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  1. JonnyF

    CRF450L

    Totally agree. I don't see any official Honda specs on HP so I'm not sure how a magazine already managed to get HP for a bike that was announced yesterday. No doubt it has less than a CRF450R but not 60% less. I call BS also. Minimum 40HP I reckon (most likely a bit more) which doesn't sound a lot until you see how light they are, how they are geared and where they are designed to be ridden (i.e. NOT cruising down the highway with a passenger and a topbox).
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    CRF450L

    Are you sure it won't be sold here? Honda BigWing already sells loads of models that aren't made here, including the CRF250R for 285,000 Baht. I'm not saying it will definitely be sold here, but it's a strong possibility.
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    CRF450L

    Looks fantastic. From what I've read this bike is much more closely related to the CRF450X/R than the CRF250L was to the CRF250X/R. Basically the CRF250L was nothing like the 250X/R (although they did a great job making it look the same) whereas this 450 shares a lot in common with the "real" dirt bikes. Unfortunately this will be reflected in the price. While the 250L is quite weak and heavy, it's undoubtedly great value at about 150,000 Baht. Preliminary pricing for the 450 in the US is about 10500 USD (330,000 Baht) so I'd expect it to be over 350,000 here (assuming it is sold here), maybe even 400,000. Quite a lot of money for a 450, but it looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome machine and would really fill a gap in the market as there is nothing really comparable here at the moment except dodgy old DRZ400's.
  4. I have a plate mounted in that style. Never had an issue in 2-3 years and I've been stopped by the police quite a few times. It improves the look of the rear of the bike IMO and you don't have a huge sail hanging off the back acting like a parachute. On mine the plate can be read though (until you ride through dirt and it sprays all over the plate). I'm pretty sure they could fine me for having it there if they really wanted to, but then the exhaust doesn't have the correct stamp either - even though it came installed on the bike from the main dealer. To me it's worth a couple of potential 200 Baht fines to have the bike looking the way I want it.
  5. PS. If you were thinking of protesting please be aware that we'll use those very same tanks (that we purchased from the money your parents paid in taxes) against you. In the name of reconciliation. Have a nice day. P.
  6. JonnyF

    What Did You Do to Your Bike Today ?

    That's the best thing I've seen for ages. Always wondered what a decent 2 stroke engine would be like in my ksr. Hope it works out, I'd love something like that.
  7. You are aware that some people in the same family share the same surname?
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    Honda NM4

    I remember this thing, also known as the (Re)Vultus. Only ever seen one in Bangkok, it looked even worse in the flesh. A real head turner, for all the wrong reasons.
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    Royal Enfield.

    I was chatting to a British tourist a couple of weeks ago in Ban Chang who owned a number of bikes including a Royal Enfield. He was a retired engineer, and was very critical of the build quality - his had actually grenaded after a couple of years. He said he could live with it as he had other more reliable bikes and enjoyed working on bikes so the fact it had blown up was an "opportunity" for him to get stuck into a project, but he basically said it was the worst quality bike he'd ever owned. I see them as quite stylish bikes, but the quality issues and the fact they are way overpriced in Thailand compared to India (around double the price I believe) keeps me away.
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    Royal Enfield.

    I was chatting to a British tourist a couple of weeks ago in Ban Chang who owned a number of bikes including a Royal Enfield. He was a retired engineer, and was very critical of the build quality - his had actually grenaded after a couple of years. He said he could live with it as he had other more reliable bikes and enjoyed working on bikes so the fact it had blown up was an "opportunity" for him to get stuck into a project, but he basically said it was the worst quality bike he'd ever owned. I see them as quite stylish bikes, but the quality issues and the fact they are way overpriced in Thailand compared to India (around double the price I believe) keeps me away.
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    Dog vs Cobra - who are you rooting for!?

    Bangkaew are excellent snake fighters. Thai Ridgebacks are good as well. My girlfriend bought a small farm recently and we plan to get one of each when we move there permanently for exactly this reason. An added benefit is they are good guard dogs as well.
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    Crash, boom, bang !

    Glad it wasn't more serious. Most of the close calls I've had have been bikes and cars moving from the "slow" lane into the "fast" lane to make a U Turn. I swear they just do this without looking. If I see a U Turn I used to worry about the people coming the other direction turning into me, but now I'm just as worried about the people going the same direction as me as they often decide to take the U Turn last minute and swerve across me. Scooters are the worst as they don't want to ride in the fast lane for long so they stay left as long as possible then lurch across with no warning. Had another couple of close calls overtaking slow moving large cement trucks. People cross the road just in front of the truck not thinking that anyone could be overtaking the truck at a higher speed. It's scary stuff out there.
  13. Khun Prayut breaking rules? Surely not. He seems such an honest chap.
  14. JonnyF

    300cc bike for Bangkok and beyond

    I'd get an R3. I know you have concerns about your wrists but these 300cc "sportsbikes" don't have an extreme riding position compared to supersports, they are actually pretty upright. I'd call them faired bikes rather than sports bikes as they aren't far away from the naked riding position with the added benefit of wind protection. The R3 will also be better for longer trips as it is fully faired and you can fit a larger touring screen to it if you wish, plus riding a bit quicker on highways means you might appreciate the slightly forward stance since the wind holds your body up and takes even more weight off your wrists. I have an old Ninja 250 and it's a great Bangkok bike, very slim through traffic and no issues with aching wrists etc. I actually prefer it in heavy Bangkok traffic to my MT-09 (which is a very similar style to the MT-03) due to the narrower bars. Maybe ride one if you can, you might be surprised how comfy they are. Ninja 400 is also a good option if you decide on a faired bike. If you're dead set on a naked bike, the MT-03 or Z300 would be my choice. The Honda cb300f is a single, ugly, down on power and lacks any form of character in my opinion. The new "neo cafe" is a bit better, but it's still a single and down on power. The Honda 500 twins are better, I wouldn't be too concerned about them having too much power, they are still pretty tame.
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    Local Mechanic vs Official Dealer

    Depends on the local mechanic - a good one is worth his weight in gold and contrary to popular belief they do exist. A main dealer guarantees nothing, especially when you're dealing with these little scooter shops, - they have their fair share of nose picking, spot squeezing, "Dek Waan" working for them. Even Kawasaki "Big Bike" Ramkhamghang has some snotty little shites posing as mechanics, I stopped going there when it took me ten minutes to convince a sneering kid to change the oil a couple of thousand km early because it had been sat in the bike for 3 years. My local guy just does it when I ask him to do it. In my experience with the local guys, it's best to get a recommendation (local motorcycle taxi guys are good for this) and get a Thai friend to go with you the first time. Otherwise they might be tempted to assume that you're a farang idiot ripe for ripping off, which can result in some awkward moments and sometimes bad feeling/loss of face when it is politely pointed out that you are not
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