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Old 11-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #91 (permalink)
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4th or 5th gen VFR. Answers best bang for your buck and what bike do you own
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2001-03 Kawasaki ZX9R.

Starts and runs like a raped ape every time and looks good doing it. With excellent long range ergos and solid handling all for around 3-4k, it's hard to beat.
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I admit, the old ZX-9R is a pretty do-it-all motorcycle.
I have had tons of bikes but i always like to have a ZX9 in the garage too
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Thanks! The 750 is my wife's. She will only let me take it out to fill up. She bought me the S1000RR. I tell you the 750 is an amazing bike. I would say it's the best bargain by far.
That's funny. After we bought an 08 750 my wife didn't want to ride anything else. Sold her 600 and now it's hers.

If I had to say the bike that was the best mix of handling and motor it's the 750. If I had to live with one just one bike it would be my Ninja 1000. I have an 09 R1 that I dearly love but I find myself getting in the Ninja just about as often, and I can put hard bags on the Ninja and take long trips.
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I would have to say the second gen sv650 is an awesome bike. Cheap, great gas mileage, lightweight, enough power to keep most sane people happy. They can be built to do whatever you want to do, race bike, track bike, street bike, off pavement adventure bike, you name it. I still miss mine.
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4th or 5th gen VFR. Answers best bang for your buck and what bike do you own
An obvious answer. Part of the analysis should not only include what it can do, but how long it can do it. I actually own a 6th gen, but shocked some riders that I took a bike with 41,000 miles out for a track day. How many of our selections have a motor that will go 100,000 or more miles of sporting use?
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How many of our selections have a motor that will go 100,000 or more miles of sporting use?
Pretty much any one that is liquid cooled.
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Bang for your buck to me means:

1) You can buy it for not a lot of money
2) It's relatively inexpensive to insure
3) It gets good gas mileage
4) Fuel injected is better than carbs
5) Maintenance costs are relatively inexpensive
6) Relatively comfortable ergonomics
7) Reliable
8) Decent power

Based on all those qualities, for me the answer is the Kawasaki Z750S. And yes, I own one. Another bike that fits those qualities is the fuel-injected version of the SV650(S).

Supersports can't give you a lot of bang for your buck, unless those are the only bikes that make up the category. I also own a ZX10R, and it's an awesome bike, but "bang for your buck" doesn't fit its description, unless you're comparing it to an R1, CBR1000R or GSXR1000.

New bikes can't give you "bang for your buck" either; cost and insurance are always going to be high (comparatively speaking).
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An obvious answer. Part of the analysis should not only include what it can do, but how long it can do it. I actually own a 6th gen, but shocked some riders that I took a bike with 41,000 miles out for a track day. How many of our selections have a motor that will go 100,000 or more miles of sporting use?
How about 250k and still doing trackdays?

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I put a ton of miles on the fz6.
I paid 2200 for a used 650r and its been bullet proof so far.
I dont think illl buy a new motorcycle ahgain. I always worry too much about them. With tg is one im all good about dropping it so I enjoy it a lot. I had a few new motorcycles but bang for buck...ill never b uy another one new.

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Old 01-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #100 (permalink)
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So far the best bike I've ever owned in over 35 years of riding has been my $800 02sv650s After 75K thousand miles on it now, been tossed under a guard rail at 60mph (me into the guardrail), dropped sadly countless times, Road hard, never adjusted valves (simply hasn't needed it), now painted three times....now I've added a turbo system designed specifically for my altitude and performance. Pulls as hard or a bit harder than a TLS/R 1000 and I get great fuel economy. It's an extensive build with lots of modifications although the engine internals are bone stock. If your interested in the build you can read about it here Finally, Turbo project underway - Suzuki SV650 Forum: SV650, SV1000, Gladius Forums It's been a great bike and now I don't ride it in the snow and mud anymore! Also see a turbo build video HERE


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One more vote for the SV650S.
I've owned a dozen or so bikes over the years and for the price, this has been the best.
Enough power to go but still keep me alive. Pretty much zero maintenance.
13 years old and not a drop of oil on the engine.
So Bang = fun, fast, economical, reliable, customizable
And Buck = cheap to buy, cheap to run, cheap to maintain
Definitely my winner
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Your right about the sealing of this motor. With the countless number of bikes I've own and driven over the years, I've been amazed at the reliability of this motor. I drive this thing really hard, rpm and street wise. I've taken it on weather and roads some guys on duel sports wouldn't follow me on. I'm a decent rider but the bike is top notch and mostly no electrical problems as I've had with so many other bikes. I can drive this bike without the turbo boosting from a 3 position linear solenoid so I enjoy the basic power of it's origin. Even with our anemic oxygen levels here, It still has always gotten me out of a jam with it's power. Now I have that much more for playing!
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So far the best bike I've ever owned in over 35 years of riding has been my $800 02sv650s After 75K thousand miles on it now, been tossed under a guard rail at 60mph (me into the guardrail), dropped sadly countless times, Road hard, never adjusted valves (simply hasn't needed it), now painted three times....now I've added a turbo system designed specifically for my altitude and performance. Pulls as hard or a bit harder than a TLS/R 1000 and I get great fuel economy. It's an extensive build with lots of modifications although the engine internals are bone stock. If your interested in the build you can read about it here Finally, Turbo project underway - Suzuki SV650 Forum: SV650, SV1000, Gladius Forums It's been a great bike and now I don't ride it in the snow and mud anymore! Also see a turbo build video HERE

That's a sweet build! If I ever buy another sv I would love to do a similar project, oh and an high speed gravel running adventure sv, and... I'm gonna need a lot of sv650's!

This was mine in two of its iterations. It started as a plain jane, bone stock 06 S model.







Then it got totalled


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Ninja 500 gen 2 or a newer supermotos.

It's no doubt in my mind that my favorite bike I've owned or ridden for a long period of time is my duke 2. And it's really given me a good foot hold to expand and hone my skill as a rider. But, I can't say that it is the best bike over all. The ninja was a awesome bike and there are plenty of time I find myself wanting another ex500.

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