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« on: May 09, 2014, 09:11:53 am »

i have a buddy of mine who is looking at getting a bike to start out on he 5'10 150 first time on street but has rode dirt for years he looking to out right buy and he was looking for what other peoples thought are about them as far as comfort...he does't care about speed

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Zee thanks in advance any that is posted bad and good will be sent....

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yes he has sat on them, yes he has done his home work on them but he doest know many riders or anyone who has had them...
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 09:25:17 am »

My Mom has a light blue and white one, yeah, not the manliest bike, but I've ridden it a few times and really enjoyed it.  I started out learning to ride on a Ninja 250, and the Gladius would also make a great bike to start on.  It's comfortable, handles good and has more than enough power for a noob, but not crazy sportbike power.  
If it wasn't for the color scheme on my Moms bike, I wouldn't mind owning it!  Lol
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 10:16:55 am »

It's an extension of the SV650 - quite arguably one of the most widely known, beloved and versatile street bikes ever built.

Great bike, great choice, can't go wrong.

$.02/YMMV
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 10:23:40 am »

I started on a 2006 SV650s at the age of 40.  Great bike to learn on if you don't want to go the Ninja route.  I didn't want a Ninja.  Friendly, linear power, relatively light weight, solid motor.  I think the weak points are suspension and brakes (they felt soft)....at least that was my experience as they didn't compare to my VFR.

One of the things I liked most about the SV650 was the tail light.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 11:16:46 am »

I had a Gladius.  The SV650 motor is one of the best in all of motorcycling.  The version on the Gladius is slightly improved over the Gen 2 SV.

With suspension mods and lower bars, you can (cheaply) turn a Gladius into a surprisingly capable corner carver.

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2014, 07:27:32 am »

For comfort, the DL650 V-Strom is better for anyone but people too short to reach the ground. It has a bigger frame that won't scrunch the rider up and virtually the same engine but tuned for a flatter torque curve. Compare at http://cycle-ergo.com/
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