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Old 01-24-2012, 11:42 PM   #221
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congrats on a 2000 plus view thread and over 200 replies

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Old 01-24-2012, 11:51 PM   #222
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woohoo!

ive almost got 50 posts already too. just wait, once i actually get the bike im gonna end up even more of a post whore. lol

im giving up all 3 of my subaru forums for only this one. any other good ones i should look into?

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #223
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haha you shouldnt give them up. Subaraus are cool.

I use PNW and i also go on the Kawasaki official forum.

If you get the sv im sure that you can find a forum dedicated to the SV650

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Old 01-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #224
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There is svrider.com but honestly that forum is full of a bunch of worthless douche bags. They do have some knowledgeable sticky threads on suspension and other crap, but for day to day use it's worthless.

Sv650.org has some good info too.

Keep in mind, your first bike is a tool to learn with, so don't be deadset on it being perfect and pristine. Most people put battle scars on their first motorcycle, myself included.

I think after you ride a little, you'll find how your motorcycle looks will start to mean less. It'll start being more about technique, gear, tires, suspension, technique, maintenance, and technique.

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Old 01-25-2012, 11:13 AM   #225
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Troa,

Sorry if you answered this already, but do you have your endorsement yet? If not, that should be second on the list, behind "Take MSF".

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Old 01-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #226
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Stopped by Kent Kawasaki yesterday and sat on a few bikes. They had both a used SV650 and Ninja 650 and I liked the Ninja a lot more than I thought I would. I think most of it came from the seating position. I think the SV would've been much better with some heli bars or something instead of the clip ons, but the stance was very racey and I could see myself getting uncomfortable on long rides. I'm hesitant to buy it and then throw bars on it and have it still not be comfortable enough

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #227
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Stopped by Kent Kawasaki yesterday and sat on a few bikes. They had both a used SV650 and Ninja 650 and I liked the Ninja a lot more than I thought I would. I think most of it came from the seating position. I think the SV would've been much better with some heli bars or something instead of the clip ons, but the stance was very racey and I could see myself getting uncomfortable on long rides. I'm hesitant to buy it and then throw bars on it and have it still not be comfortable enough
Go with what is confrtable. If you want I can let you sit on my bike, it is more conferable than the ninja in my opinion.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #228
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Keep in mind that you will probably get tired quickly on any sportbike when starting out. With some time your core strengthens and your mind/body begin making sense of the aggressive riding position. Then you can ride quite a ways without problem.

When I first got the r6 I'd be exhausted after 20 minutes. Now I can ride all day and be wishing the day wasn't over yet, and I'm kind of old.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #229
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Keep in mind that you will probably get tired quickly on any sportbike when starting out. With some time your core strengthens and your mind/body begin making sense of the aggressive riding position. Then you can ride quite a ways without problem.

When I first got the r6 I'd be exhausted after 20 minutes. Now I can ride all day and be wishing the day wasn't over yet.
Tis truth. I've done almost 500 mile rides in a day on my basically stock SV650s and I'm more mentally exhausted then physically. Your body adapts.

With that said, op get what feels best to you.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #230
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I sat on a new versys while I was there and did like it, but not really my cup of tea. I did really like the ER-6N, minus the lack of a wind screen. The sales guy was telling me it's exactly the same as the Ninja 650r, but 1" lower with different styling.

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Old 01-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #231
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Oh how I wish I could pull the trigger now!

I need to get my damn cars sold :-(

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/mcy/2817576673.html

Talk about the perfect deal!

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #232
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Got the Subie back. Going to the body shop Monday!

Still pretty indecisive on whether I want to get a 98-01 Subaru Outback Sport or a 4runner around the same year. I'm most likely going to be buying the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ once they come out so I need something 4wd to use as a foul weather/camping/road trip rig. I like the extra space and ground clearance of the 4runner and I used to own one (and LOVED it), but they're a bit more spendy than the Subaru and don't get nearly the MPG I will in the wagon. The 4runner would also be able to tow if I ever end up picking up any toys.

Oh, so I just saw ericsroads.com and I like it! I have a few books with some local twisty roads that are actually supposed to be for motorcycles that I used for subie fun. I'm sure once I get more comfortable I'll be lookin for some people to ride them with.

