Craigo_S, thanks for explaining a bit of the LAMS situation. I had no idea this was a thing in some places. I ended up looking it up and learning a little bit about it to understand it better. I think it's a pretty cool thing for some governments to do, obviously for safety. Some people think they need a big starter bike for one reason or another, and all too often get in over their head. My first bike was a '96 Katana 600 (about 12 years old at the time in 2008) that I got for dirt cheap, so it was definitely lacking in a lot of power, but certainly still fun for a while. Glad you don't regret the decision to go Hyosung.
Zammin, thanks also for clarifying the situation in Australia. I find it funny that you, along with a number of others it seems, indicate that you're a bigger guy, so the Hyosung is a good fit for you. I say this because my wife is quite short, at 5'1", and had her GT650R lowered a lot to get it to fit her. Now that she's skilled enough, it's fine, but previously she still had issues having to tip-toe around even with it lowered. There aren't many (ANY) real options for riders that are exceptionally short, which is sad. I wish for her sake that there were more options that were a bit shorter and more narrow.
Humanballistics & Cellafane, good to know you find it easy to work on. Reminds me of my first bike, the previously mentioned '96 Katana 600. It needed some TLC and I thoroughly enjoyed the learning process and doing all the work myself on that thing. Something I'll never forget, and always appreciate. Cheap insurance is not something I necessarily thought about. Being a Florida (USA) registered motorcycle, I'm actually not required to have insurance on my bike. This isn't typical, but this is the case for me. So, I don't know what a typical insurance quote might be, and how the Hyosung compares.
Ninetenseven, sucks you receive such crap from other riders. That really shouldn't happen. Granted, there will always be some playful (I hope) banter about one bike versus another, but it's all in good fun the way I see it. I have my opinions about some makes/models, but I don't necessarily hate any of them, just have preferences like anyone else. I certainly agree that all bikes (can) have their problems. I feel pretty lucky on my current bike, '07 ZX10R, in that I've had very few issues with it. Recently, the stator did go out on me, leaving me stranded, so I ended up replacing that as well as the reg/rec. But it's now an 8 year old bike, so I think that's alright. Although, I was a bit pissed off that they decided to use plastic for the oil plug, because eventually it would become so brittle and break off... into tiny pieces... into the oil itself... while leaving the threads locked into place in the casing with a huge see-through gap into the oil while I'm holding half the plug, lol. That was simply irritating as I had to wait about a week for a nice aluminum replacement one. But I digress, haha. Yes, all bikes have issues. I guess I'm just mostly concerned because her bike is/was so new and seemed to have issues that I didn't think it should. That, and she's my wife, so I don't want her bike to have ANY issues, lol.
Hylife, complaining about the vibration doesn't indicate that I haven't ridden a Harley. I would complain about them just the same. That said, I appreciate your thorough input regarding the V-twin, and I completely agree with you in all other aspects. I was talking the other day with a buddy about how rare it is for people to go online when they have something good to say, versus how often it occurs that someone will go on a rampage when it's about something they don't like (ie. want to complain). And yes, the same can be said for most all cases of riders joining forums. Usually they/we do so because we need to figure out an issue, so those issues get brought up more so than anything else. Good point. Though, I never agreed, nor do I now, with my wife (or anyone else) buying a brand new first bike. Even with the enticing price tag of the Hyosung, it just doesn't make sense to me. There are plenty of great deals out there for slightly used bikes is pristine condition to be had. Brand new tires, the break-in period, and always being worried about it because it's "brand new" so you don't want to drop it, which is almost inevitable that you will. These are things, along with the higher price obviously, that a new owner shouldn't have to be concerned with while learning to ride. But... people... I certainly wasn't trying to insinuate that not all brands have problems. They're all imperfect machines, I get that. And even two bikes of the same year/make/model can have different issues. As I said before, I just thought that my wife's bike shouldn't have had some of the issues she's had so soon. Wishful thinking, as I just want her to enjoy riding without any issues, ever. Not going to happen with any bike out there, I know. Again, thanks for the response.
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