Motorcycle advice please!
I reckon you’re taller than me (I’m 6’4″) and looking at that all I can think is cold and windy, noisy tyres, and Id need roller skates to stay comfortable 🙂
far better, just like mine 😀Posted 9 months ago
If you live in Mad Max world it’d be perfect. Otherwise the offroad tyres and general insanity of the thing might be a lttle wearysome. Wnat something fun and less lethal for a commute, like a 60-100hp mountian bike? Try a supermoto.
My first bike was a KTM 950sm. Its meant to be a big nasty evil monster. Its actually a beautifully fuelled, well mannered pussycat that can easily snake through standing traffic.
edit: Stoner’s honda NC idea is also awesome.Posted 9 months ago
Stoner, I’ve been looking at the NC700 and the CB500X. They are the sensible opitions. This is what my heart wants I think… Always loved Z’s.
I think I want to live in Mad Max world. That may be the problem…
The tyres look offroad but I think they are Dual purpose- they are Continental Twinduro’s and meant to be OK on the road.
I’m going to take a look I think. Can’t hurt!Posted 9 months ago
I’m going to disagree 100% with them.
Sure i agree with their comments… but hell, who cares. Cars are for quiet, refined, nice, economical.
Motorbikes are for passion, pride, excitement and RAARRRRRRRR
OK, so that bike for me in particular excites 0%… but if it excites you, then buy it !
I used to commute on a Ducati 916, why, because i LOVED it !Posted 9 months agoPeterPoddyMember
£3500 is a LOT of money for a bike that old, Zephyrs were old hat (but still in production) when I started riding 20 years ago. Personally I think they’re very pretty but I wouldn’t buy one now, certainly not for that much!Posted 9 months ago
That money gets something modern, still in production, and more usable. You’ll also get stuff like ABS. As a regular, high mileage rider I wouldn’t touch a bike without ABS these days.kayla1Subscriber
and thank me later 😀
edit- annoying advert though.Posted 9 months ago
For a first bike, would this be a stupid option?
Would be used on a 60 mile round trip commute, three days a week.
PaulPosted 9 months agoJef WachowchowMember
Just for the record, my first ‘big’ bike once I passed my test was a Zephyr 550. 70’s technology engine, early 80’s technology brakes and they corrode so fast the engine looked like a ball of cotton wool if it rained.Posted 9 months ago
If I wanted a ‘naked Z alike bike’ now, I would get a proper old Z. They were state of the art in their day and built to last rather than a misty eyed nod knocked out on the cheap.
Just felt small. I’m 6ft 4 as well, but I didn’t like the riding position on the one I sat on. A little hunched. I prefer a little more upright.
Of the bikes that I have sat on that I have found the most natural feeling are the Moto Guzzi V7, BMW R9T Pure, and the Honda CB500X
I’ll be taking my test on a Suzuki SV650, and they feel OK too.Posted 9 months ago
I bet he didn’t like the “3rd brake”. V-twins have loads of engine braking – in 32000 miles on my KTM I’ve been through one set of pads and a rear disc (not counting the front disc I wrote off after a misadventure with a German beer festival, a hangover and a disc lock). Rode a 1050 adventure recently which had a slipper to reduce the effect. If you’ve learnt on a V2 then you’ll not have noticed.Posted 9 months ago
engine rattled like a bag of bolts. And not nearly as roomy a ride as you think. Although it did feel a smidge bigger then the other option which was the ER6 IIRC (that did ride a bit better though). Could have been due to being a leaner bike though of course. Much prefer a Honda engine though.Posted 9 months agoiamtheresurrectionSubscriber
I’m all for not being sensible but that’s a 25 year old bike, and wasn’t particularly nice back then either.
800 or so miles a month would be more than enough to rub away the novelty after a month or two at most in my opinion. Like others, the NC750/700X is a great proper bike, but the free revving nature of the CB500X would probably get my vote: it’s just a bit lighter and a bit more fun.
£3,500 won’t have you far away from a CBR650F that was re-released in 2014. 4 cyclinders, a bit more power, decent fairing…
Versys 650 are good too. Engine is a bit buzzy, but it’s a great bike.Posted 9 months agobenp1Subscriber
SV650s was my first bike, I liked it!
Street Triple R was my next bike. What a wonderful toy that was, really amazing. Put over 13k miles on that in a couple of years and moved it on for my now Fireblade.
I was quicker on my STR than my Fireblade on many roads, had an excellent riding position and plenty of grunt (though obvs nothing on a fireblade)
I’m 6’3, found the STR comfy – comfier than the FirebladePosted 9 months ago
I know its a daft choice.
In know something like the NC750 or CB500X would be the sensible route.
Not a fan of the Supermoto KTM style.
One choice comes from the head. One choice comes from the heart.
This time I may just follow my heart. I’m 50 and I want something that makes me smile.
I commute three days week at most (150 miles). If the weather is gopping, I can always take the train…Posted 9 months ago
Find him a better example of what he wants then for less money?
Just because we can’t grasp the prices, sometimes that’s simply how it is. I can’t grasp LCs being £7000+ but that doesn’t mean they’re not that price. Or the Ducati Sport Classic I sold for £4300 that’s now £10,000 etcPosted 9 months ago
3500 is high, as I said. It’s not crazy though.
Good examples are fetching 2500 – 3000.
With the quality of the work that’s been completed on this one, the price doesn’t seem that bad.
Look at custom BMW R80’s. Now there is silly money.
A friend of mine had a old R80 that he sold for 2500. It wasn’t even working…Posted 9 months agomugsys_m8Subscriber
It’s a weird thing: the bike doesn’t suit what’s been done to it: it’s an in-line 4 trying to look like what would typically be a twin or at a push a single.
If the street triple feels too small, the SV650 will also feel too small I reckon.
If that’s the style of bike you like the idea of crusing around on, have you looked at the Triumph Scramblers? or how about the bonneville? or maybe the W650 etc etc. Isn’t the Ducati scramble quite well regarded as well?
Weeksy: I too can’t get over LC prices. My dad bought his for £895 in 1993 and I used to ride it…even sneaking it out during lunch-time at college…..
Next thing I know is my MZ 250 will be the bike to have and it’ll be worht a fortune!!!!Posted 9 months ago
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