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post #1 of 5 Old 06-19-2008, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
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Dear Friends,

I have been playing with the idea of purchasing a V-Strom 650 for about a year now and I believe that it is time to do it. This would be my first bike ever. What do you think of the V-Strom 650 as my first motorcycle ever? Please help, I will like to hear your comments.

another thing, the first thing that I am going to buy is the helmet. There is a helmet in a picture that I really like but I cannot find it in the web. If anybody recognizes it please let me know. The link is the following:

The picture I am talking about is the first one.

Please let me know your comments.


Great Riding!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-19-2008, 05:59 PM
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Whether or not the 650 is a good bike for a first-time rider is entirely up to you. It has more than enough power to get you in trouble that your experience can't handle. So, you answer this question: Can you TRULY say to yourself that you can always ride within your limits? Keep in mind that the only person that the answer matters to is you. If you can honestly answer "Yes" then it will be a good bike. If not then you'd be better off with something smaller.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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What I meant...

Thanks Scott for your great advice. What I really meant was that if the V-Strom would be a bike where it can be easy to learn to ride. I mean, I have some experience in riding but I have never owned a bike before.

Well, would a 650 V-Strom be an easy bike where to learn to ride? I plan on riding the 650 to and from work at least a couple of times a week and road trips on weekends.

What do you think?

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 01:34 PM
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This has been discussed many times, you should do a search and read the opinions. Honestly, it can be a good first bike, but it can also be too much. If you never rode a bike before, I'd be a tad worried about the height and top-heaviness of the Wee. It's not really noticeable once you know what you're doing, but learning on it may be tough.

Have you considered something with a bit less displacement? The 2008 Ninja 250 is a sweet little bike, I think it could be exactly what you want to learn on, and it's fairly cheap.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-25-2008, 09:11 AM
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I am on my second year on any bike at all, and it was a whole different animal. Came from an '80 Kawasaki LTD 550 (very low, relatively heavy). The hardest adjustment for me was how much the balance of the 650 wee changed as the gas went down. It really seemed heavy in the parking lots with a full tank and light on the highway when empty... just something to get used to.

It seems to be a tall bike to me (5'10", 150 lbs) but I've gotten used to it and love it!
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