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reviews and specs for older bikes

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by emsie, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Hi all,

    I've done a search on here, but to be honest, there's way too many things this topic could be under so I gave up after a few goes :) Cost of a well-used forum ;)

    Anyways, I'm planning on spending the next 12 months or so preparing myself for what bike to get when I'm off restrictions in December. Obviously there's some bikes I can ride and many that I can't before then, but I'd like to have a fair idea of what I am and am not interested in, as well as what I physically couldn't ride by the time I am allowed to ride the many I can't currently. I'm sure that makes sense :oops: :)

    Seat height is probably the biggest killer I'll be coming across and whilst I know that bikes CAN be lowered, it also affects how they ride and in some cases, their safety. I'm a little reticent to get a bike lowered unless it's seriously the bike of my dreams and, if it makes it any safer if it has to be lowered at all, preferably lowered only by a little bit.

    That said, specs generally include seat heights and the like and that's a relatively good start for bike hunting (I'm 5'3" so whether I can touch the ground really matters for me). Does anyone know sites other than bikepoint.com.au for comparing bikes - especially older (2nd hand) ones? e.g. I'm dead interested in a Hornet 600 but I've only had a chance to sit on a 250 so I'd be keen to see the height difference between the two on paper before I go hunting for one. Ditto Monster 600's and 900's compared to a 620/695 - where do I even start for specs on those older bikes? :?

    In the same breath, if I'm way off the mark with the whole lowering bikes thing, feel free to yell out too :)



  2. cheers, thanks for those, toecutter :)