Monaco 250DJ or Honda Phantom?

lmacka

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I'm in the market for a small chopper like the Phantom and came across a shop selling new Monacos for 45,000 baht... Apparently these are Taiwanese bikes and I can't find much about them online.

What are these bikes like? For 45K new I'd imagine they're a bit of a joke... No?
 

lmacka

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http://www.platinummotorsale.com/shopper1.html

I can't find any other info on these on the net. Funnily enough, these are the guys I found today in my travels.

I did ask him to start the bike and it did seem to work, after stalling twice. Also, I think the only part that wasn't plastic was the engine. Even that's questionable.

Hmmm...
 

lmacka

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Yeah ok, sold.

I've got a couple of private sellers lined up but I'm keen to check out some shops as well. Can you point me to some places that might be selling second hand Phantoms?

Rode around aimlessly for a few hours today and found one but it's an old 150cc 2 stroke for 22K. Not a fan.
 

KenYam

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Liam on 0831874016 at Chiang Mai is selling a good Phamton give him a ring. Oh all details are under the buy and sell section of this site including pictures.

cheers Ken F
 

KZ

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If you want to save a bit there's the Kawasaki Boss 175, not a bad bike for the money. I've had both and I'd spend some more and go with the Honda, you won't regret it in the long run!
 

lmacka

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KenYam wrote: Liam on 0831874016 at Chiang Mai is selling a good Phamton give him a ring. Oh all details are under the buy and sell section of this site including pictures.

cheers Ken F
Shame the email notifications on this forum are broken otherwise I would definitely have called him. I've already bought a bike now but thanks for the tip.
 

Auke

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Not sure if the email notifications are broken. Normally I get these notifications but did not get them for about 2 weeks or so. Yesterday, when checking my spam folder I found them in there (I am using Gmail).
 

danwhite

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Phantom or Boss.... Both excellent. I have done every corner of Thailand (from Mae Hong Son to Songkla to Ubon to Nong Khai), Cambodia and then Pakse to Luang Prabang in Laos in the last year. Now doing Cambodia again. No problem with the bike whatsoever apart from ordinary maintenence such as chain and sprockets. On the Kawi Boss.... Excellent machine. Starts first time always.

Captain Slash has done untold numbers of miles on his Phantom.... No problems there either I believe. Both are much the same and have adequate speed (less you are a motorway fiend) and hold there torq well on hills. Honda have wider range of dealers. The new Phantoms have an embarressing petrol tank though.
 

danwhite

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No offence to Phantom owners (Colin!... Forgive me!) but it has flame like motifs.... Not very appropriate on a 200cc bike.... And a worthy one at that. It's all a bit nobby. Slightly arse-end-macho-Americana perceived through provincial Thai eyes. The old Phantoms had great tanks.
 

lmacka

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I have a new model with a plain tank. I don't like the flames either - they're wanky.

http://distantexistence.com/wp-content/ ... 6231_2.jpg

Yes it's only 200cc but it's perfect for what I want it for. Although it looses its balls when you have an overweight backpacker on the back and you're attempting a steep hill. (I made her walk it)
 

danwhite

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That is a phantom with a respectable tank (no offence Captain)..... The crash bars are a good idea as well..... They serve a very useful purpose as I have discovered..... Very good bike. Reliable. It will do you fine around most places you want ride in the region.
 

Fishenough

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Imacka we loved your story, and luck, on getting your bike registered!
 

KZ

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I had a dark greenish blue one, the tank had white sides, it looked cool. I like an all black look but the new Phantoms I don't like.