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I just sold my 250 and am looking for another bike. I want something that I will be comfortable on for at least a few years. My budget is $3000. I am 6' and ~230lbs. Will a 600cc be too small for me? I will be riding a lot of highway miles, I just don't know if I should be looking at something like a liter bike or is 600 will be enough. I probably will not have a passenger.
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Are you going for an inline-4 sportbike, or open to nakeds, twins, and sport touring?

I had a naked SV650, set it up for touring with a comfier seat, bags, wider more upright motorcross bar, handguards, and a small windscreen. Could ride 100s of miles without tiring out. The v-twin had great passing power on the highway at high RPMs, but the best was the low-end torque.

If I were to go with an inline-4 over a v-twin, I would definitely go with a litre bike. IMO a 600cc would just be too buzzy cruising on the highway for long rides, with a less usable powerband.
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I'd get something big and comfy if highway riding is your thing. A sport bike is gonna make you hate it after riding long distances from what I've been told. I would think a nice 750 cruiser or a 1000+ touring would be ideal.
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Most riders I will likely recommend an SV650.

I've only had sportbikes and a Vmax. I had my 929 for years and loved it, but anyhting outside of 30-40 mins and I began to cramp a bit.
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What style bike are you looking to get? That would greatly help everyone's suggestions as far as what would be best suited for you. Personally, if you're riding lots of highway miles, get a bike and upgrade the seat to a Corbin or Saddleman.
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The concours would be perfect all around, especially if you really commute long miles. Good power, upright ride, but can still be fun in twists.
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I like all of them lol. I really like the bobber style but an open to basically anything. I could ride a harley, I could ride a sport bike, i just want something inexpensive and reliable that is in my price range. I also want to make sure I will be happy with it, power wise) for a while.
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What about an older FZ6 or FZ1?
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The first bike I looked at was a 2006 fz6 and I really liked it. But I didn't get a chance to ride it or even sit on it.

My main concern is will a 600 be enough to drag my fat ass down the highway?
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The first bike I looked at was a 2006 fz6 and I really liked it. But I didn't get a chance to ride it or even sit on it.

My main concern is will a 600 be enough to drag my fat ass down the highway?
Yes. I started on an F3 (100hp) and it was plenty. I actually only upgraded to a 929rr because I always wanted one. Now, granted, I would have likely moved up in a few years, but a 600 should have plenty. Just an FYI, I was around 250-260 lbs when I got my license.
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That's a really solid option as well. The only problem I would think is finding a nice one without a million miles within his budget. Although, I'm sure if you looked around right now, you might be able to find one.
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Squeaky's only has 50k. lol
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If this one wasn't so low mileage I'd say talk him down to 3500-3800, but that's super low.

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If this one wasn't so low mileage I'd say talk him down to 3500-3800, but that's super low.

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SV650s are super comfy. As far as you being too large for a 600, remember that most newer liter bikes have the same size frame, seat height, arm reach, etc. as the 600cc bikes.
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They are incredibly comfortable. If I were going cruiser route they would be on the top of the list.
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I'd go for a 98-01 VFR800. Looks better, gear driven cams and you can find a nice one at or under budget.
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Spend 2k more and buy my harley
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Well I got a really good deal on a bike that was not on my radar at all. Thanks for your guys' opinions and suggestions but this was a deal I couldn't pass up. I got this today

This is not my pic but I will take some when it's nice out.
It's a 2001 1100 V Star. little over 15,000 miles for $1700.


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Well I got a really good deal on a bike that was not on my radar at all. Thanks for your guys' opinions and suggestions but this was a deal I couldn't pass up. I got this today

This is not my pic but I will take some when it's nice out.
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No one should be mad at you for this. Should be a comfy cruiser.
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Shit for $1700, I'd buy that all day long. Looks like a great bike for a steal.
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