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Low Maintenance Bike.
Posted 20 September 2009 - 07:47 AM
Just after some knowledge along the lines of motorbikes, did have an old 74/75 Honda CB 250cc. But only held onto that one as a learner bike, since i really would prefer a bike that doesn't go backwards up a hill with me on it. Now it's gone i'm starting to miss the rides and my bro's bike is dead so i can't flog that one to ride.
Just wondering if you guys are able to help me in my knowledge quest on bikes that are easy to maintain and are low cost bikes to keep running. Would love a Ducati Monster, but i've been warned they cost a lot to keep running and really need a lot of work done on them at every services. Would be good to have one i could learn to maintain, but would be good to have one that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to get done by a pro.
It would mainly be a sunday rider, just for when the weathers good, no point riding in the rain/crappy weather when i have a car...
Dream bike would probably be a Harley, but then rego/insurance would be a big hit in the pocket. But i do like that style, and i also like the naked bikes too...not a real big fan of the bikes with all the ferrings, i like to see some frame and engine.
Engine size i'm aiming for a 600cc, but depending on costs i'm willing to go bigger, and will ultimately come down to rego/insurance i'm willing to part with.
Any suggestions will be taken on board...hopefully i haven't been to picky and expect something which doesn't exist...
Posted 05 October 2009 - 07:51 AM
Just to let any one interested know, i've found the out the following so far;
The two different styles so far that i like are;
Naked = SUZUKI GS500 and SV650, HONDA CB900 HORNET
Cruiser = SUZUKI BOULEVARD and HONDA VT750C
All will still come down to the info i dig up about them and the cost of being able to keep them and maintain them. My only worry with the crusiers, is if i get one that is below 1000cc, i'm sure it will go good with just me, but when i add the second person, will it become gutless???
i've never really had a powerful/big bike, so depending on how i feel sitting on one, will probably depend on if i will go for one...don't want to leap onto a bike i don't feel comfortable on with the riding level i'm at...if you know what i mean...?
Cheers and hopefully someone with some extra knowledge may stumble across my ramblings...
Posted 09 October 2009 - 06:01 PM
Check out some of the SV 650 forums everyone who discovers one of these gems absolutely loves them try and get a ride on one and you will not regret it.
Here in OZ it is amazing how many people in the trade own one and do not dismiss it's DL 650 BMW GS style brother either without riding one.
These are one of the few models I will recommend to mates with no worries of them coming back at me unhappy.
Good luck searching and try to ride a few first as even the best models can suffer from an unsympathetic owner abusing them.
Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:16 AM
Posted 17 October 2009 - 02:24 PM
Edited by tedbull, 17 October 2009 - 02:28 PM.
Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:41 PM
It does have fairings, but that makes it nicer in bad weather.
Stay away from Harleys, you'd be buying an image instead of a bike. The Honda Shadow 750 is a great bike and will run circles around a harley any day of the week, and will stay running forever.
Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:44 PM
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:17 AM
Its only going to be a sunday rider, so only when the weather is good...otherwise i have a car for that kind of weather.
tedbull....luv the SV, looks great...luv the double lights at the front.
Had a chat to the only local bike mechanic today...he has maybe put the idea of getting a ducati monster still in my mind and it being affordable to keep and maintain. He told me that after ducati released the monster and the uproar they received over the expensive upkeep, they went back to the drawing board and did some crunching and changed the maintenance windows out on it so they weren't as expensive...he also told me that the 2 valve engines are alot easier to maintain than the 4 valve, and reckons that with the modern bikes of today, they are all of a much of a muchness when it comes to servicing and cost to maintain and aren't as involved.
He could be leading me up the path...but he said there are about 4 monsters around that he services that are local, and he reckons they are just as cheap as some of the other jap bikes to maintain...we'll soon see i suppose and when i go down town for some fact finding/test riding...i'll see if i still have a smile on my face...
Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:56 AM
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:41 PM
Hopefully this week goes really quick...
had a big chat with them, and the servicing on them isn't as bad as what i have been led to believe...and compared to my brothers bike it may be slightly cheaper. They have extended the servicing out on them, but have put in different components that last longer and make it not as bad.
Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:04 PM
Posted 25 October 2009 - 10:29 PM
Wish i could get down there earlier so i could have it now
Thanks everyone for your help, i'll let you know and post some pics once i bring the duke home...just need to name it and introduce it to Skippy then...hehe
Posted 28 October 2009 - 04:42 AM
Yes, the Japanese know how to build bikes like they do cars. Some make both cars and bikes, which isn't seen much if at all anymore in the u.s. market. Porcupine has come to like Honda. So far the only problem he has encountered with the VFR is the cooling fan coolant switch went faulty.
Heh, my sis' boyfriend has an 06 "Viffer", silver with hard bags like that. It's a stunning machine like that, but I like the anniversary red/white/blue livery a whole lot better. Speaking of sis, she got interested in motorcycles thanks to him and now wants an SV650! Wouldn't mind one myself, but don't have the $$. Besides, Subaru first! Good luck with the Duke, blondy!
Edited by ScoobySchmitty, 28 October 2009 - 04:45 AM.
Posted 01 November 2009 - 06:32 AM
Good grunt too...had to remember to hold on...
Here's some pics.
Thankyou everyone for your help...even though i went in a totally different direction...hehe
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