Originally Posted by shoestring
Seconded! bought an early pre GS one last year with a little accident damage, repaired it and added some panniers probably cost about £1200 all in with a new set of tyres then went to France on it to visit the Normandy Landing beaches. Its got 30k on the clock but lots of history & didn't miss a beat. I planned on selling it once i'd got back but its just been to useful to let go so i'm planning a trip to the pyrenees next year with the old boy who's 74 and still riding an 1150rt. There's a good forum F650.co.uk if you do decide on one
I stuck over 50k miles on a 1999 model. Great all rounder, Poor finish quality, Easy to ride and most importantly Reliable.. however it passed away at a set of traffic lights when the gearbox shit it'self...
A Suzuki SV650 -is always temping but the engine breaking takes some getting your head around.
B Kawasaki ER5/6 - Easy to ride, Smoother than the SV650, 300 training schools cant be wrong
C Honda CBF 5/600 - A great allrounder, Honda quality - nuff said
D Honda Deuville 650/700 - My current weapon, Shaft drive, Weather protection, Carrying capacity, Lighter than my Pan European 1100.
Any of the above is better than any 125. Get your licence done and enjoy 2 Wheels.