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Old 10-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #16
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I get your point. Sort of.
I just don't consider it "TU" like.
Completely different vibe.

Edit: Also, being a GS500F rider, I'm a little bias.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:37 PM   #17
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Blast looks ugly, too low, etc.

Also a bit low on power. 34 HP. Hardly more than an Enfield. Which is really what I want (but more capable on the freeway, etc).
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:30 AM   #18
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Having owned 2 Suzuki LS650s over the years, I too love the Thumper ... and hope that Suzuki will wake up, take notice of what Ryca is doing and introduce a TU650X ... either with an up-graded EFI version of the Savage/S40 lump or the GS500 parallel twin motor.

Barring that, my next scooter could very well be a GS500E ... luv dem naked Bikes!
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:45 AM   #19
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My first real bike; I still miss it... My wife rides a 500F, but I luvs it nekkid.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:02 AM   #20
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I had a GS500 as my first bike as well.

The recently announced CB500 has identical specs, but EFI and ABS. If it is priced right (below the Ninja 650, Gladius, Versys) it should sell well.

As for a single... if I'm going small and powerless, I'll go electric.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:25 AM   #21
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I do not care what they cost, I just hope they make some smaller nimble fun bikes.
I would just get a low mile used one for half price.

I have both a blast and a TU, the blast was left at my house to be fixed and never picked up.
Totally different bikes.

The blast is fun sort of, but not something I would want to spend much time on, and not a good bike for new riders.
On the bike I have, the clutch is like an on off switch, the motor vibrates like a paint shaker, the transmission is VERY clunky, but its got some torque, and big singles are always fun. The entire bike seems to jump with each power pulse.
An interesting city bike. It puts a smile on your face every time you ride it, and that would go away if you spent much time on it.

The TU is EASY and smooth, everything is easy and smooth, it just needs a bit more power, and maybe be a little bigger to be a fantastic all around bike.
I think a TU 350 would be great, or a 500 single or twin.

A bike needs to be bigger then 250cc's to do everything in the US if you want a good power band.
The ninja 250 does ok, but has a real peaky power band to be able to do it.
The TU is the reverse, it makes almost the same power from 4500 rpm to 9000 with a very slight bump around 7500.
A 500 with the same curve would be fantastic.

I bet I would love a Honda cb400ss, but they never sold it here. It looks like a bigger TU.

I often think it would be nice if gas went up to $6.00 a gallon or more, maybe then they would bring in smaller bikes instead of ones that get 40 mpg or less and weigh 600+ pounds.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:12 AM   #22
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I get the thread, but shouldn't singles be in the Thumper section?
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:37 AM   #23
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Really? you can't think of another bike more entertaining at $8-9K than a sub 60hp single KTM?
There's a lot of people who don't measure entertainment by horse power
figures. I'm obviously one of them since I enjoy myself a lot more on the
48hp NC700X and a 29hp scooter then I did on a 72hp Kawasaki.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:46 AM   #24
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There's a lot of people who don't measure entertainment by horse power
figures. I'm obviously one of them since I enjoy myself a lot more on the
48hp NC700X and a 29hp scooter then I did on a 72hp Kawasaki.

Somewhere I missed your new purchase. Just wondering , which ride are you putting the most miles on? You've got a nice stable IMO.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:56 AM   #25
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I vote for a TU500X or at least a TU350X with the only change being the additional ccs and none of the rocket ship looking styling, please.

If only the Royal Enfield 500 had Japanese quality and power. It certainly looks like a proper motorcycle.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:20 PM   #26
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Somewhere I missed your new purchase. Just wondering , which ride are you putting the most miles on? You've got a nice stable IMO.
You didn't miss anything.
I borrow the NC from time to time, still own what's written in my signature line.

After the big ride today on the NC, it was nice to jump on a big scoot and
relax from not having ABS (cold roads.. somewhat wet), manual shifter, and
a huge-ass windscreen was nice too..

Think I'll keep saving $$ for a Bandit 1250..
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #27
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I vote for a TU500X or at least a TU350X with the only change being the additional ccs and none of the rocket ship looking styling, please.

If only the Royal Enfield 500 had Japanese quality and power. It certainly looks like a proper motorcycle.
TU500X single or twin?
I'd dig an air cooled VTwin!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #28
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TU500X single or twin?
I'd dig an air cooled VTwin!
I'm thinking parallel twin.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #29
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My wife had a Blast for a few years. It wasn't terrible, but it's definitely not what I would call a pleasant bike. Blasts have many strong points (ease of use, low maintenance, good fuel mileage, tough as nails, etc) but they are just crude and cheaply made. The vibrations are really the deal killer. Sure, thumpers vibrate...but this thing was in a whole different galaxy in terms of vibes. Made it quite unpleasant to ride around town.

I'd much rather ride a TU250 even though it's probably slower (but not by much -- that Blast was NOT a fast motorcycle.)
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:59 AM   #30
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I'm thinking parallel twin.
I'm sick of parallel twins after owning the kawasaki 650r.

The NC700X is a lot better/smoother though.. I'll have to try one of the
new 500cc hondas to see how a smaller engine will feel (probably even better).

I guess a parallel twin is cheaper to make and more compact so that's
probably the only good choice.

..can't help but throw in the VTR250 here.. a mini Monster if you will.. love
that thing!



Anyone who wouldn't want to own that is NUTS I tell ya!
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