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Old 01-31-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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Sub 500CC bikes wish lists and pics thread

Lots of chat around here and my local area about all the small displacement bikes coming to market.. Just wondering what everyone likes, has and would like to see come to your market..

Personally I'd love to see the KTM mini duke come to Canada.. IMO this would be the ultimate weekend mount for blasting down twisty roads.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:52 AM   #2
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Oh what the hell....we need and 8th or 9th thread to talk about this.

I'll take the 300cc one of these please....

But since it's probably only a dream that they will actually build it, I'd settle for the 390 on the left....


While I'm waiting, I'll continue being fairly satisfied with my 300. As the current American market stands it's as good as you are going to get in the street market for sub 500cc. If given the choice between it and the Duke 390 I'm 99% sure I'd still pick the Kawi.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:36 PM   #3
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:46 PM   #4
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Ugh.

Maybe this will be the thread that changes everything?

I'll be really impressed if KTM uses their single cylinder 125/200/390 and builds a P2 or V2 250/400/780cc versions for Dukes, Adv and RC versions.

Nobody saw that coming!

Hell, I'd be impressed if they just brought us what they offer in India and Europe unless they are too watered down to be better than the Ninja 300.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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I'd like a new mini I-4. 400lb, 65hp. Say 450cc? Naked road bike with a 4 into 1 chrome header. I'd buy that. A CB1 with EFI
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:22 PM   #6
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the CB400F was the best looking bike that Honda ever made.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:37 PM   #7
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the CB400F was the best looking bike that Honda ever made.
You have heard of the GB500, right? And it fits the thread - 500cc thumper! :)
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You have heard of the GB500, right? And it fits the thread - 500cc thumper! :)


That is one clean looking bike for sure..
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:14 AM   #9
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I'd like to see a purpose designed 500cc touring bike similar to the old GL500I including shaft drive, fairing and luggage. They could surely shave 100 lbs off the 507 lb weight and increase fuel economy with EFI.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:47 AM   #10
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I'd like to see a purpose designed 500cc touring bike similar to the old GL500I including shaft drive, fairing and luggage. They could surely shave 100 lbs off the 507 lb weight and increase fuel economy with EFI.
This is as close as something as that, I could come up with.

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Old 02-01-2014, 05:06 PM   #11
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really like the sportbike version of the ktm 390 -- hope it comes out here, although i'm not in the market.

also really like the tu250x. always debating picking one up as a garage extra...
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The GB500 is a cutie pie, butt the CB400F is on another level!

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Old 02-01-2014, 08:10 PM   #13
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How about the Honda XBR500?

Such as this one? Seats 2, lightweight, rides like blast, great gas mileage, can do multi-week camping trips, and was once upon a time ('86) the fastest street single you could buy straight from a dealership:



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Old 02-02-2014, 10:50 AM   #14
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Such as this one? Seats 2, lightweight, rides like blast, great gas mileage, can do multi-week camping trips, and was once upon a time ('86) the fastest street single you could buy straight from a dealership
Nice! Was that even sold in the US? I've never seen one.
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The FZR 400 was a great little bike back in the day.
It'd be neat to see a modern iteration that would get out of its own way and use real sized tires that are available in sticky compounds.
Likewise for the CB1, the Fizzer's bodywork looked noice.
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