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Hey guys,

Love the forum you got here. I currently ride a 2000 Ninja 250, its was my first bike and its a lot of fun. Im in the process of possibly selling the 250 and moving up to an SV (although im looking at the ninja 650r as well). I haven't made my mind up on which i would want... need to sit on both of em i guess.

Just so you guys know Im from Tennessee, a small town near chattanooga.

Glad to be here.. hopefully ill have one soon.
 

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Welcome to SVR. Have you compared the insurance rates for the SV and Ninja? Depending on your age, there may be a major difference. Are you looking to buy used or new? Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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No i haven't compared rates.. I knew it will be more. How much should i expect. Lol im 20yrs old so that doesn't help. Im definately going used, just don't have the money for a new one. Will hopefully have around $4000 to spend on one.
 

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One of my friends has the 650r. It's a great bike, but the SV has way more personality.

Good luck with the shopping. There's nothing like the thrill of buying a new bike.
 

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One of my friends has the 650r. It's a great bike, but the SV has way more personality.

Good luck with the shopping. There's nothing like the thrill of buying a new bike.
Yeah i really love the Naked look of the SV. The full fairing version is cool too, but I just love the non-fairing version.

One question though, how many miles is a lot of miles on one of these bikes? I know that if its well taken care of it could last for a while, but just looking for a general rule. Ive saw a few for sale that looked great but had over 20k on them.
 

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I know that everyone who owns an SV knows this but the SV is one of the most comfortable sport bikes you can get on. I started on a CBR and my boyfriend has a GSXR and comparatively the SV is like riding in the back of a Jaguar coupe. Depending on how dependent you plan on being on the bike, comfort is a fabulous thing to have.
 

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Anything over 100k is a lot of miles :) 20k is nothing. Many here, put over 10k per year.
It's true that these bikes will go a long way if properly maintained, but if you're looking for bikes in the 20k range, make sure the important maintenance has been done, and expect that you might have to do some up front. In particular if the chain/sprockets haven't been done yet, they will need to be replaced soon. And the valve clearances should have been adjusted at 14500 miles for the 2nd gen. I'm not saying this should scare you away from a higher mileage bike, but be aware that this stuff could make a cheap bike less attractive.
 

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Hi coletrain12, Welcome to SVR.

Go check both bikes out, and read the reviews. I had it narrowed down to the same 2 bikes, I'm very happy I went with the SV!

Have fun and ride safe!
 

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Smart starting on a 250.Now the jump to an Sv or 650r will be huge.Be careful.HP and torque is similar on both of those.
 

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My roomie has a 650R and he was in the exact same predicament!

I'm going the SV route, and my room mate wishes he had as well. I'm fairly unbiased, because I'm relatively new to the SV world - and I am going to tell you go get an SV. It's probably not a similar case in the states, but where we live here in BC, every part for the 650R took forever to get...even a chain and sprockets took 3 weeks!!! There are a lot more SV's on the road so you'll find a lot more stuff for them...at least in my experience. He has owned his 650R since new 2 seasons now, and has been stuck in the shop well over a few months all together just because of unavailable parts...

That being said it's still a v-twin and is capable of putting smiles to your face as needed...However if my head were an 8-ball, and you were to shake it, it would most definitely say, "SV".

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Thanks for the tips guys. Yeah ive read around and it seems that the sv has more of a following.

Does the Naked version and the fairing version of this bike have the same sitting position? Im wondering this because I honestly like the sitting position on my 250. I rode my friends R6 one day and it puts way to much weight on the elbows... im not that aggressive of a rider so I do not want a crazy aggressive riding stance.
 

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Welcome to SVR. Have you compared the insurance rates for the SV and Ninja? Depending on your age, there may be a major difference. Are you looking to buy used or new? Good luck and keep us posted.
Call around too. There was a huge difference between Rider & Progressive in my case.

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