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Old 12-08-2012, 03:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The Hyosung is very common in my country. It is a nice looking bike, and when you sit on it, it feels like a bigger bike compared to the Kawasaki.

However, looking a little closer you start noticing differences in manufacturing quality. And more importantly, that extra "size" comes with weight; the Ninja carries its own weight a lot better than the Hyosung, it makes a tad more power and it weighs less, having a size that generally goes with its engine a lot more naturally.

Maintenance will be very similar in cost, I presume. However, for the Ninja you have quite a large aftermarket/avalability of parts. Not for the Hyosung.

Here, I notice one of the selling points of the Hyosung is size. Specially size of tyres. It makes the bike look like a "real sportbike". But to a real, mature rider with any experience, that's bullshit: the Ninja comes equipped with tyres that correlate to its size and power. The Hyosung is trying to look like something it's not...and it handles like that as well.
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Get the cheapest used beat up 250 that runs well that you can find. Then when you move to a bigger bike you can make the 250 a pure track bike.
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yeah If I was to go with the 250, performance wouldn't be a huge deal for me...just figured the hyosung would help me get used to the "big bike feel". I was also looking at an 03 sv650, but when I got my quote it came out to more than the f4i
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Most small Suzuki bikes are now made under licence in China by Jinan Qingjy . Yamaha has many OEM parts made in China now by a company called Jianshe. Now they also both make entire bikes using Yamaha and Suzuki tech specs and export them under a variety of different names. So do some research and you can end up with a Japanese bike fir Chinese money. Just don't ask Yamaha or Suzuki as they will deny the whole thing hahaha
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A ninja 500 could be a good compromise here.

Just remember that a bike is not a car. There will be some maintenance work, specifically with the carburetor.
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