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Suzuki 650 Savage

submitted by Tater

The Suzuki LS650 Savage is, in my opinion, one of the very best beginner bikes, especially for women. (I can say that cuz I am one-vbg) It's single cylinder engine helps keep the weight down *352 lbs dry weight*, but its got plenty of pep to keep up in traffic. The low 27.6 inch seat height makes it one of the lowest on the market & it has that classic cruiser look. Belt-driven, electric start, great low-end and mid-range torque, built-in counter balancers provide smooth operation. Some say it sounds like a lawn mower or sewing machine, but like any bike, the exhaust can be modified if you want a louder sound, which a beginner may not want. Great gas mileage (approx. 50 mpg) but without a tripometer, you'll have to remember the mileage when you fill each time. I usually filled at each 100 miles or as close to that as I could, so I never used reserve to figure out how much extra I would have had (2.8 gal tank)

MSRP is $4299 new, but I think with a little research, you'd be able to get a slightly used one for $3000 or less. I wanted to do more long-distance traveling & touring, so, with the confidence this bike gave me, I was ready to "move up" to my current Vulcan 800 Classic. The Savage does great on twisties or freeway, but I personally didn't want to use it to travel over 200 miles in a day, especially packed with luggage.

In my humble & honest opinion, I think this is THE best beginner bike!

Thanks to Tater for submitting this personal review. Tater says, " Began riding July 02 at age 50+ and after a dubious start on a 1200 Sportster (recommended by hubby) I found my Savage in August. Bought my beloved Vulcan 800 Classic May of 03 & happily riding ;-)"

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