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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-11-2007, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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New to this forum. I have a 94 Kat 600. It's my first bike. It's been a year and I'm getting a little bored. I'm interested in v-twin sport bikes, but I can't afford a ducati right now. Any suggestions?
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not yet. I want a little more experience and to be confident and comfortable on the bike before I start testing the limits. I can't wait though. I do want to know what if feels like to go 180 down a straight away or to drag my knee in a corner. I think I need a different bike for that though.
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I'm interested in v-twin sport bikes, but I can't afford a ducati right now. Any suggestions?
What's your budget?

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I would like to try to stay under 8,000.00. I'm very happy with a good used bike. I have also seen new Sv's for less than that. Got any ideas? I've got my eyes on a few tl1000's and RC51's, but I also like what I see in the sv1000. I really like the look of the buell lightning, but I don't know about reliability since it's a Harley and I've heard that the dealer support is terrible.
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An $8000 budget will buy all kinds of different V-twin sportbikes.

However, I'm with you on the SV-1000. I really like them and they are very affordable. Heck, a brand new one rings in at just about $8500. There's plenty of mint used ones out there in the $6000 range.

You are right about the Buell's- cool styling, but less reliability than the Japanese brands. And I have heard really bad things about dealer service. Apparantly, Buell's are the red-headed stepchild of the Harley world and are often treated as such by their service departments.

Other possiblities are are the aforementioned RC-51's and TL-1000S/TL-1000R. A really cheap alternative is Honda's Superhawk. (996cc) You can pick those up for $4000.

$8000 would even get you into a variety of Ducati's. I've seen 916's priced at $7000-$7500, but they are quite a bit older than a comparably priced SV-1000. (not to mention the expensive parts and maintenance costs that Ducati's bring) If you don't mind an old-school air cooled motor- a late model Ducati SS-1000-DS should be under that budget too.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm really reluctant to look at the ducati's because even though they are beautiful and fast and exotic, they are expensive to work on. I will probably end up with the SV because it's so cheap and there are plenty of aftermarket parts to fix all the areas where it is weak. One day when time and money allow, I'd like to build my own bike from the ground up. I need to learn more about all the different elements of frames that affect handling though.
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You live in the Detroit area I see. Plenty of great Hatley Dealerships around with great support for thier Buells.

Take with a grain a salt these people of have "heard" things, everybody has a horror story to tell.

My advice would be locate a local dealership with the used Buell that intrests you and ask for a test ride, decide for yourself...

as for realiabilty, mine has 44,000 miles on it and still going strong.

My Suzuki V-strom also has almost 30,000 miles on it and still going strong.

maintain your bike, and good things happen.
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