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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2019, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Went to the dealer today with a friend, who is very new to motorcycling, and after I convinced him that cruisers are not “his thing” and that the right bike for him would be a standard lightweight naked... he saw the light. He is not comfortable yet on a bike, and he had bought a 98 shadow 750 and a 13 Triumph America. Sold the America to his brother. Not the right type of bike for someone new who is not comfortable riding. The shadow was a little better.

Anyway, I’m all for test riding different bikes. So he and I test rode a used 18 CB650F with 2300miles. He had ridden my Street Triple in the neighborhood before, and that was when it clicked for him how much better and nimble these bikes are. Long story short, the CB650F is a very nice bike. Tame enough down low for him, a good screamer with top end at 11K RPMs for fun. Finally it made its way to the US from Europe, and it is one of the few non “yawn” Honda US models. Dual disk setup, 89HP, great sitting position, 450lbs, good handling and nimbleness, 4 cylinder is a breath of fresh air in this vastly ruled 2 cylinder category of Ninjas and FZ-07 and CB500’s and SV’s.

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Of course the seat height of 31.9 leaves a lot of riders out of the equation. https://www.cycleworld.com/2018-honda-cb650f-review/ Seems to be a lot a bike for a new rider.

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Of course the seat height of 31.9 leaves a lot of riders out of the equation. https://www.cycleworld.com/2018-honda-cb650f-review/ Seems to be a lot a bike for a new rider.
Perfect bike for a new rider, who dove into long wheelbase, 560 lbs, feet forward cruisers as a 1st bike, with lacking brakes. He rides in a walking pace, and those heavy bikes where an issue for him.

There is not too much power. To me, I won’t accept someone cannot control his wrist. However, THERE IS too much bike size wise, and you cannot control that.
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I've never been a proponent of larger CC bikes for new riders just seen to many people get hurt. That being said this bike has alot of merrit. The relatively small 4 cylinder needs to spool up to really generate power, so early on if he has the discipline to keep off the throttle and short shift a bit, the bike will have plenty of room to grow into. If he goes straight hooligan well........
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There is not too much power. To me, I won’t accept someone cannot control his wrist. However, THERE IS too much bike size wise, and you cannot control that.
Funny story EK..... My wife was following me back on my CBR300R... I decided to leave her in the wind, so at a stop sign. I took off turning left with my right wrist buried. I never thought a 300 would get the front wheel off the ground through the gears, but it did just enough to give er a nice little head shake......and calm that right wrist right on down...... (...for the record.... my wife was not impressed.......)
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My brother had a 1980 RD400 Daytona Special, hit 4000 it started to wake up, at 6000 the front end was coming up and stayed up through the gears if you really wanted to. Some small bikes are small, but not all of them!
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