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70 year old who last rode 1972 before my Yamaha 360 Enduro was stolen, and in 7 years prior to that had owned Honda (250 and 305) and Triumph (T100C 500) scramblers and a couple of Bultacos. Looking to start riding with a motor again (been riding mountain bikes the last 14 years) and am wondering if anyone agrees this would be a good born again rider "starter bike?"

All advice and opinions appreciated.

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If the relative weight isn't an issue and the tortuous seat dealt with (reshaping the foam and possibly adding a gel insert OR waiting until Seat Concepts finishes their foam & cover kit in the works), I think the SCR950 would be a neat reentry bike! The power is absolutely manageable and still entertaining. The handling is neutral with no bad tendencies.
Go for it! =)
 

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I'll second that. If you're still physically and mentally capable, why not? Riding, as you well know requires a certain amount of physicality. It requires good mobility, confidance, balance and steady reflexes. I think the SCR950 is a manageable motorcycle, it's fairly tall though...I think the Bolt R Spec (essentially the same bike) has a much lower seat height which in my opinion makes it MORE manageable.
 

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Glad to hear you are drawn to the SCR. I agree with all the above comments. I didn't even test ride mine. I was sold on the looks of this bike. Signed the papers and rode it home. The bike is tall and feels top heavy. I have a 30" inseam and my feet won't touch flat footed unless I crowd the tank. It is dirt bike narrow at the seat and wide as a wheel barrel down low. You have one place to put your feet down. Get that wrong and you will experience a brief moment of panic. But the style of this bike fits me perfectly. I like it even more than my DT360. Ok, maybe not....
 

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Ive got sore hips so it was hard to get my feet on and off the pegs. I found that if I put my feet up around the peg and put my feet on from the front towards the rear... Its easier much!. at stops I lower my feet off the back end of the pegs and put my feet down. Gotta watch the shins... And yea its 547 lbs so Its kind heavy. Im mid fifties... I wrote in another post here that the bike is growing on me. It is! My body had to get used to the position. Some times a little stiff when I start out but after about 5 10 min Im fine. I swear the bike feels much better than when I first rode it! Its got power... Its fast but not too fast. Its a good bike! I like mine!
I really appreciate the fuel injection and not having to kick start it. No choke. Its cold ..... It starts right up...... Awesome!!!!
Part of that for me is that I spent the last 4 years on a 40 year old bike !!! New bikes are really something!!!!!
SCR is like a Cadillac compared to my old KZ 750 Twin
 

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I'll second that. If you're still physically and mentally capable, why not? Riding, as you well know requires a certain amount of physicality. It requires good mobility, confidance, balance and steady reflexes. I think the SCR950 is a manageable motorcycle, it's fairly tall though...I think the Bolt R Spec (essentially the same bike) has a much lower seat height which in my opinion makes it MORE manageable.
Yea and dont ride it on windy gusty days! Unless you like your blood pressure up! Lol lol
 

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SCR doesnt like windy days!!!! prob because its tall like flatrack said. It just un nerves me. I dont think il loose control... It just doesnt like the wind..
 

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Hey Mellowrider, I had the same bike lol, I think it was a '77 too (might have been a '78, not 100% sure) That was 36 years ago, it was my very first streetbike, black too lol! I'll have to dig thru my old photo albums and see if I can find a picture of it. It was 4 or 5 years old when I got it, I remember I traded my car for it straight up. I was 17, my parents weren't too thrilled lol! 750 twin seemed huge back then!
 

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Hey Mellowrider, I had the same bike lol, I think it was a '77 too (might have been a '78, not 100% sure) That was 36 years ago, it was my very first streetbike, black too lol! I'll have to dig thru my old photo albums and see if I can find a picture of it. It was 4 or 5 years old when I got it, I remember I traded my car for it straight up. I was 17, my parents weren't too thrilled lol! 750 twin seemed huge back then!
Hi Flatrack.
Yea that has been my ride for the last 4 years.. Until the SCR!
It slowly kinda slowed down over 4 years. But when its tuned up... It might be faster than the scr?
Check out the specs

Kawasaki KZ750B - CycleChaos

And then the scr

Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler

Real close. I think the KZ is faster though. Doesnt matter to me but I think it is?
 

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Yeah, probably pretty close. I think the SCR has more low end torque than the parallel twin KZ750. The 750 probably takes it by a little in the HP department. If I remember right the KZ750 had a bit more top end, probably pretty close though. I'll take the V-twin over a parallel twin all day long. I've heard some of the Bolt guys have gone over 50,000 miles with no issues!
Hey where's AusTexSCR950?
 
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