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Discussion in 'Welcome Lounge' started by Jeffreym, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Hi Everyone.
    I've been monitoring the forum for a few weeks now and decided today is the day I stop being a creep and start participating in the forum =D.

    Anyways some talk about me and why I joined.

    I moved to Sydney 2 years ago from the Netherlands. I only did half a day of driving a motor cycle (CB500) and loved it! However seeing as I didn't get my license back then I am now on my way to get my L's + P's.
    As it currently stands I am looking to get my L's and become a proper loving bike fanatic in about 2-3 months.

    At the moment I've been looking at various beauties to start my motor career with, them being; KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki ER6-N, Yamaha XJ6 or MT07, Benelli bn302.
    Meaning yes I am looking at getting a Naked bike and dont necessarily want a 250, 300 or 600cc engine. I am looking for a bike that is easy to handle and navigate with as I will use it for my daily commute from Campbell town Area to Kensington/Randwick. Meaning M5 highway and a bit of city driving, I'm not much of a speed devil but more about safety and comfort however I do like the sound of a proper motor engine (don't we all?)
    My budget would be around the 6-7k Limit max. and am very interested to hear your ideas =], I am 185cm and 75kg for those who are keen to make their own suggestions.

    As I said I don't have my motor license yet nor do I have any real experience with handling a bike properly. Once I do get my license I'll be sure to rock up to the test driving weekends that you guys organise near Homebush.

    Thanks guys :)
  2. Welcome mate :cool:

    For a bit of motorway something with a bit of extra go will be helpful. If you can get a chance to sit on your list of bikes it will help you as each one will have a different riding position. Good to hear that you'll get to Homebush, it's run byt a good bunch of guys and you'll learn a lot!
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  3. Howdy and welcome to NR JeffreymJeffreym . Have fun finding your new ride. Have you thought about petrol tank capacity? I'm commuting about 120km's a day on a VTR250 and I'm filling up every 2/3 days. It's comfy enough but wouldn't mind not having to stop so often. :bored:

    Good luck and don't forget to let us know how you go! :woot:
  4. Welcome (or welkom as jy wil) - yup go sit on them all and try them out, you may be surprised by what might suddenly feel good:bad once you try them out.
  5. welcome aboard :)
  6. welcome to the forum.

    I highly recommend the Duke 390. I prefer to commute on the M1 into North Sydney much more than my MV Agusta. You can even tour on it - just see ValvolineValvoline 's adventures and blog on what is possible.

    Added bonus it's so much fun looking for the perfect bike.

    If you want - pop in at the Saturday Learner sessions at Olympic Park (there's a thread called SYdney Learner sessions at Homebush). You'll be able to see others with their bikes and sit/touch/feel and ask stupid questions
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  7. Thanks everyone, and thanks for the tips :)
    Ye from what I read being on the highway with some extra speed would come in handy. 69SIM69SIM
    But I will definitely try to sit in them before I make my final decision although I am mostly looking for second hand ones as opposed to dealers or ex demos seeing as the price difference is quite significant.
    GoldenberriGoldenberri it would be around 100km in total a day that I would have to commute.
    GeorgeOGeorgeO it is a lot of fun but at the same time I just want to win the lottery and buy them all now! And I do like the Duke 390 a lot but the M5 always get some traffic so I would be driving slowly at some stages and 110 at others, meaning it either vibrates (according to some) or have to stay in low gear due to it being a high rev engine.
  8. gday JeffreymJeffreym and welcome to NR - some great advice about motorway riding speed and fuel from 69SIM69SIM and GoldenberriGoldenberri

    I like it how you're about safety and comfort yet you want a m/cycle so you can ride the M5 everyday - dude are you crazy? :p
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  9. G'day mate, yep heard nothing bad about the little Duke 390....can pick a used one for around 5 grand!
  10. Thanks
    Hahahah fair point. Maybe I'll just get a tank? Surely that should solve my traffic issue..don't know how they run fuel wise though
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  11. there are some pretty crap cagers on that road
  12. Welcome to the forum JeffreymJeffreym & to the expensive, all consuming hobby :)

    Try try try the all! Out just never know what will end up tickling your fancy. ;)

    Yes, as GeorgeOGeorgeO & tigamica350tigamica350 have said. The Duke 390 is a good and v v nimble commuter :) I got it partly because it's the lightest bike for that class on the marked and can go like the clappers when needed.

    Don't worry too much about the highway stuff - it is capable. But like ANY of the smaller bike classes, they'll be a bit 'blowy'... Fuel on the other hand ... I get a kick when I go to the petrol station and get change from $15 of Ron98 for a tank full :singing::D
  13. ValvolineValvoline as the greedy Dutchman that I am. I am definitely looking forward to those gas station moments
  14. I don't think the Duke will give you much issues. It really does not vibrate that much and it is rather punchy
  15. Welcome to NR...
  16. GeorgeOGeorgeO mm I should really try it for a spin before I completely rule it out. But I have to admit the Xj6 is currently stealing my heart
  17. Go where the heart palpitations are the strongest
  18. Sounds like a plan to me.
    Thanks :)