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First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

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But...it's got a chain!!! Why would a new rider or someone returning after several years (in my case, 30) want the hassle of adjusting a chain? Is there an alternative? Or an alternative bike to suggest?
 

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But...it's got a chain!!! Why would a new rider or someone returning after several years (in my case, 30) want the hassle of adjusting a chain? Is there an alternative? Or an alternative bike to suggest?
Nope, not really.

SV650: Chain
Versys: Chain
DL650: Chain
GSX650F: Chain
FZ6: Chain
Honda 599: Chain

And a chain isn't that much of a hassle.
 

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A chain isn't really that big a deal (you know, they've improved some over the last 30 years...). They're durable, easy to maintain, and let you change gearing if you are so inclined.

If you really don't like a chain, though, the BMW F800S/ST are belt driven (though not exactly newbie bikes...) as is the late F650CS. So is the Buell Blast. And for something really different, the Moto Guzzi Breva 750 is shaft driven.
 

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Actually, the bike I was considering was the Kawa 250 (after reading the reviews) - but I thought it might be too small. Sooo - I looked a little bigger and the 650 review came up. I've also thought about the Suzuki c50 and the kawa 900 (either classic or custom). I guess what I want is a bike that handles well for my skill level, is fun, and comfortable to ride. I don't think I want to go bigger than the 900. At 5'10 and 190 I dunno if the 250 is too small. any comments or suggestions?
 

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It won't be. It's a superb little bike. People do Iron Butt rides on those 250s, and I know others who have those as their only bike. I'd love to have one in my own stable - I like small bikes and know how to make the most of them!
 
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