Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Oh and a comment on the Ninja 250. They are neat little bikes. When I bought my 900 I was a little apprehensive about riding a bike like that as my first bike so I rode my friends Ninja 250 a bit to get a feel for motorcycling on a lightweight and tame motorcycle. I did like it, and he gets 70mpg out of it. However, at 6'2", it would never work for me. A 650r or something maybe, but those 250's are just too small. I feel like my knees are in my chest in that thing, and I have a hard time shifting and using the rear break.
If you want a fuel saving commuter bike though, what about one of those 250cc scooters, or better yet, have you heard of Hyosung? They are a small south korean brand (they build bikes for a lot of the big 4 japanese manufacturers though). They've got a bike called a GV250, it's a cruiser (they also have a sportbike version, GT250), and it's known for 65+mpg, with some people getting up close to 90mpg out of them. V-twin, 250cc, pretty cool! 2011 or 2012 (Not sure) and up are fuel injected, which probably helps even more. They are like $4k brand new, I saw an '05 on Craigslist here with 8k miles for $1,200. So basically, they are priced like the Ninja, with slightly better fuel economy, and ergo's that are more comfortable for taller guys like me.
I'm also a little scared of buying used sportbikes. With respect to my sportbike brothers and sisters, I just had terrible luck when I was looking. Before I bought my 900, I wanted a Ninja 500. I don't like sportbikes, but I thought it would be an easier bike to learn on (eventually I just decided to get what I want anyway, and I'm glad I did, the 900 proved to be an excellent beginners bike that still works fantastic for me). What I found was a bike with 10,000 miles and a "recently replaced clutch" or an 2009 with "A fresh paint job". Which to me are keywords for "I dropped this thing several times and frequently dumped the clutch to do wheelies and other stuff. Change the oil? You're supposed to do that?" haha. So yeah, at least out here, well maintained and responsibly ridden sportbikes are hard to find. (Heck, my buddies 250 he bought from some 16 year old kid whose mom made him sell it after he wrecked it for a SECOND time. It's pretty banged up. But it runs like a top!)
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT