12th Jun 2010, 09:50

I still have my 1998 Savage, midnight blue, bought as a first bike in the US - believe it or not, my husband rides it mostly now. I love that little bike. Always reliable, other than the backfiring at the end of your ride. Had straight pipes put on, otherwise no other changes.

Good starter bike, can be a tad uncomfortable on long hauls, but again, chosen because I am only 5ft tall, hubby 5' 6".

Nicely balanced bike, very easy to maintain and ride.

28th Jul 2010, 16:05

Hi, living in Ireland, returning to the motorcyle scene after a few years away. Bought a 1996 Savage recently, what a great bike! Has about 12,000 miles on it, got it serviced and it runs like a dream.

Lovely low down power, was spluttering a bit before a service, but now opens up to about 78 mph; not crazy, but fine for Irish motorways.

The bike is black, looks fantastic and gets loads of good comments.

A great 'Harley Sportster ish' bike for a fraction of the Harleys second hand price tag.

Low horse power means it's attractive to riders on a learner licence in Ireland, certainly better than a Rebel 250, Good chrome and fun to ride.

Well recommended... I think it's a keeper of a bike. Looks fab, cheap to run and fun to ride.


I am 5' 8"... So it's perfect for my height.

Well recommended.

11th Oct 2010, 01:16

I had one a while back, sold it and have had several bikes since, then found a 88 with super low km in mint shape and have decided to collector plate it and keep it forever as a second bike. 352 pound dry weight with roughly 35 torque. So ten pounds of weight to one foot pound of engine torque, is the same ratio as the Harley 883 Sportster = 550 pound, 55 ft lb, or Yamaha V-Star 1100, 635 pound bike, 63 ft lb of torque. Nice off the line acceleration, in a easy handling and fun bike.

15th Sep 2011, 02:15

Which girder front end did you put on it?


7th Oct 2013, 06:51

What do I need to convert mine to chain? I have a 1987 Savage 650!! Thanks.

1st Aug 2014, 21:17

Tell me more about the tank you swapped it with please. I am 6 foot and I want to make the bike seem bigger. So I figure a larger tank and taller handle bars should do the trick.


11th Aug 2017, 23:54

Just bought a 98 with 12000 miles in great condition for $750. It's a little small for me at 6ft 5in, but still a great bike that runs and rides excellent for under a grand... I'm satisfied as heck. Probably wouldn't tackle an iron butt ride on it, but great for daily commutes.