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    Looking for Advice on a Bike Choice

    Hey everybody

    I have been around bikes for my entire life and now I have decided to actually get one. I got my MSF completed and now all I need is a bike. I am looking into the SV650, FZ6, Honda 599, 750 Katana, and the 650 Ninja. I have also looked at the V-Strom, but due to cost restrictions, (college student), I am limited to pretty much the SV, Katana, or older Fazers.

    What I would like to know is if the SV is comfortable for 6'3" w/ 34" inseam bean pole such as myself, I am not too worried about having my knees bent, I'm more worried about being too hunched over and my knees coming up past the tank.

    Anyways, thanks for your help!

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    If you can find one at a decent price, I am currently hooked on my Yamaha R6, while my 2012 Ninja 650 is not far behind. Speed and turns = R6. Subtle and daily drive = 650. Just my two cents haha

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    I have a 650 and I'm a similar build, completely comfortable and I think it's the perfect first bike. I intend to ride this thing into the ground too, plenty enough power to have fun, amazing gas mileage, looks great, ergonomic. It's all around all-good. The only complaint I have is that the rear shock could be better, but it's fine for what I do (commuting, occasional twisties/wheelies, blasting around on open roads).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cj650r View Post
    If you can find one at a decent price, I am currently hooked on my Yamaha R6, while my 2012 Ninja 650 is not far behind. Speed and turns = R6. Subtle and daily drive = 650. Just my two cents haha
    I personally cannot agree with recommending an R6 as a first bike.
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    We also looked at an SV650 for Karla. The darn things are such a cult bike that it drives up the prices. Every one we found here was over priced for what you got. Lots better value out there.

    That being said, a SV650 or similar will be more comfortable than a Katana or Fazer with your height.
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    Ok cool, I have found a couple cheaper ones out there, but they are real "*******" bikes. They had tons of mods done to them, but they got snatched up pretty quick.

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    You don't want a bike that's modded like crazy. In fact, the more stock the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus650 View Post
    You don't want a bike that's modded like crazy. In fact, the more stock the better.
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    This goes for cars as well by the way
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    Haha, yeah I totally agree, If I want to mod it, I want to do it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus650 View Post
    I personally cannot agree with recommending an R6 as a first bike.

    Ehhh... they are pretty mild down low, not so intimidating. The top-end rush is not necessarily for "beginners", but, a lack of self-control can get you hurt on any bike. So I wouldn't rule it out.

    As for the FZ6, I'd look more into the FZ8... a bit more personality and maybe a little more to grow with, without being a machine that will toss a newb the first time they make a mistake with the throttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nf_ekt View Post
    Ehhh... they are pretty mild down low, not so intimidating. The top-end rush is not necessarily for "beginners", but, a lack of self-control can get you hurt on any bike. So I wouldn't rule it out.

    As for the FZ6, I'd look more into the FZ8... a bit more personality and maybe a little more to grow with, without being a machine that will toss a newb the first time they make a mistake with the throttle.
    An FZ8 would be great, though I doubt I would be able to find one in my price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nf_ekt View Post
    Ehhh... they are pretty mild down low, not so intimidating. The top-end rush is not necessarily for "beginners", but, a lack of self-control can get you hurt on any bike. So I wouldn't rule it out.

    As for the FZ6, I'd look more into the FZ8... a bit more personality and maybe a little more to grow with, without being a machine that will toss a newb the first time they make a mistake with the throttle.
    Brakes are also less forgiving
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus650 View Post
    Brakes are also less forgiving
    Which bike?

    R6... great feel, not overly-grabby. But anyways having the suspension dialed in correctly is key on any bike, as it relates to the way the bike feels under braking. There are different brake pads to try as well.
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