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Graduating from scooter to bike

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by Argonaut64, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Hi everyone,
    Bit about me: 50yo male, 79kg and 170cm. Been riding a piaggio fly 150 every day for nearly three years, it's been great for getting around town but now looking for something I can take on the highway.
    Budget is likely under $5000.
    Chose the scooter because I have a bit of a back issue and reckon anything that requires me to be too hunched over for too long would get uncomfortable. Pretty conservative rider and just after some advice for a good reliable bike.

  2. Do u want 40kws or 120kws ?
    Ninja 650, street triple, sv650/1000
  3. Welcome Argonaut, Anybody with physical limitations on the type of bike I generally point at http://cycle-ergo.com/ it will give you an idea of the seating and crouch position based on your height and various bikes.
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  4. Try the Suzuki GS500 or Kawasaki ER-6 or Yamha FZ-6.....test ride as many as you can
  5. welcome aboard:] as for the best bike for your situation reviews and test rides
  6. Do you have a restricted or full license? Have you ridden anything other than your scoot?

    There's a lot of bikes under $5000, and most will be reliable if in good nick and looked after. Gs500s are cheap, plentiful and reliable as a brick. sv650s are similar and more fun. The bigger trailies (klr650, dr650, drz400) will do everything comfortably except long distance highway work, and have very upright seating.

    A <$5000 budget points you towards used private sales, but that doesn't mean you can't visit a dealers and try out a bunch of styles to see whether the ergos work for you.