Hey, thanks for the info. I've been hearing that chinese bikes are a bit naff. yeah i prefer cruiser bikes to sport only cos i plan to do alot of riding after i finish uni.
the hyosung gv650 efi i believe is sport cruiser though so im guessing its a mix between the two.
i dunno maybe i'll get into sport bikes a bit more later on.
anyone else here like cruisers?
thats the worst bit about faired bikes, the fairing costs so much to replace.
You still on the SV hire bike? or have you got a new one? i could be being really really slow..
my 2000 SV was £1800 but it only had 4000 miles on it, so you may find the bikes alright/ Also further you go up north prices seem to get cheaper.
your insurance will be through the roof, my bf was quoted £1000 for a 600cc bike, ok it was fully comp, and new but that was with 2 years no claims.
Plus you'll have to restrict it, which is a shame on such a bike providing your in the uk
Then you'll have no insurance. i was asked for my restriction certificate
but would it not be worth restricting it for 2 years then getting it off instead of having to get a more powerful bike? i might be going on the motorway a lot see :\
i got a 400cc for £700 restricted it and its now waiting for my brother to pass his test so he can trash it for a year before upgrading.
Problem is as your male and will be 17 insurers put you into the most likely to kill yourself group, and so insurance wise it may be better to get a smaller bike and work up.
My bandit had no problems on the motorway, and had very good acceleration compared to my SV which ive got now. Plus you'll be gutted if you write a monster off soon after passing.
I just seems a shame to restrict a bigger bike, plus you'll lose some of the fun of it. Thats my opinion. I was advised when i was looking at 600's to restrict that it wasnt worth it
I only had a 400cc and that was amazing the acceleration on it was brilliant, and ok its steering was mainly me learning rather than the handle bars, and the turning circle could be compared to an elepphant, but i love it.
I just didnt want a 600cc one as they apparently have quite a few problems over winter, mind you mine didnt like the cold or wet and you often had to talk to it nicely to get it started. But it was fine once started
OO also have a look at a gs500 thats apparently a good starter bike. i wouldnt know, i was meant to be getting my dads till he broke it.
How tall are you?
Tom - I'd recommend against getting a 600cc as your first bike, they're are much more powerful than you'd expect, and a lot to handle as your first bike. Although granted nothing may ever happen to you other than perhaps dropping it once or twice but even then you're paying a stupid amount of money for insurance, when if it's restricted you'll be beaten off the line quite easily by smaller bikes even if they are restricted aswell because they've not had to be restricted quite so much. So you'll be paying loads of money... and getting less.
A GS/CB/ER 500 are great bikes to start with, fairly powerful, easy to look after, get some serious punch out of them and they're very forgiving if you make a mistake. If you're after something with fairing then I think you can get half faired versions, or get a GPZ500. I had a GPZ restricted but it still went like the clap, was great on the motorway with the fairing, looks fairly cool and I'm the same sort of height as you and it was a pretty good fit.
Granted though I'm getting a ZX6R now though because my GPZ was written off, but I wanted an SV650S really as they restrict better and are a joy to ride (I've got a hire one at the moment) - I'm only getting the ZX cos I'm getting it so cheap and my insurance is going down a bit cos it's not my first bike. I've already had a lot of practice in the most horrid weather on both 500cc and the SV650 so it's not such a huge step up to the ZX for me