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Old 06-10-2015, 08:58 AM   #1
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Help deciding on my first bike

Hey folks,

I'm due to purchase my first motorcycle here shortly and I'm trying to decide between two bikes. One is a 2011 suszuki DL650 ABS with 25k miles and some luggage. The other is a 2014 honda cb500x ABS with 2600 miles. Both are Roughly $5500.00 . I'm 6'2 225lbs, should it matter. Your 2 cents is most welcome.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:14 PM   #2
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Your first motorcycle? Meaning you're a new rider? If that's correct, then I would go small, old, and cheap. Practice what you've learned in your MSF class, which I assume you took. Ride the hell out of it. Don't be afraid to abuse it, drop it etc.

THEN, either one of those two bikes will be reliable and fun, unless you're going to ride motocross, do single track, ride two up across country. In those cases, those bikes would be poor choices to varying degrees.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:46 PM   #3
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I'd choose the DL650
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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I'd choose the DL650
Even with the mileage difference? Or is that just not a lot of miles for a Wee?
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:15 PM   #5
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Even with the mileage difference? Or is that just not a lot of miles for a Wee?
The wee is a 100k mile bike.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:25 PM   #6
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DL 650 - much cheaper to fix when you drop it.

Shop around, you can find 'em cheaper.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:04 PM   #7
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Vstrom always a good choice, but why ABS?

Everyone either bitches about it in general, or talks about how to over ride it.

I would skip it myself, simple sometimes better.

A vstrom will take care of you a very long time, almost as much farkle matter avail. as for a klr.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:28 AM   #8
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Vstrom always a good choice, but why ABS?

Everyone either bitches about it in general, or talks about how to over ride it.

I would skip it myself, simple sometimes better.

A vstrom will take care of you a very long time, almost as much farkle matter avail. as for a klr.
So in your opinion the ABS isn't necessary for a novice rider? I have no ABS on my mountain bike or road bike, but they are a lot lighter and aren't running neck and neck with Cagers so....
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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The CB500X (or CB500F/CBR500R) is a perfect starter bike for a taller person, IMO. Anything smaller and you'll feel like you're riding a Shriner bike. Even though it's "only" a 650, the DL650 is not a small bike. For the record, I'm 6'4"/210lbs and ride a 2013 DL650.

I wouldn't avoid ABS. The only time you'll want to disable it is if you are riding in dirt and need to lockup the rear tire. Get ABS - it might save you from a crash one day. If you don't end up using it.. that's even better. ABS doesn't do anything at all if you don't need it to.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:48 PM   #10
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My 2 cents worth? Go for whichever floats your boat. I am a big DL650 fan being on my second one.
But the CB500X has less mileage and should feel like a fresher newer bike. It'll need working harder as the engine is smaller and will lack the torque of the DL.
But it's a Honda and will therefore be solid and reliable. The DL is that too.
Whichever bike you go for you'll be happy with and you won't go far wrong.
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:46 PM   #11
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The CB500X (or CB500F/CBR500R) is a perfect starter bike for a taller person, IMO. Anything smaller and you'll feel like you're riding a Shriner bike. Even though it's "only" a 650, the DL650 is not a small bike. For the record, I'm 6'4"/210lbs and ride a 2013 DL650.

I wouldn't avoid ABS. The only time you'll want to disable it is if you are riding in dirt and need to lockup the rear tire. Get ABS - it might save you from a crash one day. If you don't end up using it.. that's even better. ABS doesn't do anything at all if you don't need it to.
Back in the day when I was 15 I had maybe 100 miles on a Honda Cub 90. I had a chance to take a Honda 450 Black Bomber for a ride. I did stall it a couple of times until I got the hang of the clutch, then I went for a ride in the neighbourhood. I didn't get out of second, but the bike was neither too heavy or too powerful to be easy to control.

At the same time a bike like that could cruise at 80 mph. I put 30,000 miles on one a few years later. It was a good place to start.

A V-Strom wouldn't be a terrible choice; but it would be more of a challenge and stressful, being 50 lbs heavier, more top heavy and difficult to modulate and control, being much more powerful.

It would be easier to stay out of trouble and have fun on the lighter machine starting out.

I'm on my second V-Strom currently.
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:46 PM   #12
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Another contender which is possible with some effort (price wise). A 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere with 32k on the odometer. I know..too much bike right?
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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If you're a new rider I'd say skip both, and get a 2k bike. Ride it for the rest of the yr and sell it for 1800 when you want to go bigger.

I put 100k on an 07 dl650, great bike but high CofG for a new rider.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:44 PM   #14
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Another contender which is possible with some effort (price wise). A 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere with 32k on the odometer. I know..too much bike right?
Now your all over the map.. the Tenere is as bad a first bike as any. Heavy, tall, and top heavy.

You want to learn to ride well first... buy an early 2000 650 something or other. Give it a go in city traffic, some back roads, gravel road camping, rain etc... before exposing yourself of a nice bike.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:12 PM   #15
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Tenere is a horrible first bike. Too big and technical if you are just learning to ride. If you want to dual sport buy a DR650 or KLR650 and ride the heck out if it. Both are basic, reliable and hold up to being dropped. You'll get your money out of it too when you sell to move up. Buy too much bike when it comes to power and size and you'll get hurt. Then she says, "No more motorcycles"... and you end up spending money on dining room sets.
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