Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

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Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

#21 Unread post by madjak30 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:45 pm

We are starting to see more "sensible" bikes, but the displacement isn't small...Honda's new NC700 twins at 670cc, they also have the CBF600 which is a detuned sport bike engine, Yamaha has one of those on the cool wall this week in the FZ6R, Kawasaki has the ER-6n and Ninja 650, also the Ninja 400R in Canada...Suzuki does have the GSX650F, but it's a little heavy, and the Gladius...but they do have the DRZ400SM which would fit nicely into the category...or what about the Versys and the VStrom...BMW F650GS (or is it a F700GS now?)...I'm sure there are more...but really anything with 50ish Hp and around 400lbs would be a nice standard bike...

The biggest downfall with talking to people about bikes is most times the first question is...how fast is it? I think we should all just answer with "adequate"...and leave it there...but we do like to talk about our bikes and we take the bait...

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#22 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:34 pm

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/09/ ... es-square/
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#23 Unread post by jmillheiser » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:13 pm

If there has been I certainly haven't seen it around here. Have seen a grand total of ONE street triple and one Ninja 1000 (the new one) and a few ninja 650s and SV650s in town, and the odd bandit or UJM but thats about it for standards. Its still mostly harleys around here.

Pretty much the same thing at the local shops too. The Kawasaki shop might get one ER-6n that wont sell and a couple of ninja 650s for the year (though KLR650s still sell well), the suzuki shop might bring in one or two SV650s for the year, The honda shop will get a few CBR250s but thats about it, our new yamaha dealer (just opened this week) has one super tenere but all of the other street bikes on hand are cruisers.

Would be nice to see more standards around, but they are even hard to find used around here.

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Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

#24 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:33 am

That's because you're in Flatland, USA! You ought to see the variety of bikes around here in the Springs. Even saw a Boss Hoss the other day.
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#25 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:50 am

Honda has three new CB500 variations ready to launch based upon a CBR250 motor x 2. There will be naked, a sportbike and an adventure bike. These should all be practical motorcycles of the highest degree. Stay tuned..... :mrgreen:

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#26 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:06 am

Staying tuned! :)

I think the manufacturers have realised a 150hp+ bike isn't really that useable on the road for most riders. These lighter, more nimble and cheaper bikes will bring new riders into motorcycling and offer experienced riders a breath of fresh air over bigger, heavier and more powerful bikes. I've always said, there are trade-offs to a small and big motorcycle; good to see the manufacturers offering new products... even IF the bad economy is forcing them to do so.

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Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

#27 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:54 am

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/12/ ... afe-racer/
Well Royal Enfield has given us there latest addition.
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#28 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:59 am

BRUMBEAR wrote:http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/12/ ... afe-racer/
Well Royal Enfield has given us there latest addition.
Bloody fantastic. I want one :)

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#29 Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:49 am

Is Suzuki bringing the Inazuma 250 to Canada? It would be a better entry than the TU250 for younger riders...my daughter thinks the TU is dorky...and new young riders should be the target, not the retro look that appeals to the more "mature" riders...

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#30 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:17 pm

High_Side wrote:
BRUMBEAR wrote:http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/12/ ... afe-racer/
Well Royal Enfield has given us there latest addition.
Bloody fantastic. I want one :)
It is a fine looking machine thats for sure!!!!
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#31 Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:00 pm

High_Side wrote:
BRUMBEAR wrote:http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/12/ ... afe-racer/
Well Royal Enfield has given us there latest addition.
Bloody fantastic. I want one :)
Are you going to get it? :kicking:
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#32 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:26 pm

HYPERR wrote:
High_Side wrote:
BRUMBEAR wrote:http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2012/12/ ... afe-racer/
Well Royal Enfield has given us there latest addition.
Bloody fantastic. I want one :)
Are you going to get it? :kicking:
During my weekly meeting to discuss my two bike limit and increasing it to three - It was soundly rejected. I'll try again next week.... :mrgreen:

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Re: Are we experiencing a "practical bike" renaissance?

#33 Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:54 pm

High_Side wrote: During my weekly meeting to discuss my two bike limit and increasing it to three - It was soundly rejected. I'll try again next week.... :mrgreen:
Just a suggestion... if you don't use your garage for HER car then you could fit another few bikes you know ;)
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#34 Unread post by High_Side » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:04 am

sunshine229 wrote:
High_Side wrote: During my weekly meeting to discuss my two bike limit and increasing it to three - It was soundly rejected. I'll try again next week.... :mrgreen:
Just a suggestion... if you don't use your garage for HER car then you could fit another few bikes you know ;)
Rookie move. Happy wife = happy life. I just need some friends to move back to Canada and regain their "extra" garage space.....then I could "help them out with that"..... :mrgreen:

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#35 Unread post by momule » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:45 pm

sunshine229 wrote:
High_Side wrote: During my weekly meeting to discuss my two bike limit and increasing it to three - It was soundly rejected. I'll try again next week.... :mrgreen:
Just a suggestion... if you don't use your garage for HER car then you could fit another few bikes you know ;)

Yikes...are ya trying to get the boys privledges taken away completely Andrea? You DO know how much snow Calgary gets right? I think that if I was in his place I'd be angling for a new snowmobile to go with my two bikes. Just a suggestion... :wink:

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#36 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:00 am

momule wrote:
sunshine229 wrote:
High_Side wrote: During my weekly meeting to discuss my two bike limit and increasing it to three - It was soundly rejected. I'll try again next week.... :mrgreen:
Just a suggestion... if you don't use your garage for HER car then you could fit another few bikes you know ;)

Yikes...are ya trying to get the boys privledges taken away completely Andrea? You DO know how much snow Calgary gets right? I think that if I was in his place I'd be angling for a new snowmobile to go with my two bikes. Just a suggestion... :wink:

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#37 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:15 am

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/
I think we are confirmed practical renaissance in full swing!! :mrgreen:
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#38 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:26 am

there aint nothin like it

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#39 Unread post by jmillheiser » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:24 am

Yeah I think the manufacturers finally realized that selling nothing but big cruisers and super sports had basically priced themselves out of the current US market. In Harley's case, their traditional buyers are starting to die off from old age, the exact same problem Cadillac had 10-15 years ago, caddy had to completely re-invent themselves and become competitive with the likes of BMW and Mercedes to attract younger buyers (which they have done an amazing job with). Harley needs to do the same, they need to attract younger buyers, many of whom may be new riders, so they need more than just the same 5 basic bikes they have sold for the last half century. Unlike the Japanese big 4 Harley can't relay on ATV/UTV/Dirt bike sales to be their primary source of profit.

The new Harley "street" series at least pull off the modern cruiser concept, unlike Honda's rolling identity crisis the CTX700 (which is a very comfy and practical bike, but really does suffer from an identity crisis).

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