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Old 01-20-2013, 01:53 PM   #271
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The Ninja 250/500s sound like a propane powered forklift at low RPMs, thankfully the 300 isn't cursed with that. Effectiveness comes first but the blatting and scooterish sounds do get irritating on the older twins.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:46 PM   #272
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That was horrid!
Go ahead and post ones you think sound better of similar model...
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #273
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More and more, with higher costs of living, I'm thinking these bikes are the future.

If you do 2,000 miles a year, sunny w/e's, posing with mates, enjoying the power of big bikes, then maybe you won't get it.

And that's perfectly OK.

But if you do big miles, want to see your country or continent, and stay within a blue collar budget, you might need these bikes.

Any two-wheels is better than no two-wheels.

I've owned a CBR1100XX, a couple of BMW GS's, and a dozen bikes in between. I love big torque..

But huge cost-of-living rises are forcing me to downsize. I'll give up some bhp and torque just to continue my love of motorcycles, and travel on 2-wheels.

YMMV.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:10 PM   #274
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I was daydreaming the other day about how long a set of good dual-compound sport touring tires would last on 50hp, since they I can get 15k mi front/ 10k mi rear out of a bike with 100hp...

Less is more, sometimes. I miss running a bike to redline in four gears, legally. If my GF's CX500C is any indication, I could not only get by, but have fun.

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:27 AM   #275
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmJloJfw7iA

I hope this works,this sounds better to me although having recorded before I understand how much sound equipment can have an effect on quality.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #276
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More and more, with higher costs of living, I'm thinking these bikes are the future.

If you do 2,000 miles a year, sunny w/e's, posing with mates, enjoying the power of big bikes, then maybe you won't get it.

And that's perfectly OK.

But if you do big miles, want to see your country or continent, and stay within a blue collar budget, you might need these bikes.

Any two-wheels is better than no two-wheels.

I've owned a CBR1100XX, a couple of BMW GS's, and a dozen bikes in between. I love big torque..

But huge cost-of-living rises are forcing me to downsize. I'll give up some bhp and torque just to continue my love of motorcycles, and travel on 2-wheels.

YMMV.
you are right on.

A buddy of mine decided he wanted a Harley. He didn't want to ride a "rice burner" any more. So he sold his big Suzuki and saved his pennies for 6 years until he finally could by a softtail. Not me. I wouldn't give up 6 years of riding for a softtail. I will ride what I can afford.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #277
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Is there an official wet weight on these little things yet? I'm heavily considering getting rid of my NT650 for one.

If it weighs around 350 or 370 then I just might pull the trigger. I'd like to get rid of carburetors... Plus this bike's peak figures seem to be pretty inline with my Hawk's tbh. I know my engine is bigger but it's a 25-year-old bike now. :(
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #278
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is there an official wet weight on these little things yet? I'm heavily considering getting rid of my nt650 for one.

If it weighs around 350 or 370 then i just might pull the trigger. I'd like to get rid of carburetors... Plus this bike's peak figures seem to be pretty inline with my hawk's tbh. I know my engine is bigger but it's a 25-year-old bike now. :(
2003+ SV650. 364lbs dry. 71 peak RWHP. Fuel Injection.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #279
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Is there an official wet weight on these little things yet? I'm heavily considering getting rid of my NT650 for one.
CB500F is supposed to be 420 wet including a full 4 gal tank.

For comparison, Wiki says your NT650 is 412 wet with a 3 gal tank.

So, comparable. In fact, a gallon of gas is about six pounds, so they are damn near identical.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:57 PM   #280
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Only street twin in the US today that's 378 lbs. wet is the new Ninja EX300R.

New Duke 690 Thumper weighs 352 lbs. wet.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:43 AM   #281
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2003+ SV650. 364lbs dry. 71 peak RWHP. Fuel Injection.
Ugh, does the SV650 really make that much power? Sheesh... I thought the Hawk was pretty close to that but I guess I was dead wrong. The SV really is an awesome little bike. Might actually bump it up above these new CBs now that I think about it.

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CB500F is supposed to be 420 wet including a full 4 gal tank.

For comparison, Wiki says your NT650 is 412 wet with a 3 gal tank.

So, comparable. In fact, a gallon of gas is about six pounds, so they are damn near identical.
Hmm, this has me thinking it wouldn't be much of a step forward so much as sideways. I'm in love with the CBR500's styling though.

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Only street twin in the US today that's 378 lbs. wet is the new Ninja EX300R.

New Duke 690 Thumper weighs 352 lbs. wet.
I like the Duke a lot as far as the numbers go, but I'd have to ride it first. Not crazy about the engine configuration. :\
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:55 AM   #282
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I was daydreaming the other day about how long a set of good dual-compound sport touring tires would last on 50hp, since they I can get 15k mi front/ 10k mi rear out of a bike with 100hp...
I changed the stock BT020s on my 650R at 16-17k, rear still wasn't at the
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #283
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we've already established that you ride like a sissy.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #284
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Is there an official wet weight on these little things yet? I'm heavily considering getting rid of my NT650 for one.

If it weighs around 350 or 370 then I just might pull the trigger. I'd like to get rid of carburetors... Plus this bike's peak figures seem to be pretty inline with my Hawk's tbh. I know my engine is bigger but it's a 25-year-old bike now. :(
In order to sell the 500s for riders in the new EU A2 class license tier the bike has to weigh a minimum of 175 kg or 385 lbs. This license class change effectively requires manufacturers that intend to sell bikes to riders less than 24 years old bring to market bikes that weigh 385 lbs or more curb weight ready-to-ride and have a maximum of 47 hp. Honda cannot ignore the huge UK and European market so the 500s are not going to weigh in under 385 lbs. Honda US says they weigh 420-430 lbs. depending on model.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:46 PM   #285
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I've been following this thread as well S various others concerning the CB500, and have somehow missed two things:

Where does the CB redline? I rode the NC700x, was put off by the 6500 rev limiter, otherwise a nice bike...

And does it have enough electrical output to run auxiliary lighting, heated grips, etc? Thinking of getting a bike for escort duty, the CB, NC, weestrom, etc all being considered.
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