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Honda is claiming 30k between "major engine [wallet] stripdowns" which is pretty good for what is basically mx engine.
Yeah for sure but you still can't sew as much pavement together with a 400 detuned MX vs the KLR with 200 more displacements. That's my take on more offroad aimed.
 

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Sure they are. That's why they have power, bells/whistles and good suspension. That's why an R6 is 14k.
uhm,... profit is the only reason the r6 is selling for 14k.. it hasnt been touched in years.

i truly think most sport-bike riders wear rose colored glasses entirely too often..
i would not brag about oem suspension just because its a sportbike.. most of it is junk :coffee

as much as Japanese bikes have built a name for performance oriented machines there's still
all kinds of shit that goes into them that made it on just because the manufacturer caught a break
on a contract for cheap arse parts. Hell lately it seems its all about getting it out the door and selling
as many as you can before folks realize they're riding a ticking time-bomb.

The R1 has gone up in price every year since 15/16 and there are no real improvements on said bike to deserve the price hike.
 

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Yeah ..... and all 5 figured prices. I don't want much, 300 km range, top shelf suspension, Dakar styling, under 400 lbs, under $9,000. Is that too much?
Yes, yes it is.

Another alternative, albeit not as light or as 'dirt worthy' is a CB500X with a Rally Raid kit. Light enough for FSR's and double tracks, great fuel economy, and reliable. The little 500 doesn't have a giant amount of go, but more than enough to cruise comfortably at 120 km/h on the highway. My wife had one and I had a hoot on it, albeit it was a bit 'boring', especially after tasting the orange kool-aid. Granted, I didn't have the Rally Raid kit on it, and in hindsight, I should've kept it for a BC back road exploration bike. Highly recommend that you check out some of the giant threads on advrider.
 

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Yes, yes it is.

Another alternative, albeit not as light or as 'dirt worthy' is a CB500X with a Rally Raid kit. Light enough for FSR's and double tracks, great fuel economy, and reliable. The little 500 doesn't have a giant amount of go, but more than enough to cruise comfortably at 120 km/h on the highway. My wife had one and I had a hoot on it, albeit it was a bit 'boring', especially after tasting the orange kool-aid. Granted, I didn't have the Rally Raid kit on it, and in hindsight, I should've kept it for a BC back road exploration bike. Highly recommend that you check out some of the giant threads on advrider.
You got me looking at the CB500X. The one I saw at Penticton Honda didn't impress me much, although I've heard good things about it. Problemo numero uno is the 17'' front tire for gravel roads, and lack of suspension.

Guess what Honda did for 2019? Added a 19'' front, beefed up the suspension, motor, exhaust, added a slipper clutch and LCD dashboard. Supposedly gets 500kms on 17.5 litres of fuel and comes in at 435lbs wet. This little bike tics a lot of boxes for me.

2018 was starting at $7,399 and 2019 is to be announced. I'm interested.

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http://canadamotoguide.com/2018/11/06/2019-honda-cb500x-upgraded-for-next-season/

https://motorcycle.honda.ca/model/adventure/cb500x/2019
 

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I would really lust over the 500 if they did it in colors like the 1000 ....red, white and blue with gold spoked wheels. Honestly, it's about as much as I need. But how could I show my face around the farkled GSA and KTM crowd and their $9000 in clothing and accessories? There is a lack of sex appeal there.
 

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I would really lust over the 500 if they did it in colors like the 1000 ....red, white and blue with gold spoked wheels. Honestly, it's about as much as I need. But how could I show my face around the farkled GSA and KTM crowd and their $9000 in clothing and accessories? There is a lack of sex appeal there.
Also available in smoking hot Grand Prix Red!

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I would really lust over the 500 if they did it in colors like the 1000 ....red, white and blue with gold spoked wheels. Honestly, it's about as much as I need. But how could I show my face around the farkled GSA and KTM crowd and their $9000 in clothing and accessories? There is a lack of sex appeal there.
If you do it right they'll just see some rocks rolling around and dust as you go by ... Or, would you rather polish bike parts or go riding?
 

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Too bad Kawi didn't make a Versys x400. They missed the mark using the 300 engine. 500cc is a shitty size in BC for double the insurance over 400cc.
 

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Yeah, my cheapness, I mean fiscal common sense, is very attracted to the sub 400cc capacity. But then I start lusting after the Husky FE350 with a Nomad Adv rally kit on it. $11K for the bike and $3-4K for the kit ...... so the fiscal responsibility is really concerning paying as little as possible to ICBC while maximizing my cash outflow for depreciating assets.

But who ever said that buying a motorcycle was a smart decision.
 

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Too bad Kawi didn't make a Versys x400. They missed the mark using the 300 engine. 500cc is a shitty size in BC for double the insurance over 400cc.

I'm expecting Kawi to boost the displacement of the X-300 in the next few years since the KLR has been discontinued.
 

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Yeah, my cheapness, I mean fiscal common sense, is very attracted to the sub 400cc capacity. But then I start lusting after the Husky FE350 with a Nomad Adv rally kit on it. $11K for the bike and $3-4K for the kit ...... so the fiscal responsibility is really concerning paying as little as possible to ICBC while maximizing my cash outflow for depreciating assets.

But who ever said that buying a motorcycle was a smart decision.
Nobody that really thought about it ...

But that Husky would be a sweet ride.
 
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