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Old 01-25-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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Question best bike under 500cc for the street?

Just wondering what you guys would want if you had to have a bike under or equal to 500cc for road only use and some small scale touring (less than 600km a day).

offshore stuff included (grey market and so on)


Your thoughts? And spare me the "no replacement for displacement" or "why would you want to do that? buy a bmw!" crap


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Old 01-25-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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There is no replacemen... sorry

I'd love to have a ninja 500. My g/f has the 500 vulcan (same engine in a lil cruiser outfit) and I really like the engine. If 500 isn't an option, I'm not sure of any in the USA aside from the lil ninja 250
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:37 PM   #3
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Actually you all north of the border get a wider selection of bikes than we here in the USA. You didn't tell us if you prefer a sport, dualsport, or cruiser style machine. Lot of bikes to choose from.

With a few mods the 250 Ninja is a great pocket tourer if one can be happy with it's 28 hp.


Do a search on this forum for the 500 Cagiva Mito.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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Well, I kinda like my '89 Kawasaki Ninja 250. It's got 36hp and weighs 304lbs. I ride mine daily to work and while its not a 500 or 650, there's enough power for me and I'm 5'11" and weigh 250lbs and gets 65-70mpg.
There's a several guys over on the Ninja 250 Riders Club forum site that have had theirs for years and rode them on long rides, iron butt series, etc..
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Just wondering what you guys would want if you had to have a bike under or equal to 500cc for road only use and some small scale touring (less than 600km a day).

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:47 PM   #6
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Wow, I'll take one of those..
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:50 PM   #7
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There are lots of cool 600cc and 650cc singles out there:

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Old 01-25-2007, 01:11 PM   #8
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Suzuki Burgman 400


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Comfort.
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Will do 70-75 all day.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:15 PM   #9
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:20 PM   #10
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:31 PM   #11
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I'll vote for the Suzuki GS500 E or F. Depends on whether or not you want the fairing. Great bike, solidly reliable, inexpensive to maintain, good neutral riding position.



Oh, and cheap to buy.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:34 PM   #12
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Just wondering what you guys would want if you had to have a bike under or equal to 500cc for road only use and some small scale touring (less than 600km a day).
NONR - what sort of riding do you like to do? Cruiser format, relaxed, not too worried about handling,? hunched over the tank on a race replica? or a more general purpose, relaxed ride that still hanldes well? is this for yourself, GF, or ?? new, or used?

small displacement cruisers are few, and far bewteen: the 2 that come to mind are the honda 250 rebel, and the old Kawi 250 eliminator.

used Race Replica, I'd say GPZ350 2 stroke - just hang on tight, and keep up with the maintenance

general purpose - Blast. cheap, easy, tons of torque, luggage available, and they last. used ones can be had relatively inexpensive, insurance for them is cheap, and they get great mileage.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:43 PM   #13
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The EX250, GS500, and EX500 are all very capable platforms for sport/commuting/touring. I have a GS. The ZZR250 is a Canadian-only updated version of the EX250


I have a GS500, and an EX650. Honestly, the GS had enough power for the street, but was a bit peaky and ran poorly in the cold. My fuel injected EX650 has perfect power delivery, even if the amount is a little unnecessary.

I think the CB-1 and the Bandit 400 are probably the best of the smaller bikes, but they were produced in small numbers 15 years ago. For that matter, an early eighties CB400T would be ok too, and a late seveties CB400F would absolutely rock. Just getting into parts/reliability issues though.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:06 PM   #14
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less than 500cc

I'd vote for the Suz drz400e and the Suz drz400 sm. Reliable, cheap to maintain, easy on fuel.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:13 PM   #15
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