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jmccomas

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jmccomas says:

SV650S

Hi All,

I'm looking for my first bike for when I pass my MOD 2 (end of this month hopefully!).

I've been looking at Suzuki SV650S' after a colleague suggested it and was after some opinions... I'm tall (6' 4) and have a 40 mile commute on A roads that I'll be using it for mainly. Needs to be economical to run and not a bomb to insure - and I'm looking to spend £2 - £2.5 K.

Any thoughts would be appreciated! Cheers!

James

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

SV650

I would imagine that the SV650 would be ideal.  As would a 600 bandit, or Fazer 600 if you want to consider a couple oof alternatives. 

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Other alternatives

Honda CB500 or Kawasaki ER6 (if you find the ER6 cramped, have a look at the Versys, which is slightly taller with ER6 mechanicals). ER6 is about as fuel efficient as it's possible to get for a bike that size, and it might be cheaper to insure than the SV.

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jmccomas

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jmccomas says:

SV650S

Thanks Guys :smile

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Just as

a point of interest, my local bike shop had an 07 plate ER6n in, marked up at £3k; a wad of cash and / or decent haggling would probably get you it for £2500-£2700, a similar bike privately you'd probably get for £2k-ish. Buying from a dealer, however, gives you a point of contact in the event of a problem.

A look through the classifieds on here or something like Bike Trader will give you an estimate of prices, and a look at your local dealers showrooms will do no harm either; prices will start creeping up shortly as people start buying again...

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bbstrikesagain

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SV650

Plenty of smiles per gallon, a bike to grow with, and a full stainless exhaust system - no grotty mild steel collectors here.  At 40 miles a day keep an eye on front wheel bearing seals and spacers, and don't jet wash.  Do ACF50 and/or FS365.

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jmccomas

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jmccomas says:

SV650

Thanks BB, good to know!

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BadD0g

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BadD0g says:

SV650S

Just buy it - had a 2007 one myself as my first big bike and I still miss it.  Others mentioned are also good buys (bandit, er6n) but they're naked, and doing a 40 mile commute, the fairing on the SV650S does a good job of keeping the wind off you.  I'm running a GSR600 at the moment and was using it for a similar commute myself, and boy o boy did I wish I had a nose fairing and windscreen again after a couple of weeks :)


SV650S - Excellent first bike and excellent fun even for experienced riders :)

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Mac11

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Mac11 says:

I love the SV

Go for it! ive had bigger bikes through my life but never had as much fun than on my 04 SV650S A bike that will grow with you. Cheap to buy, run, and insure. i used to go the full lenth of the country and it wasnt to bad. As far as you being 6 4" with legs that long putting your knee down would be a piece of cake lol

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robsot

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robsot says:

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the SV650S does feel tiny when you are on it ( i am 5,8) but it is a good little bike...

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jmccomas

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jmccomas says:

nice...

thanks for the feedback guys. I'm off to look at one tomorrow ('02, 8000 miles, £2k)...wondering if I go armed with a large pile of cash I'll be able to knock a bit off the price...what are the thoughts?

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