My own research bike list (for beginner bikes)…ONGOING
May 31, 2008 at 6:26 pm #1448
Hi everyone. I have been looking at a flurry of motorcycles of different sizes, prices, and styles. What one should I pick? Well I am not sure yet so I am compiling this list for myself to organize the beginner bikes I am interested in. Feel free to use it at your will. These will probably not include sports bikes-they aren’t the type of ride I want:) It may be small in the beginning but this is time consuming to type up in html lol. I never knew. It’s gotta be pretty right? I want to eventually get links to any reviews on this website if the bike is on the list and also the manufacuter’s website.
If you have any short comments i could add send me a pm and will look at them. Thanks!
Also, I dont know how to add underlines or big breaks where i can seperate text by blank space. Send me a pm if you can help me.
- – Boulevard S40- (http://www.suzukicycles.com/Products/S40K8)
- MSRP $4,399
- About 650cc, although they seem underpowred to other 650cc’s?
- Able to ride on the highway but best not to depend on long highway rides
- -GZ250- (http://www.suzukicycles.com/Products/GZ250K8)
- MSRP $3,249
- Rides well on Highway, 60mph on hills and windy days
- Kawasaki (Kawasaki Home Page)
DUAL SPORTMay 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm #6853ShannonGParticipant
Wow, your list is really short.May 31, 2008 at 7:44 pm #6855
I am typing it up at the moment and learning html commands to make it look pretty. I am used to PGP codes from other forums:p
I lost a bunch by pressing back so i am submitting everynowandthen to save it:p
And i can’t underline? Hrmmm…May 31, 2008 at 7:50 pm #6856RydRyParticipant
youll want to add more to that list and it will be best to see what is here already as wellMay 31, 2008 at 10:29 pm #6861megaspazParticipant
This forum does accept html code snippets…
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If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…May 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm #6864
I tried but that didn’t work…is it more complicated?
Does this bike exist?
I want a bike that can travel on the freeway to commute to school/work. Possibly go offroad on some trails to get to some good fishing/climbing/hiking locationas with a small load of gear (backpack, 1 person tent, a little food) and somewhat cheap?
I know it will be my FIRST bike but I plan on having it for about 3 years. I can dream right?May 31, 2008 at 11:02 pm #6865megaspazParticipant
Well you have to use valid html code…
As far as the bike existing yeh. You can get a dual sport for offroad and street and there’s addons for carrying stuff. As for cheap, that depends on your definition of cheap…
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…May 31, 2008 at 11:22 pm #6866
I tried something like underline this and it didnt work. ok it works here but it wont work in my main post, wtf?
I was reading about the DR-Z400SM. Sounds like it could do what I want. What is the difference between the S and SM?June 3, 2008 at 4:52 am #6921WendySkeletonParticipant
I’m guessing you’re into cruisers… what about the Yamaha V-Star and Virago and the Suzuki Intruder?
Unless you’ve already considered them and disregarded them, then disregard my mentions.June 5, 2008 at 12:14 am #7012Six-ShooterGuest
Have you seen the United Motors Cruise V2C-250T? http://www.umamerica.com/site/usa/motorcycles/cr/features/features6.html#usa_motocr6
It’s the same bike as the Hyosung GV250 Aquila (and the former Alpha Sport 250), but if you get it with the UM brand, they include a three year warranty. I looked at many of the bikes that you were considering and had it narrowed down to the Vstar 250 until I saw the Cruise. It just looks like alot more bike than most 250 cruisers… it has a v-twin engine, 3.7 gas tank, dual pipes, and weighs more than most 250’s (around 370 lbs dry.) Most people mistake it for a larger cc bike. I use it everyday for commuting 60+ miles, and I’m getting around 65-75 mpg. I’m 5′ 10″, 195 lbs, & I don’t have any trouble hitting 75-80 on the freeway. It also performs fine when my wife rides along, and is an easy enough bike to ride that she learned to drive it around after one day. As long as you have a reputable local dealer who services them, you might take a look at it. I’ve been extremely pleased with it so far as my first bike.June 8, 2008 at 4:15 am #7125
I checked out the v-star and virago and decided against them.
I checked around for United Motors in my area and there are none (MN). It sounds like it would fit what I would need but it would also be hard to track down parts for I am guessing.June 8, 2008 at 9:40 pm #7139six-shooterParticipant
United Motors is relatively new… you might look for a Hyosung dealer for the same bike, but if you didn’t have a local service provider, I’d probably hesitate on getting one myself. That being said, I just bought a Vulcan 500 yesterday. The wife liked the UM 250 so much that I “gave” it to her as an excuse to get a little bigger bike. I looked at the Honda Shadow 600, but the Vulcan just “felt” the best by far to me. Around here at least, the 500 is pretty hard to come by, so when I saw one and sat on it, I went ahead and bought it on the spot. (As a side note, Kawasaki has a pretty good financing deal going on right now if that’s the route you’re looking at going.) Unfortunately, while they were prepping the bike, they discovered that it had a bad kickstand kill switch, and can’t let the bike go until the replacement comes in, soooo, I’m still on the 250 until next week. Kind of like getting a christmas gift and not being able to open it until after New Years. But hey, like I said, I still love my 250, so it’s not all bad.
Good luck on whatever you choose.June 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm #7142BenParticipant
Congrats on the new bike! The vulcan 500 is one of my favorite motorcycles out there>
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