Quote from: ace.cafe on May 12, 2009, 04:11:14 PMIt took me a while, but I finally figured out why the looks of the TU250 just weren't "right".It seemed like I should like it better, but I just couldn't.And now I know why.If you look at that TU250, the engine sits too high in the frame. And they even cant the engine forward, to get it even higher.That TU250 is a dirt bike in street clothes.They have sold a version of it overseas for years called the TU250 "Grasstracker."Check out this link and scroll down a little ways:http://www.suzukicycles.org/2000-2009/2002e.shtmlI actually like that version better!Eamon
It took me a while, but I finally figured out why the looks of the TU250 just weren't "right".It seemed like I should like it better, but I just couldn't.And now I know why.If you look at that TU250, the engine sits too high in the frame. And they even cant the engine forward, to get it even higher.That TU250 is a dirt bike in street clothes.
As for the competition:Here's the 2009 Triumph Bonneville "Black" which is the $7799 version.Here's the 2009 C5 at ~$7000Here's the 2009 Harley Sportster 883 "Iron" for about $7600-$8000And the 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic at about $8500.What do you think?I'm thinking that the C5 is looking pretty darn good in that class of cycles.My impressions?Triumph's lowest priced Bonnie. The 17" cast wheels look silly. "Black-out" job looks cheap. Nice seat. "Swirly" spokes on the front disc brake are hideous, and totally out of place on the bike. I think the models from a couple years earlier looked better. Not a good showing from Triumph with this model. Limited Edition models at higher prices look a bit better, but are a thousand bucks more.The Harley looks pretty cool in all black, and I kinda like it. Headlight looks a bit odd. Cool fork gaiters. Seems a bit "chopper-esque" but that's expected on a Harley. Has a belt drive. Not too bad a price for the package.Both of them are "blacked out" to save costs, and aren't available in colors for the low price model. Basically, they are "entry level" models.The RE has brightwork, wire wheels, nice colors, and looks plenty good. Smallest engine of the bunch, and the lowest price. Clearly by far, the most "retro". Top of the model line-up from RE.The Guzzi has a nice seat, wire wheels, and some vague reminiscence of the older V7. Obviously a "re-bodied Breva". Has a shaft drive. Not bad. Most expensive price of the bunch..
Those are all nice looking classic style bikes but I don't see how you can compare them with the single cylinder C-5. To my way of thinking there is nothing to compare it to, even the other singles, KLR, DR, S-40, etc, have a different type of engine. You just don't get the thump with the light flywheel, high reving motor.