lay them all out next to each other. The specs will speak for themselves. It will also be much easier to be like, “no you freakin’ squid, the Monster is NOT a good beginner bike, and here’s why…”May 26, 2009 at 1:40 am #18930LanceDParticipant
Going by the “brightline” you mentioned in the other thread “power/weight ratio”… and me being a Triumph fan:
P/W ratio: 0.12
P/W ratio: 0.11
Bonneville (New Bonneville, Bonnie SE, T100) (standard — classic):
P/W ratio: 0.15
Scrambler (standard / light dual purpose):
P/W ratio: 0.13
P/W ratio: 0.15May 26, 2009 at 3:12 am #18936DaggerParticipant
Yamaha V-Star 650May 26, 2009 at 8:47 am #18937
You’re right. I completely missed the “Star” portion of the Yamaha site, so add in:
V-Star Custom/Classic/Silverado (all 650cc)May 26, 2009 at 8:55 am #18938
They’re all borderline on account of torque (more than an R6) and a bit because of weight. There are a couple of others, however, that are very similar stat-wise, so I’ll keep them in the comparison.May 26, 2009 at 8:55 am #18939
Added.May 27, 2009 at 5:25 am #18966TempleUParticipant
Yamaha xj600sMay 27, 2009 at 9:53 am #18968
It’s being taken up again (so far only in Europe as far as I can tell) under the model line “XJ6.” I’ll add it in for the hell of it.May 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm #18980bigguybbrParticipant
I know the XJ6-Diversion is just a naked Fz6R with a banana seat and ABS, same specs.
Also don’t forget the Yami Tw200. Great beginner bike that lots of people will jump on durring the BRCMay 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm #18982KellisanthParticipant
For some folks…
For me, that was a bit too high to try and mount…. 😮
But it sure looked fun for those tall folks who rode them.May 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm #18983bigguybbrParticipant
For some folks… For me, it was the only thing big enough for me to ride!!!May 29, 2009 at 9:36 am #19038
See list above.
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