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Old 08-20-2010, 09:19 AM   #11
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An interesting comparison would be this model versus the venerable Ninja 250.
Okay. The Ninja 250 is best for newbies, offering greater agility and a lower seat to make it more manageable for smaller, less-experienced riders. The Ninja 400 will suit bigger riders with previous riding experience. Its stronger low-end power makes for a less-frantic ride in a commuter role, and its roomier ergos open up sport-touring duty.

There! Just need some photos, and the shootout is done!
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:29 AM   #12
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There was a time when a 400-4 was considered a quite adequate motorcycle. People actually toured cross country on CB400Fs for example.
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They would solve the mystery of why small bikes don't sell in america if they'd just make a small 400 race replica look-a-like. Like the FZR400 or any of the other cool race reps they used to have in Europe.
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There was a time when a 400-4 was considered a quite adequate motorcycle. People actually toured cross country on CB400Fs for example.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:48 AM   #15
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They would solve the mystery of why small bikes don't sell in america if they'd just make a small 400 race replica look-a-like. Like the FZR400 or any of the other cool race reps they used to have in Europe.
I like the concept. I'm just not sure enough Americans would be willing to pay $9000-plus for them.
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True good point. But you wouldn't have to put that much technology into it. Take this bike for example, replace the dirt bike bars with some clip-ons and give it some nice full fairing bodywork. A great example of a small bike with full fairings would be something similar to the Aprilia RS50's body work. Small bike but great looks. It's not hard the manufactures just got to realize they can start the trend.

So many countless posts on which bike to get as a beginner yet so little choices.
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There was a time when a 400-4 was considered a quite adequate motorcycle. People actually toured cross country on CB400Fs for example.
Oh, yeah? When was that?
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Oh, yeah? When was that?
70's. Peter Egan wrote about it as I recall.

Of course, you first have to not be a plus sized American.

Heck, my wife and I rode all over SoCal on a Yamaha 350 for that matter. I remember an article in Road Runner on two women traveling cross-country on a pair of RD350s.
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70's. Peter Egan wrote about it as I recall.

Of course, you first have to not be a plus sized American.

Heck, my wife and I rode all over SoCal on a Yamaha 350 for that matter. I remember an article in Road Runner on two women traveling cross-country on a pair of RD350s.
I have a friend that in the '70s rode from GA 2-up with his Then-Wife-To-Be to Meh-HEE-coe and around down there and then throughout the Southwest on a Yamaha 175 2-smoke, and then back.

Camping-gear included. 2-smoke oil I assume as well.
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Twostroke reliability far surpasses that of the four stroke. Need to find a nice TZ or RS say 96 and up. Keep that baby forever.
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