Downsizing..

Discussion in 'Europe' started by RaY YreKa, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I'm just wondering if any/many Euro riders have bought smaller bikes due to the high fuel cost, increased insurance premiums, and so on.

    I'm seeing a lot more CBF125s on the road (without L-Plates) and quite a few CBR250s, with a smattering of the Honda NC700X.

    So, what concessions are people making, if any? And how happy/sad are we about this?
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  2. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Being an old fart who rides a F800GS I have to ask, Ray, what are these high insurance premiums and fuel costs you speak of? :D
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  3. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    I live in 1 of the most crowded parts of Europe and all I see on the highway are new, big and heavy bikes. GS1200, Adventures, K1600, Goldwing 1800, Busa's, Street glides and stuff like that. Nowhere is there any posibility to run any big bike flat-out, speeding tickets are extremely expensive, catching rate is quite high, traffic is murdering.
    Fuel in Holland is more expensive than beer. Tax is rising every year and so is insurance.
    It seems that a small bike (< 500cc) is not considered to be a real bike.

    Must be compensation for the size of our country...
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  4. TheNorthernMonkey

    TheNorthernMonkey Clueless n00b

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    My 125 does about ~95mpg. I use it instead of my car when the weather is nice and I'm in no rush
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  5. tagatubos

    tagatubos n00b

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    I had before some bigger bikes, like ST 1300, GS 1200 and so one..
    Lately I make my decision to downsizing a lot smaller and lower budget bikes. I asked from my self, where do I need this big bike..? I wasn't able to answer that.
    Now I bought a small bike (yamaha ybr 125) and try to sell my old BMW K 1100 LT, I do not need it.
    Time will tell, was it a good idea.
    In SE Asia, we drive happily with this kind of small bikes.. why not here, in Europe?
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  6. Timpo

    Timpo NORTH WALES TRF.

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    Any bike that struggles to get past 100kmph is putting you in the way of the trucks on the highway.........for that reason, I'm out! :eek1
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  7. tagatubos

    tagatubos n00b

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    I agree this, as a former truck-driver. That's why have to stay a way from highways, with those small bikes / scooters!
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