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Topic # 105960 15-Jul-2012 10:31
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I'm in the process of looking at bikes but would like a bit of feedback from members that may own or have ridden the type of bikes I am looking at.

I seem to be torn between going for a big twin, Aprilia RSV/Suzuki SV1000 etc or looking at a Japanese inline 4 litre bike.

I have previously owned a Suzuki TL1000R and a GSXR1100 so have experienced both worlds but this was a few years ago now.

I appreciate there has been a huge shift with the inline fours power output with some now putting out 180bhp.

This would seem pretty full on unless you are going to use it at a track day on a regular basis.

Am I right in thinking the v-twins would make more sense for day to day riding, perhaps the odd tour?

You can pick up both type of bikes for about the same money off trademe, in fact very few seem to be selling at the moment so it is probably a good time to buy.

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  Reply # 655889 15-Jul-2012 10:49
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I have also had a variety of bikes over the years and I am now looking for a big bore V-twin or even a single cylinder BMW F650GS

My problem with having a powerful race bike is I can't drive them slow, the engine is always telling me, "is that all you've got?"

So a V-twin would mellow me out a bit as I don't need the ridiculous power of the new racing bikes for everyday use.

I also quite like the BMW horizontal twins like the R1200GS

Suzuki has some nice cruisers, have been checking them out too.

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  Reply # 655900 15-Jul-2012 11:06
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Spent more than a few years with a Ducati monster, one of the best motorcycles i have ever owned.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 655905 15-Jul-2012 11:10
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I have the 2012 Suzuki GSXR1000 and it's great for mid range power over the earlier models



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  Reply # 655906 15-Jul-2012 11:13
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johnr: I have the 2012 Suzuki GSXR1000 and it's great for mid range power over the earlier models


How much of that power gets used though?

Thats what I'm considering, the outright power and speed of an inline four compared to the "usable" power of a v-twin.

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  Reply # 655912 15-Jul-2012 11:26
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What are you going to use it for? Touring? Pillion? Race days? You looking for comfort or speed?

For a weekend 'do-it-all-ish ' I would personally be going for the SV1000...lot of bike for your money.




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  Reply # 655914 15-Jul-2012 11:31
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scuwp: What are you going to use it for? Touring? Pillion? Race days? You looking for comfort or speed?

For a weekend 'do-it-all-ish ' I would personally be going for the SV1000...lot of bike for your money.


Probably all of the above except track days, not really my thing.

I have seen some decent sv1000's on trademe.

Problem is they are a very similar price to the Aprilia's which are dripping with ohlins and carbon.

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  Reply # 655922 15-Jul-2012 11:37
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marmel:
scuwp: What are you going to use it for? Touring? Pillion? Race days? You looking for comfort or speed?

For a weekend 'do-it-all-ish ' I would personally be going for the SV1000...lot of bike for your money.


Probably all of the above except track days, not really my thing.

I have seen some decent sv1000's on trademe.

Problem is they are a very similar price to the Aprilia's which are dripping with ohlins and carbon.


Yeah, I can see the attraction, but I have seen some nicely kitted out SV's and maintenance costs would likely be lower, parts easier to get etc.

I have always been a big bore 4 fan...but a twin is definitely on my radar for my next bike as well.








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  Reply # 655930 15-Jul-2012 11:51
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Ride them all see what you like :)

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  Reply # 655963 15-Jul-2012 13:43
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I'd consider the SV as well..  Heard nothing but horror stories about the distributor of Aprilia here with parts availability. 



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  Reply # 656085 15-Jul-2012 18:28
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askelon: I'd consider the SV as well..  Heard nothing but horror stories about the distributor of Aprilia here with parts availability. 


Probably wouldn't be too much of an issue. if I ever have any mechanical problems with my vehicles I normally purchase the parts myself from the US, normally works out a lot cheaper. The only parts I don't normally get from overseas are heavy parts like brake discs etc. Most parts on a sportbike are pretty light so shouldn't be a problem.

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  Reply # 656099 15-Jul-2012 18:55
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I'd suggest looking at the SV650 even, very torquey engine and lots of practical power. Great value for money too.

The Triumph Street or Speed triple may be an option.




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  Reply # 656130 15-Jul-2012 19:50
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stevenz: I'd suggest looking at the SV650 even, very torquey engine and lots of practical power. Great value for money too.

The Triumph Street or Speed triple may be an option.

+1 for the torque of a twin (or triple) over a four.
But as others have said, depends on how you ride.

Whichever way you go, factor in the maintenance/service costs. And don't count out a triple. ;-)

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  Reply # 656717 16-Jul-2012 22:03
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Ducati


that is all...



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  Reply # 656721 16-Jul-2012 22:07
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blakamin: Ducati


that is all...


Nice looking bikes but to get the same performance out of a Duke compared to the bikes I am looking at I would have to get a 1098 which are twice the price.

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  Reply # 656735 16-Jul-2012 22:12
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marmel:
johnr: I have the 2012 Suzuki GSXR1000 and it's great for mid range power over the earlier models


How much of that power gets used though


Not much she wil hit 160km/h in first gear before red line of 13800 RPM,

Great on the track :)

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