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Old 03-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #16
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i have my heart set on their "chopper"
pretty sexy chap doing the modeling, doncha think?
Here's my bobber by Dong Fang. I think my model is better.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #17
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keep it simple?

Well my first bike was a 74 CB125, then there was a 76 KE125.
But after that was these...
And because they are simple as a lawn mower, they are what I still ride daily. Although I wouln't wish an old british bike on just anybody...after you pay your dues, it all becomes worth it.
Might be about 8,000 bucks poured into the BSA over 30+ years including what I paid for it. That's a riding bargin!
I have really lost count of all the rides!



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Old 03-20-2011, 03:30 PM   #18
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Sweet, a slow chinese thumper with an american name and almost zero dealer support! ( other than yours, of course )

if i wanted to say anything about sales, i would have posted in the vendor section.....but i did no such thing.....so wipe up your mess.

let me ask the expert.....a fast single 250 4-stroke that is 100% street legal??

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Old 03-20-2011, 04:25 PM   #19
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Sweet, a slow chinese thumper with an american name and almost zero dealer support! ( other than yours, of course )

I haven't taken a motorcycle of mine into a dealer for anything for twenty years and won't buy one that I can't fix myself.

I guess some that can't turn a wrench need dealer support.

Every time I go into a dealer for a part they end up ordering it any way so I might just as well order it myself and have it delivered to my house.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:37 PM   #20
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I haven't taken a motorcycle of mine into a dealer for anything for twenty years and won't buy one that I can't fix myself.

I guess some that can't turn a wrench need dealer support.

Every time I go into a dealer for a part they end up ordering it any way so I might just as well order it myself and have it delivered to my house.
I will second that!!!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:15 AM   #21
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Suzuki has already a retro-styled small UJM, the TU250X.
Ditto....and I love mine!
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:17 AM   #22
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looks like a dr motor?
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #23
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Suzuki has already a retro-styled small UJM, the TU250X.
i think suzuki would do well be taking that platform and offering some variations or atleast offering it as accessories. maybe they do in japan? it's a sweet little 250 FI motor.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:51 PM   #24
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i think suzuki would do well be taking that platform and offering some variations or atleast offering it as accessories. maybe they do in japan? it's a sweet little 250 FI motor.
Most mfrs are asleep at the wheel. It would be nice if other Jap mfrs would offer an updated standard like an EFI Nighthawk 250 with disc brakes. Suzuki has proven that a smaller economical EFI standard can be brought to market here. They just need to bring a similar multi-cylinder to market here. Most mfrs keep trying to push cruisers on us as their small streetbikes, like the Virago, Rebel, and Sportster.

We need more choices than cruisers, and all they would have to do is shove those same old engines into a standard frame with discs at both ends. A scrambler version would be SWEEET!

Why the hell did Honda put a front disc on the Rebel, but a drum on the USA Nighthawk? They could have used the same damn parts and saved money. They already did so with the engine and tranny. Parts are everywhere for those powertrains...or their many Chinese clones.

I bet Triumph will beat all the majors to market here with a small multi-cylinder standard...and they get it right.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:31 AM   #25
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Most mfrs are asleep at the wheel. It would be nice if other Jap mfrs would offer an updated standard like an EFI Nighthawk 250 with disc brakes. Suzuki has proven that a smaller economical EFI standard can be brought to market here. They just need to bring a similar multi-cylinder to market here. Most mfrs keep trying to push cruisers on us as their small streetbikes, like the Virago, Rebel, and Sportster.

We need more choices than cruisers, and all they would have to do is shove those same old engines into a standard frame with discs at both ends. A scrambler version would be SWEEET!

Why the hell did Honda put a front disc on the Rebel, but a drum on the USA Nighthawk? They could have used the same damn parts and saved money. They already did so with the engine and tranny. Parts are everywhere for those powertrains...or their many Chinese clones.

I bet Triumph will beat all the majors to market here with a small multi-cylinder standard...and they get it right.
In reality, I think we need to place blame where it belongs = on our Govt. that makes it cost prohibitive for the Mfg's to import their bikes here due to emissions/safety certs etc.
They make and sell what we want overseas but only import their niche money makers here due to the above reason.
Perhaps if most of the US population weren't Sheeple, we'd have more options. (?)
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:55 AM   #26
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in order to out do the honda 350

Sorry if this is so retro...
But they were going to do it...
Then, their whole world caved in.







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Old 03-22-2011, 06:09 AM   #27
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Its a step in the right direction, but I like the TU 250 much better.
Why inverted forks on a vintage looking bike?
Why on a 250 street bike at all?

The dealer thing is a non issue for me as well, no one works on my bikes but me, and a 250 single is stupid easy to work on, rebuild the entire motor in one day easy. Dealers don't stock any parts at all.

I guess there is not much market for 250 to 500cc bikes in the US, everyone is on a big motor craze. I talk with people, they want to trade up the old 883 sportster for a bigger motor, why, when the bike will do over 100 mph?


A vintage looking standard 500 twin with dual exhaust at 350 pounds would be great, as would the cb400ss or a TU 350....
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:27 AM   #28
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i have my heart set on their "chopper"



pretty sexy chap doing the modeling, doncha think?
go to scooter depot , same bike , less money !
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:20 PM   #29
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Nice retro bikes.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:33 AM   #30
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I've looked into this bike before.

http://www.clevelandcyclewerks.com/bikes/

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It's actually called "tha misfit" now and is more of a cafe style. I think MSRP has gone up to $3200.

It's definitely a Chinese bike, but this one is built by an American company who spent extensive time in China finding the best manufacturers. They've got Americans in the factories over there to oversee quality control. Only the chopper has really hit the market here (tha heist) but they've been pretty highly reviewed. Everyone seems to love them, unlike most Chinese bikes that are hit or miss. Of course, that quality comes at a price, they're twice as much as your normal Chinese bike.

Dealer network is provided by pitbull distribution or something, a scooter distrubtor, with some 30ish locations around the country. According to interviews dealer support and parts availability are a big focus.

I'm excited to see how CCW does. Affordable, simple, small motorcycles? Awesome. I hope they do great.
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