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asteronnelar

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asteronnelar says:

First Restricted bike.

I apologise if this has been posted before. essentially I am looking to upgrade to a bigger bike from a 125. Haven't seen many 250's on the market (£2000 budget), so i thought I would get a restricted bike.

Have seen a few I like, but at the moment have narrowed down to two:

1997 Yamaha Thundercat 40000 miles

1997 Suzuki Bandit 600N 10000 miles

both are about 1400. Anything I should watch out for and is one clearly better than the other? Any other bikes I should keep an eye on?

 

Thanks!!!

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bbstrikesagain

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Depending on what you want to use it for

You might be better off with a younger bike.  Around the £2k gets you a 2006 CBF500, which being a twin restricts very well.  My lad's will be going for a fair bit less as it has a dent in the tank and is ready for new tyres, but Honda finish and build of that era is very impressive, insuring a 500 is cheaper, and it's a great ride.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Restricted bike

The general opinion from those who have ridden them is that twins restrict better than fours.  I believe that it is down to the characterisitcs of the engine and they way they make their power.  A four-pot bike feels more 'strangled'. 

As bbstrikesagain says, look for something like the CB500.   

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asteronnelar

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asteronnelar says:

Thanks

hmmm... ok, food for thought. Thanks for your help!

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Check also

SV650 and Kawasaki ER5 (your budget may get you an early ER6 if you look hard enough).

Don't forget the cost of insurance / security etc - have you accounted for this?

A lot depends also on your (planned) use: if you spend much of your time in town, a big bike might be hard work; if you plan to do motorway miles, wind / weather protection may be an important factor.

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asteronnelar

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asteronnelar says:

Adier

An ER-6 would be awesome, I really like the look of them. The bandit is now looking more likely, as like you said, I took insurance into account and it was over a grand for the Thundercat!

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asteronnelar

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asteronnelar says:

Use

Also meant to say, use will be annoyingly mixed. generally around town, but also "commuting" between Uni and home on the motorway

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asteronnelar

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asteronnelar says:

Use

Also meant to say, use will be annoyingly mixed. generally around town, but also "commuting" between Uni and home on the motorway

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