No and yes. No, we've never written : "This is the last in a series of polls/surveys." What we have said is something like: "This is poll number two (or three)."
Yes, we have written: "Please note that this survey is different from the previous." This was to make readers aware that the poll had changed, especially in this instance since the text of the news post accompanying the poll/survey has remained the same from the beginning. We did this in the event that a reader who may have missed previous polls will be able to understand the purpose of the poll/survey.
Judging by your comments, which are out of context with the current survey, it would appear that you're a prime example of why we point out that the poll(s) is/was different from the previous.
With respect to where the report is, one would think it obvious that it isn't complete yet since we're still gathering data via reader participation in these surveys.
Seriously .sv650,I was given a sv650s to ride so I learned the racer,s stance[I was 49 at the time]So for my money,that.s the way to go if you intend on being a sportsbike dude,or the 650,or the new kawi.ONE THING ,DON,T SKIMP ON PROTECTION!!
A first bike should be something used, in good condition, between roughly 200cc and 500cc. Such a bike will be quick enough to be fun but not so fast as to be scary. it'll cruise at 55-60mph. Light enough for one person to push around if needed and to pick up if dropped. Seems to me, motorcycling is an "aquired taste"....they look neat and it looks like fun seeing motorcyclist run down the road with wind in their hair, etc. But a first time rider may find it's not necessarily for him (oe her)...that 60mph wind blast in your face is not really pleasant, making the bike corner safely at speed can be intimadating, they can feel tippy at low speeds, etc. Best to start with somehing cheap and manageable. I've had several beginners bikes that I've enjoyed and/or still am enjoying...a 1981 Yamaha SR185, 1982 Yamaha XS400 and 1980 Yamaha SR500.
1. Dirt bike 100 to 200cc. Get a used enduro or MX bike for less than $1K. Spend a similar amount on good riding gear, which you'll use on the street too. Learn to ride well on the dirt - it'll save your ass later.
2. Used Ninja 250, EX500, GS500, or SV650 in order of increasing body weight. Some dual-sports are OK too if you're tall enough to reach the ground - but get one big enough to run 90mph (KLR650, XL650); you need that on CA highways. Don't get a cruiser - poor handling, heavy, and often poor brakes.
My first street bike was a 67 CB160. I ended up with 5 of them. It was cheeper to buy another one than to buy the parts-seems everyone had one in the corner of the garage! In this century, I would have to vote for the SV650. I've had everything from a 916 to an E-glide and the most fun I've had pound for pound is on a SV650. It has enough power to keep you interested, but not so much to scare you into parking it.
I believe every one of your poll choices apply to the Ninja 250. For rideability, it has a low seat, manageable power and it is lightweight. As for resale value, you can buy a 1-2 year old used bike for $2300, ride it for 1-2 years and sell it for $2000. How many other bikes can you do that with? The bike has full fairing and looks good. It may not be sexy but it's not a bad looking bike either.
OK already! I can get yelled at by my boss, my wife and my kids anytime, but MO is my life, my pathetic, dog-eared no future life of spiraling debt, ill health and surviving 'til the next beer when the world goes quiet.
Attention MOfos: It appears by various comments that many of you aren't understanding how the word "survey" fits in here. Everytime we put this particular news post up, it's accompanied by a new Survey located on the right side of the main news page. Sorry for any confusion.--MO.
Maybe you ought to have the survey actually with the survey news item, or a link to the survey...If we don't go to the main news page, how are we ever to find it?