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LukeNism

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LukeNism says:

First big bike advice.

Hey guys.


I'm looking to do my full test soon and upgrade to something a little bigger than my CBF125. As i'm almost 18, insurance is a big factor in what i'll choose (no sportsbikes for me yet!)

Really I've narrowed it down to the Honda CB400sf and the CB500. (The insurance plus cost of a bandit is too much for a future student!)

Any opinions on which of these bikes would be best? Bear in mind they'll have to be restricted :/


Cheers.

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LukeNism

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LukeNism says:

SV650

I've also looked at the SV650 which also looks great. But again, insurance on this costs surprisingly more than the Hondas :/  

(Cheapskate student! ;D)

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londonbill

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londonbill says:

Chalk & Cheese

CB400 = High reving in line four

CB500 = Lazy parallel twin.

Why not go for something in between, like the Honda 650 or 400 Bros

Superb underrated bikes these.

 

 

 

 

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

Don't think Lazy

Is a good description for the CB500, the redline's only 3000rpm less than the CB400 And it makes more power & torque.

Luke, choose what you want, you may find the build quality of the Hondas mean it'll last more than one winter though!:smile

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Bike choice

Being a twin the CB500 will probably cost less to run and be easier to maintin.  (Important factors for a student)  They have a reputation for being good performers and lasting well.  I reckon it would make a goood choice.  When you are looking beware ex-training school machines as these will have led a hard life.   

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londonbill

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londonbill says:

Power and Torque

is irrelevant.

Rpm isn't and as you said, the CB500 redline is significantly lower.
No one can describe the CB500 as a revvy bike.
Small capacity in line fours are relatively speaking.
 

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Revvy

It's an interesting concept isn't it?  I remember my dad referring to my RD250 as a revvy two-stroke back in the 70's.  The redline on that was 8,500 rpm - nothing compared to some modern 4-strokes. 

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