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Post  BanditDave on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 4:51 pm

With mixed feelings I have been looking around for a smaller bike to replace the Bandit.

The missus went from being a pillion to riding her own bike to not wanting to ride at all so a smaller bike was sought.

After much research I today purchased a Honda CBR650F.

The demo ride on the little bike at 45Kgs lighter than the Bandit was the deciding factor.

I will never say anything negative about the Bandit having owned both an '06 and an '09, travelling over 100Kms in total and got a great deal of pleasure from them.

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Post  kewwig on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 6:15 pm

Will you be CBRDave now?

A review on the Honda will be interesting.  I'd like to know what you think about it.
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Post  reddog on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 6:47 pm

Go and throw your leg over one of the newer dirt bikes and then you'll complain about how heavy any road bike is. A mate recently bought a Husqvarna WR300 2 stroke. What an absolute weapon of a bike and super light.

Good luck on the new steed, we still talk to non Bandit riders Smile
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Post  paul on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 7:19 pm

You've got to do what's right for you .........enjoy your new ride  Very Happy

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Post  Bosco15 on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 8:00 pm

Nice one Dave. 
I think that Mr Honda's engineers do put out a quality product.  
How does the seat height compare?

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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 9:00 pm

Good luck with that Dave. It should be a great little bike. It's interesting that you went after something lighter than a Bandit because I've said more than once in various threads that it will ultimately be the weight that sees me move away from the Bandit. There are limited options though, as you no doubt found. I did note at one stage the BMW F800 ST which looks OK on paper (and much lighter than a Bandit). I also await further news of a Yamaha FJ900 (with a triple cylinder engine based on that used in the MT09). But, I then get confused about whether an adventure-tourer is a better bet for my next steed! At the rate I'm going I'll have the Bandit for some time to come. But I'm certain weight will be a major factor in the next purchase - hence no FJR or ZX-14 for me. Have fun on the new beasty and check back in now and again to let us know how it pans out. Cheers.
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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 10:16 pm

Good move.  They should be a good bike. 
Like others I've always said the B1250 is 50kg heavier than it should be. Yam and Honda build similar styled bijes around the 200kg mark.  I've been lucky enough to own both.

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Post  truck on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 7:45 am

Congrats on the new purchase,
 Idea You'll still hang around here though won't ya?
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Post  Bosco15 on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 7:53 am

If you come to Drake. Then Hammy's Honda will have company.   Very Happy

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Post  Hammy on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 7:54 am

Onya Dave.  Post up a pic.  We only live once, so we should all experience as much as we can.  Enjoy.

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Post  Hammy on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 7:56 am

Bosco15 wrote:If you come to Drake. Then Hammy's Honda will have company.   Very Happy
Leave Hammys Honda alone.   Very Happy

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Post  BanditDave on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 1:44 pm

I've already been to Drake, I thought 2015 was at Parkes  Question


We might need to set up a barricaded area for the Honda bikes to stop people drooling over them and making them all messy.

The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.

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Post  Jimcoleman on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 5:59 pm

BanditDave wrote:I've already been to Drake, I thought 2015 was at Parkes  Question


We might need to set up a barricaded area for the Honda bikes to stop people drooling over them and making them all messy.

The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.
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Post  madmax on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 6:23 pm

You mean a barricaded area to stop people kicking them over  Evil or Very Mad 

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Post  Re-Cycled on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 6:27 pm

BanditDave wrote:
The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.
Will that make them more reliable?

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Post  paul on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 6:38 pm

Re-Cycled wrote:
BanditDave wrote:
The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.
Will that make them more reliable?


And less embarrassed to be outclassed by the company they are in  Embarassed

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Post  Bosco15 on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 6:46 pm

BanditDave wrote:I've already been to Drake, I thought 2015 was at Parkes  Question


We might need to set up a barricaded area for the Honda bikes to stop people drooling over them and making them all messy.

The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.

Damn. 
You saw right through my feindish plan.  Evil or Very Mad 

Nah. Just me living in the past.

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Post  Kiwisteve on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 7:08 pm

Good on you Bandit/CBRDave.
I was over visiting family on the Mainland a while back, & had a chance to throw my leg over a Kwaka er6. Shit it was a fun bike to ride! Sort of reminded me of my old SV 650, nice & light to throw around.

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Post  paul on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 9:19 pm

Kiwisteve wrote:Good on you Bandit/CBRDave.
I was over visiting family on the Mainland a while back, & had a chance to throw my leg over a Kwaka er6. Shit it was a fun bike to ride! Sort of reminded me of my old SV 650, nice & light to throw around.
Now I'm confused Question  ................have you moved back to the land of the long white cloud , or has kiwi land grown to mainland status lately  ? ( we might need a bigger moat LOL )  clown  Laughing

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Post  kewwig on Fri 01 Aug 2014, 4:29 pm

paul wrote:
Kiwisteve wrote:Good on you Bandit/CBRDave.
I was over visiting family on the Mainland a while back, & had a chance to throw my leg over a Kwaka er6. Shit it was a fun bike to ride! Sort of reminded me of my old SV 650, nice & light to throw around.
Now I'm confused Question  ................have you moved back to the land of the long white cloud , or has kiwi land grown to mainland status lately  ? ( we might need a bigger moat LOL )  clown  Laughing
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Post  BanditDave on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 7:06 am

Bosco15 wrote:
BanditDave wrote:I've already been to Drake, I thought 2015 was at Parkes  Question


We might need to set up a barricaded area for the Honda bikes to stop people drooling over them and making them all messy.

The other option would be to put some Suzuki stickers on the tank so they blend in.

Damn. 
You saw right through my feindish plan.  Evil or Very Mad 

Nah. Just me living in the past.


I think the plan might be to send all the Honda riders to Drake to maintain the exclusivity at Parkes.

What do you think of the BIG word I used in the previous sentence. Surely that makes me eligible to join the Parkes rabble.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 9:27 am

You can't come - I think you're one of those antidisestablishmentarianism types!  bounce 
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Post  BanditDave on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 11:42 am

Oh well............ looks like I will have to gate crash

Don't fear Ewok, the guy on the big bad Honda wont hurt you.

And anyway, it's my shout for the red wine. Does that help my chances?

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Post  Ewok1958 on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 12:52 pm

Ok, you're back in!
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Post  madmax on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 1:51 pm

Your shouting for everybody then Dave!

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