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Thread: Hornet 250 vs Suzuki GS500F - which one to get for the beginner

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    Hornet 250 vs Suzuki GS500F - which one to get for the beginner

    Hi Guys,

    First of all, I would like to say hello as I am totally fresh here.

    I got my learners and would like to start my adventure with riding + thinking about commuting from the Shore to the CBD as well. I am on the hunt for my first motorbike and would like to ask for advice. Initially, I have selected 2 LAMS: Honda Hornet 250 and Suzuki GS500F. My budget is max up to $3500 so that should be ok. Which bike will be better taking into account: commuting, easiness to learn on that, comfortable position, cost of riding and maintenance, reliability.

    Maybe, do you have any other options that would be worth considering?

    Thank you. I would appreciate any help.


    Cheers
    Peter

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    Stats first.
    How tall are you?
    How heavy are you?
    How old are you?
    What experience do you have?
    Grow older but never grow up

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    I'd go with the Suzuki. Far easier to maintain, simpler in design and you don't need to rev the guts out of it at legal speeds and it will see you though your restricted to full m/c licence transition and even maybe a few years after that. Should have no problem sourcng parts if you have a woopsy. Buy a hard copy or look for the pdf of the workshop manual and learn as much as you can about the bikes operation.

    You guys are lucky these days. In the olden days we were limited to 250cc. Some were lucky enough to get 360, 350 or 400cc bikes and put 250 side covers or stickers on them.
    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakie View Post
    Stats first.
    How tall are you?
    How heavy are you?
    How old are you?
    What experience do you have?
    Height 181 cm
    Weight 75 kg
    41 years
    Experience - 0 (zero😀😀&#128512

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    Quote Originally Posted by calibra71207 View Post
    Height 181 cm
    Weight 75 kg
    41 years
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    Probably fit both bikes OK. I'd probably go for the 500 myself and I'm about the same height (but 20kg heavier).. Less revvy and more relaxing to ride. Bottom line though ... get the one that stirs your loins.
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