Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

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Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by pdq67 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:05 am

Does any of the motorcycle makers sell something like a Honda, "Rebel", but with a 400/450 to 650 engine on it?

I would really like to have just a street cruiser that I can sit flat footed on is all. Something that I could run to St. Louis or KCMO or farther.

Don't want a, "Hog"!!!

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Post by Keith Morganstein » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:23 am

Yes, lots of them. They are called cruisers. Honda makes/made a twin similar to the rebel, I think a 400 CC. Suzuki makes/made a 650 single. There are all sorts of smaller V-Twins 500-750 CC. Just go on craigslist and plenty will be there and reasonable in price. If your looking for somthing affordable, one way to to search is to set your maximum price, say $1200.

Then internet search the models that look intersting. Almost every bike has been reviewed at some point.

The rebel 250 is one of the best beginner bikes though. There value seems to stay level. You could ride one for a season and get your money back when it's time for a bigger bike.

Hopefully you have low traffic, country roads to ride on. City riding sucks and is dangerous IMO.

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Post by ZIGGY » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:56 am

Keith Morganstein wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:23 am
City riding sucks and is dangerous IMO.
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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by Keith Morganstein » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:57 pm

I had a quick look on St Louis Craigslist and was surprised that motorcycles are considerably more expensive than in the Northeast!
Search in the northeast and you find lots of nice bikes for under $2k, especially this time of year when people want to sell instead of storing them for the winter. For $2k in St Louis I see a lot of junk!

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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by ingram » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:14 pm

Here is a Harley-Davidson to check out. http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Mo ... t-500.html
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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by Keith Morganstein » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:40 pm

In the northeast, you can buy an used 883 Harley Sportster for as little as $1500, and a 1200 Sportster for $2500 and up. Honda Rebels for $1200 or less.
Big twin Harley's, $4000 and up. Esp this time of year.

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Post by dwilliams » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:20 pm

That sounds extremely low for any sort of Harley, at least by local prices...

That said, I've put a few miles on an 883 Sportster and found it to be quite rideable, in a laid-back sort of way. Gas mileage was also excellent, which was important considering the small tank. Most of the shaking and carrying on fades into the background once it's rolling.

I'd think the main problem would be finding one someone hadn't "customized" until it wasn't rideable any more.

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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by pdq67 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:35 pm

Back again..

Does Yamaha still sell the 650 XS Special II, vertical twin, chrome fender el-cheapo model?

I dearly loved my 400 model, but it was a tad short of legs going 400 or 500 miles across the country on the interstates is all. Sure, I ran it from South Bend, IN to Columbia, MO but it was, panting!!

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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by hoffman900 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:15 pm

pdq67 wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:35 pm
Back again..

Does Yamaha still sell the 650 XS Special II, vertical twin, chrome fender el-cheapo model?

I dearly loved my 400 model, but it was a tad short of legs going 400 or 500 miles across the country on the interstates is all. Sure, I ran it from South Bend, IN to Columbia, MO but it was, panting!!

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No, but they still sell the SR400 (basically a SR500 with a destroked crank and fuel injection).
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Re: Something different here - choosing a motorcycle

Post by Keith Morganstein » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:07 pm

There are a few good used XS650's for sale. I prefer the standard over the custom.

Unfortunately, these bikes became very popular for modding to "choppers and bobbers" there aren't that many unmolested ones any more.

They might be the best 650 twin that the British never built...LOL

Good running and very reliable, but they still are an inline twin that can make your body numb and tingly after an hour of riding.

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Post by Keith Morganstein » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:42 pm

dwilliams wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:20 pm
That sounds extremely low for any sort of Harley, at least by local prices...

That said, I've put a few miles on an 883 Sportster and found it to be quite rideable, in a laid-back sort of way. Gas mileage was also excellent, which was important considering the small tank. Most of the shaking and carrying on fades into the background once it's rolling.

I'd think the main problem would be finding one someone hadn't "customized" until it wasn't rideable any more.
Take a look a Craigslist in the northeast, you will find some very good deals this time of year.

883's are fun for solo riding, however the 1200 Sportster has much more power, acceleration (fun) and muscle, and much better for two up riding or keeping up with big twins.

For those that can work on bikes, it's very easy to make an 883 to a 1200/1250. $500 in parts and your elbow grease (labor)

I've been riding for only 47 years now. I've owned and or ridden about every make of bike I could find in the USA, and pretty much liked them all in their own way.

I find I like V-twins about the best, Harley and Moto Guzzi being my favorites that have an animal feel that seems to be tuned to my liking. Another bike I like a lot is the honda ST1100 V4 sport tourer. A complete contrast, but cool, handles great and quick for what it is.

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