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Old 01-13-2013, 02:06 PM
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I've heard 48hp... Not much different than the NC700X..
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Yeah, if I like the way it feels when it starts shipping in July, I'll buy one. Still keeping what I have though...
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The only problem with buying a $6,000 budget bike is that if you're patient and/or lucky, you can sometimes find a great deal on much more bike for about the same price. I think the Wee is an exception to this rule, since it gives more bang for the buck already.
When it comes to bikes, price is the last thing I look at. My '05 DL650 was $6599 msrp.
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When it comes to bikes, price is the last thing I look at. My '05 DL650 was $6599 msrp.
Price is the first thing I look at !!.
Than I see if it fits my needs/wants,if it does than great if not than I stick with my V..


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Price is the first thing I look at !!.
Than I see if it fits my needs/wants,if it does than great if not than I stick with my V.
It's all part of needs/wants. If the bike has everything I need/want, the last thing I do is decide if I am willing to spend the money. The answer is almost always no.
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When it comes to bikes, price is the last thing I look at. My '05 DL650 was $6599 msrp.
I understand. I was just emphasizing that an entry level bike can be a bit of a letdown and that the Wee is an exception to that rule because it's a better bike than the price would suggest, especially a few years back when they were even cheaper. I also realize some only buy new bikes; I for one intend to resist that urge and was merely suggesting that $6,000 can often buy a used, but much nicer bike. As much as I am glad to see these lower priced machines, I would probaby only buy one two years old when the person who bought it traded up and it's selling for $3,500. If at all. I believe there will be some who buy these and many who move them after one season. I already learned my lesson on buying a new, entry level machine that I sold after four months. That said, it may be a great little bike.
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From my perspective John is on the money. Only I go a step further and can't see how an entry level bike can help but be anything but a little disappointing unless you are an entry level rider.
If one of those Hondas was my second bike I'd probably think it was a magic carpet. But since it would be closer to a 52nd bike I think not.
I can tolerate the wee because it has a specific purpose for me otherwise I can't see getting excited about a bike that is mediocore in so many areas. What is odd about a wee is that somehow, given all of that mediocrity it manages to be a better bike than it has a right to be.
It is possible that one of these Hondas will be like that also. Honda is a smart company. I really think though that they will appeal to first time riders or those on strict budgets. Thats a good thing because thats a category that is really lacking.
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A buddy of mine (70 yo) who had just sold his BMW 1200GS because it too was too top heavy was strongly considering the F model. Not being able to find any Fs, we sat on a CBR500R about a month ago in Yakima, WA and again three weeks ago in The Dalles Or.

The bike feels lighter than it has right too. I meam really really light. It is also thin side to side and the ergos were pretty darn good. So, I'm thinking it is going to have broader appeal than just enrty level riders.
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I've always liked GS500's, always wanted one, but I just dont fit on them. Cheap to run and insurance, basic maintenance most owners could perform and able to cruise at 100km/h +. I borrowed one for several days not long ago, a really old beaten up bike but the more I rode it the more it grew on me. I actually ended up having some fun on it.

I saw the CB500X at a dealership not long ago and wondered what the heck it was. In my mind it is the ideal tall-guy budget commuter, sort of a liquid cooled, fuel injected successor to the GS500. If my Vee got written off today I think I would be looking at spending my insurance cheque on one of these. A nice, new, tallish, dirt cheap Honda. I like 'em.
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I have ridden the new CBR500R. Not a bad bike. Kind of similar to my old Ninja 500r but more refined. The motor is predictable and smooth. Very quiet (needs and exhaust!). I have to say as a similar design to the new Ninja 300 I like the 300 better.

The new f and x versions may be nice. Even though the power of the x is similar to the nc700x, the power delivery is a lot different. The x is more like a Versys light.
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