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I'm not too fussed about no electric start, I'm more annoyed that it has fuel injection. A carbed single with kick-start is almost impossible to kill - you can come out to a bike with a flat battery, dead or missing fuses, in freezing cold or blazing heat and know the sucker will get moving if it's got fuel. With FI, you need power for a fuel pump and such or it won't start anyway - why not add electric start?
Cool. As someone riding a 36-year old 400cc bike, I'm kinda psyched about a chance to buy a new one, so I'm pleased they're bringing it back to the US. That said, $6k is a bit pricey for a bike that hasn't had development costs since the first Star Wars came out. They could have priced this bike at $4k and owned the small bike/new rider segment, likely driving Cleveland Cycle Works and Royal Enfield to bankruptcy, and putting the hurt on the Ninja 300R and upcoming CBR300....
Nice. I really think one of these would be perfect for me as a city bike - it could keep on the Edens or Stevenson, but still be sensible around town. I like the looks of the Bonneville more, though, and the Moto Guzzi V7 is tempting...
Based on the above, why a dual sport?As for age of bike - if you're mechanically inclined and want experience working on an old bike, buy something old. If you actually want seat time, get something newer that you can just hop on and ride. I've got a 1978 and 1988 bike and had a 2006 Honda until a couple of weeks ago - being able to walk out, hop on and ride is a wonderful thing.Of the bikes listed, the DR line is so beloved I don't think you can go wrong. I've ridden a...
Exactly. The idea is it's a bike for riding in the commuting in the city, and you don't need 1100cc to do that. Heck, 850cc is overkill - bikes like the SV650, Hawk GT, and Street Triple have been praised as the best iterations of the concept and they've got by with less. I could see the SF848 working better for me in Chicago because commuting can often involve hopping on a crowded interstate for a few miles, but even then it would be weird. My Hawk is very narrow and...
As much as I like the Monster (I've played with getting an early model for years), the SF848 is my favorite. It has a lot of what's appealing about my Honda Hawk GT (lightweight, narrow, V-twin, very similar ergonomics) with an exotic flair. I doubt it's as care-free, though. I like the yellow.
Well, Ducati has let everyone ride the new Monster 1200S - thoughts and reactions? I've always admired the Monster and seriously considered getting one a year or two back, but the overall ergonomics never worked for me on the old ones and with size 15 feet it's looking like the new one is off the table as well.
What I've encountered on my CB400T is being unable to maintain a buffer zone to the rear when someone inattentive comes up behind me too quickly. It will (theoretically) top out at ~100 mph, but if I'm cruising at 60 mph in 5th it'll take a while to speed up unless I downshift a couple of gears and lean on it. I290 if really bad for this, to the point I typically keep the gears low and the revs up, just in case.
It's a parallel twin, so not as twitchy as an I4 - for a beginner I think it's one of the better choices as far as a sportbike goes. A cousin of mine got one as his first bike and I was nervous for him, but once I rode it I could see it working for him. Weird thing - asking seems to be low to mid 4s for all of them, from 2005-2012.
Nice jacket. It's weird, something about those bikes makes me want to park it next to a 944 - such blatantly 80s designs.
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