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Old 03-13-2013, 05:28 PM   #31
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Take a look at Suzuki GSXF600/750 it is more touring then the others.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:51 AM   #32
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Yamaha YZF600R and CBR600 are about the same in riding styl,engin power and seat. Maybe your thinking of Yamaha R6?
VFR and Sprint are not extream bikes either in theyr power or handlig, thay are sports tourer. They are very smoth and easy to ride and you dont have to be sceard to use the throtlle.
I have owned a Sprint for two years, toured europ with it. Its forgiving and comfortable in a sport touring way.
Bikes like CBR,VFR and Sprint are good allrounders for road use, good at everything but not best at anything. They combine sport and touring but are more focused on the sporty side.

But the CBR is a good bike, if its for you or not, you dont realy know before you have driven it for som time.
Nah, I wasn't thinking of an R6, just for some reason the thundercats seemed a little scary to me. The sprint I do like and would really consider it but there isn't a single one in the used market over here and even if there was I bet it would be way out of my current budget.

Some people suggested I get a ninjette, mainly because of my kinda long hiatus from riding, but considering how easily I got used to - and bored of, the honda CB500 I don't really think a ninja is an option, except maybe for their very low fuel consumption. Plus, my constant riding with a passenger will probably be a bother with the 250, however fast it is. I do kinda hate how it sounds too!
They're way too expensive too.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #33
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You might haw a look at this to. They are often very cheap
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/bi...0F-1998--2005/
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:09 AM   #34
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Caponord!!

Hey Halky,


Go for the Caponord.

By all accounts its an awesome bike; the owners love it, it's lighter and better mileage then the Varadero.

Google Varadero vs. Caponord.

A few quirks, but likely solved on older ones.

I am a huge fan of ABS, but I understand that only came w/ the '05 and up...

Nice to have when you have the fiancé aboard...

Don't be scared of the litre bike thing; just don't go nuts w/ the throttle.

I hope you keep us posted!!!

BTW, the GF and I are considering moving to a little island in your neck of the woods called Andros;

do you know it?

If yes, how's the biking there?


I was thinking of bringing this:


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=Caponord




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Old 03-22-2013, 01:06 AM   #35
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Hey Halky,


Go for the Caponord.

By all accounts its an awesome bike; the owners love it, it's lighter and better mileage then the Varadero.

Google Varadero vs. Caponord.

A few quirks, but likely solved on older ones.

I am a huge fan of ABS, but I understand that only came w/ the '05 and up...

Nice to have when you have the fiancé aboard...

Don't be scared of the litre bike thing; just don't go nuts w/ the throttle.

I hope you keep us posted!!!

BTW, the GF and I are considering moving to a little island in your neck of the woods called Andros;

do you know it?

If yes, how's the biking there?


I was thinking of bringing this:


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=Caponord




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Thanks man! I'll keep it in mind then, this was one of the bikes I really liked, I'm glad it's more manageable than I thought. And you have one yourself, I see! Nice to hear from someone who owns it.

Andros I know, but sadly I've never been there. Still, being an island a bike would most likely suit you way better than a car. You know, small, narrow streets, parking etc. You should be ok with your bike.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:08 AM   #36
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Kaw. Versys

Look for a LOWERED Kaw. Versys or do the lowering yourself. Used bikes are very good value. Check Versys Forums

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #37
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I've had a couple VFR's. They are a fast bike, but a very controllable bike, they aren't going to just magically rip your head off at a certain rpm point or anything of that nature. In terms of out right performance, a cbr600 isn't going to be much if any slower, it's just going to go about it in a different manner. I had a friend with an 03' GSXR600 from 40-90mph wide open on both bikes we stuck side by side, shift points were the only thing that were different, I was a little surprised.

I wouldn't let the VFR "scare you" if you've got experience on other bikes you can manage the power of a VFR and they don't do too bad 2up either. A back rest would help a great deal, and a cbr929 rear shock, up the preload for a cheap upgrade(requires a little modification, very simple).

The cbr, and many others mentioned are fine bikes, and while the vfr(like any machines) has a few minor issues I wouldn't hesitate to buy one over a CBR600 personally.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #38
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Thank you so much for the answers guys!

