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Old 08-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Helping a guy replace an Exciter 250....

A local guy talked to me a bit the other day about replacing his first ride. He had a mentor in his life who had helped him select this exciter 250 that he has ridden the last 2 years and he enjoys it but lets face it, it's a great learning tool, not so much a great highway bike. He says it's screaming at 60mph and I don't doubt it for a second.

He'd like to replace it with something more capable and I don't believe he's all that picky but he doesn't have alot of money to spend either. I'm more than willing to help him wrench a bit if needed as long as things stay relatively simple. I did find a 2003 Savage 650 for $1200 obo (still no screamer lol) but I thought it may be just enough more of an upgrade to get him into some more traveling as he doesnt go much more than 10-15 miles out of town on the exciter. Never ridden a big thumper like the savage though. He'd likely consider any adv or dual sport type of bike but it's hard to find them on a shoe string especially given the popularity as really gained some ground over the last several years.

Looking for any opinions for say a $1500 budget.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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My understanding is that the Savage has essentially the same motor as the DR650, probably a different carb.

It would be plenty fine for highway riding, and very easy to fix if it breaks.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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Also spotted a very clean looking 82' KZ550ltd, only $900 so I'm sure that's something he'd also consider. It's got the age stuff to worry about but does look incredibly good in the pictures for it's age and amazing for the price. Being a 4cyl 6spd I'd imagine it'll do great out on the highway as well for what we are looking at.

Good to know about the DR/Savage connection, I wondered but never looked into it at all.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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The Kawasaki Vulcan 500 was essentially the water cooled EX500 motor in a cruiser package. Plenty of go, decent handling, fairly light - should be available cheap.

A friend of mine just picked up a Honda CX500 - another great little standard/cruiser, even has shaft drive. Speedo goes to 85 and I cleared that... cruising at highway speeds is a little vibey but it'll do it happily all day, sounding great.

Those are but two options - really will depend on what you find locally and in good shape. Feel free to post up candidates here, people will no doubt share their opinions.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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He likes the KZ550ltd, so hopefully the craigslist guy responds...just never do know about CL.....
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Well, 3 days later and no word back from the craigslister....imagine that.

I did find a 1986 Kawasaki ZL600 eliminator. I don't know a ton about them, but from what I gather basically a shaft drive cruiser wrapped around the old school ninja 600 motor with a 6spd gear box. The power might be even a little intimidating for him, but not to the point he couldn't learn to get along with it just fine, not as if it's a zx14, or even a modern era 600. Looks pretty darn nice, 10k miles, asking $1250....once again I shot out an email and I get to play the waiting game.
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