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ok, so I have anew job in NC, I'll be moving in about a week and a half. the best part about it is I'll be making almost two times what I make now. so a newer bike won't be out of the question later this year or early next year.

say I have a fictional $4500 to work with, what do you guys suggest and why?

right now the front runners are used v-twins. I love the way they sound, but I've never ridden one. if they are half as addicting as most people say then I'll be set.

only ever been on I-4s and par twins. so a good I-4 isn't outa the question either.

btw, the bike would be used for comuting and twisty pounding.
 

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Any of Suzuki's offerings are excellent...SV or TL series. The Honda's are alright, but there's those damn radiators lol (I like the Suzuki frames better). Ya know, for $4500, you could find an older Ducati Monster as well. A 2 valve 750 for instance. I've seen several sell locally here for around $5000 CDN, and prices on bikes here right now are stupid...
 

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929!!!
 

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Dont forget the SV1k
106-110 RWBHP out of the box with a beautiful linear power curve and no "on-off switch" clutch or rear suspension disasters.

Easily tweaked to push out 115BHP with plenty of change in your pocket to upgrade to cutting edge rear shock and fork internals or go on up to a full-on 140bhp spec motor in increments, as you can afford to...

Plus! it's an UNDERDOG and that adds extra spice to things when you blow I4s into the weeds...Mad cackle Hehehehe

Hey! ask DougZy...he'll tell ya :)
 

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With a power curve this flat its "twist and go" the more you wind it on the more the scenery dissapears behind you.

Call this stage#1......


Now, spend a few bucks on cams and porting.and bingo.....



:D :D :D Whoooo-eeee
 

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an older tl or an sv is the front runner right now.

I found a sv1000 (the naked version, only imported into the us for a year or two) for 3900.
and the SVs are mucho prettier than the TLs
 

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tl but make sure the damper is working
1st one i rode put a hugh grin on my face
and 10 mins later tried to spit me off on a very fast bend faulty steering damper which put a very large deposite in my pants:LolLolLolLol:
 

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Love the nature of my SV's v-twin. To be fair though I have no experience with I-4s outside of cars ;)
 

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Z 1,000 ;) Or 06 gixxer 1,000
 

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an older tl or an sv is the front runner right now.

I found a sv1000 (the naked version, only imported into the us for a year or two) for 3900.
and the SVs are mucho prettier than the TLs
Well now! what a steal...So, straight away you got few $$$ left over from the theoretical budget to use to get the personalization underway, and she's pretty already too!
 

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Love the nature of my SV's v-twin.
^^^^ :Stupid:

When you feel the "ZAP-ZAP" of two big 500cc slugs hammering the power down into the road you sort of begin to understand why V twin power is soooooooo addictive as you get catapulted instead of accelerated.

It's hard to explain, so beg or borrow a ride from a buddy or test ride @ a dealers to get a taste of this type of ride.

Not many dont love it! :D
 

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how about a 13 year old Gixxer
Normally aspirated 750 then I'd cry in my beer if that was the read-out :LolLolLolLol:

svenseman.. Everybody knows that a 150BHP Gix is going to slaughter an SV, but on the zook you gonna have a load of fun and live to tell the tale without too much concentration having been expended. ;)
 

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that is one of the nice things about riding the SV650. You can use most all of the power it has to offer on public streets. It isn't a match for all the full-blooded sportbikes but it certainly is entertaining to run around the city and backroads on. I would really like to try a SV1K to compare the power gain with the weight gain and see how they handle.
 

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I got a bit of time to decide, but I'm really leanin away from an I-4 since I'll probably keep the FZ and slam an r1 motor in it.... eventually.

that leaves me with basically three choices a v-twin (superhawk, tl or sv), an inline 3 (triumph of some variation) or a v-4 (older vfr).

or four choices if I were to decide that a nice SM would work.


and if I had the time I would even consider building an sv-700..... that would be slick
 
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