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new rider and second hand bikes

Old 01-25-2009, 12:27 AM
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Hi,

I been riding a Yamaha Virago 400 - as my first bike for about 4 months - but it turned out to be very problematic and I have returned it to the dealership. In that time I have realized that bike was a bit underpowered. So I started to look for something else and since I like cruisers - I found the Suzuki Intruder 800 Classic.

In fact I found 2 of these bikes at the same price.
- 2000 model, 12000km on the clock
- 2002 model, 30000km on the clock (this one has a wind shield and saddle bags included)

Same price - but when choosing a bike what should one look for? Low mileage or later year model? What is a decent lifespan of motorbike engine?

One last question: being relatively new to riding, I am also concerned about the 800 engine, the bike does weigh about 240kg and has 50hp...plus I am more of a cruiser, not a racer type of rider. A part of me says it will be fine, another part says stick with a smaller cc for a year or so...

Any advice on the above questions will be greatly appreciated!

Regards,
P.P.
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