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twig
05-01-2015, 08:24 AM
Hey guys n gals im currently shopping for a new bike. Been on a Chinese 125 for 2 years learning(I can hear the laughing of Chinese already). Im looking for a sports/touring bike and doing direct access on cbr 550.
People keep saying to go for something like a bandit 600 but im rather on the slim side so dont want anything to big to start with and living in sunny wales needs to be reliable in all weather. I do alot of miles as its my only form of transport and only got about 2k to spend. I know its going to be a challenge but we all gotta start somewhere right.

SS2
05-01-2015, 12:44 PM
gpz500S are a good cheap, lightish and fairly quick option? or you might even get a reasonable ER6 for 2K. Good luck!

twig
05-01-2015, 09:37 PM
Thanks. Took a gpz 500 out for a test run a couple of weeks ago but it felt very skinny and cheap.

BikerGran
05-01-2015, 09:47 PM
Nooo! They're lovely bikes!

You say slim but how tall? And (it may make a difference) - male or female?

Strider
05-01-2015, 11:29 PM
CBR600? ............. a late 90's, early 00's model would be in your budget, plus they still have proper seats, not the stupid bum pads as a pilllion

Friar Tuck
10-01-2015, 06:35 AM
Dragstar 650 might be a viable option?

Strider
10-01-2015, 02:45 PM
Im looking for a sports/touring bike and doing direct access on cbr 550.

Dragstar doesn't really hit the sports/touring bit

Friar Tuck
10-01-2015, 05:56 PM
I did say a viable option as an alternative. Personally I favour the Yamaha Fazer 600. As I have one my self and it has done a 50k miles without a hitch and 100% reliability. Ok, it's now had a new rad, st/st downpipes and will need a new clutch. which aint bad considering it's 14 years old.

Strider
11-01-2015, 07:26 PM
Fazers sound good, always wanted to try one out as I have always liked the Thunder Cat motor

Friar Tuck
12-01-2015, 07:34 AM
Same motor, slightly detuned to 100 bhp in the Mk1 version. bloody quick, I can tell you.

SS2
12-01-2015, 12:27 PM
Mk 1 Fazer's were mint, Fast, good real world handling and ace brakes. Newer FZ6's aren't as quick top end and don't haul you up so quick but they're surpisingly torquey for a 600 inline 4. Either's a good bet.:cool: