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Bike Chooser: 600s on a budget

"I got my test four years ago, but I’ve only just got the cash to buy a decent bike. I’ve got an open-mind and £3500 to spend on a 600cc machine." Here's what our expert Chris Dabbs had to say:   THE ONE TO BUYHONDA HORNET 600£1499-£8995It might have been around for 15 years, but what made the Hornet 600 such a great...

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StupidRider

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StupidRider says:

600cc

SV650S... More fun than you can imagine and that's even after running a b-king! Not going to compete on performance terms with any 600 sports bike but then better to ride a small bike fast than a fast bike slow! Just wish they would do an 800cc 110-120 BHP version with decent forks and rear sus... And go back to the curvy bodywork and frame :(

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

SV650S is some 50kg lighter than the GSX650F

That's fifty, five-zero. Put full fairings on it and it's still cheaper. And lighter. And the seat isn't sourced from Stagecoach. If you want to ride a bus, buy a season ticket.

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Diablere

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Diablere says:

sounding like a Parrot

But hell the SV650 is awesome bike! and at £4700 new, i'd say get a loan!

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steady2wheels

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Agree with the previous comments about the sv650, also very easy to work on for someone new

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mackemforever

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Going to be repeating everybody else, but why no mention of the SV650?

The finish on them is a bit budget, but they are good value, fun to ride, great bikes for somebody who is new to the wonderful world of bikes, and for the most part a doddle to strip down and work on.

I bought mine as soon as I got my A2 license, ran it on 33bhp for 2 years and loved it, have just removed the restrictors and still love it.

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Carlosoul

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Carlosoul says:

Go for the...

Hornet, that was my first big bike and Wow what a bike, still remember leaving the show room and feeling that it was trying to tear my arms off, great little engine and as all Hondas do it will last for ages even if thrashed to within an inch of its life which eventually happens over time... safely of course.  Miss that bike, gonna get it again one day, they are very well priced at the mo.

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romford4

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romford4 says:

Got to be

the SV650 Sport, Fazer, Diversion F, V-Strom, Versys, ER-6F, GS650, G650GS or XT660

My first bike was a 2002 half-faired Hornet... which I hated with a passion!  Don't know why, but never gelled with it right from the start.

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snev

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snev says:

Well done MCN

For Adding the SV650 (The Popular choice for most Posters) In your new edition.

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