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Old 03-10-2012, 10:04 AM   #233
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So after some extensive research, I've decided on a white 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650.

It's a good mix of versatility and sportiness for me while retaining the V-Twin powerband (with emphasis on mid-range power), comfortable riding position even on long trips, and awesome cruising range.

I want to do something like this:



I have a buyer lined up for my Subaru and will be buying the bike in the next week or 2 hopefully! :-)

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:27 AM   #234
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Just saw this thread and read the whole thing. Congrats on finding the one you wanted, now get a new thread up once you have it

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:33 AM   #235
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Congrats man, that is a good bike for you and I bet you will love it!

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Old 03-18-2012, 07:40 AM   #236
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Just read through this too. Just a couple of thing from me:

I don't know if you've gotten the financing sorted out yet, but my wife actually get pretty decent financing for her's through State Farm's bank http://www.statefarm.com/bank/loans/vehicle.asp

And don't believe what anyone else says. Black bikes will get anywhere from 6-10 additional horses over other colors because it absorbs more solar radiation and transfers it to the motor. This is true.

And after extensive, peer reviewed research: V-Twins get more chicks.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:30 PM   #237
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So I found out white isn't available in North America, and I didn't really like the black or orange so I ended up going with a 2009 Yamaha Midnight Warrior. Also, the foot pegs jabbed me right in the ankles when I had my feet down. After doing all that research online and getting so excited, sitting on the bike for 5 minutes sold me out of it.


But, since I bought a cruiser, I'm pretty sure that means I can't hang out with you cool kids... I've yet to see any cruisers on here, though I wouldn't mind sticking around. I've come to like you guys! :-)

Pics up later tonight when I'm not at work and can get on photobucket.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #238
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I'll come right out and say it: 95% of the people who shit on 250's have never ridden one.
This. Rep.


Grats on the new bike, Troa and welcome! Just having a bike makes you one of the cool kids, imo.

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:17 PM   #239
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So I found out white isn't available in North America, and I didn't really like the black or orange so I ended up going with a 2009 Yamaha Midnight Warrior. Also, the foot pegs jabbed me right in the ankles when I had my feet down. After doing all that research online and getting so excited, sitting on the bike for 5 minutes sold me out of it.


But, since I bought a cruiser, I'm pretty sure that means I can't hang out with you cool kids... I've yet to see any cruisers on here, though I wouldn't mind sticking around. I've come to like you guys! :-)

Pics up later tonight when I'm not at work and can get on photobucket.
Screw the guys that discriminate against cruisers... You are on 2 wheels and that is all that matters. If your attitude is right, you can hang

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #240
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Well, it's considered a "Power Cruiser" and is quite a bit more sporty than your standard Harley or whatever. I like it a lot.

Yamaha says:

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The 102-cubic inch Midnight Warrior is built for riders who can't quite commit to cruiser or sportbike. The five-time AMA ProStar Hot Rod Cruiser class drag racing champ offers impressive performance, stunning lines, and special black appearance - a perfect foundation for your custom touches.
I was a bit apprehensive about buying a 1700 as my first bike, but the power is surprisingly manageable. It has plenty of power when I need it, and I'm sure I'll tap into more of it once I get more comfortable and its not pouring down rain. I got everything out of the way early though. It snowed during my endorsement course, I dropped the bike backing up at work because my foot slipped on the tiles. No damage, landed on the giganto muffler thank god. Some asshole almost hit me (missed by <2') hauling ass up from behind me, switching lanes and squeezing between me and the car in the lane he merged into. Meanwhile, my visor has been COMPLETELY fogged over the whole way home. I had to ride with it cracked going down I5 in the pouring rain squinting my eyes to keep them open. I had ordered an anti fog visor, but the insert was all foggy so they had to reorder me a new one. My gear isn't all in yet (special ordered) so the water soaked through my jeans and my boots were sopping wet inside by the time I got home. And to top it off I only have summer gloves (winter gloves on order) so my hands were frozen the entire way as well.


All in all I think I had a good introduction to the motorcycle world in WA :-) Hahaha

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