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New bike advice please

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by iamdjdz, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. iamdjdz

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 24, 2006

    Posts: 4,387

    Hi all, I'm looking for a bit of advice on getting a new bike for myself.

    Bit about me: I'm 30, passed my test in 2010 and had a daily commuter (all weather, all times of day and night) Kawasaki ER-5. I got rid about 3 years ago and have only ridden fleetingly since, including a couple of refresher lessons here and there so that I don't lose the skill. I've ridden a variety of bikes, including track days on a ZX-6R, couple of Harley sportsters and a couple of bigger bikes briefly, but only owned the Kwak. I'm 5'8" and built relatively stocky but strong. I was confident 2 up but will likely need to practice a bit.

    Why I want a bike: Bit of fun, return to the joys of riding and if I change jobs perhaps commuting. I will be using the car the majority of the time and want to limit at least my first year mileage to lowish miles, but after picking up a bit of NCB I want to expand that and perhaps do some touring eventually.

    What I'm looking for in a bike: Something bigger than what I had, but not too big that I can't use it. Something that I can probably buy on finance so I won't be bored with in 3 - 4 years assuming that I haven't destroyed it (probably used but might look at new if price is OK). I've always been a steady rider and ride defensively so super-sports aren't really my cup of tea, though I love the look. Probably not looking for a proper cruiser either, something mid-range, but something fun too, don't want a boring bike.

    Bikes I've looked at and currently considering: Test rode Harley Roadster which I liked but probably won't have the long term appeal, Yamaha Diversion F which again was good but I wasn't too keen on the gearbox. Considering Ninja 650, Vstrom 650 or older 1000.

    Apart from supersports and very expensive new bikes insurance is similar on most types, ie 2012 Yamaha Diversion is same as a 2010 R1200GS for example, so it's not a particularly big issue.

    Any ideas on what might be decent to look at?

    TL,DR - Help me choose a bike, preferably with an engine.
     
  2. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 2,036

    Yamaha XSR900 if you like the styling.

    A lot of people think it's ugly, fair enough, otherwise it's a great bike that'll suit your needs as above.
     
  3. iamdjdz

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 24, 2006

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    I'm not opposed to the styling and there's one at the place I'm popping into tomorrow so I'll have a look. Cheers for the suggestion.
     
  4. Diddums

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 19,421

    Location: London

    This screams MT09 or MT07.
     
  5. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

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    Mt09 = XSR900 more or less.

    Different styling, suspension is supposed to be a little different, otherwise more or less the same bike.
     
  6. iamdjdz

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 24, 2006

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    This may have been what I was thinking when I looked at some bikes.. may also have dropped a deposit on a used MT-09 just have to not get too throttle happy when I pick it up!
     
  7. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 2,036

    Nice one. Personally, I think it looks like Optimus Prime. Do I think however it is probably one of the better bikes out there on the market right now? Definately!
     
  8. Howie87

    Associate

    Joined: Mar 3, 2017

    Posts: 77

    Location: UK

    I've only recently got my full licence so the thought of an MT-09 scares the **** out of me, but I can vouch for the MT-07 being an awesome machine. Massive amounts of torque and short gearing = brilliant fun.
     
  9. iamdjdz

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 24, 2006

    Posts: 4,387

    So I got my MT-09 on Saturday and been loving it so far! Only done about 50 miles so far but it's got so much power. Very easy to ride, although snatchy throttle in STD and A mode so been mainly in B mode, I'll move up soon! Great to own a bike again! And imo it looks so good! No problems thus far, apart from a perhaps overly cautious rider haha!
     
  10. Snaggle

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Northants

    The crap throttle can be mapped out ... check out Junction 33 dyno . He is becoming abit of an expert on mt07/09/10 . Very nice guy and really puts alot of effort into every tune
     
  11. whyscotty

    Sgarrista

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  12. iamdjdz

    Mobster

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    Either of you have any idea of cost? It's had all the Yamaha official flashes etc but does still seem very snatchy for what I'm used to. Pain too as it reverts to STD after turning off, funny looking so noobish riding off from a fuel station!
     
  13. Snaggle

    Mobster

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    Location: Northants

    Ecu only with no dyno tune £250 or with dyno work £350
     
  14. iamdjdz

    Mobster

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    Cool thanks @Snaggle - do you have one too?
     
  15. Snaggle

    Mobster

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    Location: Northants

    I have a MT10 sp

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  16. iamdjdz

    Mobster

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    Nice! Maybe my next bike! Enjoy this one first..
     
  17. MowyTone

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    Location: Southampton

    If you are going to go the dyno route you might as well change exhaust (if standard still) and stick a K&N air filter in as well before getting the dyno done
     
  18. MowyTone

    Mobster

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    double post
     
  19. mattup

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 10, 2006

    Posts: 769

    Location: Reading

    I have just got hold of a BMW R nine T. It would be perfect for you. No chain, big torque, great brakes and very cool.

    I had a speed triple RS prior and that was good but had issues. Note to self don't buy a new model bike until all the niggles have been sorted.

    Residuals are strong with the BMW as well.

    Matt