"Back" to Biking: how, and on what bike?

#1
I aquired my A license 6 years ago and haven't ridden a motorbike since.

I am thinking about getting a 600ish sports tourer with a £2-3 grand budget. I wouldn't mind not falling off it.

Anybody got any views on which make model to go for and the best way to get back into it saf(er)ley?

It wouldnt be for regular communting, more of a play thing really.

Thanks
 
#4
It really depends what you want to do on the bike? Commute, Weekend blasts, tour the world!!!

I would suggest that as you have not ridden a bike since you passed you rtest go to you rlocal bike trainer and get a refresher! This will get you used to a bike again, at the same time talk to those at the trg centre about their bikes and ask for recommendations. All the time making a point to visit as many showrooms as possible sitting on the bike you like!

I passsed my test and went straight out and bought a Bandit 600 and have loved it ever since looking to trade up to a BMW now.
Any way good luck and stay rubber side up!!
 
#5
The Suzuki SV650 is a very good little bike, cheap for the older ones and reliable.

Another bike that is far better than its price suggests is the Kawasaki Versys,I bought one of these to use as a commuter bike instead of my bmw gs.I actually enjoyed riding it more than the GS on short trips as it was a really fun bike.

Versys

650cc twin....but it feels like a bigger bike due to the very sweetly setup engine.

Riding position is similar to the BMW GS/supermoto style....quite high seat though 840mm.

Good tank range, about 200 miles plus when out playing.

No faults I can think of, it was just a pleasure to ride.

just over £4000 brand new!

Have a look at some of the Adventure bikes....I have always had sportsbikes/streetfighters until I bought an old BMW F650 PD,So much more enjoyable and practical that I have stayed with the Dual Purpose/Adventure style bikes ever since.
 
#7
Don't bother getting an SV650. In 3 months time you'll be bored of it.
Hornet or an older CBR is a good bet. Being Honda, they will look better after a knock or two due to there build quality.
Dont bother with a bike shop as most have newer bikes in.
Have a look at Motorcyclenews online or the newspaper (out on wednesdays) and read the review.
Also, you could take your licence to a bike shop and have a go on a demonstrator or a second hand bike that you like. It costs nothing and they even supply the fuel. Normally let you have the bike for an hour too!
 
#9
Hello giftedamateur,

try a Yamaha 600 Fazer,the old steel framed ones with the Thundercat engine.
I briefly had the pleasure of swapping my rather sportier steed for one about ten years ago.
It vastly exceeded my admittedly low expectations,a pleasure to ride and plenty quick enough to keep up with sports bikes on the road.
A good bike for a novice as well as a good all rounder.
These days they are cheap too:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/YAMAHA-FAZER-...cles?hash=item19b5a02d98&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Look for a 2000 or later bike,they had a better seat and some other upgrades over the earlier Fazers.

This one is right in the middle of your budget:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Yamaha-FZS-60...cles?hash=item27aaf8bc68&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14


tangosix.
 
#11
Triumph

TT600
Daytona 600/650
Speed 4

Honda as mentioned - CBR 600

May be look at the F series of BMW.
800cc parallel twins , may be a bit over budget

Doing a refresher is a good idea though.
Have you got all the protective clothing? need to budget for those monkeys and parrots too. And insurance.
 
#12
I think Ayrforce1 has got it spot on.

Think what you want to use the bike for, and then get a refresher. (You will not be treated like a plonker, trust me)

Sound advice.
 
#14
Check out your local Harley dealership.
 
#17
if its fun you want out of a bike mate its got to be a super sport bike, iv been riding 3 years now and have a black k7 gsxr 600, wicked on road and on track, just got back from france with misses on back and luggage and was still loads of fun and comfortable. also been to nurberg and kept up with most 1000cc . all these sit up and beg bikes are boaring and will get board after a month.
 
#20
rifles-20/09/09 said:
if its fun you want out of a bike mate its got to be a super sport bike, iv been riding 3 years now and have a black k7 gsxr 600, wicked on road and on track, just got back from france with misses on back and luggage and was still loads of fun and comfortable. also been to nurberg and kept up with most 1000cc . all these sit up and beg bikes are boaring and will get board after a month.
Thanks for the reassurance. Before I passed my test I was one of those sensible chaps who wanted nothing to do with sports bikes... "oooh me back" ..... "I'll never get a pannier on them things for me flask and butties" .... "what if it rains?" etc etc.

After I passed, I just happened to see a 636 Ninja in the local bike shop. The nice man let me have a ride on it. I thought someone had strapped me to a rocket and lit the touch paper. I bought it on the spot.

:twisted:
 

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