Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by M.A. Malone Esq., May 25, 2009.
it has an exclamation mark on the gas tank, it must be a blast!
If you're a beginner, it's fine. If not, it's gonna be gay.
I learned to ride on one, only kept it one season. It was actually a fun little starter bike. It's vibrates alot being a single, but it's got a decent amount of torque. I had no problem doing 90mph with a passenger. And they get crazy good gas mileage, like 65-70. Very light, & flickable.
It is small though, even at 5 10" 150lbs, it felt small to me. The other good thing about them is they are very easy to sell later, just like ninja 250's.
If you're < 5'5" they're an awesome beginner bike / commuter.. if you're normal height it'll feel like one of those mini bikes off ebay
Nope, dual seat heights, and adjustable ergonomics. Excellent training bike all around.
Felt like a monkeybike under me I'm 6'5" though.. but still.
I sat on 3 different buells, then rode an xb12 something or other for 30 min. They all felt like that and I'm 6'2"/6'3".
6'5" is a bit excessive for a Blast, though your inseam has a big role to play in the equation.
sounds like a bike I could ride (5'7'')
There are some things about the bike I've become concerned with after I researched a little bit.
1. The technology apparently is a touch old. Is this something I want to deal with? I've been told that this makes it easier to work on though. And I do have a little knowledge after working on a my Ruckus (non-FI).
2. I know you say its easy to sell, but is it really? Not many people look for it and there aren't many people selling it either.
3. American product. Reliability?
4. Will I outgrow this quickly?
As for the size, I should be fine. I have a short inseam (less than 30"), even with the low seat I should be fine. Thanks for the help guys!
what do you mean "a touch old." how many people offered that opinion and why?
there are 5 for sale within 20 miles of me, and I'm kind of rural
maybe, maybe not.
have you actually ridden one?
exactly what HAVE you ridden for more than a mile?
I've read it from a couple people from beginnerbikers.org. I'm not that mechanically inclined to know exactly what they was talking about though, so ................?
I've never ridden one. I've had my Ruckus scooter for about 9 months now, and I've ridden my friends CBR for at most 1 mile. I'm intending on taking the MSF course before I get the bike, I'm just researching right now.
If you've had a scooter for 9 months and used it a fair bit, I'd recommend something more like an EX500 or SV. The Blast is considerably slower than the other 500s.
I've only got about 1000 miles on it.
There's one in all of SFbay CL. They're not that popular.
Dealers in this region can't keep them in stock, used or new. Generalities do no one any favors.
one FOR SALE, or one on the roads?
gee, if there's one FOR SALE then maybe it's because people don't want to sell them
One for sale. As for on the road, I have seen a total of two since I moved here in August.
I would really like to hear comments about this comment.
I love the SV650. My ideal bike, really. Just afraid it might be a little too much bike for me. Would 1000 miles on my automatic scooter really count as experience toward a bike?
It's a Harley sub company, it needs an insane amount (1120cc) to beat a minivan in a race.
It'd be the same experience as a bicycle.
So I'm ready for a turbo busa.
Picked up my SV650 earlier this week. It's my first bike and it's definitely a good learner bike.
After speaking with a few friends about this, I have a few ideas. A friend of mine is in the same boat (going from skoot to bike) and we were talking about the Ninja 650r. (Shameless Plug follows) I learned to ride on the Ninja 250r (redesign thankfully), and I will say that it was a great learning bike. I then went for 4 months before I bought my 650r used from a friend. Now, most people will say that going from a 250 for 2 days to a 650 is a big jump. But it's not. Plenty of friends have gone from nothing to a R6, and have had no issues. It's really all about your right hand and cojones (or lack of sense) that will get you in trouble on a big bike. Weight becomes an issue, but with your SS (SuperSport) bikes, they are mostly light weight. It almost comes down to how you sit on the bike, and if it will get you from point A to B in a "safe" manner. I wanted to buy a new 250r after riding them, but I realized that the amount of freeway driving I would be doing (5 miles one way), it wasn't a good idea. The 250r is a little light, and with Semis and other large traffic, it would get blown around a little too easily. I even went to the Kawasaki shop and sat on the different bikes (Suzuki GS500F/GSX-R 600, Ninja zx6/500r) and wasn't comfortable. I wasn't really looking for a SS, but I wanted to know how they felt. It took the 4 months for me to realize that the 650r frame and seating position was right for me.
That seems like what you need to do. Take the MSF, so you get the true understanding of "riding" a bike, and then wear your butt out sitting on different bikes until you find the one that will fit your frame/riding style. And yes, all of this has been said by other people, in other posts, but I just wanted to add my two cents.