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Old 10-14-2012, 07:34 AM   #1
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Small Multi-Cylinder

I'm racking my brain, thinking about a modern multi cylinder, standard type bike.

The reason for this is due to some carpel tunnel, vibrations can make riding rather painful. And a standard bike because the forward position of a ninja250 is a bit hard on the wrists on long rides.

Any recommendations?
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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Might have a choice next year in the CB500?

http://www.ridetalks.com/news/2013-h...500-cb500/681/

The suzuki GS500 is old tech but has standard handlebars I believe.

There was a GS400 Bandit standard back in the mid 90's if you want to go older. Also a Honda CB1 for a VERY limited time.

Otherwise just put clip on risers on a Ninja 250 or 300. I am sure there is someone who will make them.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Suzuki TU250x?
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:55 AM   #5
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I'm racking my brain, thinking about a modern multi cylinder, standard type bike.

The reason for this is due to some carpel tunnel, vibrations can make riding rather painful. And a standard bike because the forward position of a ninja250 is a bit hard on the wrists on long rides.

Any recommendations?
If the vibes are otherwise all right on the ninja, why not get bar risers or a handlebar kit for it?

There isn't a lot in the states in the sub 650cc range with more then one cylinder right now.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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I'll add another vote for the Honda 599. Looks good, and the seating position is pretty comfortable. The Suzuki SV650 is another option. But yeah, there aren't too many modern standards out there anymore.

Why not try a vintage bike? I love me some 70s-80s UJMs, and you can get 5-10 good running ones for the price of a new bike. My GLs are practically vibration-free. They are smooth enough to balance a quarter on the block while running.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:36 PM   #7
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if you're not already familiar with it, be sure to check out www.cycle-ergo.com to compare riding positions on the various recommendations.....;-)
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #8
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Triumph dealers are typically pretty good about test rides.

I recommend riding Bonneville Black or T100.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Maybe I'm intepreting the OP's question wrong, but when I hear "multi-cylinder" in the context of wanting a bike with minimal engine vibes, I tend to think of triples and fours. And since you're riding a Ninja 250 now, I doubt you want a liter-bike.

In small-displacement standard bikes, most of the mfgs have taken runs at small fours over the years. Honda had the CB-1 400cc four from around 1990 but they're very hard to find used. There's the CB400F from the mid-70's, but they're cult classics now. Yamaha made a 600cc 4-cyl starter standard bike called the Radian for a number of years in the 90's and they're relatively plentiful, but still pretty old.

In more recent bikes, there is the afore-mentioned Honda 599. Yamaha's FZ6 has a very small fairing, so it almost a standard. They were made for the last decade now, although they've been supplanted by a sportier version now with more plastic. The FZ8 is a nice bike, but is getting pretty big. Triumph has their Street Triple line in 675cc triples, but they're very sporty.

That's about all I can think of right now in 3- and 4-cyl standard bikes.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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A BMW K75 would be a great way to go. The triple has minimal vibes. It has injection, can have abs, lots of accessories, doesn't weigh a ton. Cost is reasonable. Low enough to fit short legs. Legendary reliability. Cult following. 80's bike that's basically 25 years ahead of its time.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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Nighthawk 750 is a great choice...
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:07 PM   #12
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Kawi ER6n. The Ninja 250 is a pure standard in sport clothing so I don't see it as a very "forward" ergo-ed bike but the ER6n has bars so you can at least swap to a bend you like.

Its a 650 but feels like a smaller, lighter bike.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:24 PM   #13
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Bar risers for the ninja will probably be a good solution for now.

It's my gf that the bike will be for. At 5-1 and a bit over 100lbs, a liter bike, even the SV650 is a monster for her. She's not comfortable with them. Yet. :)

I've heard the Triumph triples are ultra smooth. It's an idea for sure. I'm looking at the Versys as well. Either would need to be lowered.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:38 AM   #14
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I purchased a set of riser block off of ebay for my '07 Kawi ZZ-R250 (EX250-H) and it made a WORLD of difference for comfort ... took the pressure off of my wrists entirely ... and I have short arms! Best $60 I ever spent!
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #15
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Kawi ER6n. The Ninja 250 is a pure standard in sport clothing so I don't see it as a very "forward" ergo-ed bike but the ER6n has bars so you can at least swap to a bend you like.

Its a 650 but feels like a smaller, lighter bike.
Just looked at this one. Seems like a good option. We get the CBF600 up here. Also a nice bike however the kawi beats it because I can find a used one for a few thou less. On paper it weighs less, too.
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