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    Ride them all then decide. I personally like the street triple myself as a commuter bike. Good position, not too many faults and a great weekend runner too. Daytona would also be good once you've gotten used to the sports bike crouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gremlin View Post
    Only thing mid range that will probably get close is the Honda NC700S and NC700X.
    Hey thanks, those are really nice bikes I hadn't heard of.

    Don't know if you remember, but I can assure you the wait for a bigger bike is agony. If the g'ment hadn't changed the rules I'd have my full by now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnjackal View Post
    Regarding the big sports bikes, that's part of my concern, they're a big step up from a GN but I'm told you get used to the power pretty quickly. I think the Striple's a good step up I'd probably keep for a long time.
    In a way thats true, when I had a GN, I wanted and bought a 600 Yamaha sports bike, and to be honest, although I loved the bike, it wasn't long before the 'want bigger' entered my head. So sold the Yamaha and bought Triumph Sprint.
    But its still the best way to go...250-600. If I had it all over again, and the street triple was around, I would have one...no question.

    Think about the difference in HP...GN = 22hp? Kawasaki Z1 = 130-140 hp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maha View Post

    Think about the difference in HP...GN = 22hp? Kawasaki Z1 = 130-140 hp?
    I'm glad (and sad) that I came to bikes later in life. Being a father makes you consider your driving choices differently. I'm not a bullet-proof 20 yr old with something to prove. I want a bike I'll keep for a long time that will give me plenty of enjoyment.

    Believe it or not, the sensation of speed is very present on a GN250. Just today I was wringing her out on the way to work. Head tucked behind the bars, knees tucked in tight to the tank. Near 100kph in a headwind! Feels like you're doing 200kph. Got a few bemused looks from cars as they passed me though!

    Will a horse whip make my GN go faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    I've owned a Street Triple for over 3 years now and love it to bits. I've actually come from a bigger bike so can probably offer a slightly different perspective.

    Here are my 2 real world takes on owning a Striple. The first is an early comparison with my much-loved Honda Blackbird and the second is a longer term review of the Striple by itself.

    http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...bird-some.html

    http://geoffjames.blogspot.co.nz/201...revisited.html

    Hope you find them useful.

    Cheers,

    Geoff
    Thoroughly enjoyed your articles, thanks. Makes me want one even more.

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    I was thinking I wanted to jump up to a big bike from my 250 as soon as I had my full. I test rode a Bandit 1200 and realised that adrenalin was brown and runny. I thought that the more sensible approach would be to step up in increments and i decided to look at the 600 range and eventually settled on the Bandit 600 which I love to bits. Perhaps in a couple of years I might go up to the bigger bikes but for the moment I am more than happy.
    BUT each to their own.

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    Buy a bike that suits your KB name.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackal View Post
    Buy a bike that suits your KB name.....
    Excellent suggestion!
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    Stay off a litre bike for at least a few more years. Around a 600cc would be my recommendation.

    BMW S1000RR - don't even start thinking that way until you have at least 3 VERY solid years of 600cc riding behind you. Expensive bike and it will happily throw you off if its not respected.

    Triumph Street Triple gets my vote.

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    Go round the dealers and sit on them. When I got my full license the local Triumph dealer let me take a Street triple for a ride. Way to tall for my short legs, I could only touch the ground with my toes. Riding it was something else - would be very easy to lose my license.

    In the end I chose a Suzuki Boulevard M50, 805 cc cruiser. Comfortable lower seat, so it was easy to stand flat footed at the lights, low centre of gravity made it easier to handle, more powerful than my learner 250 so I could finally pass cars on the open road. Large tank, 275 km range - more if the right hand was constrained.

    But you'll have to choose the bike which suits you. Dealers shouldn't mind you going in and kicking tyres. If they get used to you they'll be more likely to offer you a test ride when you get your full license.

    Though I'd still recommend a secondhand bike as your first bigger bike, same applies as for your learner bike, you might lay it down, forget the side stand, it'll be heavier and more liable to fall over at slow speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Steve View Post
    Go round the dealers and sit on them. When I got my full license the local Triumph dealer let me take a Street triple for a ride. Way to tall for my short legs, I could only touch the ground with my toes. Riding it was something else - would be very easy to lose my license.
    One of our female riders in IAM faced the same dilemma as she's 5ft tall. However, the dealer sourced an adjustable dogbone kit for her Triple which allows her to plant her feet firmly now it's lowered. They're available for quite a lot of bikes and at least it extends your range of options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Steve View Post

    Though I'd still recommend a secondhand bike as your first bigger bike, same applies as for your learner bike, you might lay it down, forget the side stand, it'll be heavier and more liable to fall over at slow speed.
    That's good advice, hadn't thought of dropping a new bike. Perhaps a LAMs intermediate woudl be the way to go. I like the look of the Suzuki GS500 as an intermediate.
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    In theory a _good_ LAMS intermediate bike should hold it's price nicely as there will be many cannier (or better advised) new riders looking for something like that.

    Of course you can always do what I did and get what sounds like a good intermediate bike that does not suit you physcially and still be 'stuck' on something till your full :P

    Still, I do enjoy it, just whish it was a bit bigger (with the same engine). I hope I pick something better next time! I guess I should have just test rode everything I could so I could get a good feel of the 'range'. I just felt bad about testing something I was not that serious about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcane12 View Post
    In theory a _good_ LAMS intermediate bike should hold it's price nicely as there will be many cannier (or better advised) new riders looking for something like that.

    Of course you can always do what I did and get what sounds like a good intermediate bike that does not suit you physcially and still be 'stuck' on something till your full :P

    Still, I do enjoy it, just whish it was a bit bigger (with the same engine). I hope I pick something better next time! I guess I should have just test rode everything I could so I could get a good feel of the 'range'. I just felt bad about testing something I was not that serious about.
    Yes, I just can't make up my mind. Having worked in Sales myself I can't stand tyre kickers. I think 18 months is too long for older drivers. To be honest, I'm not really interested in any mid-range bikes under the LAMs category. I'll probably just slug it out on the GN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnjackal View Post
    Yes, I just can't make up my mind. Having worked in Sales myself I can't stand tyre kickers. I think 18 months is too long for older drivers. To be honest, I'm not really interested in any mid-range bikes under the LAMs category. I'll probably just slug it out on the GN.
    Find an RVF400 that isn't stupidly priced. At some 63+ BHP It shouldn't be a LAMS bike, but it is. Got that sexy V4 engine, looks the business, and just about anyone who has one doesn't want to let em go

    Course that's assuming you A) fit on the thing and B) can handle the riding position

    Be a hoot and a half though! I'd fully own one if I could afford it

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