something upright like a KTM or Aprilia? Or naked triple?
What's the best bike for city riding?
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A mid range single..........
I'd say a mid range single cylinder machine such as the BMW F650 (older), KTM 640 / 690 Adventure, Aprillia Pegason etc.
What do you currently ride?
**What bike **
Sod it...push bike
Yeah.. good one!
(But watch out for those pesky motorcyclists.. they ride like they've a right to be there!)
Its the ones in the bus lanes that cause all the bloody problems...shame on them
mate, mutts nuts
CBR600F 2006. but hardly ever get out of town on it.
living in north London mate... always up for a blast!
Bike for city riding
If its only ever for city riding and the city in question is heavily congested then suprisingly enough the best bike would probably be a scooter or small(ish) capacity naked. If you'll use the bike on open stretches aswell then the smallish capacity naked is probably best (so long as it has a small steering circle and can be easily manouvered at low speed.
If you factor in other criteria than low cost of ownership, ease of manouvering in congested traffic and ease of parking you might have a different short list.
I'm with Spondonste
Go to any city, and it's the little scooters that keep scaring the cr*p out of you.
I love filtering, but I've had them go between me and cars, when i can hardly get through myself!
Fearless little beggers they are!! (And who cares if your scooter has a scuff or two?)
Lots to choose from
But around london I've always used a 125cc bike.
Easy to filter with, lightweight should you drop it, cheap to run, good on fuel.
Go for a Honda CG125 roadster type or an XL125 Varadero if you want upright stuff.
Best City Machine
This is the one for you northlondonbiker , the Aprilia Leonardo 250 .Narrow to squeeze through gaps , excellent acceleration , 85mph and 80 mpg .You can get two large supermarket bags under the seat , a large bunch of flowers or all your motorcycle gear .The butter in your sandwiches will melt though as it gets warm under there !
You must be joking . Is this the make that Fuzrr found the weakness in the gudgeon pins and Triumph don`t want to know ?
Monsters are too wide
was behind, then overtook a Ducati Monster (on my CBR600f) in the middle of London, due to him being too wide to filter. I noticed the wing mirrors are crazy wide - that's a usabilty fail on behalf of Ducati. Point is to be able to slip between vehicles.
Little 125 would do it, will beat cars off the lights, million mpg, for commuting you dont need something that will burble along the motorway all day, small, easy to manouvre, good fuel efficiency, thats what your after. However id just like to say, personally i find very small displacement bikes alot harder to ride very slow, will turn on a 20pence piece though.
Cant go wrong with a cg, pretty hard to wreck, very comfortable imo, older ones are pretty slow though, even for a 125, dunno about the newer ones.