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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 8th 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Honda’s new VT400 proves an easy rider Novice riders have sufferedcramped riding conditionson small-framed cruisers for too long.Mark Hinchliffe finds out howHonda changedthat H ONDA has released the VT400, which is a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS), but the same size as the popular VT750. In fact, people will think it’s a VT750 because there is no discernible difference between the two. Only the very knowledgeable will be able to pick them apart because of the VT400’s smaller muffler aperture. That means you not only get extra street cred, but you also get a relaxed riding position on a bike that won’t get buffeted around by trucks on the highway. It looks lusciously low and wide with chrome pullback handlebars that mean a short and comfortable reach to the bars. Together with the low seat, it makes a perfect bike for shorter people and many women. Taller riders are also well accommodated, but the forward foot controls are not as far forward as most cruisers. Pillions are also well roosted with a generous seat pad and seat-tofootpeg distance, but it could do with more than just a seat sash for grip. The rider’s seat is plump and soft which feels fine at first, but after a while your behind gets numb as you sink down to the supports underneath the seat. Build quality is superb, as ex- pected from Honda, with plenty of clean-looking chrome, neat and simple styling, a traditional teardrop tank and bullet-type chromed headlight casing. Controls and switchgear are conventional and functional. It isnowonder theVT750has sold well. This cruiser handles better than most with a light steering input required for tight turns, quick turn-in and steady mid-corner handling. It wallows only slightly over big bumpswhere the short rear suspension comes unstuck and there is marginal front-end dive under brakes. Speaking of which, the front hydraulic brakes have plenty of progressive feel and more bite than most cruisers, while the rear brake is dull and wooden, but fine for steadying the ship. Cornering is aided by good clear- ance with the hero blobs getting a minimal workout until you start to push it. Postie bike a neat and nifty parcel THEtop-selling bike in Australia is now available for the public to buy new and use on the road. Honda’s CT110 is better known as the ‘‘postie bike’’ because it is usedby Australia Post. Second-hand models have been highly soughtafter as commuter bikes and, because of their nofuss design and reliability, some intrepid adventurers have even ridden them around Australia. They were previously only available new to Australia Post with a number of modifications and as an unregistrable agricultural bike. Now Honda has bowed to demand and released it to the public for sale as a road-registrable bike. Even though it was not available for public sale, it was the top-selling bike for years, selling more than 35,000 in the past 15 years. However, Australia Post has cut back on orders and sales have dropped 18.3 per cent (from 1192 to 974) in the first six months of this year, to be second place behind the Kawasaki EX250J. The main differences between the roadregistrable version and the Australia Post bike are that the CT110 will have selectable low-ratio option and a six-volt electrical system. Australia Post modifi- cations also include different tyres and tubes, 12-volt electrical system, heavy-duty spokes, larger rear-brake drum and a stronger swingarm. The grunty four-stroke 105cc, single-cylinder machines were chosen to deliver our mail because they are are virtually bullet-proof and are low maintenance. They are also easy to ride, lightweight, man- ouevrable and stable. The CT110 features a heel-toe shifter, automatic centrifugal clutch, wet sump oil system and a closed chain guard. The four-speed transmission has a low and high range suitable for commuting and highway riding. The fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 398cc V-twin engine is soft and smooth, but torquey enough to pull in most gears so you don’t have to tap-dance on the gear shift to get results. It’s so quiet you may think it’s conked out at the lights! Under hard acceleration there is a low groan from the pipes and you feel a little bit of character enter the engine’s pulse. Gears are typically super slick for a Honda bike with a good spread of five usable ratios suitable for the city and country while neutral is very easy to find with no false neutrals. The VT400 comes with Honda’s Ignition Security System (HISS), a strengthened