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Aug 22nd 2016, 08:41 AM   #16
 Davidk's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bainbridge Island

  Ducati ST4
I've had pretty good luck with used Ducati's
A 1995 900 Monster and the current 2001 ST4 with 45K on it...

Assuming you like Starbucks coffee!!
Aug 22nd 2016, 09:00 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
If you're planning on using it as a freeway commuter, why do you want a V-twin?

V-twins work great in the low RPM range but don't have as much to give in the upper RPMs, like you would use on the freeway. An inline engine would be much more at home on the freeway, unless we're talking cruisers.


I had an SV650N, it was a terrific bike. Only problem I ever had with it was I was too big for it physically. Actually I'm too big for anything other than a big Harley for comfort if I'm being honest.
Aug 22nd 2016, 09:15 AM   #18
 TRAIL BOSS's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Arlington

  '16 S1000XR, '08 ZX-10R, 16 Ninja 300, and the HAWG TY.
Another vote for the SV650, if you're shooting for a commuter and high gas mileage. They are very capable and reliable right out of the box. They also have tremendous aftermarket support and cross-platform compatibility.

If you want a literbike, I'd stay away from the SV1000 in favor of the sportier Japanese 1000s out there.
Aug 22nd 2016, 09:46 AM   #19
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
You didn't say what type: cruiser, sport, standard etc.

Lots of cruisers are dirt cheap. You can pick up a Yamaha Roadliner/Stratoliner for maybe $6K... 1900 cc is a lot of bike for the money! Bags & Windshield too!
Aug 22nd 2016, 10:34 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  07 XB12 Buell Lightning
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainAwesome
If you're planning on using it as a freeway commuter, why do you want a V-twin?

V-twins work great in the low RPM range but don't have as much to give in the upper RPMs, like you would use on the freeway. An inline engine would be much more at home on the freeway, unless we're talking cruisers.


I had an SV650N, it was a terrific bike. Only problem I ever had with it was I was too big for it physically. Actually I'm too big for anything other than a big Harley for comfort if I'm being honest.
My Buell turns 3200RPM at 70MPH. It's just loafing along.
But it makes about 106lbft torque also. It dont' need to rev to wheelie.
It does just fine in the upper revs...
Aug 22nd 2016, 11:56 AM   #21
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  May 2016
  Happy Valley area (Clackamas)

  SV650S Silver - HD 1250 Hammer Sportster w/Screaming Eagle stuff - GSXR-750 K12
So the brand (flame) wars might begin a tad. Many Kawasaki products have/has cam chain rattle at zero miles...literally right off the factory floor...Yamahas and Ducatis also may be not the most maintenance-free vehicles. Lightning 1200 is a great motor...BUT...Buell XB12 and variants may fry your knees due to poor fan placement choices and Harley dealers HATE working on them. So...if you're going this direction...become a mechanic.

Before you flame me...ask yourself...am I lying about anything?

Honda owns 29% of the market kids...what is it now?...nearly 13-17 million bikes a year...worldwide.

Suzuki got lucky with the SV...
Aug 22nd 2016, 12:22 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Why the SV1k hate? Everybody loves the 650, but the 1000 is crap?! I love mine, although I'm looking at Vstroms because I am getting old and creaky. It doesn't handle quite as well as a 650, but it will do roll on wheelies in 3rd at freeway speed! Being naked it is much comfier than a TL or RC51, and more reliable than a Tuono.

Edited by PeteN95 on Aug 22nd 2016 at 12:24 PM
Aug 22nd 2016, 01:00 PM   #23
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainAwesome
If you're planning on using it as a freeway commuter, why do you want a V-twin?

V-twins work great in the low RPM range but don't have as much to give in the upper RPMs, like you would use on the freeway. An inline engine would be much more at home on the freeway, unless we're talking cruisers.

I had an SV650N, it was a terrific bike. Only problem I ever had with it was I was too big for it physically. Actually I'm too big for anything other than a big Harley for comfort if I'm being honest.
The SV650 and the Ninja 650R will both do 120+ mph. 65 mph is roughly 4,000 RPM, and 80 is only 6,000 RPM out of an 11,000 RPM redline. It's no problem doing 80 mph all day on either, and plenty of power for fun in the twisties. The only place I've had any difficulty is passing a line of cars in a short straight with a group of supersport riders.
Aug 22nd 2016, 02:22 PM   #24
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
I will sell you the best 2011 (the best year, before they got all squishy) N650R out there for 4500. My own personal fun-monster. Beautiful, with all the changes you would want to do already done. Looks like new.
Aug 22nd 2016, 04:23 PM   #25
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
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Originally Posted by CaptainAwesome
... I'm too big for anything other than a big Harley ...
ORLY?

Aug 22nd 2016, 11:19 PM   #26
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteN95
Why the SV1k hate? Everybody loves the 650, but the 1000 is crap?! I love mine, although I'm looking at Vstroms because I am getting old and creaky. It doesn't handle quite as well as a 650, but it will do roll on wheelies in 3rd at freeway speed! Being naked it is much comfier than a TL or RC51, and more reliable than a Tuono.
I have owned a 2002 SV650S and really liked it. Traded it in on a different bike for the wife and have always considered selling it a mistake...
That said, I own a V-Strom 1000 now as well as a 2002 Kawasaki Drifter (Vulcan) and like both V-twins but for different reasons. Both are quite heavy with the V-Strom being taller as well which has made for some awkward moments even though I am 5'11". Not sure it is a good option if you are getting "old and creaky".
I think the SV would have been a better option (for me at 62) in either 650 or 1000 with the lower seat and CG. I put a Corbin seat on my V-Strom 1000 and it made it MUCH better.
I would consider getting one of the new SV650's but rode a friends FZ07 and LOVED it. I would have to ride them side by side to decide that one...
Aug 23rd 2016, 08:38 AM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parilla125
Both are quite heavy with the V-Strom being taller as well which has made for some awkward moments even though I am 5'11". Not sure it is a good option if you are getting "old and creaky".
I think the SV would have been a better option (for me at 62) in either 650 or 1000 with the lower seat and CG.
Thanks, but not that old or creaky yet. I just prefer the upright, dirt seating position over the still somewhat aggressive sport stance of the SV. I also plan to take it off road a bit. I am also 6'6", so tall is not a problem, actually an advantage!
Aug 23rd 2016, 04:30 PM   #28
 equinity's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  aprilia RSV4, aprilia Tuono 1100
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteN95
Thanks, but not that old or creaky yet. I just prefer the upright, dirt seating position over the still somewhat aggressive sport stance of the SV. I also plan to take it off road a bit. I am also 6'6", so tall is not a problem, actually an advantage!
Just me, or did you just describe the FZ-07?

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Aug 23rd 2016, 04:57 PM   #29
 Josh's Avatar
 
  Jul 2016
  The Couv

if you're into cruisers I'd recommend the Suzuki VS800 or VS1400, both can be had very cheap.
Aug 23rd 2016, 06:29 PM   #30
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Quote:
Originally Posted by equinity
Just me, or did you just describe the FZ-07?

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nope. not an offroad bike.

Sounds like he wants a Husqy 701 or a KTM 690 Enduro. (same bike, btw).


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