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Old 09-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs up CBR500 & CB500

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http://hellforleathermagazine.com/20...500-and-cb500/


Apparently, a cb500 and cbr500 are in the works, to rival Kawasaki's recent announcements
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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id kill for a naked 600rr though. kill.
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Hah!! Did I not tell ya. Suzuki is next with the GSX550.
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Lol..suzuki needs to kill the gs500f and not look back
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Is it normal to want to change down to a smaller bike? The new Ninja and now this is making me rethink things.
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Lol..suzuki needs to kill the gs500f and not look back
I thought they killed it like two years ago when they came out with the GSX650F. Either way, neither are listed on the website for 2013
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #12
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Lol..suzuki needs to kill the gs500f and not look back
I am with you but I know they had to make a ton of money.
No R&D needed for...over 20 years on that motor.
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Is it normal to want to change down to a smaller bike? The new Ninja and now this is making me rethink things.
Not really.
Step down....nahhhh but add to the stable for a new drug. I am with you. That little Ninja looks sexy and fun.

I have seen Chuong Nuts riding the out of his Ninja 250 keeping up with the big boys. He aint skeered and looks like he is having fun!
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Is it normal to want to change down to a smaller bike? The new Ninja and now this is making me rethink things.
I've got a Daytona 1200, a Ninja ZX10R, a Ducati 944 SS/SP...and I just picked up a CB-1 (400cc) that I am taking to the track. I'm looking more forward to ringing this little 400's neck more than almost anything I've ridden next to my motards.

So, I would say...Perfectly normal.

It's always fun to ride a slow bike fast.
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Downsizing on engine doesn't always mean downgrading on performance. I remember when Yamaha shoehorned a 599cc into the FZR400 to make the FZR600. It was a wide squirrelly ride but immensely fun to dart around.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:11 PM   #16
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Seems like the market is being marketed to a new market.

Seeing another bike on the road is cool and all but seeing a fellow small displacer is like bro love.
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Read an article in the latest Sport Rider issue... about the 600cc supersports being in terrible decline because of the credit crunch. Back in the bubble days, banks were lending kids (less than 30yr olds) left and right to buy bikes - 600cc supersports were marketed specifically to this demographic. These days, litre bikes are doing much better because they tend to be bought by older, more well-to-do, riders who have the cash or the credit score to quality for loans. That's yet another reason BMW, Ducati, and Aprilia are doing well hawking $15K-20K superbikes.

Mfrs are catching on to this trend. They figure one way to capture the lower end of the marrket - or entry level - is to come out with cheaper bikes that the twenty-somethings can afford... and hopefully still sexy enough for them to after. If they can't buy $11K supersports, maybe $5K 300cc or $6k 500cc are more the ticket.

I hope they are right.
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so if its a bigger cbr250 is it a single cyclinder?
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so if its a bigger cbr250 is it a single cyclinder?
Thought the article indicated it was a twin.
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what i read said they couldn't tell engine config, but said its more like the 250 than a 600. I would think it would be an inline twin too.
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