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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 1:50 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
My other thought would be that the more cylinders you have, the smoother (and thus less vibrations) everything will run, putting less wear and tear on the whole thing.



+1. Also, the exhaust note of a parallel twin is sweet.

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Postby curiousgeorge » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 3:27 pm

I'd bed that a major service on a CB400 is still cheaper than the oil change at a KTM authorised dealer ;) Economies of scale...

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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 3:51 pm

The main difference is Duke 390 needs only 1.6L of Engine oil and 1 spark plug whereas Super 4(CB400) needs 3.2L of Engine oil and 4 spark plugs. Regular servicing mostly needs oil change and spark plug change and there Duke should be cheaper. Overhauling engine also duke should be cheaper, but thats something thats rarely done.

The advantage of Inline 4 is on highways like the NSE above speeds of 120Km/hr, the super 4 is the king. Duke 390 is good for city riding and fast acceleration.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 5:29 pm

Wd40 wrote:Duke 390 is good for city riding and fast acceleration.



PNGMK wrote:Looks like an almost perfect bike for Singapore.

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Postby stuckmojo » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 6:03 pm

Good choice, in my car park there is a Duke 390 and I really like the look of that. It looks like a very "chuckable" bike.

15k Sing is actually not that bad (compared to the 50k plus H-D asks you for a Street Glide, for example)

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Postby PNGMK » Sun, 08 Dec 2013 6:05 pm

I'll post a review (short and mid term) once I've had it for awhile.

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Postby bgd » Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:20 pm

PNGMK wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:[quote="PNGMK
... I'd rather a bigger single (500cc to 650cc) but there's nothing out there but the crappy Enfield in this size as a new bike.



Didn't look very far! Always got the BMW 650GS Range...

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/inde ... &notrack=1


BMW service and support is pretty sucky here tho but yes I never considered that model.[/quote]

If you don’t want to go down the BMW route that size and style of bike is very limited here. After a lot of research I ended up importing (via a dealer) a Yamaha Tenere XT660Z. I was after a mid-size touring bike that would cope with the less maintained Asian roads. Simplicity, reliability and economy were my key drivers.

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Postby PNGMK » Mon, 09 Dec 2013 2:19 pm

bgd wrote:
PNGMK wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:[quote="PNGMK
... I'd rather a bigger single (500cc to 650cc) but there's nothing out there but the crappy Enfield in this size as a new bike.



Didn't look very far! Always got the BMW 650GS Range...

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/inde ... &notrack=1


BMW service and support is pretty sucky here tho but yes I never considered that model.


If you don’t want to go down the BMW route that size and style of bike is very limited here. After a lot of research I ended up importing (via a dealer) a Yamaha Tenere XT660Z. I was after a mid-size touring bike that would cope with the less maintained Asian roads. Simplicity, reliability and economy were my key drivers.[/quote]

Which dealer did you use? That's a good bike (I had the TT600 in the 80's - same basic engine).

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Postby bgd » Mon, 09 Dec 2013 2:45 pm

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Postby taxico » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:16 am

i test rode the 400 ABS ninja at the tokyo motor show a week ago and IT WAS AWESOME.

made in japan baby.

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 1:43 am

taxico wrote:i test rode the 400 ABS ninja at the tokyo motor show a week ago and IT WAS AWESOME.

made in japan baby.


The class 2A category is going to get very exciting :)

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 8:03 am

How about Suzuki V-storm 650ABS?
http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20L ... 0AADV.aspx

It can be bought localy.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 8:42 am

x9200 wrote:How about Suzuki V-storm 650ABS?
http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20L ... 0AADV.aspx

It can be bought localy.


Same V-Twin as my old SV650S. I loved that bike. Super smooth, great power band for city riding, but plenty of power to not feel like you'd get run down on US Expressways. Solid passing power all the way to 150km/h. Maybe more, but I didn't go past that very often.

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 8:56 am

For some reason, Suzukis are not at all popular here, whether it is cars or bikes. I see lots of Honda Africa Twins here.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 10 Dec 2013 9:22 am

I am seriousely considering V-storm for my upgrade unless it comes over 22k mark and I have some extra resources to go over 30k then it will likely be Yamaha FJR-1300.


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