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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 01:33 PM Reply With Quote
Calling bikers

Right, As i am moving closer to work 7 miles, i started thinking that I would like to get a bike.

Now, I have only driven a couple of cub bikes in the pst, and i do not have a licence.

I am 30 years old and i am 6ft 6".

Obviously, the cub was very small for me to drive although was quite fun for little runarounds.

I have been looking at something like a Varadero.

What would you recommend? Just asking to see if i can get one or not.

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tomgregory2000

posted on 17/2/10 at 01:54 PM Reply With Quote
Suzuki SV650, quite a long bike, V twin so makes a nice noise but very narrow to squeese inbetween traffic
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fesycresy

posted on 17/2/10 at 01:58 PM Reply With Quote
Pass your test and get a proper bike

Or a nice trailie 125, do they still make TSX, DT, KMX 125's?

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Breaker

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:00 PM Reply With Quote
If you will be living 7 miles from your work you will need a bicycle; not a bike !
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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:01 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Breaker
If you will be living 7 miles from your work you will need a bicycle; not a bike !


I am not an environmentalist.

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The Venom Project

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:02 PM Reply With Quote
Get a Buell

Fantastic bike, I had a Lightning Long, this is a very good V twin, 1200CC, lots of torque, loads of power, the best handling bike I have ever owned. Very well designed. Don't let the fact that Buell are no longer trading put you off getting one.

[Edited on 17/2/10 by The Venom Project]

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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:05 PM Reply With Quote
Forgot to add, As a newbe on motorbikes, I wouldn't like something like a 1200cc.

I was thinking at around 250-400.

Later on, i have one in mind.

Old school V-max

[Edited on 17/2/10 by l0rd]

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The Venom Project

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:19 PM Reply With Quote
My first bike

I bought a VFR 400 NC 30, was a very nice bike, and funny enough I am restoring it after selling it over 10 years ago, it found its way back to me. Maybe something like this, or the newer RVF 400, maybe a Kawasaki ZZR400 etc: Good fast pocket bikes, great handling, good fun, good on fuel too.

Honda made the CBR 400 which is a straight 4, or the VFR 400 which is a V4, Kawasaki and Suzuki both made the straight 4 engine ones, yamaha too.

There is loads of choice, but you may struggle on these being 6ft..

Whatabout something like a Bandit 600cc??

Great comfy bike, lots of them around, cheap on bits, would accomodate a taller rider.

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MK9R

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:27 PM Reply With Quote
Triumph tiger 955i, very comfy, pretty cheap, lovely sounding engine, and you won't scare yourself on it





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r1_pete

posted on 17/2/10 at 02:31 PM Reply With Quote
At 6'6" something like a honda transalp may be in order, another nice v twin, but nice and tall.

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Avoneer

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:04 PM Reply With Quote
A Trek Madone for that distance.




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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:12 PM Reply With Quote
So far, the ones that i have looked at are

Varadero
Africa Twin
Transalp

All of them quite expensive though

anything like chopper style that i could fit in it?

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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:13 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by MK9R
Triumph tiger 955i, very comfy, pretty cheap, lovely sounding engine, and you won't scare yourself on it


Thank you. Never thought of that. Will have a look.

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02GF74

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:17 PM Reply With Quote
^^^ pushbike is the answer.

I commute 6.5 miles but then am not as told as you but much older.

The time sitting in traffic (car for) means that the times are not too dissimilar .... unless I get into work for 7 to beat the traffic.






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l0rd

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:23 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by 02GF74
^^^ pushbike is the answer.

I commute 6.5 miles but then am not as told as you but much older.

The time sitting in traffic (car for) means that the times are not too dissimilar .... unless I get into work for 7 to beat the traffic.


Pushbikes are out of the question.

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cd.thomson

posted on 17/2/10 at 03:28 PM Reply With Quote
sooo lazy...





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tomprescott

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:00 PM Reply With Quote
I second a tiger or bandit, bandits are really comfortable and possibly the easiest bike to get parts for. You could get hold of old chopper style bike that you would easily fit on but a well built chopper is v. expensive! Look at the z bikes, kwaks from the 80's with high or unknown mileage turned into tidy looking choppers are all gonna be over 3k.

Factor in the cost of a license too, ballpark figure of 500 and up.

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big-vee-twin

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:24 PM Reply With Quote
You start with the one at the front and progress to the one at the back


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The Venom Project

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:31 PM Reply With Quote
Chopper

If you fancy a chopper looking bike, maybe the Suzuki Intruder 800, they are a little like a Harley in appearence

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flibble

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:37 PM Reply With Quote
Worth considering a TDM850, quite tall, quit fun, quite cheap
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franky

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:41 PM Reply With Quote
As above, sv650, small, great on track, good to learn the ropes on, cheap to buy and fix! Decent of fuel and cheap to insure.
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sucksqueezebangblow

posted on 17/2/10 at 04:43 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Venom Project
Fantastic bike, I had a Lightning Long, this is a very good V twin, 1200CC, lots of torque, loads of power, the best handling bike I have ever owned. Very well designed. Don't let the fact that Buell are no longer trading put you off getting one.

[Edited on 17/2/10 by The Venom Project]


Likewise, I have an X1 Lightning modified for the track. Similar power and handling to a 600 Super Sports but bags of torque and no powerband. I defy anyone to get throught a bend as fast on any other bike! Brakes are fantastic, short wheelbase makes it flickable and pointy and that torque just drives you out of the bend.

Oh yeah, and nothing sounds better than a Buell at full chat (with a loud pipe of course). Don't forget; "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

[Edited on 17/2/10 by sucksqueezebangblow]





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MikeCapon

posted on 17/2/10 at 05:16 PM Reply With Quote
Don't whatever you do buy a chop style bike. You'll be put off bikes forever as they don't go, they don't stop and they don't go round corners either. Perhaps a slight exageration but you want a proper bike.

At 6 foot odd forget the baby Jap sports bikes. You'll be best off either with a streetbike (Bandit if you must, Fazer 600, Honda Hornet, Kawa ER6) or something more trailie like an Africa Twin or a Transalp. Avoid singles if you're going to be doing regular commutes. They tend to be a bit vibey and don't like being spanked. Oh and they are not quick either.

A sports bike is a pretty focused machine, to the extent that they are not too comfy and very easy to hit license busting speeds very quickly.

Sweeping generalisation.... Don't buy anything Italian. Reliability, depreciation, parts supply... Sounds familiar?

All this is IMHO of course.

And last of all ride as if everyone else on the road is going to try and kill you. Sooner or later that will save your life.

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coozer

posted on 17/2/10 at 05:22 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
I am not an environmentalist.


No? Just a mentalist then?

At 6' 6" tall and a short commute how about a Supermotard?

Nice Husaberg springs to mind...






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OX

posted on 17/2/10 at 05:27 PM Reply With Quote
Triumph tiger ,same engine as the sprint st . There big and great fun but i bit heavy for a nooby to bikes . Your going to drown any road going 400 and you'll soon get bored of it,,there ok for a mad thrash but gutless and slow unless your ringing the tits off it.

Honda do an on/off roader called the xr 650 . brilliant bit of kit but they don't come with an electric start and until you get the nack there a bitch to kickstart...did i say how much fun they are tho .
You could also pick up a cheap enduro ktm 250 ,,same style of bike and they stand tall and have bags of torque

[Edited on 17/2/10 by OX]

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