As a virgin biker it seems to me that Honda have got the learner machine marketplace well and truly stitched-up with their Honda CBR-150. As a 28-year-old newcomer to biking, I really would feel a little incongruous farting round town on an Honda Wave or other scooter like motorcycle, which to my idea are not much more then hair-dryers.
As for the iconic Honda Phantom, well, I'm not yet too old to dispense with taste - in that department; it just doesn't cut the mustard.
The choice of learner bikes is limited enough for acne-ridden teenagers getting their first set of wheels and when it comes to the 'mature' rider, there's something of a black hole in Thailand. Aren't the manufacturers missing this market?
Okay Suzuki has a Suzuki Raider 150Ri on the market, there is a Tiger Boxer 200cc, which is not that bad looking and Kawasaki has a Kawasaki Ninja 250R for sale, but the 250cc Kawasaki seems to be a total different price class. KTM looks promising, but they have currently not much roadbikes on stock.
And with a Honda CB400 I have the idea I dive direct into the deep of powerful bikes, and as a Bangkok commuter, I have no need for a heavy bike.