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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 04:16 PM
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For me there a few bikes I am considering.

1. Honda Rebel 500
2. Yamaha Bolt
3. Truimph Bonneville t100
4. Harley Street 500

Now I will say the Rebel would be the only bike I would be buying NEW, every other model I would get a year or two old to get a better price.

These are currently the only bikes I am considering. I will give a little upside and downside for them.

1. Honda Rebel 500
Cost US Dollars: $6000 or $6300 with abs
Engine Size: 471cc
Horse Power: 45hp
Torque: 32
Weight: 408LBS
Build Quality(opinion): Bike is the cheapest bike here, but also the cheapest as far as build quality. There is nothing really high end on the bike, that really isn't a bad thing. It is just there is nothing crazy high end or really any parts at all on the bike. Gas tank and 2 fenders and thats it. It has the cheapest seat out of the group and the cheapest exhaust. But while its engine is the smallest, and also likely the cheapest build wise, it is performs quite well against the others. The bike is quite a bit lighter than the others and has very close power ratings. The weight of the bike means it will probably get even or better performance than the others except for the real low end torque.

2. Yamaha Bolt
Cost US Dollars: $7999 or $8399 for R-Spec
Engine Size: 942cc
Horse Power: 46HP
Torque: 52
Weight: 540lbs
Build Quality(opinion): This varies greatly. There are a few models of this bike the base model is still nice but when you get into the R-Spec a lot of details improve. There are nice seat options currently available for it it. The shocks on the R-Spec are the best in the group. And the build quality overall just seems very nice. The brake lights are nicer than the hideous one that comes on the Rebel. The engine while having a little less top speed as the rebel has quite a bit more torque. The biggest downside to this bike is the weight. At 540lbs it is going to feel like a tank compared to the others.

3. Triumph Bonneville T100
Cost US Dollars: $10,000
Engine Size: 865cc
Horse Power: 55hp
Torque: 59
Weight: 506lbs
Build Quality(opinion): There are a lot of nice features on the bonneville. I have not gotten to ride one though. I will say it doesn't seem like they skimp much as far as build quality goes, but from a lot of reviews the bike isn't quite as fun of a ride as the others here. And it cost quite a bit more. It has more power but doesn't translate into a very fast bike. It is probably the nicest built bike in this group but it just doesn't shine anywhere on performance.

4. Harley Street 500
Cost US Dollars: $6849
Engine Size: 494cc
Horse Power: 35hp
Torque: 30
Weight: 480lbs
Build Quality(opinion): Well this is a hard bike to rate. Comparing it to other harleys and it is clear that they skimped on the build. But comparing it to the others in this group, it seems to be one of the better built bikes. Good forks, nice seat, pretty decent stock exhaust. It seems out of the group it would be the bike you would most likely keep stock parts on.
But it does seem to have a flaw. The engine just is not producing what the other bikes are. The other bikes actually outperform Harleys with much bigger engines so that is actually not unexpected. When compared to the Rebel directly it does make the choice a bit difficult. The harley appears to be of higher build quality, and like it was put together a bit better than the rebel as well, and the cost isn't actually much higher. But then you look at the bike weighing 70lbs more than the rebel, with less HP and less torque, it would appear to come down to a choice of more performance with a little bit less bike actually there. With that being said the Rebel is likely to have people adding more customizing accesorries so the end product may have the same quality.
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