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Hello all.

I appreciate any advice in advance.

I have my mind set on getting a cb550 / cb360 / cb750 just not sure if I should go with a stockish bike and work from there or just pick up one that already has the work done.
I've always done maintenance on my cars (nothing crazy but i know what a wrench is) I also have friends that know their way around a bike.
These two caught my eye.

1976 CB360

1981 CB750 cafe racer

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Thanks again.
 

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Buy another SV and just go ride a bit....
 
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Don't think that question is answerable. Things like your -Budget-Riding Experience-Expectations etc all play into what you should buy. Personally I don't like either of your choices.
 

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Im tempted to go that route, but i could never flat foot on the SV.
I guess i could have lowered it.
 

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Don't think that question is answerable. Things like your -Budget-Riding Experience-Expectations etc all play into what you should buy. Personally I don't like either of your choices.
You're right.
I wasnt looking to spend more that 3000
I have about 50-70 miles under my belt.
This would just be a commute bike and something to get around town.

Any ideas what I should look at?

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Hold out for a nice, stock CB550. Put better suspension, sticky tires, braided brake line with good pads and some superbike bars on it. Ride the snot out of it.
cafe (racer) society (archive): Peter Egan on the Honda 550
I like it.
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Don't get an old bike.
Do NOT get a project bike or something to modify.

Go buy a Royal Enfield or used triumph.
 

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You're right.
I wasnt looking to spend more that 3000
I have about 50-70 miles under my belt.
This would just be a commute bike and something to get around town.

Any ideas what I should look at?
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Something that is light-weight, has nice wide handlebars, standard ergonomics, one or at most two cylinders so that it is easy to work on and throw around in heavy traffic and it has never been modified or is missing parts just for the fun of it. For it to cost less then 3 grand you need to find a motorcycle that has been ridden very little, stored in a climate controlled garage and the original owner died of natural causes so his widow is now selling his old but loved and cared for motorcycle, but she has no idea what they are worth. and no I'm not kidding or being a smart ass, this is the honest truth.
 

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Something that is light-weight, has nice wide handlebars, standard ergonomics, one or at most two cylinders so that it is easy to work on and throw around in heavy traffic and it has never been modified or is missing parts just for the fun of it. For it to cost less then 3 grand you need to find a motorcycle that has been ridden very little, stored in a climate controlled garage and the original owner died of natural causes so his widow is now selling his old but loved and cared for motorcycle, but she has no idea what they are worth. and no I'm not kidding or being a smart ass, this is the honest truth.
That has XS650 all over it.
 

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Hello all.

I appreciate any advice in advance.

I have my mind set on getting a cb550 / cb360 / cb750 just not sure if I should go with a stockish bike and work from there or just pick up one that already has the work done.
I've always done maintenance on my cars (nothing crazy but i know what a wrench is) I also have friends that know their way around a bike.
These two caught my eye.

1976 CB360

1981 CB750 cafe racer

Thoughts?
I think you should go stick to cars and forget bikes. You already made up your mind about getting a specific bike (oddly you picked 3 that do completely different jobs) and then went and searched out 3 of possibly the worst examples of those bikes, and no amount of sensible conversation is going to make you make a sensible choice. Therefore you should just forget it all together and go buy a classic car you can drive your wife and kid around in on the weekends.

Where on Long Island are you. Jaguar and I are both from there.

If you are willing to consider something else, something more modern, then let us know and we'll have a more open discussion.
 

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Why does everybody insist on putting both feet flat on the ground while on a motorcycle?
You only need to be able to lean to one side and keep the other foot on a peg. You think anybody can flat foot a BMW 1200GS-A? Not many, I assure you. I actually lifted my bike for more ground clearance, and I'm barely able to tippy-toe both feet at the same time.
If you're doing it right, you hardly ever have to put your feet down anyway. But then again, living in New York might prove to be the opposite where you spend more time stopped than rolling anyway....
But yeah. Sv650 is the perfect bike for you, and everybody else. They're awesome. Get Tannermatic to make you some neat fiberglass bodywork to make it look like a 70's Ducati race bike.
 

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Oh and in relation to the actual post, buy a SV650S, I had one as a first "big bike" (CC not size) only sold it when I moved up to my old blade and bought another as a winter hack that was a bit beaten up and not running right, when my first car decided to set itself on fire. I then sold that for a profit (amazing what a bit of knowledge and loads of carb cleaner can do) but I'd have another to pootle around on if I had the storage space.
 

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Something that is light-weight, has nice wide handlebars, standard ergonomics, one or at most two cylinders so that it is easy to work on and throw around in heavy traffic and it has never been modified or is missing parts just for the fun of it. For it to cost less then 3 grand you need to find a motorcycle that has been ridden very little, stored in a climate controlled garage and the original owner died of natural causes so his widow is now selling his old but loved and cared for motorcycle, but she has no idea what they are worth. and no I'm not kidding or being a smart ass, this is the honest truth.
makes sense, thank you.
 

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I think you should go stick to cars and forget bikes. You already made up your mind about getting a specific bike (oddly you picked 3 that do completely different jobs) and then went and searched out 3 of possibly the worst examples of those bikes, and no amount of sensible conversation is going to make you make a sensible choice. Therefore you should just forget it all together and go buy a classic car you can drive your wife and kid around in on the weekends.

Where on Long Island are you. Jaguar and I are both from there.

If you are willing to consider something else, something more modern, then let us know and we'll have a more open discussion.
I'm definitely willing to consider something else, i just always like the naked bike look and the cafe racer bikes.
I'm out in nassau LI

Any and all comments and suggestions are appreciated.
 
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