Question for you guys
June 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm #1495
I have a question about bikes. I love the GS500F for the fact that it looks good and is only 489cc which is great for learning. Since 600cc is to much and 250cc doesnt seem enough for me (6″3′ 150lbs) i was wondering if you guys can give me a list of other bikes tthat range form 250cc to 600cc (inbetween). Thank YouJune 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm #7138AnonymousGuest
I am looking for a sport bike design, 500 or 600cc, in which I will not be hunched forward due to occasional back problems . I do like the feel of the Kawasaki 600R and would be searching for a similar used bike year 2000+. What bikes can you recommend ? I do not want a cruiser.
I appreciate your advice.June 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm #7143
Are you the same person that started the post, or are you a different person? Either way, I think that the Ninja 500 has a pretty upright seating position. My only other suggestion would be the GS500F, that is pretty upright as well.
From what I understand the sv650 has a more aggressive lean, and anything in a 600cc supersport class is going to be really bent over (and not beginner friendly).
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm #7145AnonymousGuest
I am a new poster. Thank you for the response. I get real confused with the lettering scheme. Does the
“F” in GS500 mean anything or the “R” in Kawasaki 600R ? I like the Yamaha FZ6 as well.
Any other information ie; models would be very helpful.
DaveJune 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm #7148
The F models of GS500 represents the fully faired version of the bike (That means it has that plastic covering over the engine to make it look like a sport bike). Earlier versions of the GS500 were naked (no covering) and were represented with either no Letter (Just gs500) or the letter E (GS500E).
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 9, 2008 at 12:14 pm #7158MattParticipant
Loki, I’m curious why you think 250 won’t be enough bike for you?
I’ve got 30 pounds on you, and I assure you a Ninja will happily play at freeway speeds (80+ mph) with my weight on it. As for the height, I’ve got my leg room on my bike than I do on a ZZR-600 or my Dad’s 1983 GS450.
Don’t discount the Ninja until you’ve sat on it. Also, the forward lean on it is negligible.June 10, 2008 at 2:00 am #7172
How fast can a 250 go? I seen the Hyosung go 170 red lining. Will i also be able to pop wheelies with little effort on a 250? The only 250 i will buy is the Hyosung 250 because it looks so cool.
But back to the topic, no one has really answered my question. LOLJune 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm #7180MattParticipant
Don’t be looking for a bike you can wheelie on right away. While it may be fun in the parking lot (I can’t honestly say, never having done one) hitting your throttle and having your front end lift while in a corner is most assuredly NOT a fun thing.
Walk before you run and all that. I assure you, you wil lfind ways to stay entertained on a small displacement sportbike, even without pullign wheelies or stoppies.
The Hyosung 250 won’t do 170km/h, not without some serious help.
The Nina 250 will do 160 km/h. In theory, in 6th it’ll redline at 180kph, but without a strong backwind and a long downhill, you won’t see that.
I’m not sure where you decided that the GS500F is the only good sub-600cc sportbike. The Ninja 500 is at least its equal, most reviews say it is actually the more fun of the two. As for a full list of sub-600cc sport bikes, add in the Buell Blast and you’ve basically got the list.June 12, 2008 at 4:06 am #7233SuperMotoRiderParticipant
LiveVideo is down, they’re trying to update the site. I’ll post you a link of how fast a ninja 250 can go when its up and running again. It’s about a guy that motorcycle-vlogs and it’s pretty cool. There was another guy on the honda rebel that did the same thing too, I can’t seem to find it though. Maybe I’ll post both links for yall once i find that too.
LINK #1:June 12, 2008 at 4:28 am #7237megaspazParticipant
Motorcycles (sport bikes only???) are notorious for having optomistic speedos and the ninja’s no exception. Deviations can be from 6mph to 10+mph overestimation of speed. With an optomistic speedo, my buddy got his ninja to 110mph… going downhill with the wind at his back.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…June 12, 2008 at 6:40 pm #7261
In my opinion wheelies are not all they are cracked up to be. I’ve done maybe 3 or 4 wheelies in my life and I just don’t like them very much. I remember when I was first learning them I thought they were the coolest thing ever, but after a couple of them I just lost interest. It’s much more fun going fast in the curves in my opinion, and thats what the ninja 250 and the hyosung 250 both do well.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 13, 2008 at 3:57 am #7278
Im really wanting a Hyosung 250 but i dont want a bike that if it breaks down no one can fix it. I was also wanting to know. What types of scenarios occor when people drop their bikes? I will have to drive down 1.5 miles on gravel (im scared) and i know thats a big chance to drop or spin out on a soft spot but i would like to know what other things can cause you to drop your bike so i can avoid them. This will be the first time i will ever get a bike and i dont want a naked bike but i dont want to drop a bike that is beautiful with a fairing.June 13, 2008 at 4:23 am #7279megaspazParticipant
At slow speeds ( less than 5 mph) various things that can happen. you can break the brake/clutch levers, scuff up handle bars, crack fairings, etc… mostly cosmetic. If you’re going at neighborhood speeds, you can total a bike depending on the terrain, how you fall, how the bike reacts to the fall, what the bike hits along the way. If you’re just learning and worried about busting the fairings, get a naked. Replacing plastic is pretty expensive. You should also read Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough. There’s tips in there for riding on different terrains as well as most of the MSF course is based on his book.
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