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I have a lead on trading a dirtbike that I never use for an 02 LS650. I have a thing for thumpers, but before I trade for another bike I will never use, I'm interested in passenger capabilities.

This will turn into my bobber project instead of the vt1100 but I will need it to be passenger savvy since my girl rides with me quite often.

From what I've found, it may win on the power to weight ratio (variables).
Savage: Power 31 Torque 50 and weighs in at 381lbs
vlx600: Power 39 Torque 49 and weighs in at 439lbs

And they seem to handle 70mph easily.

Any input?
 

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Only savages I know fire bullets. Oh, and my brother, he's a savage.

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My wife had an s40 which is the same. They have great bottom end torque and the aftermarket has lots of parts for them to do what you want. It is a light bike with all the characteristics like lots of vibration etc. It is great for beginners and short trips or moding but not so much on hauling a passenger any distance. Ther is a wealth of info in this site SuzukiSavage.com - Index
 

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You can ride 2 up, but the one on the back better be little and light, that pillion is not your friend after 15 min. of riding. I had a 95 L650 and it was great. I did the timing chair mod. with much success, be sure to do the carb. adjustments as well. Great power and fuel mileage. I'm only 5" 6' [on a good day] and I could flat foot it.
Simple to own and maintain, be sure to buy the repair manual, it helps a lot. The forum listed by some is a great resource and a lot of good guys like here.
 

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aye matey, plenty of dealin's with savages from each o' the 7 seas. beware the little ones talking about a stick sharpened at both ends
 

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I've tried to register on several computers at SuzukiSavages with no luck but I did read about the issues. It'd surely be an around town or short trip gig. If she hates it enough she'll buy the butt butty I assume. I'll still have the 1100 if we decide to ride anywhere longer.

I read the top speed is 90 and they easily maintain 70-75mph.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Wifey had a 2006 Savage (S40) and it was a great bike, fun too!

It was VERY light so cross-winds could toss you around. It does cruise around 70 to 75 with ease and passing cars is easier on the Savage than on other bikes I've owned. It's also a very forgiving bike meaning that you never get the feeling it wants to take off without you, not too intimidating.
It can to two-up without issue but your passenger will likely feel cramped. I think it's a great first bike and would make a great bar-hopper doing occasional overnight rides.
 

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i had a 96 savage - loved it - it thought it was toting 2 when i was on the bike by myself (400+lbs).......it survived.
 

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I've tried to register on several computers at SuzukiSavages with no luck but I did read about the issues. It'd surely be an around town or short trip gig. If she hates it enough she'll buy the butt butty I assume. I'll still have the 1100 if we decide to ride anywhere longer.

I read the top speed is 90 and they easily maintain 70-75mph.

Thanks for the info.
Look up Boulevard C40. I think that's the newish version of what was the Savage.
 

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Look up Boulevard C40. I think that's the newish version of what was the Savage.
It's the S40.If comparing bikes that are similar in size/weight,you may want to consider the Kawasaki Vulcan 500.A twin cylinder that is much smoother & more powerful than the Savage/S40.It's basically a sport bike engine (ninja) in a cruiser frame.I've had both the Vulcan & the Savage & IMO the savage doesn't hold a candle to the Vulcan.
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sorry no idea on the size of the back bone
 

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Thanks for that heads up Blaine. Seems like it has a narrower backbone than the shadow so it may clear the petcock and power to weight seems to be quite a bit more than either the shadow or savage. I'll take a look at that option.
 
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