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Old 03-09-2004, 10:22 AM   #51
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Default Re: SV650S for novice rider?

Having watched sons,step sons,friends,wifes,etc. start riding, I think this is bad advice.Beginners get over their head easily and make mistakes. They need a bike that is forgiving....light,low with a friendly power band. My son started with aZX6R but he had years of dirt riding experience. My advice for a beginner bike for a novice who is a little tentative is an EX500 or GS00 or similiar. For a more confident beginner like Scott,an SV650/Monster 750/Moto Guzzi Breva 750/FZ6 or something similiar is a good choice.But i really think Litre sport bikes are too unforgiving for most beginners
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Old 03-09-2004, 10:41 AM   #52
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I have an SV650 and a DL1000. They make a great combination. If I didn't already have the 1000, I'd be thinking DL 650. They are both great bikes and will accomodate riding skills far beyond a new rider's. That's why so many SVs end up on the race track either doing club racing or track days. It's also why insuring them has become inordinately expensive.
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Old 03-09-2004, 10:44 AM   #55
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Well, Scottlit...IF you have waded through all above drivel to get all the way down here - here is my 2 cents worth: buy used, buy small. Avoid high powered bikes. You can always sell and move up as fast as your skill and pocketbook allows. Good luck...with MOrons giving you advice, you'll need it.
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Old 03-09-2004, 10:48 AM   #56
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Default Re: Sportbikes 101 SV650S is like kissing your sister (The minivan of sportbikes)

Hey my sister is a pretty good kisser. Well, that's what my Dad says.
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Old 03-09-2004, 10:55 AM   #57
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Default Re: GAWD IT'S ALL SO DULL...But in your honest opinion...

I agree with some of the blandness of the SV, but at the same time I think it is a great bike. But Johnny, what I really would like to know is what you think of the old Yamaha YZF600R? I've read a few positive reviews, and as I am looking for my second bike, I'm leaning quite favorably towards the Thundercat's direction. It seems plenty fast, and is soooo comfortable in comparison to the newer 600s. Not to mention pretty nice looking in the Silver and Black. Your thoughts JB?
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Old 03-09-2004, 11:04 AM   #58
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Today's litre-bikes are too much for a lot of experienced riders too. The GSXR1000 for example is absolutely an experts only bike. I've been riding sportbikes for 15 years, including a couple of season racing, and I wouldn't buy one.



The SV650 sounds like a good idea. All the magazine writers call the SV one of the funnest bikes around. And they are pretty jaded.
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Old 03-09-2004, 11:09 AM   #59
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Default Re: Sportbikes 101 SV650S is like kissing your sister (The minivan of sportbikes)

It will take $2000 to get it to 600 levels and still it would be down on horsepower and brakes.



That doesn't mean it isn't every bit as good a streetbike. That just means it can't compete on the racetrack at 10/10ths pace. In everyday, in-town strteet riding, 35 mph is 35 mph regardless of what you're riding.
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Old 03-09-2004, 11:14 AM   #60
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He wouldn't know. He hasn't made it up to 35mph yet.
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