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Poll: Would you buy a 400cc in-line 4, or 650cc twin if they had real suspension parts?
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Would you buy a 400cc in-line 4, or 650cc twin if they had real suspension parts?

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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-17-2002, 07:57 PM
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The suspension on these little bikes are just fine. I've got a fully adjustable front and rear and I didn't play around with the settings for the first year. They're soooo light and manouverable you can misjugde everything from your driveway to your office and still get there in one piece. Mind you it could be the aprilia's seating position dont know if that makes to much difference...

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What about a singles like the Aprilia RS50 They are great bikes on the tight twisties.

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looking for an sv 650 for track use as we speak!!!

Silly squid...specs are for kids!

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I love a 400cc bike, My RDs are such fun around town. Just to hard to pay for the parts any more. Not like the like the late 70's when evreyone had one in there garage.

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Yes I would buy one,to me its not the size thats important but the amount of fun you can have with a lite ,flickable machine on a good twisty road.Everyone seems caught up in stats these days,they are clueless that a well ridden small machine can be faster than a poorly ridden big displacement machine and often more fun because you need to work it well to go fast.

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I have bought one! It is so much fun going scratching that surely it can't be legal! On tighter tracks it is superb. Heavier riders may need to freshen up the suspension but I weigh <150lb and it suits me great.

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Old poll... but no

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Absolutely yes. In 1989, I purchased a Yamaha FZR400 off the showroom floor and loved it from day one. Absolutely incredible in the twisties and it would give the 600's a run for their money with it's high rpm limits. Of course I would need to lose about 25 pounds and get back to my college days weight to really enjoy it now.

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who says you can't get new suspension parts?

a bit of tinkering, maybe fabricate a piece here and there depending on which bike you are getting.. and you can always get new suspension parts...

certainly not a problem for the 400s!

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Cool I like the 650 twin idea!!

I had a 83 XS650SK P-twin, I turned into a cafe racer, put on fork and swing arm braces, bigger carbs, open exhaust, K&N Superbike bars and rear sets and it was a heck of a lot of fun. The new 650cc Kawi Twin looks like it might be right there, just more modern so a 650 twin is something I might buy!

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