What was the drama buying and owning a Honda in CM? I am tempted with a 500X but was given bit of a run around by a small bike dealer regarding first service valve check on my CRF250M.Johnsy;305912 wrote: I was going to buy another 500X but couldn't bring myself to go through the drama buying and owning another Honda here in CM! I've had my V-Strom for 4 months now, love it....Done over 6,000 klm's solo, two-up, with gear, off road, on road, on the straights and through the twisties and it's an awesome bike for the money and capacity 650cc. the Suzuki dealer is also much better to deal with. Tons of grunt, excellent gear ratios, great fuel economy, comfortable, quiet and a lot of fun. The only thing I am changing is the tires, not happy with the trail wings so going for the Michelin Anakee III.
As a general rule sports bikes which your Exup would be classed as do not have centre stands for weight reasons while normal street bikes and tourers should. Your Triumph's lack of one as original equipment driven by profit - UK Triumph's do not, according to a mate, have any tools as standard. Honda appear to have caught onto this as a centre stand is available as an optional extra for the 500X. While on the subject confused why my current model PCX has a heavy and expensive centre stand but no kick start - on a bike with potentially battery draining idle stop, odd.David Learmonth;305877 wrote: All looking good. I'm happy with my Honda 500X so far but might be open to alternatives whenever I decide to change. Once of a day a main stand came as standard equipment. My Bonneville bought here in '07 had it as an optional extra, the only other bike I've had in 46 years of biking without one (until I moved here) was a Yamaha Genesis Exup 1000, which if I remember correctly, was a 1991 model. Honda I have now only has side stand. Crazy really.
nothing wrong with the 500x it's a great bike for the money but I will never deal with Honda Big Wing in Chiang Mai again, that's all I'm going to say about it!John Aero;305914 wrote: What was the drama buying and owning a Honda in CM? I am tempted with a 500X but was given bit of a run around by a small bike dealer regarding first service valve check on my CRF250M.
The first big test heavily loaded up with bags all round.DavidFL wrote:
The next little improvement – handlebar risersthat enable the bars to be come back just a little closer & so have a better grip & control, something that I felt was not quite right in standard form. Sourced from JacketBoy in Bangkok. Cost 1,000 baht. They fit straight on with no necessity for changing cables either. A saddlebag support bracketfitted to hold the bag up on the left hand side only, & so stop it from flopping under towards the wheel.Sourced from Somchit’s Daeng Klong Pratu. Cost 800 baht. & we have 16,000 kms up on the bike so far.