I had a love affair going on with the cb1000 for a few months so I wouldn't mind checking out the cb500f. But given that in addition to the 250 I brought home a FZ6 I don't think there will be any new additions to the garage. Unless maybe I sell my car to make some room.
As a newbie (still!) I am very impressed with the CBR500R. I will certainly be buying one in the next 12 months. Assuming that I am the target consumer this one is a big win. I don't push my bike to the limits of my (or the bike's) capabilities, so a little bit more power, braking and suspension improvements without veering away from the styling I love looks very good to me. Price is right too. Not particularly concerned with big HP numbers. A bit more weight is a plus to me for more stability in windy conditions.
I will have to see the bikes in person and probably read a few reviews before making any final conclusions, but my initial reaction is that all the bikes look good and some look great.
My interest was all but exclusively with the CB500F until I saw the CB1100. Reviewing photos and looking at bikes in person sometimes provide very different impressions, so Honda will certainly get me in the showroom soon.
Kawasaki is clearly the maker who wants to sell something other than Vanilla ice cream.
The new ZX6R and Ninja 300 are the ones to get. This is like Fail! by Honda.
I'm glad I got the CBR250, best bike Honda has come up with in 3 years.
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