By: Anonymous: David M ()  Saturday, 19 May 2012 @ 11:42 PM ICT (Read 15896 times)  

Am planning to get a middle-weight all-rounder.. I have been reading on each of the bikes but there are hardly any comparison or shoot-out articles on all three bikes together.. probably the Honda is too new..

Anyone has friends or in a biker group that has all 3 bikes for a good comparison?

Going to invest in one that suits my riding style/time

My riding style/time:
City Commuting: 70%; Tour/Long distance (Paved roads): 25%; Tour/Short distance (Unpaved): 5%
City Commuting: Obey speed limits but would 'drag-start' out of traffic lights
Tour/Long distance (Paved roads): Average speed 120kmh (or 10% above highway speed limits) with occasional hit speed limit
Tour/Short distance (unpaved): Average 30kmh to 75kmh, depending on road conditions
Fuel Range: At least 200km before fuel stop

Thank You.



By: Anonymous: Mike ()  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 04:35 AM ICT  

The Suzuki SFV650 Gladius is currently not available in Thailand, and therefore a bit hard to compare with the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Honda NC700X.

By: Anonymous: David ()  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 05:02 PM ICT  

At 451,000 baht for the Honda and 285,000 baht for the Versys and considering parts availability for the Kwaka, that's what I'd choose for sure!!

By: news (offline)  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 05:25 PM ICT  

To keep things simple, you should probably select the Kawasaki Versys 650 and keep some money to buy a better rear shock and reserve some cash for different tires. With the money you have over you can buy yourself a good outfit and not forget to buy a quality helmet...

The Honda NC700X is probably the more comfortable motorcycle (if we still can call it that), but the difference in price is just too much. The availability of parts should not be a problem with the Honda NC700X, Honda is a serious outfit and knows very well how to move a motorcycle part throughout the country... Maybe even better than Kawasaki, if it comes to daily deliveries from Bangkok to other cities in Thailand. Kawasaki depends on 3th party transport companies, while Honda Thailand has its own transport department.

Of course Kawasaki has the head start with big bikes, so they have big bike dealerships/mechanics in most major towns. So even if the two were the same price I would still find it a hard decision which motorcycle to buy...

   

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By: ThaiDesign (offline)  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 05:49 PM ICT  

As alternative I would suggest you also consider looking at the second hand market, for example Ducati Thailand has a marvelous 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S (with some extra's) for the price of 350,000 THB.

I'm sure that not much Kawasaki Versys lovers will argue with me that a 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S is the better bike compared to the 'budget' Kawasaki Versys.

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By: news (offline)  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 05:51 PM ICT  

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As alternative I would suggest you also consider looking at the second hand market, for example Ducati Thailand has a marvelous 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S (with some extra's) for the price of 350,000 THB.

I'm sure that not much Kawasaki Versys lovers will argue with me that a 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S is the better bike compared to the 'budget' Kawasaki Versys.



He Thi,

The 350,000 THB is the down payment, not the actual price... if it was 350,000 THB the Multi was already in my shack...Dirt Road

   

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By: Anonymous: David ()  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 08:29 PM ICT  

" The availability of parts should not be a problem with the Honda NC700X, Honda is a serious outfit and knows very well how to move a motorcycle part throughout the country "

Yet there are guys here in Chiang Mai who can't get oil filters for their new CFR250Ls !!!!

By: news (offline)  Sunday, 20 May 2012 @ 11:06 PM ICT  

That sounds almost impossible as the oil filter for the Honda CRF250L is identical to to the Honda CBR250R oil filter. And I'm sure that Honda dealers have them on stock.

   

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By: AlexeyRS (offline)  Monday, 21 May 2012 @ 12:49 AM ICT  

I recommend you buy a Honda nc700x with automatic transmission!
Honda motorcycles are the best!


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By: AlexeyRS (offline)  Monday, 21 May 2012 @ 01:02 AM ICT  

As alternative I would suggest you also consider looking at the second hand market, for example Ducati Thailand has a marvelous 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S (with some extra's) for the price of 350,000 THB.

I'm sure that not much Kawasaki Versys lovers will argue with me that a 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S is the better bike compared to the 'budget' Kawasaki Versys


Buying a Ducati, you buy a beautiful appearance, and later may get a lot of problems if you have a lot of money and there are a couple of motorcycles, you can safely buy it Smile
Kawasaki is a pop, but it is suitable for everyday use and it is quite reliable.
So buy Honda)))


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By: news (offline)  Monday, 21 May 2012 @ 06:50 AM ICT  

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I recommend you buy a Honda nc700x with automatic transmission!
Honda motorcycles are the best!



The problem is that the Honda NC700X is around 166,000 THB (around US$ 5,440) more expensive, while it's maybe the better motorcycle I have my reservations that it's so much better to justify the price difference.

166,000 THB is a huge amount of money, you cost buy a Kawasaki KLX250 for 150,000 THB, Honda CBR250R with ABS for 120,000 THB, Kawasaki Ninja 250R for 148,000 THB...

   

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By: ThaiDesign (offline)  Monday, 21 May 2012 @ 07:29 AM ICT  

Again as alternative, Red Baron Bangkok has an nice looking Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom for 368,000 THB (this time really).

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By: news (offline)  Tuesday, 22 May 2012 @ 02:29 PM ICT  

We created another forum thread for the Honda CBR250R / CRF250L Oil Filters, you can find it here Honda CRF250L Oil Filter

   

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By: Anonymous: David ()  Tuesday, 22 May 2012 @ 02:45 PM ICT  

re VStrom at Red Baron

They do not divulge much information about the bikes they sell on their site.

They have a 'Contact' section and I sent a very simply worded message to them about this bike.
As has always been the case with Red Baron, they do not respond to messages even though they have a 'contact' section!

OK, so I must work harder at my spoken Thai and try to phone them!

By: news (offline)  Tuesday, 22 May 2012 @ 05:17 PM ICT  

If you call Red Baron Bangkok, you should ask for Mr. Vikrim (Manager), he speaks English, just ask "mister Vikrim" if somebody pickup the telephone...wait a few minutes and you have all you info... Of course if he not in you maybe get some Thai language trying to explain when he will be in the office

   

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