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    Absolute beginner needing experienced advice

    Hey everyone, Iím interested in buying a bike for general commuting and am keen on a cruiser. Iím on a budget, not too keen on spending anything over $5k for a first bike. On trademe there seems to be popular listings on GN125, GN250, Hyosung, Yamaha Scorpios and a few others. Any idea which would be a best beginner bike out of these or if thereís any other recommendations? Iím 6í1 incase thatís anything to consider...
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    Go have a sit on the lot. Like, if itís lams, go see how you fit. Go from there.
    Personally wouldnít go for a 125 if you need to do more than 80.
    My 250 gets me on two hour trips on the regular, but not really what it was built for.

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    Suzuki Boulevard S40? Large capacity LAMs cruiser, single, easy to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SebSeb View Post
    Hey everyone, Iím interested in buying a bike for general commuting and am keen on a cruiser. Iím on a budget, not too keen on spending anything over $5k for a first bike. On trademe there seems to be popular listings on GN125, GN250, Hyosung, Yamaha Scorpios and a few others. Any idea which would be a best beginner bike out of these or if thereís any other recommendations? Iím 6í1 incase thatís anything to consider...
    Cheers
    I'd go with the Scorpio .. or the Hoysung (not a cruiser)

    Forget the GNs, they are rubbish and not a good bike to learn on (a lot here are going to tell you they are the perfect learners' bike adn how they learnt on one - I disagree) .. everyone I know who has learnt on one has had trouble moving to a different bike - taken four or five weeks to get used to something that is not a GN.


    If you go with the Scorpio or a Hoysung (not a cruiser) then you will be ale to easily transfer your skills to your next bike - it's harder to transfer skills from the GN road lice to another bike .
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    being so tall you may want to consider something like a BMW GS650 (not a cruiser I know) I understand they are lams approved but correct me if I am mistaken. You may find 250 bikes too small & underpowered for you particularly if you go on the motorway so may be better looking a the 400-600 range. will also be something you can still continue with once you get to your full . If you start too small you will be looking to upgrade in the near future, with your size you should be able to handle something larger.
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