Think of it as a turbodiesel bike
Another riding instructor here, replacing another aging gs500. This bike is used 7 days a week as my main mode of transport with the occasional student learning on it too.
-Extremely good roadholding. Stable, quirk-free handling right to the edge of the tyre. Reminds me of my old bandit 1200. Low center of gravity makes it feel unintimidating between your knees.
-Takes big bike tyres so you get a wide range of high quality replacement options to suit your riding style.
-Solid build quality in every way - reliable, sturdy, the finish...
Fantastic all rounder, wish I'd bought one years ago
Great fuel economy between 3.2 - 3.7 litres per 100km, cheap and easy to service, tank storage is super handy, torquey engine, steers, accelerates and stops well, have used for commuting, leisure and long distance trips. Different riding style required compared to big bore high revving sports bikes but easy to get used to.
Only minor gripes are access for replacement air filter, requires removal of tank side panels etc which takes time, care and attention; Horn and indicator switches different to other bikes; Front fork legs could use fork guards as standard to protect fork seal surface area however a pair of plastic triumph guards can be had for about $15 and easily fitted.
Most underrated bike around
Bought one because my father in law had one in the UK , and all the road tests here in australia weren't that favourable. But this is because they didn't take the time to understand the bike.
This bike has the same torque of a CBR600 at real world rpm, and short shifting is rewarded with plenty of go.
add features like ABS, 40km per litre fuel economy and low centre of gravity this bike is a gem.
Better than it has any right to be
I hired this bike to tour NZ for 10 days. I ride a FZ1 in Australia. Initially I was underwhelmed and thought this was going to be a big mistake. However, the more the KMs clocked over the more I liked and understood it. The linked brakes were a revelation. Entering a corner I counter initiatively used the rear first which had the effect of 'squatting' the bike, making it very stable. This than allowed me to modulate the front brake to make for a very fast and smooth entry and exit. The more I used them in this style the more enjoyable th...e corners became and there was an awful lot of them! I even got used to the relaxed power delivery which incidentally totally suits the bikes other characteristics. It is every bit a Honda, well made, functional, comfortable, well mannered and totally 'safe' and confidence inspiring. Very practical (thinking trunk where gas tank should be) and well thought out. It fits it's design philosophy to a Tee. I love the exhaust note, very V-twin like and talk about economical - nothing else gets close! Would I buy one - in a heart beat.
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Prior to buying this as an urban commuter to work bike, I was riding a CBR1100xx.
The indicator and horn switches are back to front in comparison and the redline sits a roughly 6000rpm (compared to 11000rpm on the CBR1100xx). As a 2 cylinder, it also vibrates unlike the 4 cylinder CBR which is much smoother.
It's those three things that take a little getting used to.
I've had it now for 6 months and have done about 10,000km on it.
I also now take it out on weekends for long rides (500km+). I do not get sore on this bike, but I also ride...
Beautiful bike. Love the ride and look. Shithouse service ffom local dealer. Well resolved by Honda. Local dealer ddid not k.ow how yo tune the bike anx took ages to fix leaking tires.
Internet site helped with diy tuning and since has been great. Would recommend the bike but not my dealer. Now go to Yamaha dealer.
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