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mikenothing

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mikenothing says:

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hi there, im going to take my bike test in a couple of weeks, doing this direct access thing.

i have been doing general reading, but do not know much about bikes, and as yet, have never ridden one.

i will probably buy a cheap one for general pottering around on. i was looking at a suzuki gs500, but after reading the review of it on this website, im not sure :s

is this a suitable first bike, or is it a pile of shit ?

what would be a good first one ?

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fuzzrr

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fuzzrr says:

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Honda CB500 or a CBF600 may be a better bet.  They are a bit more robust and better built than the other Jap commuters.  Just my view though.

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ducatiboy1967

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first buike

I agree the GS is a dog:biggrin:

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gazkwak

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gazkwak says:

gs500

i brought a 1995 gs 500 for my first bike, depends what you want to do with but i found the gs500 a good bike to cut your teeth on, and pretty forgiving in the winter months, i also put bandit headlights, clocks, and a belly pan on it improved the looks no end, only problem i had with it in 6 months was the carbs needed cleaning but it had done 38000 miles, good luck with your test, and really its what you like, you could ask a 100 bikers thier opinion and everyone will be different, or would have different experiences with the same bike

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buzznuts

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buzznuts says:

Which Bike?

Depends really on what you want from your bike. I mean do you have the horn for race bikes , enduro bikes , big touring bikes etc. I passed my test last year  and up until that point had only ever riden motocross. My lil Lady then suprised me with the best b,day pressie a man could wish for a 1999 CBR 600F. I've found this bike to be a great commuter yet with an aggresive twist of the throttle a great sports bike aswell. The bike handles like a dream in all aspects. Oxford do a great line in pannier luggage , tail packs and tank bags at a fraction of the cost for a full givi luggage set so I get everything on the bike I need  to. But most importantly it's reputation for reliability. May i suggest that you start with a 600 becasue I think you may within weeks wish you had a bigger engine this is however only my personal view and appreciate not everyone would agree. If the gs is the style you prefer than maybe I could offer up a honda Hornet as an option, all the afore mentioned advantages without the fairings! Hope this helps you in some way. Happy bike hunting! :sunglasses:  

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leepin99

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leepin99 says:

Heres

an off the wall choice, the ktm 690 duke, single cyclinder, easy to ride and shudnt be a pain to insure either, and it just mite convert you in a while to the v twin way of life that i subscribe to heavily, although it isnt, check out the link below for a review of the bike mate and good hunting..

whttp://www.crash.net/motoring/roadbikes/road_tests/article/20796-0/2008_ktm_690_duke_-_mossy_rides.htmlall choice, the

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slider72

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slider72 says:

help a newbie

i think you would get bored with it quite quickly..i did.

i do happen to have a nice 04 fz6 for sale.£2700 ono.

remus pipes, fsh, 7200mls, belly pan plus other bits.

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leepin99

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leepin99 says:

I like that..

at the risk of selling my latest thread short that would be a good choice and very reasonably priced sir if i may say so :hmmm:

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mikenothing

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mikenothing says:

thanks

to all for ur input. that fz6 thing looks like a good choice indeed, but might be a bit expensive for me. i was looking more 1-2 grand. i think the suggestion of the honda cb500 was best, unless i can stretch myself to a fz6. i shall wait and see what my finances are like after my test is completed, if they are favourable, i might come and see ur bike sideways if ur not too far away

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