250cc Cruisers - any and all help appreciated

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Chris Carr, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Chris Carr

    Chris Carr Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I found this newsgroup address on 250ccbikes.com and thought I'd come and
    ask for some advice.

    I got my learners on Monday (after 20 years of prevaricating) and now I'm
    looking for a 250cc cruiser to practice on for the next year and a bit. I'm
    a big bloke - 6'2" (188cm) and about 125kg so I guess I'm looking for a
    large bike too.

    This Saturday I'm going to go look at bikes and try a few out to see what
    they are like. So far, I want to try the Honda VT250, Suzuki VL250
    Interceptor and the Kawasaki VN250 Eliminator. Can any of you offer any
    advice to a complete novice? Things that I should look for? I really wish I
    knew someone who could come with me and check the bike out but I don't, so
    I'm doing as much research as I can. I guess purchasing one from a dealer is
    gonna get me a warranty at least.

    Any and all help greatly appreciated. The last thing I want is to get stuck
    with a lemon which would just spoil all my fun.


    Chris Carr, Nov 1, 2006
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  2. Chris Carr

    J5 Guest

    with a top box !!!

    FS already ?
    J5, Nov 1, 2006
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  3. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Are you really hung-up on a cruiser?
    250 cruisers generally appeal to short-arses and at 6'2" I reckon you'll
    find them a bit low and uncomfortable.
    Depending on what you're riding requirements are I'd suggest maybe a
    trail-bike or something like a GPX/GPZ or VTR250 or one of those Hyosung

    On the other hand; I know where there's and EXCELLENT TU250X for sale!
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  4. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Dammit; "your"
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  5. Chris Carr

    Chris Carr Guest

    I am kind of hung up on a cruiser, yes. I want something that I can
    (eventually) ride to work (Melbourne) and back each day when it's sunny. I
    also want a bike that I can take out on weekends and just cruise. I guess
    I'm not going to know about height issues until I sit on a few, though I did
    try out the Honda VT250 and it was a good height and felt "right".

    I'm a bit wary of the Hyosung bikes. Do any of you own one? What are they
    like? They sure look big enough.
    Chris Carr, Nov 1, 2006
  6. Chris Carr

    G-S Guest

    The honda 250 cruiser has a good reputation, as does the Yamaha 250.

    The Hyosungs are newer but are rapidly getting a fairly good (if not totally
    unblemished) reputation.

    Think Hyundai Getz quality rather than early Hyundai Excel quality and you
    won't go far away from the truth.

    G-S, Nov 1, 2006
  7. Chris Carr

    Hammo Guest

    Yeah, well, we are all out of cheese too. Buy my Z13.

    Especially if it is in your rectum, but that's fine, if that's the sort of
    thing people are into.

    Hammo, Nov 1, 2006
  8. Chris Carr

    Hammo Guest

    Wrong answer.
    Why? Cos they aint 'Mercan?

    Hammo, Nov 1, 2006
  9. Chris Carr

    Chris Carr Guest

    Ok. I can accept that. I guess I'm really not gonna know until I've tried a
    few different bikes out.
    In all honesty, it's simply because they aren't a brand I recognise.
    Recently a mate bought a chinese scooter with a name I had never heard
    before and he's had nothing but trouble. I guess it's a completely unfounded
    bias, so that's why I was asking if anyone owned one.
    Chris Carr, Nov 1, 2006
  10. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Yeah... [sad face] She was just leading me on.....
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  11. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    [Mister Garrison voice] There are no stupid answers; just stupid people!
    Sounds like bum!
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  12. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    I don't know anyone who's owned one either but the bike mags seem to think
    they're pretty good. (As opposed to the Chinese scooters......)
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  13. Chris Carr

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Better than your front-bottom! Then you'd be a sour-puss!
    Knobdoodle, Nov 1, 2006
  14. Chris Carr

    Aurimas Guest

    I am 2 m tall and bought Hyosung GT250R happy with size and everything else

    Aurimas, Nov 1, 2006
  15. In aus.motorcycles on Wed, 1 Nov 2006 22:19:36 +1100
    If you like the looks of the Honda and the cruiser genre, see if you
    can get a go on a Hyosung Aquila. They are a fairly largish bike and
    reasonably cheap too.

    If you are in NSW then you aren't limited to 250cc so your choices are

    Zebee Johnstone, Nov 1, 2006
  16. In aus.motorcycles on Wed, 1 Nov 2006 23:20:34 +1100
    There is no wrong answer about why you like a particular bike. It's
    what you want.

    Most bikes except the really out there sportbikes will do the relaxed
    cruising. If the cruiser style appeals to you then get one. Some people
    will object because they can't see the appeal and are convinced it is
    some kind of fashion thing. I have a bike whose job is relaxed cruising.
    It can boogie if I ask it to, but I never do.
    People I know who have ridden the sportbikes say they seem well enough
    made and reliable. They have a few rough edges compared to the Hondas
    but not enough to worry about. The drawback is that they are
    improving heaps every model so if you buy 2nd hand you might get one
    that's not anywhere near as good as the current crop.

    Best bet is to get the Ls, and try as many of the bikes on the course
    as you can. Then think about how they feel and what you did and
    didn't like about the comfort and control. Sit on as many 250s of all
    types as you can in the shops, get a feel for the differences.

    Zebee Johnstone, Nov 1, 2006
  17. Chris Carr

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Run out of drugs Hammo?

    Theo Bekkers, Nov 1, 2006
  18. Chris Carr

    Hammo Guest

    I was unaware you were selling these days, Theo.

    Hammo, Nov 1, 2006
  19. Chris Carr

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    So you're in the market then?
    I've got a bag of white powder, but it might be ivory shavings.

    Theo Bekkers, Nov 2, 2006
  20. Chris Carr

    Hammo Guest

    An interesting conclusion, erroneous though.
    You may want to relax the grip a little if the shavings are turning into

    Hammo, Nov 2, 2006
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