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Old 06-30-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Good City 400 - 600 Middleweight

I just sold two motorcycles, a KLR650 and a CR250 as I'm moving into a leased condo tomorrow. It has a deep single car garage in it, and it doesn't have space for 3 bikes (My wife has to keep her car in there too.) I still have my trusty 2002 ST1100 with 63k on it, but I'm thinking about selling it as well.

Despite Denver's traffic, I'd prefer a 2 or 4 cylinder middleweight - something between 400 and 600ccs. Age and make are irrelevant, but I would prefer an upright to slightly forward riding posture. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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Ninja 500R/650R, SV650, Versys, WeeStrom, FZ6.
I know you said 600 tops but you're really limiting yourself by not adding those extra 50ccs, at least here in the US.

You could also take a look at Honda's new NC700X.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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I have a few suggestions that don't fall exactly in your criteria:
Triumph street triple
Kawasaki versys
Suzuki 400sm

All fun city bikes
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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Ninja 500R/650R, SV650, Versys, WeeStrom, FZ6.
I know you said 600 tops but you're really limiting yourself by not adding those extra 50ccs, at least here in the US.

You could also take a look at Honda's new NC700X.
650 would be fine.

I don't think I can afford a new motorcycle like the NC. So it's going to be Craigslist shopping mainly.

Thanks
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
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I have a few suggestions that don't fall exactly in your criteria:
Triumph street triple
Kawasaki versys
Suzuki 400sm

All fun city bikes

That Street Triple sounds good. I just googled it. 675, and that's cool.

Edit: Might be too expensive though.

I probably only have $2000 - $2500 to spend on this, so I'm likely looking at something 10 years old or more.

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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Make it ugly so it won't get stolen! LOL
Upright for the city, I would go with a dual sport personally, but I am biased towards the KLR you sold, because I have one.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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And you're likely wondering why I want to get rid of a great bike like my ST1100? Well, I like the ST, I mean it handles great, but it really lacks the fun factor. It's also getting to that point where I feel maintenance is going to start costing me more money than I'd like to put into it. There's a guy at work that wants it, so I may have it sold by Friday.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:34 AM   #8
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Make it ugly so it won't get stolen! LOL
Upright for the city, I would go with a dual sport personally, but I am biased towards the KLR you sold, because I have one.
If you saw the KLR I sold, you wouldn't wonder why I sold it.

Also, I want something that corners better. The KLR is a great bike, but a little high for hard leaning.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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Kawasaki imported the ER-6N for two, maybe three years. It is the Ninja 650R (parallel twin) without a fairing, and they are cheap as hell since they never really sold well here. Mechanically identical, so parts availability for a 'rare' bike isn't hard, and that is the best street / city motor I've used (put 25k miles on the faired version).

The Versys would be ok but they yanked 10hp out of the motor in that application and put it on big soft forks , so is a little sloppy around town IMO.

Case in point: '09 with 1200 miles, asking four grand.

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/3017477565.html

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Kawasaki imported the ER-6N for two, maybe three years. It is the Ninja 650R (parallel twin) without a fairing, and they are cheap as hell since they never really sold well here. Mechanically identical, so parts availability for a 'rare' bike isn't hard, and that is the best street / city motor I've used (put 25k miles on the faired version).

The Versys would be ok but they yanked 10hp out of the motor in that application and put it on big soft forks , so is a little sloppy around town IMO.

Case in point: '09 with 1200 miles, asking four grand.

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/3017477565.html

Man, that's very tempting! (I should have never started this thread.)
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:14 PM   #12
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For 2-2.5 grand you're best off looking at the SV650 and Ninja 650R. While there are some ER6ns out there, they weren't imported until 09 - you can find an '06 650R for way cheaper (I got mine for $2300 a year ago).
SV650s go back even farther and there will be plenty of examples there.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:16 PM   #13
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I think anything in your price range is gonna need more maintenance than your ST.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #14
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Versys

http://kawasakiversys.com/forums

Good reading for your Versys research. Sounds like a perfect fit for your requirements.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #15
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Well, just laid out the first and last month's rent + a healthy deposit - jeez.

Still thinking about all the suggestions. Thanks.
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