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Old 11-13-2006, 03:45 AM   #1
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:50 AM   #2
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At 6'2, a Buell Blast would be too cramped for you. A Kawi EX 500 would seem to fit your needs perfectly as well as the GS500. The Sporty also makes a fine commuter....windshields,bags ,etc are readily available .
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:55 AM   #3
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My first bike was a 1995 Yamaha Seca II - great commuter bike, very cheap, and even has a little bit of weather protection. I have a SV650 now, though, and it's better in every way (no surprise).
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:59 AM   #4
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I agree with the EX500 suggestion. However, when you get it, buy some decent flat black and paint the whole thing. That bike came in some ugly paintjobs. I just saw one over the weekend that had been completely blacked out and it actually looked really cool.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:03 AM   #5
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Hard to beat a Bonnie.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:12 AM   #6
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If you strictly want a fun, economical bike, get the 250 Ninja. I still have one, and think it's a hoot. Ultra cheap to buy and own. Very light and easy to use. If you want performance, it'll get old, but for practical, it's great fun.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:18 AM   #7
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I faced the same decision last year. If I was going to rat the bike out, I'd go GS500. If I was going to wash & maintain the bike, I'd go EX500 Ninja.



Of course, this is just "do as I say," since I ended up buying a ZRX1200R.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:31 AM   #8
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Buying used: Yes the SV is a great daily bike. Also look for these: BMW F650, Buell M2 Cyclone, Honda CB750 Nighthawk, Honda Helix 250 scooter, Kawasaki EX500 Ninja, Suzuki GSX750 Katana or GSF1200 Bandit, Triumph Bonni or Thunderbird (99-01 sport is the the T-bird's best). ANY of these can be had for between $1800-$3500 if you purchase bikes that are at least 5 years old. Parts are everywhere.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:41 AM   #9
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Triumph Bonnie or Kawasaki Ninja 650, as the latter should be able to come in under the $5000 mark by now. I own a Buell Cyclone, and maintenance can be pricey. Same can be said of Ducati's.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:52 AM   #10
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