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Old 10-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #61
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Buell Blast with the optional low seat. As low as just about any baby-cruiser, but a much better motorcycle.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:42 PM   #62
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what about the blast makes it much better than the vulcan 500?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:45 PM   #63
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what about the blast makes it much better than the vulcan 500?
You can call it a Harley or say it's Italian depending on which crowd you're hanging with. Technically it's both. They make great city bikes, but aren't great on the highway. They definitely inspire a bit of hooliganism. I'd choose the vulcan for distance, the blast for in the city.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #64
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what about the blast makes it much better than the vulcan 500?
As a beginner (or someone getting back into riding), you'll find a 'standard' riding position much better for low speed handling. I've never ridden a Vulcan, but the Blast is a hell of a lot of fun, even for a seasoned rider. That single cyilnder vibrates like hell at idle, but makes for a fun powerband, it has character that's for sure. The Blast is pretty much impervious to tip overs, it looks to be engineered for this purpose: the frame loops out to serve as a 'slider,' the tank edges are made of thick black palstic that won't show scratches. One thing I don't like is the clunky transmission, but it's not a huge deal.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #65
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people have been giving you good sensible advice- but I am going to say that this is the bike for you:



guzzi nevada classic 750. might as well cruise in style!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #66
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #67
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$1500....

You asked how much you should really budget and I didn't see an answer. My opinion is that $3000 will get you a lot of choices, and if you look a good bit, you should be able to get something that's fairly new and won't need too much work. If you spend $1500, you should at least count on another $500 or so to get it the way you want it, assuming you're willing to do some of your own work. Tires and battery will take up most of that, and don't forget some riding gear. Good luck, let us know what you end up with.


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Old 10-25-2012, 07:39 PM   #68
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yeah, that guzzi is going to run you $3500 if you can even find one.

http://fayar.craigslist.org/mcd/3334654136.html

for example.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #69
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I assumed you were being somewhat humorous suggesting the Guzzi.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:48 PM   #70
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I was hoping it might shock you into selling a kidney.

personally i ride a 1986 fz600 i got for $800. its very small and i bet you might fit. but it also required a bunch of wrenching when i got it and still needs as any old bike does. if you aren't into that, better to spend more on a new bike.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #71
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Just scan craigslist,theres a really cherry bone stock 79 GS550 for sale near here,looks like new and hasnt been sitting idle,registered and ready to go with only 15000 miles on it. A clean example of an old GS Suzuki can run a long time.
The trick is hunting something out that doesnt need to be gone through as the $ can really add up.
Have a mechanic check it over if your not sure. Lots of bikes to be had for under 1500.00
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #72
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How much is a kidney worth these days?

The Vulcan 500 is seeming like a really good choice for me. Looks like ~$1500 gets something early-90s, in good shape and well-cared for, and there are lots of them on the market to choose from.

I don't really know what it is, but for some reason the Blast turns me off.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:46 AM   #73
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I just looked up the Vulcan 500 and that looks like a really nice bike! I wish they had still been making it when I bought my Rebel..... (I'm not up for wrenching yet - would have bought new) Oh well, sigh.

Good luck on the craiglist hunt!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:05 AM   #74
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Yeah, seems like you can get a lot for the money and like it will make a good bike for someone who's been out of riding for a while. Small, low and light. Good reliability. Modified Ninja engine. Lots of people who say it's a real fun bike. I'm hoping it will take me through re-newbie status and, unlike a Rebel (which was my first bike, btw) still have enough to offer to take me through a few years.

Hope I find a good one soon!

Also, thank you for so much great help and advice everyone. Glad to have found a message board with friendly and knowledgeable people.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:56 AM   #75
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Talking Ninjette's.This is old's cool forum

Suzuki TU250 maybe?

The Buell Blast was a good suggestion.

F650GS. Lot's of low seat/suspension options available

I wish you were closer. I've got a 79 CB400 that sounds like it would be perfect...and under budget.Freshly bobbed. After riding it all season, I'm thinking about throwing some more money at it Welcome to the sickness

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