This article reminds me of the major fun I have had in the Bahama's on scooters. Without serious go one must concentrate on late braking, cornering speed and of course killer drives out to keep in the draft (35mph!) on the straights against comrades with, ahem, less substantual builds. The temptation to try and run wide open through the turns almost always seems to lose out to a "confidence lift". I'm smiling just thinking about riding the Derbi (with 70cc kit of course) but much like spending quality time with a "Big" girl I wouldn't want my friends to see me "doing" it ;-).
LOOK GABE ET PUNK BIATCH I BIN TYPIN ALL CAPS SINCE BEFO THEY INVENTED THE CAP LOCK. MY PINKIES ARE LIKE STEEL BARS. YOU DON'T WANT ME TO COME OVER THERE AN JAM THEM IN YO SOCKETS U MINIBIKE RIDIN PYGMY. O NO U DON'T.
As a lover of little fun things, I should be sweating for one of these. but there is a problem. Itty-bitty 2-smokes. If such a machine were available with, say a 200cc 15-20 hp 4 stroke, I'd buy one today.
It's not that I hate 2 strokes - I race a KTM 200EXC, but they don't make good street machines. There is also the problem of size. I'm built like MO's esteemed bossman, and although I could see loving a Derbi for a while, wringing its neck every time I want to get away from a stoplight would get old.
Rumor has it that the japanese companies are going to start doing to the 85cc MX class what they did to the 125 & 250 class, meaning 170cc liquid cooled, four valve 4 strokes are coming. These motors would make ~20 hp and weigh ~50 lbs.
Imagine one of them in a Derbi-like bike. Sign me up right now and I'll sell my CRF150F soon-to-be-dual-sport-motard.
Is there anything in the US that combines street styling, a 100 to 200cc 4-stroke engine making around 25hp, wet weight below 225 lbs and comfort for 2 people for a few hour ride?
If there is could you give me some info on where to find something like that. I live in michigan and 2 or 3 days a week I commute over 100 miles round trip. All highway miles around 75-80 mph, so 65 mph max will not do. I am currently leasing a car and would like to keep the miles off of it if i can.
I have been thinking about an older bandit or something similar but these little bikes are very intriguing to me. Any and all help is very much appreciated.
I think you just (almost) described a 250 Ninja. It is about 350 pounds full of gas, but an aftermarket exhaust should shave off 30 pounds. A VTR250 might be even lighter, although they are getting pretty old. I'll lbet there's a few low-mileage bikes sitting in garages in Michigan somewhere.
I'd also look at the NX250 or the KLR250/super sherpa- I know you want a street-styled bike, but if you want light weight you should consider a dual sport.
The VTR250 is pretty sweet in its most recent form, but it is not available in the US, and the older version is pretty ugly.
I love the look of naked bikes and have always wanted to convert a half or full faired bike to a naked look with the bugeye headlights on it. I wonder if anybody has done this to a 250 ninja? That would reduce the weight quite a bit also.
I love that derbi gpr 125 nude, its just too bad we can't get them here in the U.S. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Why can't we get the cool bikes that Europe has over here.
Give us americans a better choice motorcycle manufacturers!!!!