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vect

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vect says:

Twin or 4 cyl?

Hello all,


I'm looking for my first big bike soon and trying to decide if a 600/650cc Twin or 4 cylinder is going to be better.

I understand that I4s tend to be higher reving and deliver the power at the top end, and that twins have lots of torque at low revs. But when it comes to sitting in traffic, filtering, motorways, overtaking etc. what differences do you actually see?

I'm going to be using the bike for commuting to work around the Nottingham ring road and for taking weekends away with friends around the country. So I'll be having a mix of traffic and cruising, and of course tackling the local B roads. 

Which config is going to give me the best ride?

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Twin or Four

It is very much a personal choice.  It is not only the type of riding you that will dictate which is better but also the type of rider that you are.  Some riding styles can favor one or the other.  My advice would be to try a couple of examples of each and see which machines suit you best.

Or have one of each :biggrin:

   

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johnrodgers

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johnrodgers says:

Twins

For day to day riding twins have a lot of advantages- better fuel economy, cheaper to run, more usable power and torque at legal speeds (which in the real world is where the vast majority of everyday riding occurs),  narrower for filtering through traffic and normally weigh less. I went from a 1200K5 Bandit to a 650 Vstrom and think the Vstrom is more fun to ride. I'd also have a go the the ER6 and Versys, a brilliant engine for mixed touring/commuting use..

Ultimately there isn't a right or wrong answer, it's entirely subjective.

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Diablere

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Diablere says:

How about a Triple?

and get the best of both worlds. i saw a pre reg Street triple for £5999 today. bargain

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preunit

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preunit says:

Or indeed

a single Duke 690 or SMR, killer in town and can boogie on the B's :smile

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

Multi

for distance work,less gear changing,can handle todays crap fuel better.Bigger the better,my gsx 1400 can slow to 20 mph and pull in top gear.:tongue:

Also single cylinders are horse work for distance/commuting but fun on short spins.

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vect

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vect says:

Thanks

Thanks for the info guys. Looks like I'll having a go on a 650 bandit or an er-6 and see what they feel like. If there's one around I'll have cheeky go on a triple ;)

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

First big bike

are you talking DAS, or restricted licence?

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vect

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vect says:

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DAS. Just past my theory last night. Hoping to get my full licence before mid April (Need to move house first!).

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