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after years of not riding- i bought a 1977 Yamaha XS650 set up as a scrambler/stree tracker. it's fine- but not really capable of going on the highway- it's uncomfortable, slow, the brakes don't really work- and the thing is really a look cool parked in front of a bar bike.

i was originally looking to replace it with something that i could actual ride for several hours at a time- do some of the great longer rides we have here in southern california, do a 15 mile commute from San Diego up to Delmar on the five everyday etc. I looked at all sorts of stuff, Harleys, Triumphs, Indians, and Guzzis- and then it dawned on me that I was buying a bike based on what it looked like- just getting more modern versions of what i already have...so i decided to look practically at bikes and after trying a few things- i realized i may want to look like a Roland Sands Flat Track ad- but I actually feel most comfortable and have the most fun on a sport bike....

so i decided to look at sport bikes that also would make good all day tourers and commuters and the Supersport jumped out at me. i just gave my dealer a $3000 deposit and i think i made the right choice!

what do you guys think? i'm def still a beginner but i found the SS so much easier than my forty year old XS650.
 

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after years of not riding- i bought a 1977 Yamaha XS650 set up as a scrambler/stree tracker. it's fine- but not really capable of going on the highway- it's uncomfortable, slow, the brakes don't really work- and the thing is really a look cool parked in front of a bar bike.

i was originally looking to replace it with something that i could actual ride for several hours at a time- do some of the great longer rides we have here in southern california, do a 15 mile commute from San Diego up to Delmar on the five everyday etc. I looked at all sorts of stuff, Harleys, Triumphs, Indians, and Guzzis- and then it dawned on me that I was buying a bike based on what it looked like- just getting more modern versions of what i already have...so i decided to look practically at bikes and after trying a few things- i realized i may want to look like a Roland Sands Flat Track ad- but I actually feel most comfortable and have the most fun on a sport bike....

so i decided to look at sport bikes that also would make good all day tourers and commuters and the Supersport jumped out at me. i just gave my dealer a $3000 deposit and i think i made the right choice!

what do you guys think? i'm def still a beginner but i found the SS so much easier than my forty year old XS650.
A wise decision you've made...I think you'll love everything about your new Supersport!
 

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after years of not riding- i bought a 1977 Yamaha XS650 set up as a scrambler/stree tracker. it's fine- but not really capable of going on the highway- it's uncomfortable, slow, the brakes don't really work- and the thing is really a look cool parked in front of a bar bike.

i was originally looking to replace it with something that i could actual ride for several hours at a time- do some of the great longer rides we have here in southern california, do a 15 mile commute from San Diego up to Delmar on the five everyday etc. I looked at all sorts of stuff, Harleys, Triumphs, Indians, and Guzzis- and then it dawned on me that I was buying a bike based on what it looked like- just getting more modern versions of what i already have...so i decided to look practically at bikes and after trying a few things- i realized i may want to look like a Roland Sands Flat Track ad- but I actually feel most comfortable and have the most fun on a sport bike....

so i decided to look at sport bikes that also would make good all day tourers and commuters and the Supersport jumped out at me. i just gave my dealer a $3000 deposit and i think i made the right choice!

what do you guys think? i'm def still a beginner but i found the SS so much easier than my forty year old XS650.

Welcome to the world of Ducatisti. I think you'll find the SS is an eager responsive bike that doesn't put too many demands on the rider.

But better than a 40 y/o XS650? I don't know, that's setting the bar pretty high. :wink2:
 

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after years of not riding- i bought a 1977 Yamaha XS650 set up as a scrambler/stree tracker. it's fine- but not really capable of going on the highway- it's uncomfortable, slow, the brakes don't really work- and the thing is really a look cool parked in front of a bar bike.

i was originally looking to replace it with something that i could actual ride for several hours at a time- do some of the great longer rides we have here in southern california, do a 15 mile commute from San Diego up to Delmar on the five everyday etc. I looked at all sorts of stuff, Harleys, Triumphs, Indians, and Guzzis- and then it dawned on me that I was buying a bike based on what it looked like- just getting more modern versions of what i already have...so i decided to look practically at bikes and after trying a few things- i realized i may want to look like a Roland Sands Flat Track ad- but I actually feel most comfortable and have the most fun on a sport bike....

so i decided to look at sport bikes that also would make good all day tourers and commuters and the Supersport jumped out at me. i just gave my dealer a $3000 deposit and i think i made the right choice!

what do you guys think? i'm def still a beginner but i found the SS so much easier than my forty year old XS650.
Post some pics of your converted XS650, would like to see how it was done.
If you get the SS, you might want to take it easy and use all it's functions so you can get used to having excellent handling and braking. Quite a difference to what you have in the garage. Maybe ride in urban mode for a week or more then switch it up. You might miss the bucking from your XS though.
 

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Looks good. Drum brakes on the rear and single front disk, you are going to love the SS brakes.
Dual coil suspension on the rear. SS is rock solid.
Is that the legendary single cylinder thumper that was also present in the XT, just wondering about the recoil of the kick starter, does it have a decompression lever for opening the valves when kicking it over. Bike looks great, you should hang on to it.
 

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:smile2:Be safe Buddy ! This bike is easy to ride and will lead you into attempting turns and mauvers that you may not normally do.Normaly this is a good thing but as you have said you are newly back to riding I would defiantly go on an advanced riding course then you can get the most out of this great bike.
 

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Great choice - well done! You will love the bike, its an awesome model. Welcome to the forum
 

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Welcome and great choice. The SS is a great beginner bike due to the riding modes. You can start out in Urban mode....only 75HP I believe.
 

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Dude, that's a cool bike. Hang on to that. It's good for what it is, but the SS is a spaceship in comparison. But, I think it's good for a returning rider as you can ride it at a low or high pace and it seems easy to handle generally. I am particularly impressed by the low-speed handling. It's not a trials bike but between the easy to modulate clutch and the nice balance it's a cinch to inch along at walking pace.

The advice on rider training is spot on. I was also a returning rider after a 20-year pause, and did a lot of courses including Cali Superbike School. It's transformed my riding and made the whole deal so much more enjoyable.

You will love the SS. :smile2:
 
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