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Old 04-13-2003, 05:49 AM   #21
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Default Re: CB 1300: another cool bike that won't be coming to the USA

I think you may be wrong, This bike might sell.
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Old 04-13-2003, 05:54 AM   #22
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Default Re: It won't Sell Here...

yeah, really....too bad not enough people buy them.
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Old 04-13-2003, 05:58 AM   #23
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Default Re: CB 1300: another cool bike that won't be coming to the USA

I had a Hawk too, maybe I'm an anachronism.



It may be that the CB-1300 is somewhat choked down to meet various euro-limits. The Suzi gets an easy 20 hp upgrade with a pipe and a chip, as reported on their owners group home page. This bike might need the same. For sure a 1300cc four can put out that kind of power easily.



The aussies reported it was 115 hp. I think. I'd like to read more test reports. I'm sure various Brit mags will get some eventually.



Honda USA should import one for test purposes and give it to Motorcycle Online for a long term test. We can have Hackfu and the crew do that crazy thing they do with it and we'll see if it's much improved.



My take is that Honda's as a rule always get better version to version. Look at the CBR-600. This bike got some serious TLC and I'm sure it's a much nicer piece than the original model.

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Old 04-13-2003, 06:07 AM   #24
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Oh well, after reading the last few posts, I guess this bike ain't "da bomb". Why can't they make naked bikes superlight like the sportbikes, say this honda about 430-450 with full tank of gas....that would be "da bomb"
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Old 04-13-2003, 06:53 AM   #25
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i speak from experience....i owned a 95 cb 1000 and had a real hard time selling it....

i presently own a zrx1100 and love it



the manufacturers have been stuck with enough of those "please bring it here" bikes in the past
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Old 04-13-2003, 07:59 AM   #26
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Default Re: CB 1300: another cool bike that won't be coming to the USA

That's great, Craig. But Performance Bike -- which doesn't like porky UJMs -- just gave the 2003 model a big thumbs up, saying it has an awesome motor and sharp enough handling to tempt some sportbike riders to switch over. Much has changed from the Y2k model.
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Old 04-13-2003, 11:27 AM   #27
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The FJR isn't on showroom floors because of the PDP (Priority Delivery Program). I got my FJR last year by putting down a 500 buck deposit, as did all "waiters". This year, Yamaha is doing the PDP again. Possibly in '05, Yamaha will have bikes available for showroom floors. The demand for this bike in the U.S. outstripped Yamaha's ability to keep-up. Super bike, BTW ;-}



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Old 04-13-2003, 12:01 PM   #28
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Default Re: CB 1300: another cool bike that won't be coming to the USA

The problem with this concept is a manufacturer dosn't just import a bike, they also have to import an entire support infrastructure for the bike. They have to bring in a supply of spares for the bike, they have train techs on how to service the bike, they have the marketing expense involved with launching a bike in a market, and on and on and on... Bottom line, they have to plan on selling a certain "break even" number of bikes in a market before they can justify the expense of importing the first bike. If you want an exotic bike you cannot get worked on or spares for for buy some limited italain exotica.
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Old 04-13-2003, 12:38 PM   #29
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look at the Z1000.....its 455 with gas.



The new SV1000 is like 440 with gas



they ARE.



however the CB 1300 is different in that it is more of a standard, not a naked sportbike.



Basically, it weighs the same as my bandit. I would bet that piped and a PC it would hit mid 120's in HP and close to 100ft-lbs. That would be a bit mroe hp and 20 more ft-lbs of torque then the bandit makes. And it is prolly a hell of a lot smoother.
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Old 04-13-2003, 01:55 PM   #30
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If the test bike works out, I promise I'll go into it with an open mind.

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