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    I've got a 2013 CBR500 and it's done well by so far and done nearly 6000km on it with it being my first bike. Haven't had any issues with it outside of operator error. I average 3.7L/100km. Can easily get it down to 3.3L/100km. So far I've only replaced the tyres, and air filter due to normal wear and tear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySmurf View Post
    ... I'm a mature rider on full license. Have had 7 different bikes over more than 20 years ranging from cruisers, VFR, to chinese 150cc. I'm leaning towards a small 300 - 500cc road bike for commuting (road and freeways) and maybe once a year road trip. I'm short 165cm and 72 kg. No pillion.

    I had initially thought a naked bike would be more practical, but looking around it looks like the fully faired variant are a lot more available and hence cheaper? There's lots more Ninja 300 than Z300 for example, and CBR500 on special is fair bit cheaper than the CB500?
    ....So, with that in mind, and with a low budget of $2,500 - $5000 2nd hand, or to $7000 new if I have to, which bike would you choose?

    Ninja 300? Z300? CB500, CBR500, Duke 390? Wait for Ninja 400? Anything else I need to look at?
    The 300 & 500 are made in Thailand which is fine, they're still reliable bikes and Jap brand quality.

    I like torquey engines so I would start with the CBR500.

    Agree with what was said earlier....look at a mid size R class bike. Your history shows you prefer upright position so
    a Ninja 650 or S650 naked (or Gladius) are worthy contenders...plus these are excellent commuting/ road trip bikes.

    Whatever the shortlist is, go Test ride a few and buy 2nd hand...plenty of bargains out there.

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    There are a few SV650 going cheap out there. I don't know if the seat height would be an issue or not.
    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people, I'm just saying lets remove all the warning lables and let the problem sort itself out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brentismaximas View Post
    There’s plenty of Suzuki’s, Yamaha and Kawasaki’s coming out be Japan still.
    In Budget small to mid road bikes?
    I cant help it if your perceptions don't match my reality


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    Gotta laugh at the Made in Thailand paranoia. Guess where nearly every fugn ute is made these days? Go on......have a stab.
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    China?

    It's a trick question...

    Google says they are made in ThyLand.. whoda figured.?
    " Imagination is the seed of life..."

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    'Thyland' sounds like a 'gentlemen's' club in Bangkok where the ladies show off a lot of leg and 'bikes' of a different type are offered for sale (well, rent)...
    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people, I'm just saying lets remove all the warning lables and let the problem sort itself out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaynus View Post
    'Thyland' sounds like a 'gentlemen's' club in Bangkok where the ladies show off a lot of leg and 'bikes' of a different type are offered for sale (well, rent)...
    Would it help if I spell it like this ThuyLand...just pronounce as normal...so it doesn't upset your moderate Christian upbringing...one of the reasons to visit that tropical area is to have a sex slave..is it not..??
    " Imagination is the seed of life..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GsxInShed View Post
    Would it help if I spell it like this ThuyLand...just pronounce as normal...so it doesn't upset your moderate Christian upbringing...one of the reasons to visit that tropical area is to have a sex slave..is it not..??
    Not upset at all (hardly a moderate Christian! )
    My tongue was firmly in (my!) cheek!
    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people, I'm just saying lets remove all the warning lables and let the problem sort itself out...
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    Thanks guys for the comments. I think I have settled on a Kawasaki ER6N Lams.

    Before committing, I saw something about valve issues with this bike. Apparently mainly in Malaysia, as well as reports here as well? Looks like their engine can self destruct due to valve issues? Even on low KM's bikes?
    Can anyone shed more light on this? Is there any parts I can check on the bike to see if the model I'm buying can have this issue? Is there an Australian recall on this?
    Thanks

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    If there are issues why settle on that bike?...personally the CBR500 would be my choice...cheap, reliable and quiet good looking...and will hold their value.
    Smoke me a kipper...I'll be home in time for breakfast

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    Why the LAMS version particularly, given you have a full licence?
    Note: this may not be the universe where the above is relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusaSteve View Post
    If there are issues why settle on that bike?...personally the CBR500 would be my choice...cheap, reliable and quiet good looking...and will hold their value.
    Yeah, nah I've had 4 Hondas and they're great bikes. Just too smooth and too reliable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by somebodyelse View Post
    Why the LAMS version particularly, given you have a full licence?
    Just prefer something on the small side. Plus LAMS would have good resale, and my kids may want to learn (though I doubt I would allow them).

    Anyway, I have just picked up a Duke 390. It is smaller CC than what I would like, and rougher and harder. BUT, what a blast!! Its a crazy little machine and reminds me of the madness of riding a 2 stroke Aprlla.

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    Try to think back did your Dad have any hope of stopping you getting on a bike..?


    Go faster bits....firmware up grade for snatchy throttle--hi lift cam set--piggy back...
    Cautions...head gasket ?? suspension travel
    Good points a good all round bike...with plenty of fans across the world....so plenty of tales ..
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