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Hey guys...I don't know if you all remember me but I has several threads on how can I convince my wife to let me get a motorcycle. Well a few months have passed and now I am signed up for my MSF class!!! I can not wait!

Here is my delema...

I can not get the bike I want (YZF600R)...but I can get something else. She likes the SV650, and the Vstar Custom. I have not introduced her to the FZ1 yet...

I need some opinions on which bike I should be looking for. I will be commuting about 20 miles to work and what ever else riding I want to do with my wife. I need to know if I need a larger displacement like the FZ1 or if the SV650 or the vstar 650 will be enough bike for me?
I have heard that the VStar is good for around town, but at freeway speeds I will have a hard time maintaining speed...is this true???
I would like something that will have enough power to do 2up and still be fun.

Any advice would be great!

Thanks,
f4X

I also posted this in the new rider thread, but figured that the more advice I get the better...
 

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Well, that's part of it. But of the three listed the FZ1 is the best all around bike. VStar...yuck. Will never own a cruiser myself. SV650 is an excellent bike, but it's smallish and only really excels at twisties, not that great for 2up riding.

The FZ1's got the engine, the ergos, decent wind protection, good for passengers. So if you want a bike that you can commute on, tour on, and scratch through the canyons, the FZ1 would be my choice of the three you listed.

You need to really evaluate the use of the bike before making a decision. What other board members think really is pointless. ;)
 

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I have been researching the bikes a lot and know a lot about them except for people actual experience riding. The information about the 2up and freeway speeds are what I am looking for....

I like the VStar look, but I think practically the FZ1 is more of what I "need" esp. if I want to ride with the wife!

Thanks for the information...
 

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FZ1 is quite a lot of bike for a beginner. Be careful if you are a beginner and go that route. The SV650 is a lot of fun and far more forgiving. It'll have enough power for two up riding on the highway but won't be as nice an the FZ1 for that sort of thing. The VStar is very underpowered but at least it handles and brakes poorly.
 

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FZ1 is simply to powerful a machine for a beginner.

Comparing the 1000cc of the FZ1 with something in the Cruiser end is like trying to compare apples with bannanas.
The FZ1 has a maze of POWER & speed, while something in a Cruiser of 1000cc is an easy rider with low saddle height, good pillion rider position, does not have the rocket acceleration of the FZ1 & simply will not have the max top speed of the FZ1, but will pull so well at lower revs.
So I would say take a look at the Cruiser end ESPECIALLY if you are going to be with a pillion passenger quite often & remember these do not have plastic all over them that breaks so easily.
Rarely with a pillion passenger then look at the SV650 of Suzy.
 

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I would not buy a sportbike if my wife were going to ride on the back. I tried it with a ZX-6R and it was horrible. She hated it. It made the bike handle weird. Every time we came to a stop, she slid down onto my seat and smushed my goolies right into the tank. It was a fantastic bike for one... but worthless for two.
 

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Well, personally..

I'd go for the bike that fits you, your abilities, with the characteristics YOU want. Unless your wife plans to be with you on every ride, I'd say to heck with the pillion preferences. Get what YOU want. IMO, while one might like to share the thrill of the ride with another, sportbikes aren't made for cruising. Just think of the riding position of a sportbike, and the skill it takes to keep yourself upright. I wouldn't even want to try to compensate for keeping two of us that way (aside from a pokey, local jaunt to Pizza Hut or whatever). If you wanna cruise, then get a cruiser and put your babe on the back. If you wanna go fast, get a sportbike. Sportbiking is basically a solo project. I wouldn't try to mix the two, unless you know you have an experienced pillion who knows how to act and react to your every move.

Just my...whatever's worth....inflation's getting high, and the last I saw, advice was up to $.06. Good LORD that's a lot of money! LOL
 

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I have the 600R and it is decent for two up powerwise, I have no desire to haul ass with my GF out back. She does slde forward constantly and has to push herself back a lot, which in turn makes the bike squirrely and puts undue pressure upon the family jewels. A friend I ride with has the SV and even with his tiny (100 lbs) girl he finds it lacking powerwise. That and she slides forward falling between the two seat pads. The suspension is also really soft for one rider let alone with a passenger. What about the 600R for you and SV for her. We promise not to laugh when she spanks you in the twisties :D
 

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I like the 600r from all the bikes you named, why can't you get one of those?
 

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I have been married 25 years and my sweetie is an enthusiastic rider, has helped me pick out new bikes ( including my last one, the CBR600F4i), and got her own endorsement last year. It was not always this way. Whatever bike you buy, do it with her and her input, make sure she is comfortable on the pillion, and whatever you do, DON'T SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF HER BY SHOWING OFF!!!

Oh, you can go out and throw your weight around and tell her you are bloody going to do whatever, but if you want her to share your enthusiasm, go easy. Don't crawl, either. I think women like manly men but they want them to be strong enough to be gentle!
 
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