I`ll reccomend the 500 to any one I talk to thats looking for a first bike. Its plenty fast for a beginner, its easy to ride, comfertable seating (if you like that sort of thing), sounds nice with a different exhaust, can do wheelies once you know how it responds to different inputs and what not (only from slow rolls though) and handles just fine for a beginner. I`ve had mine since may, and am finally ready for a bigger one, I just need the $$$ to switch up. The only reason I see to move up from the 500 is real suspension, better brakes, and more options (TIRES!!!!), other than that, I have no problem running the hell out of it through the twisties, and its held up well enough to hit my exhaust on a corner, and drag my fairing (aftermarket) more than once (thats on Pirelli sport tourers, too).
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Last edited by wantanaprilia; 08-15-2003 at 07:23 PM.