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Buying New Bike After Arrival in BK - Yamaha Tracer 900GT?


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Hi everyone,
 
I'm a recent expat arrival living in BK and for the first time in 20 years without a motorcycle. Before moving here I sold off my three bikes - a Kawasaki ZRX1200, Triumph Sprint GT and a Kawasaki Versys 650. I had planned on getting another Versys 650 after getting out of quarantine but started to consider slightly larger displacement adventure style bikes since I'd like to do some 2-up touring with the missus.
A few years ago I test-rode a FJ-09 and liked it in general, particularly the engine.
 
Looking around for Yamaha dealerships in BK I get the impression that they don't have the presence that other brands like Kawi and Honda have. This makes me wonder about support and service.  My question is whether relative to other reliable brands (e.g. Kawasaki, Honda) it's risky to buy a Yamaha here in LoS?
 
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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I've got a strong going and good looking 25-year-old 1100cc V Yamaha. Some people believed it's a new model! I think that Yamahas are generally better built than Hondas and  some other brands.

 

And that's got nothing to do with what I'm riding—only part of my experience I have made in many years of riding bigger bikes.

I can switch gears without the clutch, and it doesn't damage the clutch or engine at all. I've never met a guy who needed a new clutch.

That's just my opinion; others might have different feelings about them? Let's see. 

 

  

 

         

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11 minutes ago, pseudorabies said:

it's risky to buy a Yamaha here in LoS?

I would no, after being in the Yam showroom/workshop in CM.

Dunno about other places.

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Thanks for the responses.  I've no doubt that Yamaha makes great bikes.  My son had an FZ600 and loved it.  I'm a bit concerned about routine and, if needed, warranty service.  But it's reassuring to hear that others have had positive experiences.

 

 

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There are a lot more Honda dealers and service shops here than any other model for sure, but they're also Yamaha, Kawasaki as well, and then less Suzuki..., but from what I read and experienced you get better service from the other 3 than Honda, hands down. My experience with Suzuki has been excellent, my friend also tells me he gets everything done at Yamaha with almost no labour cost and very professional service - they replaced his dash after 2.5 years under warranty no questions asked, Honda point blank said to me dash is not covered under any warranty...! ! !

 

So I say don't even think about it, as long as they're is a Yamaha dealer with service shop near you, you are in good hands...

 

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I think you will like the Tracer 900, the 3 pot engine is a gem, it can really pull hard from app 3000rpm.

I bought a 2nd hand XSR900 from an expat owner because he needed a bike better suited for touring so he got the Tracer 900 which he loves.

Good service here in Pattaya at the Big Bike Yamaha dealer.

You shouldn't worry about not so many dealers as Honda & Kawasaki have, Yamaha is quality bikes. 

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I appreciate all the responses and it's great to hear that my fears are overblown.

 

I really loved the sound from the Sprint's 1050 mill.  One of the best sounding engines I've ever owned, even with the stock pipe and silencer. Very smooth and loved to rev.

 

I dropped by the Kawasaki dealer today in Mega-Bangna. Tomorrow I'll pay a visit to the Yamaha rider's club up in Bueng Kum.  Hopefully they have a bike up there that I can throw a leg over.

 

Thanks again.

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On 10/22/2020 at 10:23 PM, Kwasaki said:

I would no, after being in the Yam showroom/workshop in CM.

Dunno about other places.

Interesting you said that, a good friend of mine have stopped using Yamaha CM for service on his FJR 1300 and now have it done in BKK despite a very long ride. But okay it gives him the change of having a fun night out in BKK and he sometimes pop by at Pattaya and we are having some beers.

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26 minutes ago, guzzi850m2 said:

Interesting you said that, a good friend of mine have stopped using Yamaha CM for service on his FJR 1300 and now have it done in BKK despite a very long ride. But okay it gives him the change of having a fun night out in BKK and he sometimes pop by at Pattaya and we are having some beers.

Must be 12 years or more when they let me and my son have a test ride on an R6 and a R1.

They showed us the workshop because I asked about servicing. 😁

Maybe your mate found the BKK a better place.

Long story but I stopped using Kwackas workshop in CM and found Nakhon Sawan the better workshop. 

Places in South of Thailand I guess someone could be capable of doing servicing on my old Honda, totally useless in Sukhothai and adjacent provinces, haven't been able to a big bike mechanic anywhere near me. 

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