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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 28th 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---17 HONDA VT750S Cheap cruise awaits THE PRICE IS RIGHT: The Honda VT750S cruiser offers great value for money. TWO WHEELS VMUST stand for ''value'' in the new Honda VT750S midweight cruiser. At just $8990 plus on-road costs for a 750cc engine, it is perhaps the most ccs per dollar you can get in the bike market, outside of cheap scooters. Honda has taken its former top- selling VT750C and stripped up to $4000 off the price. It's a very basic bike, but apart from shaft drive and about 10kg there doesn't seem to have been a lot of specification that has been stripped off. The engine is the same and the weight saving has come from a smaller ''peanut'' petrol tank (10.7 litres compared with 14), shorter handlebars, thinner seats and ''chopped'' fenders. Sure, it has a single front disc brake and a rear drum, but so has the VT750C. And while the engine is now black, the bike retains a lot of chrome touches, including chromed cylinder heads and spoked wheels. The savings aren't even made from shifting production from Japan to Thailand or Malaysia. It is still Japanese-made and retains the usual Honda exemplary build quality. This seems to be largely an exercise in restyling and discounting to put the model back at the top of the cruiser segment. VT750C used to be the top- selling cruiser, but it has now slipped to ninth. First spot is taken by Yamaha's XVS650 ($10,490) midweight cruiser, while Harley's midweight 883 Sportster ($11,995) is in third. The VT750S is a very attractive proposition for people who want the cruiser style, but don't want something too expensive, heavy or daunting. This is a light and manoeuverable basic Sportster- style cruiser. The 12-valve fuel-injected engine is a proven unit that revs a little more than most cruisers and needs the rider to stir the gearbox more than usual. Importantly it has almost no mechanical noises, so you can enjoy the muted but macho and bold twin-exhaust note. Gears are tall for highway cruising, but there is a bit of an annoying gap between second and third. A six-speeder would be better, but that would force the price up. Brakes are the same disc/drum arrangement as the slightly heavier VT750C. A single front disc seems plenty, but the rear drum is almost non-existent. You may even roll backwards on a hill while waiting at the traffic lights if you don't push down hard enough on the rear brake pedal. Of course a rear disc, twin front discs and ABS would be preferable, but that's probably going to add another couple of thousand dollars. Honda's restyling exercise has pushed the rider up and forward for a more aggressive, in-control riding stance behind flatter and shorter bars. The seat has been raised from 660 to 750mm, but it's still plenty low enough for most riders. It's also thinner, especially the pillion pad, yet comfortable for moderate stints in the saddle. Footpegs have been shifted back to a mid-mount position instead of the forward controls of the VT750C. It's a less relaxed position and some tall people may find it a little cramped, but clearance has been improved slightly for cornering. Instrumentation is rudimentary, just as cruiser riders like. You get just one big dial for a speedo with a small inset LED that has an odometer, two trip meters and a digital clock that are easy to read in most light. Handling is fine for a cruiser, with a plush ride and slow turn-in characteristics. Only heavy riders or those with pillions will feel the full reach of the twin rear shocks. Gazi or Ikon after-market shocks would improve handling over the bumps and lift the rear for sharper steering. The peanut fuel tank is a styling exercise, but the loss of four litres of range is a shame. There is enough room for your knees to have made the tank a little wider and still not spoil the silhouette shape. At an average of six litres per 100km on test, that gives about 175km of range --- not enough for most cruiser riders. MARK HINCHLIFFE small torque HONDA VT750S Price: $8990 Engine: Six-valve liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 754cc twin-cylinder Power: 32.2kW at 5500rpm Torque: 62Nm at 3250rpm Transmission: Five-speed, chain drive Fuel: 10.7l tank Economy: 6l/100km, 175km range Suspension: Conventional forks, twin