To buy an extra bike or not? RD350/T500

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by LasseNC, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    Hello there!

    I am considering buying another bike (Total of 3 then).
    I have a workhorse, an RD350 project, which is almost done, but I am lusting for a Suzuki T500.

    Do you think the bikes, the RD350 and T500 are too much alike? Should I get something more different?

    Thing is, I'm going to Afghanistan next August, and although I don't really think anything will happen to me, I want to have some good fun before going.

    What do you think?
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  2. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    If you're going to make an error regarding how many motorcycles to own, I think it's best to always err on the side of "too many" motorcycles. Excess can always be sold off if/when deemed necessary. This is especially true if you're buying them "right" and can break even, or possible make a bit of a profit. That way you can, as I put it, "ride 'em all" without regret.

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  3. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    There is no such thing as an "extra bike." It is a bike and you need it. You have 10 fingers, are any of them extra?
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  4. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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  5. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I owned both back in the day - quite a few T500s in fact, from the original Cobra to the last M series disk brake model - and they are completely different bikes to ride. The RD is smaller, lighter, peakier and more of a sport ride. The T500 is physically bigger and more comfortable, more touring oriented and has a much wider powerband. It handles pillions fine as well. Really depends what you want to do with them. For 'sport' riding the RD would be the better choice, but for day to day stuff I'd go with the Titan. Regardless of its considerable speed, the RD aways felt like a small capacity bike to me, whereas the Titan could hold its own with the 500s and 650s around at the time. I preferred the '72-'73 models out of all of them as the motor felt stronger than the later models, less peaky and smoother than the earlier ones. The Titans were a lot more reliable as well. The early 70's RDs were beautifully built bikes though, and the Suzuki was much 'cheaper' in finish.
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  6. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    The T500 would be an awesome addition and would just compliment the RD :D
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  7. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    I would try to find a Kawi Avenger 350..preferably a high piped A7ss :freaky

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  8. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    There is one for sale, but its 20% more expensive than the T500, and in crap shape. Also, no spares available.
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  9. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    With the amount of money your dumping in the RD, you could have allready had a nice older dualsport with alot of ride time instead of wasted time in the garage.

    I woulda gone with a midsize single dualsport first, and left the money pit bikes for last if I just HAD to frustrate myself.
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  10. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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