Home Page
Cystic Fibrosis Our Wedding Sports and Fitness Home and Garden Arts and crafts e-mail link

Doc Sarah's Motorcycle Pages


Ducati Monster 600

Honda 90

Kawasaki GPZ500s

Yamaha SR125

Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

Kawasaki EL250

Yamaha YZFR1

Ducati M600

And Stephen's GSXR600
Honda VFR400 NC30  

This was a good bike to move on to after the EL250, although I wouldn't really call it a beginner's bike because it has too many quirks. I fell in love with this beautiful beast the minute I saw it in the showroom.  It was so smart, so sexy and so very Italian.  It also had a low seat, and I could reach the ground very easily by my standards, which meant I could get the ball of my foot down on both sides.

Good points: 

  • Fantastic sounding engine and exhausts 
  • sensational looks turns heads wherever you go - it is a beautiful piece of modern sculpture! 
  • loads of grunt
  • good handling
  • high ground clearance from low seat height. 

Bad PointsOh dear - there are simply too many of these!  

  • Electrics work when they feel like it, and certainly not in the rain.  
  • no fuel reserve, so you have to trust either the fuel warning light or the trip meter, neither of which were reliable on mine!
  • speedo and generator both failed in a bike under 5000 miles
  • carb icing until kit is fitted
  • Brakes are underpowered for the bike - I needed to change to better pads but even so, not up to the job.
  • THE SIDESTAND flicks up when you don't want it to, so it falls over in a strong wind. Hard to get the sidestand down while still on the bike.
  • Everything made of alloy and very fragile, all parts expensive 
  • pillion seat a joke, nowhere to bungee luggage
  • relatively underpowered for a 600 only 53bhp, both my 400 and 500 made more.
  • dreadfully heavy clutch, very snatchy clutch, difficult in town because of a high first gear, tendency to stall during low speed manouevres, and if you try to rev it, the dry-plate clutch smokes
  • top heavy, difficult for a small person to push around because of large tank in the way of the bars
  • almost totally absent steering lock meaning 27 point turns are a reality

.......too many bad points to make up for the good.



Copyright © 2004 Dr Sarah Walters
Last updated March 17, 2004