Well, the versys I don't really like, and surprisingly it's way over budget in the used market over here. It's actually quite a bit higher in price than its more preferable (to me) cousin, the V-strom.

As for the VFR I must admit you got me thinking, but based on the vanity factor I must admit I really prefer the CBR over it. I know, kinda stupid factor but you ride better what you like better!

Still, there's a big BUT, since I got a little update. The mrs vetoed pretty much any choice BUT the 1200 GS Beemer or some kinda chopper/cruiser, and even got me looking at custom kits. Now most of you are thinking "whipped" but I do take her opinion very seriously, despite her saying the usual "buy whatever you want, I just like -that- better" and she -will- be riding on the bike most of the time, so... Now all I gotta do is sell a kidney and get a mortgage to afford a custom!

So I'll probably track down some parts and start building...
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:15 PM   #39
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Still, there's a big BUT, since I got a little update. The mrs vetoed pretty much any choice BUT the 1200 GS


Life could be worse!!

Re: price. Does the Mrs also like the 1100/1150 GS?

Also very nice bikes, a little heavier, but still tons of fun, and waaay cheaper.

My 1100GS went 260,000 kms before I sold her, and was still going strong.

(Also, I do not yet own a Caponord; I just lust after one.)
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:45 PM   #40
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Life could be worse!!

Re: price. Does the Mrs also like the 1100/1150 GS?

Also very nice bikes, a little heavier, but still tons of fun, and waaay cheaper.

My 1100GS went 260,000 kms before I sold her, and was still going strong.

(Also, I do not yet own a Caponord; I just lust after one.)
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She does, but I got on one and it felt way too heavy, at least compared to the 1200. Plus it's too much, cc wise for me, considering I'm gonna have to get a cage as well and I can't afford to run both.

By the way, I hope my previous post wasn't really taken seriously, I'm probably gonna go with a suzi intruder or something!

I hope you get a Capo soon, then! :)
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:27 PM   #41
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I hope you get a Capo soon, then! :)


That makes two of us, brother!

All the best, no matter what you end up w/, be safe and enjoy.

(Pls do let us know what you get, eh?)
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That makes two of us, brother!

All the best, no matter what you end up w/, be safe and enjoy.

(Pls do let us know what you get, eh?)
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Hey there!

Sorry to revive my old thread but I just couldn't hold it!

It's been a long time and stuff's been pushed waaayyy back, but I finally put the deposit down on my new (to me) bike! It's a wonderfully maintained Kawasaki KLE500, and it seems to be exactly the workhorse I needed! Can't wait to "officially" ride it around (still waiting on my licence). And here it is!




I'm not the most experienced rider out there, but damn this bike feels like a bicycle compared to the school's hornet I've been riding lately! WAY too light front end. Also, turns out I'm not too short for it, since I can flatfoot it easily (along with other bikes I'd turned down due to their seat heights, but that's another story).

I'm a happy man, and come Tuesday it's gonna be parked right outside my house!


edit: I now realize this shouldn't be in road warriors after all, heheh!
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:51 PM   #44
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SWEET!!

That bike totally reminds me of my old Honda NX650 Dominator.

Rode her from Hamburg to Palermo in the Big Storm of Dec '99.

Great memories.

I'm glad you got yourself a nice DS for your first bike.

I'm sure you'll be making unforgettable memories soon w/ her!!


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Old 07-27-2013, 03:49 AM   #45
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Thanks man! The bike's quite similar to the dominator, only a little beefier all around.

I can't understand though why people get so upset about their weight or height or the seat. Granted, I didn't have enough time on the seat to make a certain judgement but seat height's pretty good even for me and you really can't feel the weight in any instance, despite it being around 200kg wet. Even at low speed, once you get going the bike feels and handles extremely light. Hell, the school's hornet's given me more trouble, feels A LOT heavier and despite it being a naked sportbike it handles pretty tough!

The greatest difference I noticed is that the hornet, even at low speed, requires countersteering and leaning to make even the slightest turn, while the KLE steers by turning the wheel alone, and that's one thing I guess I'll have to get used to.
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