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Old 01-10-2013, 08:47 AM   #181
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As someone who commutes 3-4 times a week in heavy traffic, I wouldn't mind having one of these. I have street-legal TT500 with a bonkers motor and still get around 85mpg. Would love to grab one of these and rack up some serious miles. If they can get the cost around $4,500 MSRP, it would be a bang for the buck. But if it's more like the new CB500, which will have an MSRP around $7,000, then not so much.
You get 85 MPG with a pumped TT500?! How is that even possible???
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #182
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You get 85 MPG with a pumped TT500?! How is that even possible???

All you need is a broken odometer.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #183
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Riding pretty mellow I got an average of 43 mpg from a stock SR500.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #184
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I sure hope they think they will make money by selling an old design sr400 in the US.
I would go so far as to pay good money for a new one even if I had to sell a kidney or something to get it.


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this would explain a lot of what's up with the new FJR update and might bode well for bringing the SR back into the states at somepoint as it's both low cost and more entry-oriented:

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2013/...aramount-goal/
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:15 PM   #185
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I sure hope they think they will make money by selling an old design sr400 in the US.
I would go so far as to pay good money for a new one even if I had to sell a kidney or something to get it.

If I really wanted one, I'd go buy a fully restored 500. They are out there, what is stopping you?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-...item2a27dafcf2

Heck, it even has tubeless tires!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #186
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That seems very low.
I got 60 on a DR650 with a pumper carb, NOT riding easy....

Granted, I had the needle low for lean running, the main jet was good, and the pump made up for the lean needle.



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Riding pretty mellow I got an average of 43 mpg from a stock SR500.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #187
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I would be very interested in this as a wife bike....pretty good lookin too
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:48 PM   #188
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Yamaha already has the V-Star 250 and the XT250 for beginners. I seriously doubt they consider beginners important enough to risk bringing something else in. Even though it is an existing model, it would cost a fortune to get it certified to sell in the U.S. Used to you could just bring a few over, if they sold well, bring over some more, if not, no big deal. But with DOT and EPA, it don't work that way no more.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:19 PM   #189
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I am going to keep an eye out localy for one.
Still, there is nothing like a new (or at least newer) bike...



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If I really wanted one, I'd go buy a fully restored 500. They are out there, what is stopping you?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-...item2a27dafcf2

Heck, it even has tubeless tires!
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #190
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Could we sneak one in from Canada?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #191
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Could we sneak one in from Canada?

There are already SR500s here, and they were a flop at their prime!
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #192
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There are already SR500s here, and they were a flop at their prime!
Yes they were!!!! I had a 79 and it was so undesirable I left the bastard in Alabama when I moved.Finders keepers!
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #193
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Yes they were!!!! I had a 79 and it was so undesirable I left the bastard in Alabama when I moved.Finders keepers!

Why some among us want the new moto market to better reflect that of a 3rd World nation I have no idea! I remember the uber deseriable bikes they wouldn't import but they sent us "these". Ugh!

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Old 01-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #194
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Because they have the bikes some of us want.
Simple, light, low cost, good economy, practical.
Most of the bikes like the sr400 and the cb400ss are only sold in Japan, hardly a 3rd world country.
I suppose, in Japan, not a lot of people buy cb1500rrr type bikes, but TU250's, sr400's and other vintage looking bikes sell, as do Harley's.

If I could have a collection of bikes in my Garage, I would want a TU250, an sr400, a cb400ss, a V7 classic, a w650, along with some older standard bikes, and I would not have one modern abs, traction control, water cooled wonderbike.

I think smaller standards are also popular in Europe, and people even tour on smaller bikes, plus the vintage thing has always been big in England.

These type of bikes tend to be light and comfortable, cheap and fun, with real seats and the ability to mount a rack and carry a passenger in some comfort.
Contrast the new cb250 or 300 ninja, useless seats, no way to carry stuff without mods, loads of plastic to remove to service, valves may use shims, over weight for the size, uncomfortable riding position unless racing.

Some people will trade everything for performance, and others want a good all around bike.





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Why some among us want the new moto market to better reflect that of a 3rd World nation I have no idea! I remember the uber deseriable bikes they wuoldn't import but they sent us "these". Ugh!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:07 AM   #195
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Because they have the bikes some of us want.
Simple, light, low cost, good economy, practical.
Most of the bikes like the sr400 and the cb400ss are only sold in Japan, hardly a 3rd world country.
I suppose, in Japan, not a lot of people buy cb1500rrr type bikes, but TU250's, sr400's and other vintage looking bikes sell, as do Harley's.

If I could have a collection of bikes in my Garage, I would want a TU250, an sr400, a cb400ss, a V7 classic, a w650, along with some older standard bikes, and I would not have one modern abs, traction control, water cooled wonderbike.

I think smaller standards are also popular in Europe, and people even tour on smaller bikes, plus the vintage thing has always been big in England.

These type of bikes tend to be light and comfortable, cheap and fun, with real seats and the ability to mount a rack and carry a passenger in some comfort.
Contrast the new cb250 or 300 ninja, useless seats, no way to carry stuff without mods, loads of plastic to remove to service, valves may use shims, over weight for the size, uncomfortable riding position unless racing.

Some people will trade everything for performance, and others want a good all around bike.
Exactly - Well said
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