June 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm #1569AnonymousGuest
Ok, I have been contemplating this for the last 2 years because of gas prices. Now they have finally gotten to the point that its just too high. First off let me say that I have never been on a motorcycle in my life so this would be my first one. Also I am just getting this for back and forth to work to get better MPG than My Subaru Forester. I would probably only 6 month it between April and October. Being my first bike it would probably be used. I was looking at something between 250-500 I assume from the research ive done. This will probably be my “only” bike as im not doing this for “the love of riding” but just for better MPG to and from work so its not going to be something I just upgrade when I am done “learning” it will probably be something I just keep as a commuter thus I WANT it to be able to get good MPG im less worried about “performance” and twisties.
That said I DO like the looks of the Sport bikes better than cruisers but I also like the looks of what I guess they call naked bikes that have the sport bike look but without all the expensive farrings for me to destroy in my noobness. I guess these would be like the Buell or the Suzuki gs500? What should I be looking at for what I want a nice looking 250-500 bike with good MPG that I DO plan on keeping for quite a bit..the only reason id sell/trade it is to get a better looking running one in a few years but not to “step up” id just get anohter 250-500 again. Thanks for any replies guys.June 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm #7643RydRyParticipant
what i did was take advantage of the numerous awesome reviews on the site- then read all the posts, i imagine that combined with your own thoughts will decide it for you and welcome- also after doing that buy a t-shirt and support what Ben is providing here-June 23, 2008 at 1:06 am #7652CBennettParticipant
Ok, that was me(the OP) i posted that from my parents house so I did not have my log in yet. I guess after reading the reviews there are several to chose from the 250 Ninja, a few years old(as i see they dont make it anymore) GS500 E, Buell Blast…am I missing anything.. I just seem to like the “looks” of the sports bikes more but I DONT want to be lain down like in my brother in laws 600 GSX(i think thats what it is) that just leans me too far forwards and id like to be more upright but still have a stylish looking bike. It will be for to and from work which has some hilly terrain to it its about a 20 min drive to and from at about 65 MPH. Do they even make naked bikes anymore as I am still a bit worried having absolutely no experience that id drop it and tear something up….oh and something good on insurance also is a must. my friend that just got a Boulevard for a first bike is only paying $12 a month for Liability(it was used) and that sounded great..im 39 and no tickets/violations ever.June 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm #7750phoinixpyreParticipant
You can get a few quotes. i know for jersey I’ve gotten quotes for around $500 a year on a new financed honda rebel. and that’s with $500 collision and comprehensive deductibles. My dad when he insured his bike ended up paying 100 for the year on a used bike for liability only.June 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm #7896AnonymousGuest
what are people’s thought on the new Suzuki GSX 650 F?June 26, 2008 at 7:43 pm #7897ShannonGParticipant
I don’t know much about the GSX, but a friend has the SV 650 with fairing and it is a really nice bike. Suzuki does a horrible job with pictures on their website; tthey really arent’ flattering. In person this bike is hot; on the website I didn’t give it a second glance.June 26, 2008 at 11:03 pm #7906acidpopeParticipant
The sv650s (fairing version) looks great. The riding position for it has you leaning considerably forward though. Unless you’re comfortable with that, I’d go with the regular sv650 standard with the more upright position. The GSX650f has a riding position that is more upright like the sv650 standard, but it’s a bit on the heavy side pushing 500lbs wet (just as a comparison, the sv650s with fairings is around 400lbs wet. That’s 100lbs more!), plus it’s an in-line four.
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