What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Sneeze Juice

    Sneeze Juice Been here awhile

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    I’ve always wanted one of these, but the weight has been a huge turn off. Maybe one day, I’ll snag one just because.



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  2. ridenm

    ridenm WALSTIB Supporter

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    If low seat height is critical, then you're pretty much relegated to cruisers. I'm prejudiced against the old Honda Rebel because I spent 14 years coaxing beginners through tight turn exercises on the damn things. The Nighthawk 250 uses the same motor, which gave us a lot of trouble as training bikes because it would foul a sparkplug and turn into a shitty-running single. It wasn't just one bike, but most in our fleet, and the Nighthawk had terrible ergonomics forcing riders into a straight-armed slouch. The new Rebel looks better, but I have no experience with one.
    If you are locked into the $2500 price range, you're going to be limited to older cruisers, with the exception of the Chinese bargain bikes like the CSC San Gabriel 250. I would avoid the sub-250s if she has any desire to go fast enough for expressways. One of the best 250 cruisers was the Yamaha/V-Star XV250, with surprising low-end torque and decent handling.
    For a little higher price, find a Yamaha/V-Star 650 - probably the most competent bike in that range. I like the Suzuki Savage/S-40, but some had floppy steering geometry exacerbated by pull-back handlebars, and not as comfy as the Yammie.
    The Suzuki TU-250 is a great beginner bike, a little heavy, but not much power so likely to be outgrown by an enthusiastic novice.
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  3. Kikemon

    Kikemon Buffoon Emeritus Supporter

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    That Cagiva reminded me that I just got an email from my local Ducati dealer that they are putting people on a waiting list for the Desert X. I would ride one.

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  4. Sneeze Juice

    Sneeze Juice Been here awhile

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    I like that. Won’t be out for a bit sadly
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    jmlmjmjm Long timer

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  6. Sneeze Juice

    Sneeze Juice Been here awhile

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  8. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    today, it's a z900rs with the upgraded components

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  9. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    I was working at a Yamaha dealer when the Fazer came out. I borrowed the demo bike and did about a thousand miles [literally, 1,000 mi.] between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. I remember the throttle response and drive lash combined to make it feel somewhat herky-jerky on the highway. If I wicked it up to about 90 MPH, it was breathing hard enough that the throttle lost its twitchiness; then it was quite smooth and pleasant.
  10. Chickenstrip

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    I happened to be in a dealer over the weekend, just looking about. I was surprised by how high the seat is on the Z900. I didn't check the specs, and I haven't read any complaints, but it sure looked high.(due to the arrangement of bikes I wasn't able to sit on it)
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  11. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    It's about the best bike for tall people as it comes from the factory. The standard Z900 feels like you're sitting in a hole by comparison.:lol3
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  12. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer Supporter

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    The (US) standard seat height is 32.9", but they do make a low seat. The Cafe version seat is .6" lower than the standard RS.
    Sometimes you'll find the height listed as 31.3", but that was because Kawasaki screwed up the specification page they first showed. I think that's the Z900 seat height.
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  13. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    z900 RS 32.9"
    CB1000 32.7"
    Suzuki Katana 32.5"

    all of them too tall IMO
  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    Kawasaki W800 31.1" - that's just right...
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  15. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer Supporter

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    Randy Newman Special.









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  16. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Long timer

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    I'm on the tall side (6'2") so it's not about height, just about raising the CG. But as mrbreeze points out, they're all in that ballpark. I kinda chuckle when reviewers point out that one seat is a centimeter lower/higher than another - seems trivial to me.
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    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    Yeah but how wide are the seats and the bike below it relative to one another. I find that's more important a lot of times than simply looking at the seat height.
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    djauofd Aged Wine

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    Hehe Just picked this up from the dealership where I had a lot of work done.

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  19. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    What could go wrong? :lol3
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  20. Oilhed

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    So why are there passenger pegs?
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