Depends on how much of a booB you are I suppose. I am a nooB and getting a 600 FZ and don't think it should be an issue...of course...I have ridden other bikes in the past and just shook the rust off with a 750 last week to make sure I still knew what I was doing. They aren't going to give you scary power, just stern torque through the revvs.geist said:well i got an sv650s as my first bike and i really like it. would i have been better off with a smaller bike, possibly. a cheaper bike would alleviate the worry of damaging the bike while learning. i havent had a chance to ride a ninja 500 or gs500 so i dont really have anything to compare too. so far i have 2k miles on my bike and its been loads of fun. my first major hurdles learning to ride were using the brakes effectively. when im trying to do slow maneuervers like u turns is about the only time i notice the throttle being twitchy but then you just use the clutch. a few times when i have gone riding i have really cranked on the throttle and while it is blazing fast compared to any car i have been in, the front wheel doesnt come of the ground, so unless you clutched it in and then revved it up and popped the clutch i dont think you can loop this bike. but anways these are just the ramblings of a noob. good luck
thanks for all the responses. i already took the course and my instructor told me i was an extremely good rider, made smooth shifts, and good throttle control. I plan to ride my cousins yam 600 this summer to get used to riding a larger bike. im not into racing my bike or doing stunts, i want something to ride around town and that is really fun to ride, and i hear the sv is one to do the job.RACER X said:
Thats the reason why im interested in this bike. It's the cheapest for insurance out of all the bikes ive been looking into. I also really like the katana, would that be better?21 natas said:You might also check into how much insurance will cost you on the sv before you get it.
SUZUKI RIDERS!!!UNITE!!! Get the damn thing dude. Not a good starter, but what the hell, you are going to get what you want any damn way.massR1 said:hey guys, im thinking of getting an sv for next year, maybe 2003 if the price is right. Think the twin is too much to handle, or is this a good bike to start off on?
The Katana is much heavier with about the same power. It's an inline 4 so the sv will have more low end and the Katana more high end (higher engine rpm). Unless you're physically large and able to muscle the bike around, the Katana's weight may be an issue at low speeds.massR1 said:Thats the reason why im interested in this bike. It's the cheapest for insurance out of all the bikes ive been looking into. I also really like the katana, would that be better?
geos78 said:Hello. I am new to the community. I must say that I am very pleased to read the newbie threads on this site. You guys give incredible advice and it seems to be changing some peoples minds on what to start with.
I am getting started into the sport and a guy tried to sell me an R1 last night even after me telling him I was a newb. What a dip****.
However, this brings me to my next thought. The R1 did not fit me at all. I am 6'4" and 205 and the R1 cramped me big time. I have spent all weekend looking for what fits best in the newbie type bikes and I have found the SV650S to be the best oddly enough. I am glad to hear that "I could do worse" because I think this is where I am going to have to start.
I sat on a Kawi 500 today and it was ugly. My knees were almost higher than the top of the tank . I am going to try and find a Zuki 500 to sit on before I buy the SV just to see the difference but I think fit is probably most important for me, so I can control the bike.
I will check back often to learn more great tips from you more experienced riders. Keep it coming, because I can only learn more.