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    Looking at the W800 it's listed as 217kg wet weight, although not retro wouldn't a new CB500 do the job of middleweight motorbike much better as it's 30kg lighter. In fact if we're going down this route any of the 300cc class machines would make a lovely light manageable bike, MT3, Z300, 390 duke etc..the Z 300 is 50kg lighter than the W800 and the 390 duke is 70kg lighter. The MT-03 is same as the Z300 and has a nice 320cc parallel twin motor, however I'd take a look at the new Z400, 45hp parallel twin and 165kg wet weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    The BMW RnineT should tick all the boxes as well Korky? Shaft drive aircooled twin, stylish simple etc?
    Must say, I really like the Scrambler version. The pipes conceal most of that ugly enormous gap between the wheel and rear guard.

    About weight. I always ask to wheel them about in the showroom - gets funny looks - because sometimes the weight doesn’t matter too much if it’s manoeuvrable. Example: my CB900F was a pig when fully loaded and tank full - nearly dropped it in Watford!. Very top heavy. The Ducati M900 was a piece of cake to move about. Similarly my BMW K75 wasn’t easy to move about, the big fairing didn’t help.


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    GP. Look at the size of her heels as she gets on the bike. No way am I going to wear Elton John platform heels - lol.

    Looks a nice bike. Not sure about the brown seat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KorkyKat View Post
    GP. Look at the size of her heels as she gets on the bike. No way am I going to wear Elton John platform heels - lol.

    Looks a nice bike. Not sure about the brown seat.
    Saves on stainage when you fuck it up

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    Shame as I really like a friends street twin .really nice on the twisty roads round here .

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    Quote Originally Posted by couchcommando View Post
    Looking at the W800 it's listed as 217kg wet weight, although not retro wouldn't a new CB500 do the job of middleweight motorbike much better as it's 30kg lighter. In fact if we're going down this route any of the 300cc class machines would make a lovely light manageable bike, MT3, Z300, 390 duke etc..the Z 300 is 50kg lighter than the W800 and the 390 duke is 70kg lighter. The MT-03 is same as the Z300 and has a nice 320cc parallel twin motor, however I'd take a look at the new Z400, 45hp parallel twin and 165kg wet weight
    Or a KTM 690. Looking on MCN at the current models the stats read
    390 Duke 149kg/44 bhp
    690 DUke 148kg/72 bhp

    The older 390 was 10kg less apparently. But I'd still take 10kg extra for 30bhp.

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    Someone in my building rides the R NineT all year round and it looks bloody gorgeous. It is not a small bike however and had a good road presence. I'd have one if I was given it for free, but it is way out of my price range!

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