handle lock mechanism and a heavy-duty key cylinder. GOOD LOOKING: Honda’s VT400 handles better than most with a light steering input required for tight turns, quick turn-in and steady mid-corner handling. small torque Honda VT400 Price:$9990(+ORC) Engine: 398cc, liquidcooled, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, 3-valve,OHC V-twin Transmission: 5-speed, wet clutch, chain drive Dimensions(mm):2510 (l),920(w), 1125 (h),1640 (wheelbase),660(seat), 130(clearance) Tyres: 120/90-17 (front) 160/80-15 (rear) Brakes: hydraulic single disc (front),drum(rear) Wetweight:252kg Fuel: ULP, 14-litre tank 1 1 APRILIA Caponord ETV 1000, 2001 mod. Bargain $6,500 ono. Ph 0418 122 793 0 BMWK1200 RS, 2006 21,000 kms, vgc. $12,300 ono. Ph 0419 336 816 0 Draggin Jeans W/proof jean polo fleeced lined. Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. Oilskin jeans, jackets, swags Country Leather 108 Elizabeth St, Hbt 62315082 1 FZR 1000, 1992, good cond, $5,500. Ph 6261 5871 0 This Sun departs Cooleys Hotel Moonah. 1 pm. All welcome. 1 GOD’S SQUAD RIDE HIGHLIGHTER ADS Make your ad stand out from the rest! Ask the operator for a price when next placing your car ad for Saturday. Ph 62 300 400. 1 HONDACBR 600RR 2006 2,400 klms, orange and black, some fairing damage, mech A1 $8,500. Ph 0416 058 015. 0 HONDA CR500 1992, needs minor work, $2,500 or swap XR250/400 etc. 0439 633 697. 0 1 NewSuzuki Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 GSF1250AK9 ABS Naked, $11,290 Ride Away. GSF1250K9 Naked, $10,990 Ride Away Shearwater Motorcycles. —13 Kawasaki ZX250R Motor Cycles Ninja 2008, red, 6 mth reg, 6,400ks, as new, 1 owner, $6,100 ono ... 0439 682 278. 1 KTM 300 95 model, white plastic, 2 stroke, 300cc, 6 hrs riding on fully rebuilt engine, receipts for $2,000. Sell $2,800 ono. Ph 6248 5812. 0 KX80 good condition, goes well, $1,350. Ph 6273 1321. 0 **MERC** Motorworks Enduro Series ENDURO Aprilia RS125GP 2007 11,257ks, full Giannelli race sys $7,490. Shearwater Motorcycles Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 1 $30 MA Licence, Race Fee $30 Senior, $20 Junior, $5 Land Owner Fee. $10 Merc Day Membership. Turn (R) just after the start of the Buckland Straight. Follow Signs. For further information, please contact Israel on 0409 974 757 SCRUITINEERING CLOSES AT 9.30AM SHARP ** Scruit/Race 8.00am/10.00am PLEASE NOTE Sunday, 9th August 2009 ‘‘Twamley’’ Buckland New 2008 Kawasaki ZRX1200A8F, Eddie Lawson Replica, 3 only left in Australia, $13,990 Ride Away. Shearwater Motorcycles. Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 1 ORION THUMPSTER 125, vgc. $800 ono. 6248 5812. 0 PEE-WEE 50, A1 condition, includes helmet, armour, boots and clothing $750 ono. Ph 0439 730 778 0 HondaTRX700XX2008 Race Quad, as new, Nerf Bars, $12,490. Shearwater Motorcycles. 64287077, 0427604697 1 Honda VFR800 2001 Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 24,943 klms, Ventura rack, Staintune muffler, $9,990. Shearwater Motorcycles. PiaggioMP3400 2008 PINK 125 SEMI AUTO 1200ks 3 wheel scooter $10,490 Shearwater Motorcycles. Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 1 torque, under 12 mths old, elec /kick start, good cond, suit child/ lady. Ph 0439 475 950. 0 RM125 - 1998 ARRIVAL: Honda’s CT110, better known as the postie bike, is available to the general public for the first time. HondaVTR1000R2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200S 0 Fire Storm, 43,800ks, Ventura rack, Staintune mufflers $8,990 Shearwater Motorcycles. Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 1 1 exc cond, $2,600, may swap for car. Ph 0437 113 773. ’99, vgc, mech A1, $5,200 neg for quick sale. Ph 0418 508 878 KAWASAKIGPX250 ’06 as new, only 2,200klms, $4,990 ride away. Ph 6231 1500 northhobartmotorco.com.au 0 Suzuki GSX1300RK1 2001, 13,359 kms, centre stand Ventura rack $10,990. Shearwater Motorcycles. Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 1 SUZUKI JR50 2005, good cond, $1,100. Ph 0418 234 703. 1 THUMPSTER 125 Kawasaki ZX12R 2000 34,650ks, Ventura rack, $8,990 Shearwater Motorcycles. Ph 6428 7077 or 0427 604 697 KX250 2007 - $6,800ONO 1 new tyres, pro circuit pipe, forth 3 reed, vgc, 0428 320 058. 0 SOUTHERN DIRTBIKES Easy fi nance interest free or deferred payment available TAA 505 Main Rd Montrose Ph 6273 2871 goes well, exc cond, $1,000. Ph 6268 0509. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2 XR600R ’93 Lams app, $2,500 ono. DR600 84 trail bike, $800 ono. Ph 0400 142 004, 0 YAMAHATTR125 elec start, exc cond, $2,900 ono. Ph 0407 523 043 0 YAMAHAYFS 200BLASTER ATV, immac cond, as new, $3,700. Ph 0417 585 076. 0 2044776-32
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