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I have it on very, very good authority that there is a Thai produced CBR500 in the pipeline.

That is all for the inside info.


The inside speculation is that it is to compete with the Thai produced er-6n/f... Should be cheaper, and if they can get it to similar spec, it will be a winner.

They go for 250k and 265k thb respectively.


Thai Honda have blown the Kawa 250cc monopoly out of the water, with the much cheaper CBR250 smashing the ninjette's sales, and the new CRF250L by all reports is better and more powerful, and cheaper... the KLX250 and D-Trkr are gonna take it straight on the chin.

A lighter, nimbler CBR500 at 200k would certainly give the Kawa 650's a good run.
 

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Any word on whether it will cross any ponds? Would probably put up a good sales fight against 6's here as well
 

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Hmm a proper 500 might sway me from thinking about a 600RRA down the road.
 

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if it is made closer to the 250 in physical dimensions, economy and ease of use, than it is too a 600 i will be buying one
 

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Any word on whether it will cross any ponds? Would probably put up a good sales fight against 6's here as well
You kidding? They'll hold it out in front of us, here in the states, like a carrot, as they're doing with the NC700S, and snicker in Japanese...

And to add insult to injury they'll tune it to 499cc to keep it under the insurance cutoff, keep it a thumper, make ABS standard, keep it under 6.5k USD, and it'll give you 90mpg...

:rolleyes:
 

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Sure, yer jus blow'n smoke, last week it was a 400.
I don't see why they can't drop a 500 in the 250 frame. That would be fine with me, I don't care if it flexes a little. But if it only makes 45 hp, would it be much competition for the Er6?
Can we question the bar maid, you got this information from?
 

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I say just buy a Big bore kit when it comes out. Wont increase your insurance and you wont have to finance it.:D
 

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Gosh Wally I hope it comes pre plastic-dipped!
Gee Beav, just because Eddie Haskel says plasti dipping junk is cool, doesn't mean it is.

Wally, do you think the plasti dip fumes have made Eddie a little... you know, a little goofy in the head?

I don't know, Beav... I think Eddie was goofy before he started plasti dipping stuff.
 

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Sure, yer jus blow'n smoke, last week it was a 400.
I don't see why they can't drop a 500 in the 250 frame. That would be fine with me, I don't care if it flexes a little. But if it only makes 45 hp, would it be much competition for the Er6?
Can we question the bar maid, you got this information from?
Yup, rumours of a new 400 have been doing the rounds for a good few months now.

Luckily yesterday I had a chance meeting with.... Sorry I cannot give the name or title of the Honda Manager in question as they're too high up to be linked with such an information leak, and yes, also had another meeting with a barmaid, though that one was on purpose. CBR's weren't mentioned in that one, though I did take her to the redline limit.
 

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What goes around

You know the older you are the more things remain the same. My 1984 250 VTR and my 500VR.

It seems history repeats itself. The 500 was the best all around bike I have ever owned. Perfect balance of power and lightness.

The 250 was great fun too!
 

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I know it would be asking a little much but a vtwin would really set it apart and give it much better torque. 2¢


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