At least for the US market, I'm very pleased to see more motorcycles between 250cc and 500cc. Excessively cost engineered models or not, there just haven't been a lot of options, and perhaps rightfully so. If manufacturers thought samller displacement bikes would sell (at least until very recently), they would have put them in US showrooms. I am curious whether something other than rising fuel prices, although still very inexpensive compared to many other countries, is driving the increased market presence of these smaller motorcycles.
Personally, my interest in large motorcycles (i.e. more than 600cc or more than 500 pounds [227 kg?]) is limited, but these Honda 500cc motorcycles are another story. Fuel prices are part of my interest, but I also prefer handling a lighter rather than heavier bike. Overall though, having these motorcycles succeed in many markets will be a positive development.
Honestly, it kind of breaks my heart, as I'm quite fond of words and usage.
Anyway, I'm off to the shop... the front brake lever on my XR400R felt a little spongy today, so I'll see if I can bleed some air from the caliper. I should probably take a look at the brake pads while I'm at it. Just seems like the braking ability isn't what it was the last time I rode the bike.
Last edited by MotoMike; 11-02-2012 at 11:50 PM.
Reason: typo... there, I fixed it.
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Hopefully, you won't need too many new brake parts that require breaking in. Catching a break on your brakes can save some money, but safety should preferably be a consistent standard rather than a breakthrough. If you need new parts, please get them so you don't break some other part on your bike because the brakes weren't braking. Sometimes you need to replace bike parts; those are the breaks.
Maybe there should be another post with they're, there and their.