small/mid displacement street singles

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dlmarquez, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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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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  2. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    I get the thread, but shouldn't singles be in the Thumper section?
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  3. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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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.
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  4. tastroman

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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.
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  5. Bar None

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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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  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    You didn't miss anything. :D
    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.. :evil

    Think I'll keep saving $$ for a Bandit 1250..
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  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    TU500X single or twin?
    I'd dig an air cooled VTwin! :freaky
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  8. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    I'm thinking parallel twin.
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  9. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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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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  10. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'm sick of parallel twins after owning the kawasaki 650r. :D

    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!

    [​IMG]

    Anyone who wouldn't want to own that is NUTS I tell ya!
    :deal
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  11. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    That VTR250 is one incredibly BEAUTIFUL motorcycle!! Why the hell Honda doesn't sell that in North America is beyond me? I can just imagine that Bike with EFI, ABS, modern electronics and the GT650 V-Twin motor ... would be THE perfect motorcycle IMHO ...
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  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Probably because it doesn't sell well anywhere, and that's probably
    because of the price.

    It costs just a tiny bit less then a Pegaso Strada 650 or a Kawasaki ER6n
    here. I live in a city with around 130k people.. and the VTR has been sitting
    on the showroom floor for.. well probably over 2 years.
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  13. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    If the VTR250 were available on the North American market, it would not cost near as much as elsewhere ... Bike prices overseas for almost all makes and models seem much higher than North Am (and particularly USA) prices ...

    Still a beautiful Bike though ... if I could find a grey-market importer to fetch a used one from Japan for a reasonable price, I'd think about it ..
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  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  16. GI_JO_NATHAN

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  17. Navin

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    Who's V-twin is that a copy of then? I thought it was the previous gen VTR 250.
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  18. dlmarquez

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    :lol3 now I could definitely go for that VTR 250. That is GORGEOUS!!!
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  19. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Cortez,
    Either configuration but must be air cooled and KISS. I like the TU250X but I need more than 250cc to haul my 220 lbs around in the city traffic here in SW Florida.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/k-QDUx5UzEpeLVKWsoMKOdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-6AT0thzuNbI/UJ1MHkrNllI/AAAAAAAACOY/TN6f4_kmT1w/s800/SuzukiTU250X.jpg" height="307" width="500" /></a>

    Like this version with a 500cc single,please. Silver with a tan seat. KISS
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  20. dlmarquez

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    I did not know that the VTR250 existed. if it's possible to get one in the USA, I would gladly pay $6000 for one!
    Any gray market dealers out there?:deal
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