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Needing some tips on LAMS bikes

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by Dario77, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. How are ya all? Thats good.

    I joined up here in hope I could leech some advice about LAMS choices.

    Im 6ft2 roughly, long legs.

    Budget is 5-6k

    Ideally im after a commuter. The type of commuter im unsure of.

    Iv read around and im aware the er5 and gs500 are the norm for my situation... but dont cut the mustard. They look pretty good and all but I cant stand the fairing on the gs500f.. most available seem to have fairings and if I go for one of them shed have to be unique... but again I only have 5 or 6 to use. The er5 is next to impossible to find outside a dealership in sydney.

    So I have this idea of a dirtbike now, or somthing along the lines of that for a change...

    Anybody with a idea or two please throw them this way, it would be much appreciated




    PS anybody in the market for a nice Orange 1998 Yamaha xvs650 custom with around 70,000ks give me a pm ($6,000 Firm)
     
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  2. I'm 6'6" and moving onto a big bike. The ER-5 has served me well and it's ready to go onto the market.

    You'll find you will need the biggest bike you can get, unfortunately LAMS doesn't take into account height or weight. At your size you're looking at either an ER-5 or GS500. For commuting, either will serve you well.

    You could probably get away with riding a 250 but I found they were ridiculously small and I was told by a biased party that they would be dangerous to ride, due to centre of gravity, also it would stress the engine due to weight.

    It sucks, but thems the rules. Personally I think height/weight should be a factor that would allow LAMS to cover some inline 4 0.5-litre engines.
     
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  3. Wouldn't terribly help the matter, since modern 600cc i4s are often too small for many riders anyway :) Not to mention that at that capacity you aren't far off 600cc power.

    What needs to come in is more detuned bikes like cb400 etc.
     
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  4. thanks 4 the replies.


    anybody know what a motard is like to ride on the road? I watched a few flicks on the tube and see them putting their legs out around bends like a kickstand,... is that the way its done with those things?
     
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  5. It's a style thing - the same way you don't have to put your knee down riding a sportsbike.
     
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  6. A Motard's an option but also have a look at some of the dual-sports on the LAMs list - things like the Honda Transalp 650, Kawasaki KLX650, Suzuki DR650, Yamaha Tenere etc. which are quite popular as commuters since they're reliable and let you sit up high above traffic.
     
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  7. The KLR and DR650's are great commuters, but I think it's a little too much bike for what you get away with. Check out XT250's and stuff in that vein. Oddly enough, they seem to hold their resale value better than DR650's.

    Also, my best mate sold his XVS650 two months ago. It's 9 months old, had done 6,000k's and sold it for $7,000. You might want to adjust your price a touch.
     
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  8. Plenty of straight-4 engines of up to 650cc are allowed under LAM's, they're all just a bit older- Z650, Z500, XJ650, CB400/4, GSX400f etc...- The list is long.

    There are a few modern one's too- XJR400 and 90's CB400 (strongly recommended) are both great bikes.

    For the op, these old 70's and 80's fours are good for big blokes, very comfy and tourable, common and useable daily (if possibly a bit more maintenance than a newer machine).

    I had a motard. Fun to ride, if not overly practicle. Most motards are too expensive for your budget (unless you can find a cheap used DRZ-400sm), a road trail is 90% as good at the road stuff and a lot cheaper.
     
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  9. Ok, Thanks for the message. Tell me what you mean about the KLR and DR650 being too much bike for what Id be getting away with. sorry but I cant understand it.

    And good on your friend, I cant think of anybody being such a nice person... I mean knocking off almost half the price for a near new motorcycle for a sale wouldn't really sound the bells for me.
     
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  10. Thanks buddy cheers
     
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  11. Dario - you're in NSW?

    Had a car licence for five years?

    Read this
     
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  12. Eligible Motorcycles in the category 261 - 660ml
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  13. I just think that a 650 is a lot to commute on. Uses more fuel, costs more in rego and is reasonably heavy. I used to commute on a little 250 and 200 dirtbike and they were perfect.
     
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  14. Thanks all much appreciated
     
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