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Old 09-22-2012, 02:39 PM   #881 (permalink)
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You're sure a 250 cruiser will have enough get up and go?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #882 (permalink)
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It's a good first rider bike, and from what I remember Dave doesn't have any riding experience.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #883 (permalink)
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You're sure a 250 cruiser will have enough get up and go?
Saying that I'd really only be riding in the city and occasionally the freeway (but not for more than a few miles at a time), yes a 250 should be fine. I'll really look at anything under $3000 and between a 250 and a 400. And no Harley's
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #884 (permalink)
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Remember check the chain and have it started cold in front of you if they have "warmed it up" they might be trying to hide something. Look for corrosion to see if it was stored outside much. And never pay more than 50% of what you can buy it new for.
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And tires can be pricey if they need to be replaced.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #886 (permalink)
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Saying that I'd really only be riding in the city and occasionally the freeway (but not for more than a few miles at a time), yes a 250 should be fine. I'll really look at anything under $3000 and between a 250 and a 400. And no Harley's
Just checking, a lot of folks have misconceptions about 250cc bikes all being the same, meanwhile a 250 cruiser has the same relative power to a 125cc sport.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #887 (permalink)
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Got some work done:

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:11 PM   #888 (permalink)
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I'm trying to keep myself from picking up a 600 about a year. I haven't ridden a streetbike much, and I know it would be much better to pick up a 250 first. Especially because I don't want to just be one of those "check out my bike" guys who can barely handle their bikes. Riding fast is no issue, I want to REALLY learn to ride then bump up to a 600. So that way I can really handle it much better than just holding on for the ride...
Well, hopefully this thread will still be around then, I will probably be coming to you all to convince me not to buy a 600. Hopefully I won't lack the common sense I have now...
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:22 PM   #889 (permalink)
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Why not a 650? From what I've been told, plenty of power without the insane power band in the higher RPM's.

I'm looking at 750's right now myself. Still saving.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:38 PM   #890 (permalink)
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They sit different (albeit a little more comfy sometimes). 250's hold their value really well and I would like to be able to sell it near what I picked it up for once I go to move to a 600.
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