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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question 800 too big for starter bike?

hey all,
this is my first post here. i'm gonna be selling my dual sport soon and getting a street-only bike. i've been looking around in the local classifieds and stuff, but nothing yet.
anyways, i know its not a sport bike, but one of the bikes i've found is a 99 suzuki marauder for $3k. It's an 800 - do you think that's too big? I've only been riding for about a year, but I've taken to it pretty well I think. I'm a smart kid, I'm not gonna be trying to do wheelies or go 150 the first day out w/a "new" bike, so respect for the bike isn't a problem. What do you think?
thanks,
bill
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 09:38 PM
 
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I think the first issue is what kind of bike do you want? A cruiser or a sportbike. At 450+ pounds, the Maurader is heavy enough to need 800cc's. How much street riding have you done on your dual-sport? The Marauder is made for highway cruising.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2002, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm not sure which I want... Actually, I'd take either I think. I just want something bigger than a 200 so I can take it places instead of just driving around town. I've done quite a bit of street driving on my dual sport, more than dirt time. Probly 300 miles or so, compared to 50 off-road...
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2002, 09:06 AM
 
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the 800 should be an ok starter bike. my re-entry bike a few years back was a vulcan 800. big and heavy....and slow (don't have to worry about doing 150...or wheelies, it can't)...btw...an 800 cruiser has about 45 hp....about 65 hp less than a sportbike of equal displacement.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2002, 08:16 AM
 
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I think you'd get more fun out of something smaller and more sportbike biased. Maybe a Suzuki SV650, Honda Hornet or similar.
But ultimately, it depends on what you want to do on the road. 300 miles isn't a great deal of road-riding experiance. Think about an MSF course and invest in some good gear too.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2002, 09:17 AM
 
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Hey Smeg, how about an update on the VTEC?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2002, 07:42 AM
 
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Hey Smeg, how about an update on the VTEC?

I'll get right on it.
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