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Greg from Brisbane, looking for advice

Discussion in 'Welcome Lounge' at netrider.net.au started by Greggy86, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. Hey everyone,

    My name is Greg and I live in Brisbane. I am very new to motorcycling, but it's something I have always wanted to be part of. I have only recently received my L's and have done 1 day of my Q-Ride course, and I actually came across this site from booking the second day of my course. After reading a few of the posts on here, I couldn't help myself and had to be part of this community.

    Currently, I don't own a bike, purely because I'm not 100% sure on what I should get. The bike I have always wanted is a Triumph Bonneville. Unfortunately it's not a LAMS, and legally, I wouldn't be able to ride it. So I would like to ask you guys and girls for some advice on a first bike. To help you all out a bit, I like the styling of classics such as the Bonnie, I'm really not a fan of sport bikes, I'm over 6 feet tall and I would like to do some highway riding too.

    Thanks guys, look forward to checking this site regularly.

    - Greg
  2. Welcome, if the budget allows have a look at the Honda CB400, great bike and a classic look to boot.
  3. Welcome Greg.

    Agree with McsennaMcsenna the CB400 is a great bike, modern performance in a classic '70s Japanese shape.

    If you're after a more Brit style, there's also the Kawasaki W650 and Royal Enfield Continental GT.

    Suzuki TU250X is also an option.
  4. Being over 6 foot, I would sit on a few bike to see what fits you for comfort.
  5. welcome aboard :]
  6. Awesome suggestions, thank you!
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  9. Welcome to the forum. There are some great suggestions here but if you like the retro look maybe the Yamaha SR400 is worth a look? I think they are new and I am not sure what your budget is like but imho they are a pretty cool looking bike. Link Here
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  10. Yeah SR400 is worth a look but getting a bit pricey for what it is. It's not so much a "retro" bike as an old bike that they've never stopped building. From that perspective it's pretty ridiculous the amount they're asking for it new. You almost may as well get a Deus.
  11. I do like Yamaha, and I have read nothing but good reviews about the MT-07, but it's hardly Bonnie styled bike, I guess it comes to riding different bikes and finding what feels best, and even though I'm not a fan of sport bikes the MT-07 is something worth looking at.
  12. Yeah, it totally looks the goods, and from what I understand it comes from one of the better quality manufacturers. I hardly think it's worth what they're asking for it though. I'm still gonna take one for a ride though haha
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  14. #15 CraigA, Nov 19, 2014
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    Closest thing I can think of in LAMS bikes to a bonnie would be a Suzuki TU250. Not sure whether or not they are actually any good or not, but its the look you are after.

    Other than that, have you sussed out a Suzuki GS500? Pretty reliable work horse type of bike.
    http://www.bikesales.com.au/private/SSE-AD-3028388/2008-Suzuki-GS500?cr=6&psq:-(BikeAll=keyword[lams]&((((SiloType=[Dealer used bikes]|SiloType=[Demo & near new bikes])|SiloType=[Private used bikes])&Service=[Bikesales])&(Make=[Suzuki]&Model=[GS500])))&pso=0&pss:premium

    Its not quite Bonnie retro, but similar styling to a CB400 kind of.

    Having said all of that, I'd take the MT-07. They are supposed to be a very capable bike that would be great to learn on for a bloke your size looking to do HWY klms.