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BANGKOK 20 June 2019 11:56
Kinnock

Commuter Bike Recommendations

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I'm considering a replacement for the trusty Supercub as my daily ride to work/7-11 mule.

 

I also have a CRF 250 for trips out of Bangkok (probably being replaced by the new CB500X later this year).

 

After years of big bike riding in my home country I prefer gears, but an auto is not out of the question.

 

I like the Supercub (previous model C110) for it's classic looks, absence of 'go-faster' stripes and good weather protection for shoes/trousers - as this is my daily transport to the office, but its brakes are a bit weak and I'd like more storage space.  One option is adding a disk and a top-box, but a new bike may make more sense 

 

Any recommendations?

 

NMAX looks like a professional ride to work scooter, but wheels a bit small? ...  and it's an auto.

 

I don't like the 'sitting on the bog reading a newspaper' seating position of the PCX, or it's bulky looking bodywork.

 

Click, Mio, Scoopy, Fino etc are a bit too young-looking with stripes and cute shapes - I'm too old for the Hello Kitty look..

 

Aerox looks better, but my knees hit the bodywork.

 

The new Wave 125i could be ideal, except the narrow fairing looks to leave shoes open to a soaking when riding in the monsoon floods?

 

Even looked at the new 125 Supercub, but single seat only is a bit anti-social.

 

And as a complete wild-card I'm thinking about the W175 Kawasaki, perhaps with traditional leg shields added - but a carb, choke and fuel tap looks a bit last century?

 

The bike will need to sit outside the office in a bike park all day - so under 90k THB as it will get some abuse as a daily hack.

 

What would you recommend?

 

Current rides .....

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You basically ruled out all the good bikes available here for inner city and commuting...! ! ! 

How about Yamaha Filano, very good reviews and feedback, good tyres and solid built... rent for a day and try it...

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Quality wise , i would go for Yamaha. Id second the Grand Filano ( there are 3 versions , std , hybrid and hybrid with ABS ). How about  the Yamaha Spark , fuel injection and disc brake.

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I'd like a Kawasaki klx150 or klx150bf or D-tracker 150.  79-88,000 Baht.  Good for crappy roads, jumping curbs, driving on sidewalks and all that. Easier on the wallet than the 250s and about 25kg lighter.  Maybe not so good in stop & go traffic, being air cooled.

 

A Yamaha Finn would be fine for bopping around.  Cheap.

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PCX is good for floods - though I must say I don't like the small wheels... definitely a much harsher ride than my old GSX-R that I put down mostly to wheel diameter. Brakes are fine given the limited power and it's very comfortable (sitting on the bog is the best position to be in in the city).

 

I can't see much benefit to ABS (and I do ride on some dirty roads, as well as taking a canal towpath shortcut) and I do like having the clocks/lights fixed to the bike instead of the bars... NMax might be good, but it's pretty ugly IMO.

 

I actually took the clipons off my GSX-R and put raised/straight bars on it for a more upright position, appreciated also by wrists and neck at speeds generally not much over 120km/h 98% of the time (don't ask about the other 1%...).

 

I put a small steel rack on the back - I can 'comfortably' carry stuff. I use a strap - lift the seat and put a loop, close the seat and use the loop to attach bungees which can then go over luggage and hook on the rack. I easily carried 2 shelving units I bought in makro measuring some 1.5m wide by 70cm - on the combined width of the seat and rear extension of the rack I manage easily 2 large boxes of milk and a box of shopping.

 

Automatic is good for shoes too... they stay shiny and clean (no need to carry spares).

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8 hours ago, ben2talk said:

sitting on the bog is the best position to be in in the city)

What is a bog?

😟

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10 hours ago, piston broke said:

If it were me, i'd be spenging time with me missus, instead of posting twaddle on here.

 

Maybe that's why she looks so sad 😞

 

Edit - Grand Filano...

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Yamaha Exciter. Manual transmission. But no storage space.

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What is most popular with the mocy taxis?

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What is a bog?

Americans call it "the restroom" or
"the john"

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What is most popular with the mocy taxis?
Honda Wave ?
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Yamaha Exciter. Manual transmission. But no storage space.
Only ever seen 2 on the road..sadly.
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3 hours ago, johng said:
6 hours ago, papa al said:
What is most popular with the mocy taxis?

Honda Wave ?

I mainly see Wave 110 and Clicks as taxis.  Leaning towards Wave 125 I think.

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14 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Yamaha Exciter. Manual transmission. But no storage space.

The Exciter does look interesting - large diameter wheels, chain-drive, wider tyres than a Wave, 4 valve head.  Will take a closer look, but looking like a step-through but without any under-seat space is not ideal.

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