rear shocks with adjustable preload Brakes: 296mm front disc, 180mm rear drum Kerb weight: 232kg Scooter joins the green scene THE future of motorcycling is . . . a 125cc scooter. The PCX125 is Honda's first move towards environmentally conscious commuting. It is nothing special to look at --- excluding the obvious Honda fit and finish --- until you notice the idle-stop switch on the right handlebar. On cars it's called stop-start technology and has been around for a while, notably on top-end vehicles. Honda is coming from the other extreme, launching the fuel-saving technology on a $4000 scooter because that's where it sees the greatest consumer acceptance. Sportsbike riders will take a bit more education before they are converted to the merits of having their high-powered engine switch off at the lights. Ironically, it's just those types of bikes where the fuel savings are likely to be greatest. For now, the Thai-built PCX125 carries the flag, and with a claimed fuel use of 2.2 litres for 100km and a $3990 price-tag it has obvious appeal against its Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese rivals. Real-world consumption won't match that, but should still be below three litres, and the Honda is a very capable scooter. Few cars will beat it from the lights or to 60km/h, and the 14-inch wheels give it reassuring stability. It's a small bike, but a big step forward as Honda looks to reassert its market dominance, using smart pricing and technological superiority. Motor Cycles AGM SOUTH MRA 4 pm Sept 4th. 188 Lenah Valley Road. Ph 0428 653 106. 1 BASKERVILLE 5 SEPT 9.30 srct.org.au - 0408 368 149 Discount for L & P platers Thanks to Kennedy Kinchrome 0BRAAAP style pit bike 150cc lifan engine with all the good parts, swap for a good regis- tered car ph 0411 442 860. 0 CBR900 RR FIREBLADE '97 Yellow, gd tyres, just serv, very reliable, too much to list $5,000 ono Ph 0457 312 300. 0 CHROMING SPECIALISTS Since 1950 We chrome, repair and polish all bike parts, work guaranteed. Hobart Plating Co. 6234 5323 0 CRF250 2006 1 owner, $5,000 firm. Ph 0450 902 636 1 Draggin Jeans Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. W/proof jean polar fleece lined. Oilskin jeans, jackets. Country Leather 108 Elizabeth St, Hbt 62315082 1 DT200 ROAD TRAIL 1995, good cond, no rego, $2,000 ono. Ph 0419 126 586 1 DUCATI 748S 2001, 30,700kms, great cond, $9,500 Ph 0408 359 277. 0 HARLEY DAVIDSON Springer Softail 1999 black, showroom cond 11,500k $23,000 Ph 0417 268 797 0 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1997 Road King, nice condition $17,500 ono Ph 0409 310 660. 0 HONDA CRF450R 2008 Low hrs, good cond, $7,200 ono Ph 0427 473 124 0 SOUTHERN DIRTBIKES 505 Main Rd Montrose Ph 6273 2871 Easy finance interest free or deferred payment available TAA 2044776-32 2036752-100828 248 Argyle Street Hobart Ph 6234 3888 www.motorworks.com.au u u TRIUMPH SPRINT ST RIDE AWAY WITH PANNIERS INCLUDED All inclusive on road costs T E D $15400 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. HONDA CBR 900 RR '98 model, exc cond, new tyres, 6 mths rego, $6,700 ono. Ph 0409 884 090 1Honda CRF80 4 stroke 08 vgc, $2,400. 0408 458 854. 0 233-235 Main Road Derwent Park Ph: 03 6272 0144 GET IN QUICK 10% OFF ALL MX GEAR INCLUDING FOX, THOR, ALPINESTAR, ONE INDUSTRIES AND MORE!! SALE ON UNTIL 31ST AUGUST STOCK ITEMS ONLY OPENING HOURS 8.30 - 5.30 Mon to Fri 9.00 - 2.00 Sat 0 KAWASAKI GPZ900R exc cond, $6,000. 0411015050 0 Kawasaki KDX200 Road trail, 2002 mod, 4,200 ks, Lams approved, vgc, $3,500. Ph 0447 719 445 1KAWASAKI KX450F 2009 only 4 hrs, immac, spare plas- tics $9,750 ono. 0419 550 998. 0KTM 50 '06 - $1,700 ono good cond. Ph 0428 320 058. 0KTM520 '02 - $4,400 ono Exc cond - Ph 0407 519310 0 LeiMoto1254St Only been ridden in, as new, $800 ono. Ph 0407 142 930. MINI BIKE 110CC Blue, mint condition $500 Ph 0457 312 300 0 PEEWEE 50 2005 $1,250 ono. Ph 0429 864 083 RMZ 250 2007 Immaculate, never been raced, $4,900 ono. Ph 0418 568 922 SCOOTER YAMAHA Magnetic 250, exc cond, 6 mths reg, auto, commute or tour, $2,500. Ph 0425 256 544. 0 STMCA CLUB DAY Sunday 29th Aug. Scruit 8-9am sharp, racing starts immed after riders brief. All riders MUST bring a flaggie. Queries ph Dave 0400 813 212 2 SUZUKI DRZ400SM 2008 Super Motard, all black, Excel rims, $4,900 Ph 0400 132 136. 0 Bikes continued on Page A18 0
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