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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2004, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Next step up from EX500

Which bike is the next logical step up from a kawi ex500? I'm 6'1" and 180lbs so the ex500 feels a little cramped on longer rides. I love the twisties and can confidently use up most of the ex's tires in the turns (still in my first season of riding though). Is the SV650S a good choice or will the difference in performance between the two bikes not be noticed? A 600 supersport is out of the question since I'm under 25 and couldn't afford the insurance.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2004, 09:04 PM
 
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Then go for the SV-650 or possibly the SV-650s.
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+1 on Smitty's comment. I would first go an sit on the bike for awhile and see how it actually feels after sitting on it for maybe 30 minutes. There will definitely be a noticeable difference in the ride and power of the bike.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-10-2004, 05:33 AM
 
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Get a used 600 at a price you can afford to pay cash or at least without a bank note. Then all you need is liability which should be ~150/year. That's one option.

The sv will have more performance but not much more. The newer ones are a little roomier too IMO, esp the S model with clip ons.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 09:38 AM
 
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I am seelling my cbr600 F3 1998 perfect step up for you, as comfortable as your ex and has way more power,and funner, but still very easy to ride, and power is very easy to handle.

selling mine for $4,500, 11,000 miles can get a nice one for around this price, or slightly banged up for around 3,500 or so
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 09:39 AM
 
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insurance is dirt cheap if you dont have a lean on the bike.

300 a year for me.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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F3

I'd love to have that bike but insurance in Ontario must be more expensive than in the States. I'm paying $900/yr for just liability for my EX500! I'm sure it'll be over 2K for an F3
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 04:08 PM
 
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Unfortunately those in Ontario Cdn are really paying through the nose for cage & m/c insurance.
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Originally posted by gs500f
insurance is dirt cheap if you dont have a lean on the bike.

300 a year for me.
370 for plpd and comprehensive ($500 ded) on my f3

I paid $1800 for the bike btw.. with 15k miles

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 01:20 PM
 
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Read my Post again. For Ontario Cdn (brief for Canada rather then CA for others would assume that to be California) has really been hit hard the last two yrs & much more so in '04.

In many parts of the States it is so much less in cost.
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