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Looking for a first bike, Suzuki SV650S vs Yamaha R1 1000

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by StaticFilter, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:32 PM
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    StaticFilter

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    Well. My view is start with something smaller if you havn't hardly ridden on the street.
    Any bike at any size can get you killed.
    Coming from an experienced rider of over 35 yrs, there were times when my R1 would make me a little nervous.
    To be honest, I think that even the 650 might be a little to big to start on. Just my opinion.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    Smaller the better for your first bike
     
  4. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:45 PM
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    Do not get the R1 for your first bike.
     
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    No r1, if you love your life....
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    I agree with everyone else, avoid the R1 that is a big bike. My 600 still scares me sometimes.

    I do have a '09 Ninja 250 for sale if you'd be interested. Great starter bike.
     
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    R1s are way badass but definitely not a beginner go with the smaller one.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    +1
    The 250 ninja is a sweet bike for people starting out or even with some degree of experience.
    Picked up one for my buddy a while back and I had a blast riding it!!
    Plenty of power, sporty and looks alot better than the old 250 ninja's.
    Ive owned a few 1000cc bikes and I had a blast riding his Ninja.

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  9. Aug 13, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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    Wow those are two totally different bikes. I would stick with the 650 if I was starting off or any 600. The 250 is great choice as well.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:28 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    650 vtwin has manageable power VS the R1.......inline 1000's just too much power to begin with.
    I agree with these guys - go with the smaller bike
     
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    SV 650 for a starter bike. One of my buddys started on the SV and still has it 5 years later and loves it. R1 is no joke, very easy to lose control of and unforgiving if you make a mistake. The SV might actually allow you to recover.
     
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    even a 600 can be way too fast if you have no experience on a bike. I got a 500 ninja for my first bike. still only a 2 cylander but a great first bike. a 250 was to small for me.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:45 AM
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    I'd go with the smaller one as well. I agree with Gieser, try a 500. I felt like donky kong in mario go cart when i sat on a 250.
     
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    too bad the 500 doesnt look as good as the new 250s. but they have had that style and engine since 87. with some minor changes in 94. but why change something that works?
     
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    The 650 is a good starter bike if the other option is a 1000.

    I learned a little bit on an old 500 and then got bored...Got a 600 and that's what I really learned to ride on. Watched a friend of mien go from never riding before to being a great rider with her 'Suk 600.
     
  16. Aug 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    What kind of riding do you plan on doing? If you'll mostly be around town an SV 650 will be a great bike considering it's low-end torque and they're much more economical than a lot of new super sports (600s).

    Along with everyone else here, I'd advise against the R1 for a beginner bike - though if you control yourself and listen to your limits - no bike is really "too much to start on."

    I'd also advise against starting on something as small as the 250 unless you're a grandpa and will never want to hit up the twisties or nail the throttle and get a grin. I know a lot of people who started on the 250 and size/power-wise it was great but the end result was unanimous - they outgrew it too fast. Something like the SV650 will give you a lot of room to grow as they're fairly docile (if you ride them as such) but they also have dedicated brackets for SVs in various racing circuits and those things can absolutely get around a track quickly with the right rider.

    Good luck with whatever you choose and BE SAFE! There is no better investment you'll make than in proper gear. You don't dress for the ride - you dress for the crash.


    Edit: It wouldn't be right if I didn't at least SUGGEST an R6, maybe just an S model :D
     
  17. Aug 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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    There are people who have ridden for years and still say the R1 is too much for them. Stick with a 600 or 650 and you will be fine. You'll get to learn and you won't be bored. If you can sign up for the Motorcycle Safety class in your area.
     
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    Taking the MSF course would be a huge favor to do yourself.

    The Ninja 650 is also a great beginner/intermediate bike that you won't necessarily HAVE to upgrade from in a year. I convinced a co-worker to get into one (and get rid of his chopper) and he loves it.
     
  20. Aug 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    Buying a big bike that you intend to grow into is a big myth. I started out with too big of a bike on the street ruined it experience.

    I am looking to try it again but starting on a 250cc.

    PS - take a weekend motorcycle riding class before you buy your bike.
     
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