If people want to talk about the differences between brake and break, or they're, there and their or even two, too and to, then can they please start a new thread. I check this thread for news on what may be my new bike (CBR500), not English lessons.
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True. First time and reentering riders are forced onto learner approved motorcycles by licensing restrictions in many (sane) countries. But the question is, why are so many more people the world over taking up riding? High fuel prices? Reducing their countries dependance on imported oil? Desire to reduce their carbon footprint? For the fun of it?
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Redeye's original comment specifically referred to the US market, Aufitt. I would assume that Sendler's response was in that context.
That said, US demand for smaller, more efficient, bikes is almost entirely due to gas prices, which also are driving at least some people to go "green" (not Ninja green, necessarily). Further US demand (as part of worldwide demand) for these bikes HAS influenced manfacturers' recent development choices.
I wonder what the price will be on the CBR500R... I really want one, unless it is too much more expensive than the N300. If it comes out at around the same price I'm going to get this instead.
Kawasaki did everything right with the Ninja300. Except for the aggressive tank flair which will limit the comfort of tall riders. The CBR500R will match the fuel economy and have more pull for riders over 100kg and for two up riding and more room for 6 footers but will be heavier and cost 15% more.
Honda's official US site is now showing 6 bikes under wrap, with a count down timer to when they'll be revealed. Lots of hype on these new bikes!
So, as I am getting interested my question is if anybody knows what the differences might be between the 3 500 models. Obviously they'll share the same motor (most likely all tuned the same right?), and most major components such as breaks (brakes ) wheels and the like but I am wondering if the frame geometries and suspensions might vary or will the differences be mostly cosmetic, limited to fairings and windscreens (or lack there of).
The reason I ask, is personally I'd enjoy a little more upright riding position or even a tad more suspension travel in case I wish to take on a couple gravel roads. Though ... I absolutely love the light nimbleness of the CBR250, hopefully these 500's will retain that to a degree, (given the weight increase).
If that's all the case, I might be getting REALLY interested in the 500x. (though oddly I'm still extremely attracted to that Shadow Phantom).