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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    I have a VFR800. I am probably about the same age as your Dad. And I am wondering what to replace the VFR with.

    I would like something:

    Lighter - the VFR is a lardy beast.
    Similar power, 85ish bhp minimum. 200 bhp not necessary
    Lower seat (that may be just me being a short-arse)
    Some weather protection. The VFR is not bad.
    Cruises at 90-100 all day. The VFR does this well
    Trickles nicely at walking pace all day - the VFR doesn't.
    Accelerates 'briskly'.)
    Corners better than I do (not difficult - I learned to ride in the Mike the Bike era)
    Reliable.

    Think about what your Dad likes about the VFR, and what he doesn't. And when he does find what he wants, let me know, I may want it too.
    New CBR650
    Used - pretty much any sports touring Japanese 600 from the last 25 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    New CBR650
    Used - pretty much any sports touring Japanese 600 from the last 25 years.
    Yes, I am leaning towards the CBR650.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    Yes, I am leaning towards the CBR650.
    So would I if it weighed 30kg less, I'm more inclined to buy a low mileage FZR600R for 1500 as it does the same job, only better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    So would I if it weighed 30kg less, I'm more inclined to buy a low mileage FZR600R for 1500 as it does the same job, only better.
    207kg kerb weight quoted. Is that really heavier than an auld 600 at 181kg dry once you put a battery, fuel, coolant, oil in it? Maybe a little, but you get ABS and a catalyst to carry these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    207kg kerb weight quoted. Is that really heavier than an auld 600 at 181kg dry once you put a battery, fuel, coolant, oil in it? Maybe a little, but you get ABS and a catalyst to carry these days.

    Don't know, you'd have to weigh them to know, maybe I should have picked an early R6 for comparison, it was a bit hypothetical as I haven't ridden a CBR650, I could if I wanted to, the Honda dealers round the corner from me has a test ride one.
    Why do I want ABS and a catalyst or any of the other stuff modern bikes come with?

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    Most of the current Superbikes are around the 200kg mark wet.

    I blame ABS pumps and and EFI.

    My Auld Blade was 186kg with half a hank of fuel.

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    Hss he tried an ADV bike? I went from a VFR to a Tiger 800. Tiger more comfortble for everything, Motor is more characterful if less powerful but point to point in the real world its a very capable road bike.

    K1200R still winning for VFM and grin factor though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Don't know, you'd have to weigh them to know, maybe I should have picked an early R6 for comparison, it was a bit hypothetical as I haven't ridden a CBR650, I could if I wanted to, the Honda dealers round the corner from me has a test ride one.
    Why do I want ABS and a catalyst or any of the other stuff modern bikes come with?
    ABS is a great idea on a road bike. Why wouldn't you want it?

    Catalysts depends on if you care about the planet but I'll happily take one of those, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    ABS is a great idea on a road bike. Why wouldn't you want it?

    Catalysts depends on if you care about the planet but I'll happily take one of those, too.
    Because I can ride without locking the brakes
    If I cared about the planet I wouldn't be using a motorcycle for pleasure

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