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    Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Last year I decided to downsize my big touring machine (97 Goldwing SE 1500) to something different.

    I stayed in the Honda field.
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    ​Mailed a payment off yesterday.* The dealer will be sending the bill of sale in the
    ​mail so I can register the bike.* He will keep it at the shop until I can get over to
    pick it up.
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    ​Purchased a 2010 Honda CBF600sa black, with only 1050 kms. on the odometer complete with hard luggage.
    * They are ​throwing in a throttle lock, setup for battery tender and I only pay the amount over $100 on a
    ​bike cover.*
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    ​Gone from shaft drive to chain drive.* New experience for me.
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    ​They say no pictures, it ain't true.* So lets have a drum roll.
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    *​Here is proof.









    I apologize for unclear pictures as I used my cellphone. I destroyed my camera on the last trip I took and haven't replace it yet.

    Looking forward travelling and camping on this new set of wheels.

    The season here is just getting under way. More and more riders are showing upe on the roads every day.

    John

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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Nice pics. I suspect that Honda will serve you well. If you do any camping in the mountains that bike would be a nice size on which to venture up a forest service road a ways to get away from the crowds.
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Congrats on the new bike. I like it. Do they sell that model in the US? I'm not familiar with it. Could just be me.
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Quote Originally Posted by wrchael414 View Post
    Congrats on the new bike. I like it. Do they sell that model in the US? I'm not familiar with it. Could just be me.
    This bike is very popular in Europe. Honda Canada decided to bring it into Canada. Not available in the US. Seems Honda Canada didn't think it was a good seller
    here so it is no longer available. Believe the last model year was 2013. I have a small dealer who services my bikes. He test road the bike and he was very
    surprised with the overall handling, etc. He called in a baby brother to the Honda ST1300.

    Looking forward to first shakedown ride. Maybe a couple of weeks before I can pick it up. Weather up here this time of the year is still iffy. Today is warm but wind is
    gusting to 70 kmh (about 45 mph).

    Reviews that I have read and videos seem to be well supportive of the bike. Going to be quite a change from a Goldwing comfy couch.

    That's for the comments.

    John

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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    congrats on the new to you bike, always fun to ride something different. I've been thinking of down sizing myself to be able to do more FS roads, etc. Gonna look around this year and pick up something in time for next year. Will ride my trusty VTX this year after totaling the Venture back in Oct.
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Aloha!

    NICE BIKE OP! Congrats indeed. I'd love to own her.

    I downgrade most of the time from my Triumph Trophy 1200 to a 1982 Honda GL-500 Interstate Silverwing. I looked for this bike specifically for camping. It's got plenty of oomph even though only a 500 cc, I like the twisted V engine, it has good hard luggage and a great fairing for wind protection, and, believe it or not, the same passenger load capacity as my Triumph 1200. Sure, when I'm doing 65 MPH it does not take off like a jack-rabbit to 100 like the Triumph will, but it gets twice the gas mileage, and it's more fun and more comfortable for me to ride. The Triumph is a sport tour and the Honda is a standard. I found one with only 20k on the clock, and in magnificent shape. Been happy as a clam camping with it.

    The Triumph is chain drive, as most Sport-Touring machines are, and that can be a bit of a pain, but it's not the end of the world. Just carry some chain wax, and keep it as clean as possible and waxed and you'll be fine. I took the Triumph coast to coast many times in rain, and it's not too bad. I prefer shaft, but chain gets the job done. What I don't like is the more agressive "Lean Forward" of the Triumph riding position. I'm in good shape, I lift weights and participate in sports regularly, but 100 miles plus on the Triumph really gets to my upper back muscles. The Honda is so much more comfortable to me.

    When I retire the Honda, I'll have to consider something like the CBF600sa. I think it was a great choice on your behalf.

    ENJOY THAT BIKE!

    The Honda GL-500 Interstate

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    Verses the Triumph Trophy 1200

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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Looks like a nice bike, enjoy
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Great looking bike, wish I still had my DHC500 Yamaha from the 70's.
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Going to be quite a change from the Wing. Don't forget to change your signature at the bottom of your page.
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    Re: Downsized my camping Motorcycle

    Congrats on the new ride, great looking bike!
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